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Western feel

Hodder captures enduring beauty of rural life, landscapes

Erin Gleason

— Among landscape photographs of French and English countrysides, photographer Frederick Hodder snuck in a photo or two of the More Barn, perhaps Steamboat’s most recognizable landmark. And amidst photos encompassing veterans from Kazakhstan are rodeo cowboys and the mountains surrounding the Yampa Valley.

“I really try to capture the enduring beauty of the rural life and landscapes in Northwestern Colorado,” Hodder said. “No set ups or props, it’s simply the countryside’s beauty today.”

Hodder, who grew up in Casper, Wyo., and Denver, attended Stanford University and worked internationally for years before settling in London. Five years ago, during a Christmas visit to Steamboat Springs, Hodder and his wife fell in love with the area and purchased a house here.

“The rural beauty of this area reminds me of England,” Hodder said.

Even in his short time in Routt County, Hodder has felt the development changes in the area.

“The continuation of this beautiful countryside is particularly fragile in Steamboat,” Hodder said. “Locals and developers alike cherish the ranch life and there have been many efforts to maintain that.”

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In addition to landscapes, Hodder works with portraiture. In the future, he plans on continuing challenging himself with new subject matter.

“I enjoy taking portraits,” Hodder said. “It’s certainly more personal; I become more involved in the photograph’s story.”

“New Photographs,” taken primarily last spring at Fetcher Ranch and Warren Ranch, will be part of a larger project released this fall that incorporates his love of landscapes and portraiture.

“These photos are the basis of a book we are working on this summer, chronicling the historic ranch families of the Yampa Valley,” Hodder said.

Staying true to the rustic feel of the photographs, Hodder decided to mat his work on birch wood.

“I feel mounting them differently creates an immediately contemporary feel,” Hodder said.

Susan Schiesser, owner of the Schiesser Gallery that is presenting Hodder’s “New Photographs” exhibit, sees Hodder’s work as a unique view showcasing the Yampa Valley.

“In this age of digital perfection,” Schiesser said, “the honesty in the images are what makes this work stand apart from the masses.”