Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Traveling to the mountains - Bishop, California
Photographer Note: I feel like I'm home when I'm in Bishop. When I think of where I want to live someday, I always think of a small little cabin close to the magic of the Eastern Sierra. If I could figure out a way to make a living up there I'd be packing up the truck right now.
James Halfacre exploring the Subway in Zion - Utah
Photographer Note: I had seen pictures of the Subway and I always wanted to see it in person. It's a spectacular place to hang out for the day. You'll get a kink in your neck because you tend to look up and stare a lot.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Curtis Major doing the dishes at our beachfront camp - Baja
Photographer Note: What's special about doing the dishes? Nothing, except for the fact that you are camped on the beach in remote Baja without a care in the world. Chores tend to be more fun when you are living like this.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Lifeguards practicing cliffside rescues along Sunset Cliffs - Ocean Beach, California
Photographer Note: These guys knew I was there so they were having fun with me. I can assure you that if this were a real scenario this wouldn't be the picture. San Diego lifeguards have a pretty kush life and that's why I was photographing them. This is the moment of taking the day off to practice and have fun.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here I am guiding great friend Cory Lashell up the Mountaineer's Route and topping out at 14,500 feet on Mount Whitney. This mountain has a lot of meaning to me. My grandmother died while I was atop the summit. I took her picture to the top and showed her the amazing view the following year. I'm not a crazy adventurer with superb technical skills but my trips have a certain spirit to them. That's what I want to be known for.
Clay Buddington reading Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire and enjoying the evening along the Pacific Crest Trail - San Diego
Photographer Note: The trail goes from Mexico to Canada and is 2600 miles long. It's nice to be able to hop in the car and be on the infamous "trekking highway" within 45 minutes of downtown San Diego. I'll do it one day and figure out a way to document it like it's never been done before.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Greg and Stephanie Stahl watching the sun go down in Joshua Tree - California
Photographer Note: When a climbing crash pad seems like a hotel room, you know you've been around the block. It's not about nice clothes, ordering room service, driving a flashy car or an elaborate job title. It comes down to being around people who can turn an idea into reality based purely on life experience. The amount of money funding a project becomes only a minor detail.
Greg Stahl swapping out a flat front tire deep in the Mexican outback.
Photographer Note: The roads were bad the year I took this photograph. Fixing a flat is a minor repair but if something goes wrong you are dead in the water. We tend to crack jokes until the problem is solved. As soon as the problems start happening the camera starts rolling.
Curtis Major and I battling it out with a stack of 52 and a couple brews- Yosemite, California
Photographer Note: You know a place is special when people travel from all over the world to see it, but it's a little much during peak season. There are so many people buzzing around that you feel like you are playing cards in a Las Vegas casino. Major and I chose to turn up the raggae music to drown out the commotion.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
When you're dirtbagging it you tend to think in terms of the animal kingdom. As we say, you don't brush your teeth, you scrub your tusks. Here I am getting ready to scrub those tusks with great friend Stephanie Stahl - Alabama Hills, California (Photo Cred: Curtis Major)
Greg and Stephanie Stahl setting up camp along the Lost Coast - California
Photographer Note: The California coastline is one of the most spectacular pieces of real estate in the world. The Lost Coast is rugged, beautiful and offers up some epic beachfront camps right on the sand . We had music, margaritas, great food and no worries. Life doesn't get any better.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Curtis Major getting water to make some tea as the rain begins to fall - High Sierra, California
Photographer Note: A hot beverage is crucial on those cold days high in the mountains. It gives you a boost, warms you up, and makes you stop and appreciate where you are. I wish I was there right now.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Kasey Hofer making sure we got everything after we just hitched a ride from the van driving away - Mojave Desert, California
Photographer Note: You don't get moments like this unless you are right there in the situation. Hofer and I flew a sign and got picked up in style. Once we hopped in the van it was apparent we weren't hitching a ride with an ordinary fellow. He handed us an energy drink and we began shooting the shit. It just so happens he is the twice winner of the infamous Baja 1000 off road race. Kasey and I looked at each other like, "you gotta be kidding me."
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Paul Lang (right) leaving the Baja trailer and heading to the beach - San Quintin
Photographer Note: I've been fortunate to have stayed at some classic Baja basecamps. You don't need much more than an old truck camper on cinder blocks, a Waverunner and a kayak.
Paul Lang (right) and Kyle Stich laxin' at Baja basecamp.
Friday, June 4, 2010
I've done more random jobs than a temp agency could get their hands on. Bubba the yellow lab and I roamed around Red Rocks, Nevada while his climbing owners were out sending multi-pitch routes. I earned a delicious 5-star meal, top shelf margaritas and made two new friends in the process.
Kasey Hofer stretching out and starting the day - Garnet Lake, California
Photographer Note: Most photographers will get this question several hundred times per year. "What's your favorite photograph you've ever taken?" My favorite pictures are the ones of my friends living the life. The amount of jokes and laughter going on behind the scenes is absolutely hysterical. This is a perfect example.
Greg Stahl and I planning the ultimate Baja journey involving these abandoned fishing camps - Not Telling, Baja
Photographer Note: When Greg and I travel in Baja he is thinking about his future. He and his wife Stephanie are the original Baja crew. When we are out exploring the Mexican outback, they are looking for real estate, planning the lifestyle and wondering what's possible. This isn't a vacation, it's a journey to find the ideal location to set up shop. Baja.....the crew is rolling strong.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Greg Stahl enjoying the midday nap in the High Sierra.
Photographer Note: It's a blast to look at a set of photos and tell the story. Sometimes the most boring moments of the day end up making the best pictures. In this case I can remember being that tired.
Great friends Clay Buddington and Adam Goldstein figuring out the next travel move once we reached the hostel - Noosa, Australia
Photographer Note: Making plans and open to whatever. When you land in a location and figure it out upon arrival, things are proper. A plan will formulate but it tends to happen on a day to day basis. It's great because time slows down and things start happening.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Boris Grogg riding his bicycle across the United States - Southern, Utah
Photographer Note: I had been traveling with Grogg and his riding partner for three days. I followed their every move, from grocery stores, to water breaks, to campsites, to trailing them down the road for 100 miles in my van. This is how I get my pictures. I meet, I inquire, I interact, I make friends and I document what's in front of me. To find adventurers, you must go on an adventure yourself.