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Wayne Suggs – Portrait of a Photographer

Rugged juxtaposition between desolation and beauty

Matt Payne

Matt Payne

Matt Payne is a landscape photographer and mountain climber from Durango, Colorado. He’s the host of the weekly landscape photography podcast, “F-Stop Collaborate and Listen,” co-founder of the Nature First Photography Alliance, and co-founder of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards. He lives with his wife, Angela, his son Quinn, and his four cats, Juju, Chara, Arrow, and Vestal.


For the tenth iteration of this column, I decided to focus on the artwork of a photographer who prides himself on strict adherence to a more natural approach to making images while instilling a deeply rooted passion for storytelling from his local environs. Wayne Suggs is a photographer living in Las Cruces, New Mexico and many of his photographs are from right in his own backyard in the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument. Wayne’s images are focused on showcasing the rugged juxtaposition between desolation and beauty with a reverence for the Indigenous cultures that came before.


Wayne, a New Mexico native, has been photographing the Southwest for over forty-five years and his love of his local scenes is quite apparent when one looks at his images and reads the descriptions that accompany his wonderful photographs.

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