As a photographer I love capturing the moment, freezing an image in time that will forever more remind the subject of that point in history, the colour and the shape, indeed the emotion of the moment.
As a climbing photographer nothing makes me happier than seeing people psyched on my work, capturing them at the peak of their grace and strength and sharing that moment with the world.
So in many ways seeking out the best climbers in the world is a natural and logical extension of my passion. A chance to capture the grace and strength on the world stage, to convey the emotion and the intensity of these world class athletes.
This season, armed with a dream, a camera and nearly boundless enthusiasm I hopped on a plane for the long journey to Europe to shoot the worlds best boulderers at the European rounds of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup circuit. My dream was simple (or so I thought at the time). Take great photos of the athletes, get some interviews, come home and self-publish a magazine through Blurb, Lulu or similar.
Of course nothing is ever that simple. As the idea gained momentum it started to evolve, interest grew and the amount of content grew to match the interest. Before I knew it the idea had grown into an annual or biannual publication to be sold online and the content had expanded beyond just interviews with comp climbers to include interviews with some of the worlds great outdoor climbers and the people behind the sport, coaches, routesetters etc.
Now here we are. The wheels are rolling and I’ve decided to chronicle the birth of the magazine through this blog. Here you will get to ride along through the trials and tribulations, meet the contributors and generally see the magazine come together.
I hope you enjoy.