My first experience with photography was in the late seventies when my older sister built a darkroom in our house.  She built the enlarger from scratch and taught me how to develop film and create prints.

As I grew up I found that I had an affinity for computers and ended up working in the tech industry.

It was late in 2005 and I was working for Cisco Systems when a blood clot no bigger than the head of a pin made its way from my calf up to my brain where it caused a blood vessel to burst taking away my eyesight and ability to walk.

The doctors gave me only days to live but the most devastating thing to me was that I would never again be able to see my loved ones or the beauty of the world around me.

Fortunately the doctors were wrong.  Over the following month I relearned to walk and my vision started to come back.

I could no longer perform my previous job at Cisco so I took the opportunity to get serious about photography.

I was living in Austin, Texas at the time which bills itself as the live music capital of the world so it was only logical that I combine my passion for music with my love of photography.  I spent several years doing photography for the SXSW Festival in Austin starting out shooting the bands but eventually moving to capturing images of movie stars, politicians and leaders of the tech industry.


I had dozens of images published in SXSWorld Magazine and they used my images in their official press kit, in their newsletter and

During my time in Austin I also started shooting for the website  I photographed numerous Japanese rock bands on their tour stops in Texas and Colorado.  I also did photography for the local nightlife blog and regularly did photography at Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.

In addition to the concert photography I took advantage of the fact that I lived a few blocks from a rodeo arena and started photographing their events.  I found that there was a lot of drama in the small town rodeos and I took every chance I could to photograph all of the ones in the area.

Hans Watson



In November of 2011 I moved to Aurora, Colorado.

I took advantage of the gorgeous scenery in the state and took up landscape and wildlife photography.  In addition I put my rodeo photography experience to good use and did photography for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

In 2012 I ran the photo team for the Denver Post’s Underground Music Showcase and in 2013 I became the venue photographer for the National Western Complex photographing all of their year round events.