This month’s Instagram Takeover features South Carolina-based photographer Dillon Senn. Like most of the photographers who have taken over our account in previous months, Dillon was guided to the art of photography by his love for the outdoors, particularly the Blue Ridge Mountains of North and South Carolina.
Check out Dillon’s work below and find out about his go-to spots in the Blue Ridge with our short Q & A. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram @dead_head93 to stay up to date with his most recent adventures.
“Whenever I need to get away and find serenity I can always count on finding it in the Linville Gorge. I can relax under the stars and clouds in the Chimneys enjoying the massive views and cliffs from my weekend home. Spending all the time I need to reflect past and present without seeing a soul.” “Watching the dense clouds rise from the valley 3,000′ below from Cesar’s Head as they dance around Table Rock and the Blue Ridges.” “A brisk cold evening chasing the days last light across the Roan Highlands from Grassy Ridge Bald. It’s views like this that feed the soul!” “Only accessible by kayak or boat, the 200 foot tall Sol’s Creek Falls will leave you speechless with it’s raw power, sheer cliffs, and the lush meadows that surround the base.” “Woke up atop Grassy Ridge Bald to my pup collecting sticks to stoke the fire and with the feeling of a new high… 6,165′ that is! It’s hard to beat a crisp morning sunrise on Roan Mountain!”
BRO: How did you get into photography?
DS: I would always solo hike with my dog for the first year and a half that I really began exploring the mountains. My girlfriend used to work weekends, so I would document the incredible places I went with my phone to show her so that I could take her when she was able to get a day off. I’ve upgraded to a professional camera a while back, and it’s taken off ever since.
BRO: How long have you been shooting?
DS: I’ve been into photography for about a year and half. Ever since the first time I picked up a camera it’s been my passion to capture all the beauty that surrounds me. I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.
BRO: If you could only choose one area in this region to hike, explore, and photograph for the rest of your life what would it be?
DS: If I had to choose one area to explore and shoot in it would have to be the Linville Gorge. Each mountain is extremely diverse from their look all the way to the feeling you get as you hike each one. The Gorge and the Linville River hold a ton of magic and well kept secrets within its cliffs. You can begin a day at the summit of a mountain and end it chasing waterfalls and trout down at the mighty river. The Gorge is what sparked my passion for exploring, and it will always hold a piece of my heart.
BRO: Favorite musician from the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic?
DS: I’ve always said that good music is food for the soul! One band I’ve been really hyped on lately out of the Southeast is Seven Handle Circus. I grew up playing with some of these guys and it’s incredible to see where the road has taken them.
BRO: One piece of gear (minus your camera) you wouldn’t head into the woods without?
DS: One thing I couldn’t do without hands down would be my Nemo Tent. I recently upgraded to the Nemo Hornet Tent and the difference it makes is unbelievable! I would live out of it if I could. The weight and durability matched with the design makes it heaven in a stuff sack!