I’m based in Los Angeles, which means that a great deal of the fantastic scenery of the American Southwest is accessible and available for photography.
As a long time fan of photographer Ansel Adams, who shot iconic photos in the deserts and mountains in western landscapes, it always seemed to me that the exciting and dramatic physiques I was shooting would look great against the equally dramatic and exciting southwestern backdrops.
So many years ago I began a series of photos I called “Figures in the Landscape,” shooting everywhere from an Indian reservation in New Mexico, to Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Monument, and Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas to Malibu, CA. Even amid the lava rocks on Hawaii beaches.
Bill Dobbins is a legendary bodybuilding photographer and founding editor of FLEX magazine.