Photo by: Jarob J. Ortiz (left); Casey Paynter (right)
For many people, traveling across the country to capture extraordinary landscapes and landmarks of civic importance on film sounds like a dream job.
For Milwaukee-native Jarob J. Ortiz, it’s a reality.
Ortiz earned a sought-after position at the National Park Service to help document parks and historic sites across the United States.
“I never expected to get this job,” Ortiz told Travel + Leisure. But when he heard an NPR interview with Dr. Richard J. O’Connor, Chief of the Heritage Documentation Program, about their search for the “next Ansel Adams,” he was motivated to submit his resume.
“O’Connor said, ‘but the thing we really like are old buildings,’” Ortiz recalled, “and when I heard that I [thought], ‘This is perfect.’”