“Fulfilling the measure of our creation” I heard that this morning & I’ve sat with it all day swirling around in my mind. I’ve been pondering what that means in my life & trying to understand how something so complex could be measured. Or is it simple? Either way it seems that all of us are destined for something much greater than we often allow ourselves to achieve or seek after.
I wanted to find a perspective that truly gave the depth this canyon deserved, the way the light gently touches the rim casting long shadows. This photograph is pretty special to me. Not only because of the assignment, to document the National Parks of the Southwest, or the permit process we went through to be able to legally fly over sacred Navajo land or even the 22 hour drive with multiple break downs it took to get there. 😬 But it was my stop at @anseladams archive on the way there that filled my whole being with inspiration. I read through journal entries of his assignment almost 40 years prior to shoot this same exact canyon. To watch how this image came to life check the link in my bio for a short video about the creative process. . Shot on assignment for @travelodge With support from @npcapics @cntrforcreativephoto
The final pitches of The Dawn Wall. I still remember the phone call from my friend @coreyrichproductions while he was on the face of El Cap documenting the final days of the Dawn Wall. Like many I had been following along feverishly & even made a trip to the valley to climb & catch a glimpse. Cory had always been a mentor to me and when he asked if I could finish shooting the final push for his Patagonia assignment in his absence I was more than grateful. I remember driving 11 hours straight from Yosemite to my house & back to pick up supplies & camera gear. I began ascending El Caps east ledges in the middle of the night. At dawn I was rapping over the edge of El Cap & feeling the vertical relief of 3,000 below my dangling legs. The exposure comes real fast when you aren’t prepared for it. I spent two days documenting the last final pitches watching every single movement through the lens. For the last 3 years I have waited patiently for ‘The Dawn Wall’ film to be released.. I recently attended a premier in Denver & it brought the whole experience back. Even after witnessing it in person the film still made me cry. Well done @senderfilms. . Tomorrow ‘The Dawn Wall’ is in 600 Theatres across the US. Wed Sep 19th! Get out and experience this for yourself- thank me later! For info & tickets visit @senderfilms @rbmhfilms @tommycaldwell @kevinjorgeson #DawnWallFilm Www.dawnwallfilm.com
A line drawn in the sand. On one side sat the Bear Glacier gripping to the remnants of the winter season. The other held a surging Pacific Ocean warming with the endless spring sun. I wanted to be in both places at once.
A sunrise atop the sacred Spider Rock. This formation stands almost 800 ft above the valley floor & is named after the story of Spider Woman a key piece of Navajo lore. Although the view from the rim is incredible, the real magic is felt on the canyon floor. . We shot a short behind the scenes video from this project document National Parks in the southwest - check it in my bio link. 🤙
Glacial remnants stranded in Lake Tasman. Just got back from an assignment documenting this area & it only took 10 years traveling to NZ to get a good weather window. My first time in Mount Cook area.
Spirituality isn’t something you get in a room. Although we may congregate to share, uplift & serve those around us, spirituality is usually born from our personal experience in the natural world where we usually feel most insignificant.