Being a volunteer helped advance my photo career
Many years ago when I was first becoming serious about my photography, I was also a volunteer with the Red Rock National Conservation Area. My assigned duty since I had a 4-wheel drive CJ-7 Jeep was for trail inspection. I would go out as far as I could drive and then hike the trails looking for illegal fire pits or any trash that needed to be removed.
While I was out on the trails, I always had my camera along so I could take photos and report back to the rangers of any problems that needed their attention.
After entering some of my photos in the Red Rock Photo Contest, I was invited to do a solo exhibit in the Visitor’s Center Gallery. During the reception, I was to give a talk to the audience about my photos.
One of the photos on exhibit was ‘Dawn at Red Rock”. It was taken at the entrance to the park and was the first scene that people saw as they entered the area.
The curator for the gift shop was especially taken with this photo and wanted it available to sell in the Visitor’s Canter. This presented me with a whole new learning curve with commercial printing. The poster was printed with 5,000 copies and sold exclusively at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor’s Center.
By volunteering and donating my free time I received the benefit of being out in nature doing something that I enjoyed. I also learned from these experiences and they enabled me to follow my dream.
The photograph of “Dawn at Red Rock” is one of my classic images that is available for purchase through my online gallery and website: www.BonnieRannald.com
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