Why Outdoors In Color?
When looking at media related to outdoor activities, I find a noticeable lack of representation by people of color. There is a desire among people of color to have representation, a feeling of belonging to the outdoors community, and to be connected with each other. With Outdoors In Color, I want to capture and share stories, images, and video from outdoorsmen of varying ethnicities and backgrounds. Outdoors In Color breaks stereotypes and demonstrates that the outdoors is a part of the human experience, not just the experience of a specific ethnic group or for people of a particular background.
I’m a former pro baseball player and admited workaholic who grew up in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles.
Fishing has always been a part of my live, some of my earliest memories involve huge rainbow trout and spending weekends on the lake with my granny. If I had a choice of hunting or fishing I’d probably prefer to spend a day on the lake than a day in the woods.
My first hunt took place around the age of 10 when my dad took my brother and I out to the dessrt to hunt rabbit. Though we did shoot a rabbit, I really wasn’t that interested in hunting until later in life. Today I enjoy bowhunting in my home state of Texas.
I started Outdoors In Color because I felt there are great stories out there from a divers group of outdoorsmen and women that the outdoors media industry has chosen to ignore. I felt there was a gap that needed to be filled however, that gap can’t be filled from the outside, these stories have to bubble up from within the community.
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