About Scott Bacon

Scott Bacon - Photographer

I’m an amateur photographer with more than 35 years of experience. Starting in the black and white darkroom – 35mm, medium and large format – and evolving through today’s digital imaging. I’m a life-long resident of Colorado, and love both mountains and canyonlands. I recently retired from a career in the software industry, dedicating years as a developer and product leader. In 2019, my passion for wilderness preservation and nature photography came together as I helped co-found Nature First – the Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography, where I have been serving on the board of directors and leadership team.

I have always been an explorer, at heart. Experiencing the quiet of wilderness, the beauty of nature, and even new countries and cultures always provides me a child-like joy and sense of wonder. I strive to create images that convey those feelings and experiences – both for myself, and for the enjoyment and inspiration of others. Very simply, that’s the “why” behind my photography.

My Commitment to Responsible Nature Photography

I’m a founding member of Nature First, the Alliance of Responsible Nature Photographers. We created Nature First and the Principles because we have seen first-hand the negative impact made by photographers and visitors in the natural places we cherish and love to photograph. I’m dedicated to exemplifying and educating others about the Nature First Principles:

  1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.Nature First - Proud_Member
  2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
  5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
  6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
  7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles

Please feel free to contact me with questions, or visit Nature First for more information.