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About the Cover Photographer: J.C. Leacock

J.C.’s professional career began in 1988, where, with a pickup truck and 4×5 camera he travelled extensively to scenic areas of the west and beyond shooting for calendar companies, book publishers and magazines. His creative focus has shifted numerous times, from large format landscapes, to cowboys, to outdoor sports and lifestyles. However, the dominant theme that runs throughout is The American West. For that is where J.C.’s heart and passion lies; in the big skies, prairies, mountains and people of the West. His scenic images capture the magical light, grandeur and intimacy of the American landscape, while his photographic portrayal of outdoor western lifestyles and Americana is both authentic and spirited.

Leacock is widely published internationally, and his images appear in such publications as Backpacker, SKI, Sunset, Outside, Men’s Journal, Cowboys & Indians and American Cowboy. His work has been published extensively in numerous calendars including Sierra Club, Audubon, Western Horseman and BrownTrout. J.C. has published two exquisitely beautiful books on Colorado: Colorado Closeup (Fulcrum Publishing, 1997) and Our Colorado (Voyageur Press, 2004). A third book, entitled South Dakota Simply Beautiful (Far Country Press, 2004), showcases J.C.’s diverse portfolio. His most recent coffee table book, Greetings from Colorado (Voyageur Press) was released in the fall of 2011. Closer to home, J.C.’s photographs frequently appear in Crested Butte Magazine, 5280 Magazine and the Colorado State Vacation Guide, among others.