Photographer, Alex Strohl, has adventure in his blood. His father, a Frenchman, was a forest engineer who worked throughout Southern Europe and North Africa. However, when Alex’s father decided to move somewhere more wild in the 1960’s he landed on Missoula, Montana.
So when Alex and his partner, Andrea Dabene, decided to make some roots and establish ‘home’, Montana was an easy decision. Alex loved its snow-capped peaks and untouched wilderness. Andrea loved Montana’s long, peaceful winters and beauty.
“Home is underrated,” Andrea said. “When you come back from your travels to reflect on where you’ve been, that’s when you really find yourself.”
“At home you’re lazy, then you’re hard on yourself,” Alex added. “You find a routine, and then you break it. It’s very revealing of who you are.”
Alex and Andrea are Land Rover enthusiasts and their Land Rover Discovery Sport is the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle and needs. At one point, they drove in a snowstorm 4 hours overnight to get to a backcountry ski resort. The Discovery Sport performed perfectly and they safely arrived at their destination, no worries.
The Montana nights are perfect for Alex. He enjoys using the night sky in his photography. “I feel very vulnerable, like a real outsider when I’m alone at night,” Alex said. “I look for clear moonless nights so we can photograph the Milky Way, or I like to find a body of water in the foreground so the stars reflect on the surface.”
Once the winter is over, Alex and Andrea will be heading to France to climb the Pyrenees, bike the Alps, and surf in the Basque Country. In Europe, they have a Land Rover Defender 110 to get around. Their Discovery Sport will wait for them until summer when they return home to Montana, ready to explore their ‘home’ once again.