The Explorographer is A.D. Wheeler and A.D. IS The Explorographer.

Okay, all joking aside, I am a New York based travel photographer specializing in landscape and a style I call “abandonscape” photography. I am the sole contributor here at where all the stories and photos are my own unless otherwise noted. I am also the creator and editor in chief at a new website called Travel ObscuraA website where a myriad of amazing photographers and travelers have gotten together to collaborate on an amazing Travel Photographers resource magazine.  If you are a photographer and want to discover some cool places to shoot, techniques and equipment for doing so, I suggest you click the link and check it out.

To supplement my travels and the work I share here, I sell limited editions of my work on metal if you would like something for your wall let me know. I specialize in large format. Each piece is signed, numbered, certificated with a nifty embossed logo, and comes in special packaging.  I also license my work for businesses, hotels, office buildings, you name it!

In July of 2014, I was invited to be a Master/Mentor @ The Arcanum – Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery.  Thus began another great journey in my artistic career.

Join the Arcanum for free here:


  • 2011, 2012 Myrna Marshall Memorial First Place Photography ~ Hammondsport Art Festival
  • 2012, 2014 First Place Photography ~ Corn Hill Arts Festival ~ Rochester, NY
  • 2013, 2014 First Place Photography ~ Athens Arts Festival ~ Athens, PA
  • 2013 Second Place Photography ~ Corn Hill Arts Festival ~ Rochester, NY
  • 2013 First Place Photography ~ Cortland Art and Wine Festival ~ Cortland, NY
  • Featured in the April 2013 edition of F11 Magazine. (Seen Here)
  • Featured nationally on PBS as a rising star. (Seen Here)
  • 2012 Ron Howard and Canon Imaging’s Project Imaginat10n settings category winner.


With a still untold photographic story in my back pocket, I hope to share my experiences and knowledge with you as I climb these new adventurous steps in my artistic life.


Use of photos:

All Photos are Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. They are available for licensing, for use in everything from books to brochures to web sites. The fee depends on intended use, printed size and distribution. If you wish to post my photos on a personal, non-commercial web site (such as a blog), no licensing fee is required, no altering of the photos is allowed other than re-sizing and you must give me credit and link to my site (

For information regarding commercial, corporate, editorial or personal uses, contracted on-location shoots, or if you have any questions, you can call me at 607.699.1535 or by using the form below.

All photographs on this site are copyright ©2008 – 2016 A.D.Wheeler, unless otherwise noted.
Creative Commons License
All works posted here or anywhere on the internet are Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Hey, before you go, have my photos inspired you?  Have they touched your life in some way?  Have a location idea for a shoot or a special order?  I would love to hear from you!  Drop me a line any time by using the contact form below.