Where My Respect Lies / by McKenzie Roers

What I am about to explain with an over dramatic preface has been one of the hardest decisions I have had to make regarding my stance, my respect, and all that I value. Over the course of the next year (and longer if need be), I will be gearing up to become a full time freelance photographer/writer. 

The long term goal of wanting to write a book has been brewing ever since someone placed Atticus' "Love Her Wild" in my hands; inspired to combine both my photography with carefully crafted words, I believe that my mind works best on the road. 

I wanted to publish a piece of explanation to promote a proper understanding of how I plan to progress with the new idea of "selling out". I have long been an advocate for keeping hashtags far away from the places I photograph. Admittedly, when I first moved to Utah and began photographing there, I was part of the problem. I chose to sharply adjust as I watched some of my favorite finds become exploited. I still feel strongly about keeping these places sacred, pure, protected. They are too important... 

Although I do plan to reintroduce hashtags on my social media accounts, it will be for the purpose of sales, not popularity. I plan to still remain anonymous about specific places as I do not value myself or my work to be more important than helping protect locations. 

Photography has been a long standing passion of mine that I do also love to share with others and I have created a very personal and closed off environment to harbor the safety of the places that I love and cherish, selfishly. Ultimately, I am trying to redirect viewers to the website versus just the Instagram page so experience better quality posts. Viewers can also expect to see more information regarding dog friendly hiking, camping, care, and tips. 

Bear (bare?) with me through this adjustment period, as I am already an open book on social media however extremely uncomfortable with doing what I am about to do. Also, no, this does not mean that I will be renewing a Facebook account.....

 Please enjoy the awkwardness that will ensue!