Photographing the Desert Mountains of New Mexico

August 21, 2019

Welcome to Episode 122 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast. This week's episode features a photographer living in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Wayne Suggs.

Wayne was introduced to the wonders of nature at an early age by parents who knew the importance of having a relationship with the Great Outdoors. Wayne captures the beauty of the Southwest and shares his images not only for others to enjoy, but to help increase awareness of the necessity to preserve our precious surroundings.

Wayne is a workshop leader for Muench Workshops and an all-around great guy. Wayne and I covered a lot of fun ground this week, including:

  • His journey as a landscape photographer.
  • The role we photographers can play in teaching how to respect and protect the natural world.
  • The push to privatize our public lands.
  • The role that workshop leaders should play in teaching protection and minimizing overuse.
  • Talking about one's heroes and how their style influences the way you shoot.
  • How different styles and techniques change in popularity, from processing to intimate landscapes or grand scenes.
  • Having a private facebook page with good photographers to critique ones work.

Over on Patreon, Wayne and I talked about his passion for photographing rock art (petroglyphs).

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    Here are the photographers that Wayne recommended for the podcast:

    1. Marc Muench.

    2. Dewitt Jones.

    3. David Muench.

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    Let's talk about who is coming up on the podcast! I am really excited to announce some of our upcoming guests and episodes. It should be a really good fall!

    • Christian Heeb, a Swiss photographing living in the United States.
    • Alister Benn, a photographer from Scotland.
    • Tim Parkin from ON Landscape magazine.
    • Franka Gabler - a photographer from Croatia living in California.
    • Ian Plant...
    • Dylan Fox...
    • And lots more!

    I'm really excited to announce that we have finally reached our $1,000 / mo goal on Patreon and we have officially launched our Landscape Conservation Award.

    The “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast Landscape Conservation Award will recognize an individual photographer who is highly involved in conservation issues within their local communities or within the landscape and nature photography community. This can be through their writing, speaking, photography projects, or community organizing efforts. Additionally, this award seeks to recognize an individual that is actively practicing the Nature First Principles. In partnership with our Patreon supporters, the “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen” podcast presents the prestigious honor, which currently consists of at least $1,550.

    We aim to grow the total award amount through donations and sponsorships. We are looking for nominations for the award. You can nominate yourself or someone else through the google form linked in the liner notes. Since our launch we have raised $550 towards the award and have garnered some great sponsorships from some great photography brands.

    So far we have been able to get support from the following awesome companies:

    Shimoda Designs

    Shimoda Designs is an adventure camera bag company designed as a reaction to real world adventures rather than those imagined from a comfortable office environment. Shimoda founder Ian Millar is a lifelong explorer, snowboarder and product designer known for developing some of the most innovative camera bags in the world. Shimoda is his new venture which represents the culmination of all his experiences and utilizes the most advanced materials and technologies available to minimize the pain, fatigue and suffering that comes with foul mountain conditions. Shimoda products are a direct reflection and reaction to the outdoor lifestyle that Ian and his adventure photographer friends love so much. Shimoda is donating to the winner of the Landscape Conservation Award a bag of their choice, core unit, roller and accessory case - a $779 value!


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    We are working on getting more in-kind donations and financial donations to sweeten the pot for the deserving award winner. If you are interested in either, please check out the award page on our website.

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    Please find a transcript of today's podcast episode below:

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