Mountain & Prairie Podcast
About This Show
The Mountain & Prairie Podcast spotlights the innovative, creative individuals who are helping to shape the future of the American West. From ranchers to writers, athletes to artists, conservationists to entrepreneurs, there is no shortage of fascinating characters whose hard work makes the West such a special place to live, work, and play. Through informal yet informative interviews, Ed Roberson introduces you to these unsung heroes, giving you a better understanding of their work and a deeper appreciation for life in the American West.
• Ranches • Conservation • History • Water • Books • Adventures • Colorado • Rocky Mountains.
Most Recent Episode
Camrin Dengel – Slow Living in the American West
Camrin Dengel is a professional lifestyle photographer who lives and works on the quiet side of the Teton Mountain Range in Teton Valley, Idaho. Her work focuses on a broad range of subjects, with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, hunting, fishing, and life in and around her mountain community. In her work and leisure, Camrin is a devoted proponent of slow living, and she strives to approach her profession and life in a manner that is intentional, simple, meaningful, and positive.
Growing up in Valdez, Alaska gave Camrin a unique perspective and toughness (she calls it “stubbornness”) that have allowed her to pursue her passion for art full time, while staying true to her ideals and enjoying a slow-living lifestyle. She attended college on a running scholarship with the intention of becoming an engineer, but decided midway through that art and photography were her true calling. After graduation, she moved straight to Teton Valley where she has built a life and business centered around documenting the people and places that make the American West such a special place to live.
I’ve spent a lot of time in Teton Valley and can honestly say that Camrin’s work captures the landscapes and lifestyle more authentically than any artist I’ve ever seen. She is obviously a talented photographer, but she is also a super-interesting person who has managed to sidestep a good deal of the “busyness” and distractions that dominate many of our lives. In our conversation, we discuss her career trajectory, and also her love for the community of Teton Valley. We dig deep into the idea of slow living, and she offers some thoughts on ways for people to adopt a slower, more intentional lifestyle. As usual, we discuss favorite books, documentaries, and challenges and opportunities facing the American West.
This is a really fun episode full of lots of great info. Be sure to check out the episode notes for links to everything we discuss. Hope you enjoy!
2:30 - How Camrin describes her work
3:50 - Good example of Camrin’s work
5:30 - Teton Valley explained
7:25 - How she ended up in Teton Valley
8:30 - Transition from adventure photography to lifestyle
9:50 - Thoughts on slow living
10:45 - Ways to live slowly as effortlessly as possible
13:25 - Being intentional with social media
14:20 - Advice for adopting a slower lifestyle
15:30 - Growing up in Alaska
16:35 - Unique