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My cabin on wheels

Who takes these pictures? Just a guy from Baltimore who has been homeless for over three years! More professionally, my name is Zach Rohe and I consider myself a nomadic adventure photographer. The only thing better than the beauty of nature is the experiences and people I meet along the way, and living on the road gives me these opportunities every day.

My passion for photography comes from my willingness to explore new and wild places and the ability to share these places with others. I was encouraged to start taking photographs by my mother, who was disabled and not able to see the beautiful scenes I witnessed. Through photography, I was able to give her a window to that world, and share a story along with it! Not everyone has the opportunity to visit all the wonderful places in our country, but it is my goal to show them to all.

Capturing familiar places from a different perspective is the foundation of my style. I also love photographing nature at its peakā€¦ whether it be color, contrast, or shear awesomeness. Our world is an amazing place and I hope you see it that way as well. I invite you to look through my gallery here and tell me what you think. You can comment on any of my photos and I'll be happy to respond. Getting feedback from others is something I genuinely enjoy and gives me more potential to grow.

Growing up on a busy road in a busy city, I fell in love with the American West when I first visited at age 12. I would visit many times after that, exploring almost every state in the US. As a backpacker, I have done large sections of the Appalachian Trail and I've explored almost every corner of Shenandoah National Park. This is where I was given my trail name Downhill Trucker, which has stuck ever since. My greatest accomplishment was completing a two month cross country road trip and thru hiking the John Muir Trail in 2017, eventually landing in Boulder. In 2018 I explored many remote areas in my new home of Colorado and I created my first home, an adventure van named Carolyn where I reside today.

Initially an experiment, the nomadic life style has stuck with me, and provided countless opportunities for photography, hiking, and all things outdoors. I have made places like Yosemite, Death Valley, and Baja my personal backyard. You can find me most at home camping in my hammock in the backcountry or chatting around a campfire. The only thing that makes me more excited than going on the next adventure is having someone to share it with. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work.


Each photo has a short description about the location and timing of the photo but if you have any questions or input, please leave a comment on that photo and I'll be sure to respond. If you are interested in my van, Carolyn, there is an awesome video that was done on it, click on the link below.

Carolyn was named after my aunt who was a single mother but managed to travel the country on a limited budget in the backseat of a Buick. She is an artist as well and has won many awards for her carving skills.

My mother, Cynthia, is the inspiration for my photography. She always encouraged me to be my creative self and live for the experience while caring for others. She passed away in my arms several years ago, but her spirit lives strongly in the many lives she touched.

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