If the Southwest’s gorgeous scenery isn’t within driving distance of your place, this Arizona-based photographer will take you there.
Joanna Proffitt’s images came to our attention when we profiled 2019 world champion hoop dancer Cody Boettner in our January 2020 issue. Her action shots of the Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest wowed us and we figured her for an accomplished sports photographer. But it turns out that Phoenix-based Proffitt mainly focuses on landscapes, nature, and wildlife.
“I shoot a lot when I travel, mostly places within driving distance, mostly Arizona,” Proffitt. She doesn’t care for air travel, so it works out nicely that she can reach so many striking locations by car.
“I like sharing iconic locations that everyone wants to see but might never get to see — the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction. And I like capturing dramatic weather. A stormy sky can be so much more interesting photographically than clear sunny skies. Clouds and storms at sunset are some of my favorite things to capture. It’s always serendipity when it comes together by happenstance because I’m planning these trips ahead of time without knowing what the weather will be like.”
We invite you to take a few moments to pull over and check out some of Proffitt’s scenic vistas of the Southwest.
Find more of Joanna Proffitt’s photography at joannaproffitt.com.
Photography: Images courtesy the artist