We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Roth and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chris, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Photographing far away places! The wilderness, the mountains, our amazing national parks and the open road that gets me there have literally changed my life. There is nothing bad in my day that can’t be cured by a little solitude in the presence of nature.

My travels are quite often to very remote places. Sometimes the destinations are small villages in foreign lands where few people speak English. Being immersed in a culture is the best way to learn about a community. These experiences can opened my mind to a new (and hopefully better) way of thinking and change my perspective of the world.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
After college, I moved to Godollo, Hungary, a rural village outside of Budapest where I taught English to elementary school children. Arriving at the end of the cold war, I watched as Soviet tanks were hauled away by train. Hungary was no longer an Eastern Bloc country and I found myself in the middle of history being made.

I spent my free time exploring anywhere a train or bus pass would take me. I couldn’t get enough of learning about Eastern Europe and the perseverance of its people. My time there changed how I would see the world forever.

While raising my family and building a successful retail business, I carried those memories with me. I dreamed of adventures in faraway places and the stories I would write. Those dreams turned to reality when I visited and later moved to Croatia. Falling madly in love with the country, its people and culture compelled me to share what I learned.

My love of photography was born from these experiences. Exploring remote locations and uncovering the treasures in each new adventure fuels me. I push myself to find places and subject matter that others don’t see by choosing the most unlikeliest of paths. And…I pay attention!

Because much of my portfolio was captured on county roads I use County Road Images as my brand when selling my work at art shows.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A dear friend from Croatia came to visit March 2020. Little did we know the whole world was getting ready to shut down. I picked out some of the iconic spots like the Fort Worth Stockyards and Deep Ellum. We bought tickets to a concert at Billy Bob’s and to a Mavericks Game. Unfortunately, both were cancelled because of Covid. She got to see the cattle drive on Exchange and shop at the Mavericks store in Victory Park and she was thrilled about that. She even had her photo taken with a cardboard cutout of Luka Dončić. Because of the pandemic we had to get creative about our sightseeing. We chose to crisscross the state and see all of the natural wonders that Texas has to offer.

Probably the most exciting for her was Big Bend National Park. That part of Texas and the Rio Grande reminded her of the cowboy movies of her childhood. She sent lots of photos and video of that back to her home.

Marfa and the old ghost town of Terlingua were fun and unique experiences for her.

It was going to be hard to top all of that but we came close when we went to the Hill Country the following week. Being mid-March the wildflowers were in full bloom. The rocky outcroppings, hills and fields full of Blue Bonnets and Indian Paintbrushes were her favorite Texas backdrops.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without a doubt, my husband. He’s my biggest fan and most constructive critic. His opinions and insights have helped guide me through my journeys (both the creative and destination kind). He’s also my designated driver and protector from the dangers that exist in my type of work. Mountain driving, wildlife and unpredictable weather are all parts of the job. I’m grateful to know he always has my back.

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