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Photographer Spotlight

Raymond Watt


Ray Watt in India SmallRaymond Watt has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. He serves as official photographer to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and has been a longtime photographer for the ABQ BioPark. Watt has experience ranging from photojournalism to studio photography, but his love is nature and wildlife. He collaborated with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance to publish a 2015 calendar of New Mexico’s wild places and regularly donates his time and photography to the Wilderness Alliance, Animal Protection of New Mexico and other organizations.


Jim O'Donnell


Jim O'Donnell

O'Donnell was born and raised in southern Colorado (USA) and is fortunate enough to call Taos, New Mexico his home base. He is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer and very proud father to two wonderfully wild and adventurous children. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology and Master’s Degree (MCRP) in Natural Resource Planning from the University of New Mexico.

Several years as an itinerate archaeologist (and occasional illegal farm worker) introduced O'Donnell to much of the United States and over 40 countries on five continents. These travels may also be to blame for the five languages he is sure he can stumble though. As a conservation advocate he co-authored and pushed two landscape protection laws through the United States Congress.

O'Donnell is the author of “Notes for the Aurora Society: 1500 Miles Across Finland on Foot” and “Rise and Go”, a collection of photographs and short travel stories. He is also to blame for numerous articles, sordid tales, brilliant observations, half-finished novels, angry letters-to-the-editor and other scribblings. Currently O'Donnell holds the Jack Williamson Endowed Chair for Literature at Eastern New Mexico University. His work has appeared in National Geographic Maps, BBC Travel, Sapiens, Trend, New Mexico Magazine, Matador, Peaks and Plains, Traveler’s Tales, Original World Insights, Perceptive Travel, Ski Country, High Country, Boots-n-All, Vrai Magazine and many more. Several of his short stories have appeared in anthologies including From the Grand Canyon to the Great WallFacing the Change and Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why.

O'Donnell's current writing and research focuses on environmental issues, migration, science, history and the impact of tourism on culture and conservation. Find out more at Around the World in Eighty Years



Wayne Suggs

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Wayne Suggs
Co-owner, Classic New Mexico Homes,
and Photographer
Art and Architecture

Wayne Suggs has been taking photographs of the Southwest for over 40 years.He is a native New Mexican who appreciates the beauty of the Southwestern light and landscapes.He is also the 2015 Grand Prize Winner of the New Mexico Magazine Annual Photo Contest.His work has appeared in several Southwest publications.He is also a dedicated custom home builder along with his wife, Kiki.They take pride in creating authentic pueblo style homes that have timeless appeal in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


David Muench

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I made my first photographs as a teenager in the late 1950s, and had my first photographs published as front and back covers of Arizona Highways when Raymond Carlson was editor, and I was still in high school.

There was never any question of my career. My education in photography and in art – both at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and the Los Angeles Art Center School of Design -- provided me with the formality of a degree in photography, and an understanding of the technology of the time, but I felt – and continue to feel – that my most profound learning experiences were in the field.

Even now, as the technology of photography explodes in directions undreamed of in my early days, and as I continue to learn, to expand in new directions, it is nature that remains my teacher.




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