September 29, 2016
We talked with Josh Segovia about his backyard, what he shoots and how he stays motivated to go and shoot from his doorstep.
Q: Where do you live and what kind of landscape is it there?
I moved from the coast of California to a small town in the Utah desert which is located in the western United States. The landscape here as well as the weather vary vastly and is mostly made up of 360 degrees of mountain views and sandstone cliffs that are very rich in red.
Q: How often do you head out to explore your backyard and what do you typically shoot?
I would say I’m definitely out there shooting at least once per week, mostly around the weekend, and I’m known as a landscape person as well as a snowboarder/ski photographer.
Q: Are there any iconic spots around your area?
Most definitely, I would say that our “gem” is Zion National Park which is a very popular destination among travelers/hikers/climbers from around the world and receives about 4 million visitors in its peak summer months. A few others worth mentioning is Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park and even the North Rim of the Grand Canyon all within a days drive from each other, so no excuses for me ha ha.
Q: How do you stay inspired or find inspiration to keep exploring close to home, also how far do you travel from your doorstep?
As an artist, I consume many forms of inspiration daily, especially from other photographers on social media. There are also just so many places to explore near my home that are still undiscovered to me, all it takes is a tank of gas, a weekend, and a little adventure.
Q: Do you often go back to the same location or are you inspired to keep searching new spots?
A little of both. I visit some of the same places year round, like the local ski resorts, but they look a lot different when covered in snow as opposed to covered in wildflowers. I always keep an eye or an ear out for cool locations that I have never been to as well and allow a little extra cushion for travel time and side trips.
Q: What about the different seasons, does the landscape change rapidly?
Around here I say we only have summer and winter, ha ha, it is either too hot or too cold with a couple of weeks in between the seasons where the weather is just perfect to be out all day. I choose to have the snow-covered landscape of course.
Q: Are there some locations that are better in different seasons or do you head back to shoot specific spots every few months?
Some people would say so, but I find it better to try and revisit a specific location anytime you can unless of course, that same place is inaccessible during winter which is often the case. An exception to that would be trying to shoot the milky way as it peaks during the summer months and I am fairly new at doing but love learning about it.
– Josh Segovia
Photo | Josh Segovia
Photo | Josh Segovia
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