Friday, April 30, 2010
A man missing half of his fingers sharpening knives - Cusco, Peru
Photographer Note: This is one of those moments that promotes a picture. He was a proud man who was very kind when I approached him. It's one of those encounters that I will never forget because I have a picture.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Natasha Mitchell, creator of My Church Apparel - San Diego
Photographer Note: Natasha had a clear concept of what she was looking for. She came to me with the photo below so we tried to replicate it with her in the picture. We then began expanding on the concept to create the picture above.
Original concept supplied by client
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Photo Cred: Greg Stahl
I'm learning more and more about the Baja road system every time I go down. A good map can get you off the beaten path for sure. We also did a pre-run via Google Earth to see where the road connections were. An endless amount of unmarked dirt roads and I tend to like that - Sierra San Pedro, Baja
Greg Stahl navigating a small road hazard on his Honda CT70 - Baja
Photographer Note: The motorcycle tires were the same thickness as the log we put across the washout. It was a slow and tedious process to get across, but we managed to do it without losing either bike in the seven foot ditch. A hilarious moment of extreme focus.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
A boxer regains consciousness after being knocked out - Sacramento, California
Photographer Note: I was right on the ropes shooting alongside all the other photographers. When a punch lands and you are this close you know it because the sweat and blood are literally hitting you in the face. The front row is the only place to be.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Photographer Note: This is a half-day photo shoot I did with two vintage fashion entrepreneurs. Sarah Sanaee and Jenea Zeek are "cosmic gypsy soul sisters sharing their love of the past with today's world." Here's the spread in pictures utilizing several locations in San Diego.
Friday, April 23, 2010
The vintage fashion collections of Sarah Sanaee and Janea Zeek - San Diego Trolley Station, California
Photographer Note: I tried to organize a vintage clothing shoot that involved multiple locations in San Diego within a two hour time period. We were able to make several great images and had a blast as usual. Look for the full spread of the locations in the days to come. Much thanks to Sarah and Jenea!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The vagabond lifestyle - Ocean Beach, California
Photographer: I always approach people like this because I lived in my van in San Diego for a year. It was by choice and for the purpose of photography but I always get a kick out of seeing why people choose this life over the "normal one." When you are living your life and your dream, nothing else matters.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Kyle Stich crossing the US/Mexico border - Tijuana
Photographer Note: The border crossing is something you can't predict. I never stress it unless I'm driving right into work. It can be frustrating when it takes several hours to get across, especially after a long and tiring adventure. Prop out the leg, and wait it out because there is nothing you can do about it.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Two fishermen calling it quits after a successful day on the cliff - Mendocino coast, California
Photographer: I was out scouting with a buddy of mine when I took this shot. He knew these guys and they did in fact catch a variety of fish. I scouted about 100 miles of coastline on this last trip up north, and my general consensus was that it reminded me of New Zealand. New Zealand has been my favorite destination to date.
Here I am working out in remote British Columbia as a camera assistant for ESPN. We were in the wilderness for 26 days of filming and it really fueled my passion for visual adventure. I was leading many of the best outdoor cinematographers to their shooting locations, assisting with helicopter logistics and making things happen behind the camera. It made me hungry to pursue the lifestyle.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Paddleboarder heading upstream in the Gualala River - Gualala, California
Photographer: The water levels were up when I crossed the river. A ton of rain had come down the night before and this guy couldn't wait for the morning paddle. It was a pretty cool thing to stumble onto during a rain storm.
Trucks refueling along Interstate 5 - Central, California
Photographer Note: This is funny because the manager of the place came out and told me not to take pictures. He was convinced that I was shooting for a specific purpose. The man asked me why I was taking pictures, and I explained to him that I liked the orderly row of trucks, combined with the great clouds and nice light. I run into this every once in awhile and it's always hilarious to explain to people the reason for the picture.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Greg Stahl using my waist belt to repair a broken set of handlebars aboard his Honda trail bike - Santa Barbara, California
Photographer Note: This trip was a mission. Greg had a pretty good crash and managed to ride his bike after this "repair." Right after I took this picture I realized that I had a flat rear tire. I pushed my bike for three miles in the dark to figure out a way back to the truck. I would say that this is a fairly typical ride at this point.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
When I passed San Francisco this last week I knew I was going to have to yard sale my truck and carve out a sleeping arrangement. The wind gusts, rain and lightning ruined my plan to sleep under the stars, and with no tent it was time to make a nest in my Nissan Xterra. I'm almost six feet tall and I managed to fully lay out, and even get a little work done while the storm pounded me all night. It wasn't a great night of sleep, but I was high and dry and ready to start the morning.
Kasey Hofer on his personal practice wall dubbed "The Rec Center" - Northern California
Photographer Note: This was the last time I was going to see "The Rec Center" before it gets torn down. It's in old barn with tons of style and culture to it. This is as good as it gets when you traveling along Highway 1 and need a place to chill out with the crew. I'm glad I was able to climb it one last time!
Friday, April 9, 2010
From Spain, Juanito Wau of Wau y Los Arrrghs
Photographer Note: This image is all about the eye contact. For me, It's about crashing the front row and getting close when I'm at a live show. My camera has been an all access pass in many situations and it keeps me close to the action at all times.
Primed and ready for the morning ride - Moab, Utah
Photographer Note: I was riding with a local who worked at one of the bike shops in town. He took me down a trail called Megalodon that was borderline suicide. My bike was built for Winnie the Pooh, but I somehow managed to get down the trail with only one minor crash. I think I was shopping for a new bike within hours of it's completion.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Cyclist Colin Nederkoorn writing down travel notes as he traverses the United States - Utah
Photographer Note: When I look at my own pictures, I see people doing exactly what I do; documenting their adventure. Half the fun of traveling is being able to take people along for the ride, whether it be in words or photographs. I do both, but I'm about to start adding video to increase the power of my storytelling.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
When I don't have experience in a certain type of photography, I will show up a couple days early and practice in the foreign environment. Here I am taking a test shot (above) in Heppe Ice Cave in Lava Beds National Monument. The hard work earned me "Photo of the Month" in the nationally published Editor and Publisher Magazine. This photo has appeared before, but here it is again.
Crystal Ice Cave
Greg Stahl showing the essence of Baja...ripped blue jeans and a bloody knee.
Photographer Note: I'm a blue-collar guy and that's the essence of my pictures. I used to think that great outdoor pictures consisted of brightly colored, overpriced adventure gear and perfect hair. I want my photography to represent blue-collar people who do what they can, with what they have. It's a sign of the times.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The origin of the name Getaway Imagery came from the name of my Canadian conversion Get-Away Van. I flew into San Francisco to pick it up and paid $4500 for the nobel steed. It was my daily driver for five years and at times was the only home I had. Since selling it, i've had a hard time adjusting to life without the Get-Away Van's versatility. Once you've had one of these things it's hard to own a regular vehicle ever again.
Kasey Hofer lovin' the life in the high mountain sun - Eastern Sierra, California
Photographer Note: Hofer calls me up every now and then with a crazy idea or trip concept. If you look at my pictures on a regular basis you will see the same people in the photos. Most of us are pushing 30 years old and have designed our lives around the trips we do. We all have jobs that allow us to travel as much we like. Our priorities are focused on getting out and doing the things we love to do.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
When you slice your head open to the bone of your skull and you have no insurance, it's time to start planning the next adventure. I declined the stitches, taped it up, and headed into the woods for another week. It's not a matter of living cautiously, it's about pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone. It's all or nothing.
Adam Goldstein and Clay Buddington - Noosa, Australia
Photographer Note: I spend less time documenting the sports and more time documenting the lifestyle. When things are pure, budgets are low, and you are with your best friends, the pictures tend to have more meaning. This is not a job, it's a lifestyle.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Elise Harvey - North Park, San Diego
Photographer Note: I love challenging myself to catch those fantastic moments of light aboard the human face. When the light is shifting, and people are moving around, it's all about identifying the light source and waiting for that beautiful model to come to you. I document slices of time and light using the anticipation of the shutter.
I am a horrible climber but I do have fun ripping off my finger tips when I'm photographing other climbers. Some of my biggest influences are climbers and climbing photographers. Their ability to capture moments in the vertical environment makes for some of the most exciting imagery I've ever seen. Here I am out in Bishop enjoying some low-risk bouldering.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Stephanie and Greg Stahl calling it home for the night - Lost Coast, California
Photographer Note: I've seen some pictures taken along the Lost Coast and they don't show the actual lifestyle. There are plenty of driftwood structures that keep you out of the wind and on a perfect piece of beachfront real estate. Everybody adds to the collection of ocean lumber to make a functional shelter under the stars.