My work draws from autobiography to explore my connection with place. Born and raised in the rural Western U.S, I make photographs to better understand the place I call home, both from positive and tainted memories. The idea of home is a large theme in my work and I also consider issues of queer intimacy, traditional masculinity, and suburban development. 





Colton Rothwell (b.1999) is a photographer and artist based in Missoula, Montana. He recently graduated from the University of Montana in 2022 with a BFA in Studio Arts.

Raised in rural Idaho, his work is heavily influenced by his Western upbringing and the cultural and physical landscapes he called home as a closeted queer youth. He began taking photographs at the age of 14 as an outlet to help him understand the constructed binary world of sexuality and gender.

With experience in both the fields of journalism and the visual arts, Rothwell explores the truth and tactility of photography and considers the way history, personal identities, and technology affect the way images are understood and used.

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