My parents might say otherwise, but I’ve always loved to travel. I lived in the Netherlands for three years when I was little (no, I did not wear wooden-shoes to school!) and we got to see a lot of Western Europe during that time. Unfortunately, it was all during a period when playing my Game Boy (I killed it in Goal!) was more important than actually picking my head up and looking around. I didn’t get to appreciate any of it like I should have. I cried in the Louvre. Pouted while touring the Vatican. And threw a tantrum on Lanzorate.
I’ve been lucky enough to have been living in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains since the fall of 2007. I came to escape the Boston city-life “for one [ski] season” and like so many other local’s stories heard around here, now I can’t find a reason to leave. Not that I’m trying either. I live at a world-class ski resort, I wake up to 13,000 foot peaks every morning, and I can drive anywhere from one to 10 hours and be at some of the most unique places in the world.
During the past few years since I’ve been living out West, I’ve become pretty heavily invested in photography. I had never studied it and I had never really thought about it. I had always been the guy with the camera, but never in any sort of capacity of capturing “artsy” shots. I’ve got hundreds of non-sober college pictures from a disposable cameras, but I’m disappointed in the lack of pictures I have of beautiful Lake Champlain sunsets or fresh snow at Mt. Stowe.
My 2009 post-wrist-surgery-depression somehow pushed me into deciding to entrench myself further into debt by throwing down the credit card for my first Nikon D60 DSLR. (I didn’t even know what a ‘DLSR’ was!) I don’t know how, but I then became addicted to photography - I’m lazy, but I’m still getting up at the ungodly hour of 4 a.m. to make it to locations for sunrises. I’m hiking 10 miles into secluded lakes. I’m stitching together 20 photos for panoramas. I’m messing around with all sorts of lens filters. And I can’t remember the last time I read a non-photography related book.
The travel that I do nowadays is much different the my European days and not necessarily considered a ‘dream destination’ to many. Most of it has now turned into relatively ‘local’ photography excursions (luckily to many of the western national parks). I’ve got no problem throwing my camera, a tent/bag, and a few beers in the trunk and just going - I find the windows down, music blasting, and cruise control on ’80′ heading to a new place extremely rewarding. I’m constantly antsy for that next trip where I can see and capture some extraordinary moments and unique landscapes. For me, that next ‘trip’ only has to be an hour down the road.
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~ Brendan ~