I had last seen Rodney several years ago in Florida. It was a joy, and an amazement, to bump into him in the middle of nowhere. With a brief hug we began what turned into a morning of talking about the past, present and future. Do you remember when I brought my portfolio of photographs to you eight years ago? Rodney asked. You told me that I was going in the right direction with my photographs and said, Keep up the good work kid! It was your comment that inspired me to take my photography seriously and when life conspired for the right moment, I decided to take the leap and make photographic landscape photography my life work. I m so glad I have this opportunity to thank you for that encouragement because now my life is a glorious adventure. I was overwhelmed by this acknowledgement. I have often said that a positive word or single action can have a ripple affect, but this was the first time I had the pleasure of seeing the result and what an amazing result! Rodney has his own unique view of the world around him and expresses it beautifully in his photographs. He has such joy in his life that his photographs explode with the energy of creative expression. All of that is wonderful, but what is even greater is that he has grown in depth. Yes, he has a love for photography, but he also sees its value as a teaching tool to help others understand the world around them. As the day wore on our conversation naturally turned away from photography and toward the environment. We agreed that it was of vital importance that photographers work together to shout with their art, We live in a beautiful world, let s take care of it! As our population grows, our wild places are shrinking and we are losing the biology of our earth, which we need in order to sustain a healthy life. Rodney agreed with me that each of us must take responsibility for our life and have less impact on the earth. The goal for our lives should be to leave the earth better for having walked on its surface. With that in mind, Rodney told me about his latest book, Beyond the Trail , and how he hoped this book would help people understand the beauty of the earth and the need to take care of it. With that thought I was thankful that Rodney is in the world joining with so many others in working to help the community of the earth to understand the importance of our environment to the health of our lives, economy, and the future of our country. The art of photography has enriched my life in so many ways and to see the same thing happening to Rodney is fulfilling. The images in this book, captured with the artistic eye of Rodney Lough Jr., lift the spirit with the realization of the splendor our world possesses. It is my hope that you will regard the beauty of this earth as a gift from one generation to the other and find tranquility in your heart while contemplating the images in this book. Clyde Butcher July 24th, 2006 --Clyde Butcher
About the Author
Rodney Lough, Jr., hasn t always been a photographer by trade, but he s been standing behind a camera since he was twelve years old. His Uncle Bill, a photographer and his dad s best friend, recognized Rodney s eye for composition early on and encouraged him to photograph his world. Even though his talent was obvious, Rodney didn t consider photography a viable career, so after becoming the first recipient of the Brigham Young University Outstanding Achievement Scholarship, he earned a master s degree in statistics from BYU, and went out into the corporate world. Throughout his years in the corporate arena, Rodney relied on his passion for photography and on the love and support of his family to sustain his enthusiasm for life. A breathtaking Colorado mountain view kindled new photographic zeal and he realized that analyzing statistical data in the corporate world was at odds with the yearnings of his soul. When he quit his job and announced his intention to jump into the role of photographer-entrepreneur, his wife, LeeAnna said, It s about time! He was on The Lough Road to a successful new career and it s a decision he s never regretted. Nor has his audience, many of whom are now avid collectors of Rodney s fine art photographs. Rodney shares his life and his view of the magnificence of the world with his wife and their four children, Aleesha, Rebecca, Trey and Keelee, each of whom have the rare privilege of time alone with their dad on the mountaintops and in the valleys he so loves.