Here’s the part four of our interview series celebrating our home state, the beautiful state of Arizona. This time we sat down with Dan Deublein, an Arizona native, photographer, and the founder of The Proper Function .
Q: Dan, what was your childhood like?
When people ask me what it was like growing up in the White Mountains of Arizona, I tell them it provided me the absolute greatest sense of freedom. I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world, but it’s that sense of freedom I had as a boy that keeps drawing me back to the area. Growing up, I was very fortunate to be exposed to the wisdom of the Apache Tribe. I remember learning about spirits that lived within mountains, waterfalls and underground realms. I think this really sparked a curiosity for me about how we relate to the wild, we are simply relatives.
Q: What first drew you to capture your adventures?
Q: What did you find so unique about Arizona?
When people think of Arizona, they typically refer to the desert. They haven’t seen our mountains, crystal-clear trout streams and herds of elk roaming across grassy meadows. I mean, do you know why there are no dinosaur fossils in the Grand Canyon? Because they’re 1 billion years worth of rock exposed. In other words, it’s much older than the dinosaur! Not only do we have beautiful desert landscapes, we have almost double the amount of wilderness than the entire Midwest. Most importantly, we don’t observe daylight savings time!
Q: Did you get to photograph any hidden places in Arizona?
Q: Do you wish you could capture the world besides photography?
Q: What equipment do you use to captures your work?
Q: What is the most memorable trip you have had in recent memory?
I have a feeling my most memorable trip is coming this year when I travel to Nepal. We are embarking on a 2.5-week backpacking adventure through the Himalayas and plan on visiting the monasteries. However, this past month I boarded a sea plane in Alaska and flew to the historic Taku Glacier Lodge. It’s a beautiful fishing and hunting lodge only accessible by seaplane. It was built in 1923 and faces the stunning Taku Glacier. Fresh Salmon was pulled from the river and cooked over an open flame, which attracted a few bears. It was an experience of a lifetime!
Q: What advice would you give to someone embarking on their first adventure?
There exists a greater opportunity to feel connected with your surroundings when you are curious about adventure. Curiosity leads to discovery and allows for a genuine engagement. Don’t just hike a trail, embark upon an old wagon trail and learn about its history. Rather than simply visiting a waterfall for a photo opportunity, understand It’s value to the native American population that inhabited those falls far before you arrived. We are hardwired for adventure, make it meaningful.