I've spent over 50 years documenting and filming Colorado's high country. Now I'd like to tell my story and show a range of images from a lifetime's commitment to this special region.
My passion for the magnificent mountain world has grown ever since photographing Yosemite at eight-years-old with my father's camera. After college and getting married, I sacrificed a professional career by moving to the Rockies and worked in the construction trades, because that's what it took to live near a major ski resort.
After building a home on the side of a mountain, our family was quickly drawn to the historic mining sites that surrounded us. The deteriorating structures begged to be photographed before time completely rotted away their physical presence. My mind traveled into the past, trying to fathom the miners as they struggled with their physically demanding work in winter's subzero conditions. Having worked outside in this same environment, I lamented that there was not more documentation about the miners' lives. That's when I realized that future generations would be just as curious to see life from the 70s and 80s. But nobody was documenting our lives. So I began to photograph in black & white the men and women that worked in these mountains and there was no monetary support in doing that.
I discovered a special pioneer community that today no longer exists. Unlike the miners, the locals came because of their passion for the region and for skiing, but sustaining a life here in the 70s and 80s was not easy. After a time, I could see that my life paralleled my photographic subjects, and how my passion interpreted my images of the mountain landscape.