We had the good fortune of connecting with Hunter Welsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hunter, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
My end goal? I simply want to create a body of work throughout my life time that will inspire people to seek refuge in the wild areas of our beautiful planet. I want my photos to help people see the beauty that we need to protect and preserve so that future generations can have the same opportunities to go experience these scenes just the same as I have. Also as a photographer in any genre, we are all capturing history and documenting history through our artwork, whether it be the history of our human society, natural history of our planet and how things on earth are in that specific moment. I want my body of work to be visually pleasing as well as a representation and documentation of what the earth and all its denizens were like during my lifetime. As for the end of my career? I really hope that it never ends for me. Being in the outdoors, telling stories through my work, educating myself and others, and inspiring people to seek the same connection I have with nature is something I will never stop doing and you better believe I will have my camera with me the whole time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I would say that I am most excited about what the future has to hold for me, and what’s most exciting to me about that, is I actually get to have some control in what happens! I feel what led me to where I’m at in my career the most was just following my heart and staying to true to what my interests are and just be inspired by my lifestyle. I think the ability to simply be yourself is what leads to true happiness and in my head happiness and fulfillment is what true success is.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a WHOLE week to do nothing but explore with my bestfriend, I doubt we would be anywhere near restaurants, clubs, bars, or ANYTHING of the sort! You can literally have these same experiences in ANY metro area in the country. Those kinds of experiences are only short term fun for me and do not hold my interest. First I would probably take my bestfriend(s) first up to Rocky Mountain National Park to hike out to some of the beautiful alpine lakes that the park has to offer, and this is a great place to see multiple pristine alpine lakes in the same day. Great Sand Dunes National Park is another really great spot I would love to take them to as well to climb all the way to the top of the dunes and watch the sunset, the sand gets a beautiful pinkish orange glow as the sun sinks down behind the horizon at the end of the day, this is also one of my favorite parks for stargazing! After that I would love to take them out exploring in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, State Forest State Park in the northern part of the state, and the Holy cross wilderness area out near Breckenridge. Some of the most beautiful places to me and what I consider to be my own personal “Happy Place” is really any high alpine lake. These little areas where the likes reside in are like a small mountain oasis and I think you cant really say you have experienced Colorado until you’ve sat on the shore and enjoyed a nice hot drink after the sun has risen and lit up everything around you with the most beautiful you will ever see. its truly magical and everyone should go out and experience this at least once.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are two people that come to mind when I think of who really deserves credit into inspiring me to go down the path I’ve chosen to head down. My two best buds on this whole earth Sam and Bruns. These two literally BULLIED me relentlessly into buying my first camera so that I could go out and shoot photos with them. Sam and Bruns started doing photography a lot earlier than I did and whenever I would meet up with them it was always to go take photos and I was the only one who wasn’t really interested in photography at the time, so I was always complaining about how bored I was. I didn’t see the point in in it AT all and thought it was boring. Finally when they had, had enough of my complaining about being bored sitting somewhere for hours waiting on light to change, or waiting for something interesting to happen in a scene for them to capture, they started to shove the idea of getting a camera and learning down my throat. I eventually went out and bought a cheap little DSLR and photography has been my reason for living ever since. I have these two to thank for introducing me too my biggest passion in life.
Credit to all of these photos goes to Hunter Welsh Owner of WelshmenPhotos