Rocko Menzyk

Ski Photographer

Hometown

Edmonds, WA

Current

Salt Lake City, UT

I am an outdoor photographer who has been making Utah home for going on 6 winters now. While I'm happiest in the mountains shooting ski photography, in recent years I have pursued any type of photography to challenge myself and expand my experience and skillset.

Pump Up Song: Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club

Spirit Animal: Flying Squirrel

How can photography help communicate the value of public lands?

I think photography provides an opportunity to experience incredible places on Earth, especially for those who are unable to physically get there. The phrase ‘out of sight, out of mind’ comes into play, so being able to capture the quiet, the life, the colors, and the awe-inspiring nature of locations around the globe allows photographers to bring public lands to everyone. 

With Congress’ ability to sell off public land, it’s of huge importance for us to halt this loss and keep our lands protected. Photography is one way to raise awareness of this agenda, and to capture the history and beauty of our parks, forests, and other public lands, so people feel invested in keeping them protected.

What are a few of your dream locations to shoot?

The list goes on and on, as there's so many incredible locations. As far as the winter months, and as previously stated Alaska has always been on the list, going there to ski or not, it's a must on my list. Ideally though, traveling outside the country excites me most. Norway is a big one on the list, as is Italy, Sweden, and a Japanuary trip to ski is indeed needed. As far as the non-snowy adventures, I can't be too specific. Parts of Asia seem incredible to visit, but ideally traveling to and through all of Europe is a must. By the end of my days, I hope my profession brings me to all the ends of this amazing world.

At Stio we believe balance is the key, how do you practice balance in your day to day life? 

Balance is something that I need to remind myself about all the time. For me, I need to make sure I'm not overworking myself at times, and slowing down to enjoy life, get things in order, and just remember to breathe. We're here to enjoy life, so I try to make sure I'm not working or playing too hard.