After more than three decades on the road and behind the camera, noted landscape photographer Todd Caudle said he never tires of Colorado’s majestic mountains.
And apparently, neither have the thousands of locals and tourists who keep purchasing his eye-catching wall calendars.
Caudle, who moved to Golden from Colorado Springs in 2018, is the driving force behind Skyline Press, publisher of high-quality photo calendars, books and note cards featuring the Centennial State.
Caudle, a Chicago native, founded Skyline Press in 1992 and is celebrating his 30th year in business in Colorado.
Annually, he showcases the latest images from his portfolio in five calendar titles alongside a collection of award-winning coffee table books.
But doesn’t shooting the same mountain range get boring?
Not at all, according to Caudle.
He said he has an uncanny knack for finding interesting clouds and changing weather, a trait that earned him the nickname “Cloudman.”
”I do; I just really like a dynamic landscape,” said Caudle. ”I want to photograph scenes that won’t look the same in 30 seconds, let alone the next day—I really like that transitory look to a landscape.”
But Caudle admits landscapes were not his first photographic love.
“I started in concert photography,” he said. ”I used to go to all these concerts and remember looking through a set of binoculars and thinking, ‘Boy, I’d love a photo of this.’”
By chance, Caudle noticed his brother sneaking a camera into a concert venue.
“So I did, too,” he said. ”My brother taught me the fundamentals and the mechanics of the camera, so as the creative one in the family, I used my artistic side to teach myself composition. Finally, my brother gave it up, but I stuck with it.”
Caudle said he spent 10 years as a freelance photographer with the Colorado Springs Gazette and has most likely photographed every concert that came through Colorado from 1979 to 1994.
But his love for landscape came late in that process.
”I remember being at these concerts at Red Rocks and Fiddlers Green, dealing with crabby road managers that only gave you the first three songs to photograph,” he recalled. ”And then I’d see these beautiful sunsets and think, ‘You know, I’d really like to be out there-out in the wild,’ and that’s what prompted me to put a more considerable emphasis on landscapes.”
And the rest is history.
”Once I developed a portfolio of images of Colorado, I thought I’d try to publish a calendar,” he said. ”So in 1992 I published my very first calendar, and I’ve been publishing ever since.”
While Caudle admits his photography and Skyline Press were born in Colorado Springs, he says Golden is now home.
”Honestly, I had lived in Colorado Springs so long—and loved the view of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods—I thought moving would be a struggle for me,” he said. ”But now I just love Golden so much that I’ve never looked back.”
His new obsession is the Castle Rock feature on South Table Mountain, a familiar feature in the City of Golden’s logo.
So, those oversized paper calendars? Aren’t they on the way out?
Caudle says he has seen a slight decline, but “it hasn’t been a cliff.”
“There are still a lot of people who see value in a pretty picture calendar hanging on their wall,” he said. ”And I think that’s still gonna be around for a while.”
Skyline Press products are independent bookstores and gifts shops across Colorado.
The company has customers representing almost every state, 48 at last count.
In Golden, Caudle says his calendars are available at the Red Wagon Gift and Garden Shop, 1118 Washington Ave.
For more information and to place an online order, visit skylinepress.com.