Chasing Adventure from the Plains of North Dakota
My name is Jake Nixon and I was born into a very loving family in the foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. I grew up skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and exploring. I first decided to pick up a camera in the summer of 2014, one year after enlisting in the United States Air Force. The occasion was a one hundred mile backpacking trip through Cimarron, New Mexico with a big handful of friends. After taking more than two thousand photos in the two week trip, I was hooked on photography.
It took three years of improving my skills in all aspects of the art for me to first call myself a photographer. I took home Best of Show, Best Color, and People’s Choice for work I entered in my first ever gallery submission. This is when I first started to take my hobby seriously, but I definitely have a lot still to learn.
As Uncle Sam has me stationed in the middle of North Dakota, inspiration for photography has not always come easy. I have traveled from coast to coast on personal adventures and business trips, seeking out inspiration and the raw beauty of this planet. A routine training opportunity on the central coast of California turned into a 7,000 mile solo camping road trip in the spring of 2016. I took more than four thousand photos on my journey, bought a bike, saw a mountain lion, and fell completely in love with the beauty of Planet Earth and this country.
I continue to stretch towards further exploration of this continent through any means necessary. This world is a beautiful place, and I want to capture that beauty and share it with you. Thank you for being a part of the adventure!