I'm an amateur photographer in Northern California. Although photography (newspaper darkroom technician, processing the work of others) was a job many years ago, photography itself was a sideline. It's now a creative pursuit...landscape photography. That type of photography is fueled by landscape in which to roam and the western US has a lot of it, publicly accessible to anyone.  I'll be happy if you enjoy looking through my photographs but within them there is, I hope, something more than just pictures. 
The very existence of public lands in the west is a remarkable and wonderful thing and is something worth celebrating. Getting "out there" on public lands has been a constant for four generations of my family for more than a hundred years.  The tent designs and vehicles have changed but the deep-seated human need to connect with the Earth and with special places uninsulated by asphalt and concrete has not. The availability of public lands makes places of such connections possible for all of us in this generation and those to come.  
I would go to these places with or without a camera but, with one, I hope to express, in ways I admit I don't fully understand, the feeling and experience of being there, in these places.  When Dr. Seuss wrote, "You're off to Great Places! Today is your day!", he capitalized "Places."  Right.  The Places we love are not just any places. They are Places of remembered experience and feeling that persist, perhaps for a lifetime and, through images, perhaps longer.
The late West Coast photographer, Morley Baer, a man of insightful words as well as photographs said, “Photography becomes the medium through which one makes a statement about the love of place. Finally, the place and the statement become sacramental.” 
The photographs here are my statement.  All of them originated on our publicly owned lands.
      Charlie Judson
      Sonoma County, Calif

Judson family fishing trip, Squaw Creek, Idaho, about 1920

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