Frances Lozano grew up in the rural countryside in the San Francisco Bay Area where she enjoyed outdoor activities. An early influence in her life was her uncle, Brother Alfred Brousseau, whose photographs of wildflowers and the Sierra Nevadas set the bar for what one could hike to and photograph in the wilderness. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley in English, wrote a Master’s thesis on “The Archetypal Role of the Female in Lord of the Rings,” and became a teacher of English and film in high school and community college. Her interest in film studies resulted in a ten year role as the producer, videographer and editor of Art Is Essential for GAVTV-18 where she honed her skills framing moving images. In 2002 she became the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Gavilan College, a position she held until her retirement in 2019. She is the author of Airborne: a Writer’s Textbook (Houghton Mifflin 1996) and the children’s book Pizza Central (Amazon 2020) as well as a series of photo-based books for her grandchildren based on her hiking and trekking adventures: Where to Look for Elves, The Christmas Elves Visit, and Autumn Elves. Photography started for her at the age of eight with a Brownie camera on Glacier Point in Yosemite, as can be seen in the photographs on this page. That combination of camera and mountains has remained constant in her life.
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