Brian Llewellyn, Photographer
A COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHER, INSPIRED BY HIS FORMATIVE YEARS IN THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND AND SUBSEQUENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELS, HAS BEEN CAPTURING THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE ROARING FORK VALLEY FOR NINETEEN YEARS...ITS HISTORY, COMMUNITY, AND BEAUTY.
My family moved to the highlands of Scotland from Northern England when I was nine years old, so my formative years were spent there. We lived in a town called Dingwall but would regularly visit friends on the Isle of Skye for weekends or longer. Its isolated, rugged beauty always made me feel that it was slightly more special than my home area, which was less than a couple of hours drive away.
Over the years I developed a desire to not just experience majestic vistas and photogenic details, but to record them for both my own and others' enjoyment. Eventually a hobby became a passion and then a business. What better name to choose than Skye Photography? For the last fifteen years the Roaring Fork valley has been my home along with my wife Kimberly (a Roaring Fork native) and two daughters, Mackenzie and Lizzie (whose middle name also happens to be Skye).
I believe it was my feelings toward the beauty of Skye that developed my desire to record that region in photographs. It amazes me that a place that has had such an influence on my life was my home for only 11 years. I moved to the United States when I was in my thirties and have chosen to live in Colorado since that time (19 of those years in Basalt, a town in the Roaring Fork Valley).
Although there are many differences between Scotland and America, the area where I now live has a number of similarities to where I grew up. Both are fairly rural areas surrounded by the beauty of nature. The two communities are small and connected and both are places where families can feel safe and relatively free from crime, violence and industrial pollution.
As far as my story being part of Preserve America as a Gatekeeper of History, I am pleased that my contribution as a photographer is recognized as an important form of preservation and I particularly enjoy portraying diverse subject matter. Things are constantly changing, whether it be our children, home towns, landscape, wildlife, and architectural entities that can change in the blink of an eye as weather moves in or light changes. It brings me pleasure to see people’s eyes light up when they recognize a moment in time captured--especially one that is meaningful to them.
The Roaring Fork Valley is a geographical region in western Colorado in the United State and is defined by the valley of the Roaring Fork River, Crystal River and its tributaries, including the Fryingpan River. It includes the communities of Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. Mount Sopris and the Roaring Fork River serve as symbols of the Roaring Fork Valley.
The Valley was inhabited by the Ute people prior to the coming of the first U.S. settlers over Independence Pass in 1879. The first settlers were prospectors looking fo silver in the wake of the Colorado Silver Boom in nearby Leadville. Aspen flourished as a mining community in the late 1880s and early 1890s until the silver crash of 1893.
Historical Copy from Wikipedia
Roaring Fork Valley Images
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