Artist Olaf Soot's work will be featured at Darien Rowayton Bank for the month of February.

Soot has recorded his journeys on film for three decades. Dramatic shots of mountain peaks and awesome sights of wilderness dominate his substantial portfolio. His collection is a photographic odyssey along the 8,000 miles of land and mountains from Pt. Barrow, Alaska, to Cape Horn, Chile. His other in depth portfolios explore the Adirondack Mountains, the New England outdoors and many other popular travel destinations.

Soot is an engineer, explorer, and photographer who has spent a lifetime unveiling the patterns of the natural world. The joy of unraveling the secrets of nature has characterized his career, both in his gift with the camera and in his grasp of technical concepts. Finding a way through a wilderness to an unexplored summit, for Soot, is much like solving an engineering problem or designing something new. Both require vision, knowledge, and care.

Soot's unique engineering designs can be seen in the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington and in the magic behind the Cirque du Soleil's "O" show at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. His innovations range from solving serious problems in the fields of energy, transportation and handicapped access, to designing unique rides and attractions for the major theme parks for Walt Disney and Universal Studios in the U.S. and overseas.

Soot and his wife, Gitta, have explored rivers, lands, and mountains on four continents. They have chronicled their journeys on film, including a 10,000- mile odyssey along the mountains of the Western Hemisphere from Alaska to Patagonia. Their movies "Alps of Wyoming" and "Zero Zero Romeo," celebrating both climbing mountains and soaring above them, have won international awards.

Travel and natural history journals have published Soot's stills, which also hang in the collections of American corporations. His award-winning photographic books "Adirondacks Alive" and "Alpine Americas" take the readers to the New York State wilderness and through the western mountains from Arctic Ocean to Cape Horn.

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Soot was born in Estonia. He earned his engineering degrees from Mississippi State University and Polytechnic Institute of New York. He lives with his family in Greenwich.

An opening reception with wine and cheese will take place Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Darien branch.

For more information, contact Ellen Bay at 203-669-4119.