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Story Behind the Image

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: Creative Live

What do mountaineering, childbirth, and teaching a Creative Live course all have in common? They all involve an enormous amount of suffering that strangely fades from your memory as time passes. Magically, you forget all the bad stuff and soon … [Read more]

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: Doubling Down in Lebanon

In the mountains of northern Lebanon is a limestone sinkhole that is simply beyond words. It’s called the Baatara Gorge. It features a pencil-thin waterfall trickling into a misty sinkhole, hundreds of feet below. There are also three natural … [Read more]

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: SMaC Down on the NIAD

Nikon D700 / 16-35mm lens / ISO 100 / 250th second / f/5.6 Around midnight, Jim Collins, the best-selling business author and longtime rock climber, stood at the base of El Capitan. Over the next 24 hours, he would attempt to climb all 3,000 feet … [Read more]

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: Standing on the Shoulders of Yosemite’s Giants

Nikon D4s / 14-24mm f/2.8 lens / ISO 200 / 1/1000th second / f/8 I took this picture of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson at 3:59 p.m. on January 11, 2015. At this point, I’d been living on the side of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park alongside … [Read more]

STORY BEHIND THE IMAGE: The Best Time to be a Photographer is Right Now

Nikon D700 / 17-35mm f/2.8 lens / ISO 200 Today David Lama is one of the most successful professional climbers in Europe. But at age 19, his climbing career almost ended before it even began. In the austral summer of 2009/2010, Austrian climbers … [Read more]

Story Behind the Image: Raising Experience

Nikon D800 / 16-35mm f/4 lens / ISO 200 / f/5.6 / 1/125th second The best moments of my career have always involved the times when business (opportunities), sport (adventure) and lifestyle (passion) come together—always in some unique way that … [Read more]