Northern Colorado, where I live, is a great match for me photographically. If I want to photograph architecture or urban environments, there’s Denver and the cities along the Front Range. If I want to photograph rural and pastoral scenes, there’s lots of farming and agriculture on the Eastern Plains. To the north, up towards Wyoming, are the wide open spaces and big sky country of the high plains. We have cold winters that offer up beautiful snowscapes and warm summers that bring dramatic monsoon storms. A day’s drive can put me in the spare landscapes of northern New Mexico or the red rock canyons of southern Utah. Oh yes, and there happens to be a dramatic range of rocky mountains just to the west of where I live here in Fort Collins.
I get out and photograph a fair amount, and I’m very aware that I’m fortunate to have so many opportunities for photography around me. Even if I didn’t live here, though, I’m confident that I would still photograph just as much. I’ve always believed there’s good opportunities for photography anywhere, not just in “marquee” locations like here in Colorado. I think those who feel they have to travel to special or exotic locations to photograph are missing the just-as-good options for photographs closer to home and fooling themselves into thinking that locations make a difference in making good images. It’s not the subject matter that makes good photographs, it’s the photographer. The drive to be creative and express that creativity through photographic images comes from inside, and I believe I would be producing just as much work at the same level I am now whether I were to live here in Colorado, or in Dover, Delaware, or Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, or Bakersfield, California.
Still, the foregoing notwithstanding, I have to admit I got lucky that my environment matches my photographic interests so closely. It’s good to be in Colorado.