Adventure photographer Cory Richards gave this inspiring talk earlier this year at National Geographic Live! He tells the story of his “lifelong quest to push the limits of adventure and storytelling.” After becoming the first American to summit any 8,000-meter peak during winter at age 29, Richards was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award 2012.
Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’
Last week I was sitting in a tundra buggy not photographing polar bears. The bears, driven by a months-long hunger were out on the sea ice, hunting seals. If we’d been there a couple days earlier we’d have had more time with them. But you can’t do anything about the weather, and you never know these things in advance. What you do know, is what’s in front of your face, and that — at least for one day on this trip — was polar bears. Read more…
2013 was a fantastic year for astrophotographer Mark Gee. First, barely one month into the year, he went from amateur photographer to Internet sensation when his gorgeous video “Full Moon Silhouettes” went viral. And then, to finish out the year, he took home the top prize at the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 competition with his beautiful “Guiding Light” photograph.
In the video profile above by New Zealand’s The Learning Connection, we get to know Mark and his history, hear about his meteoric (pardon the pun) rise to astrophotography stardom (there’s another one), and pick up a little bit of inspiration on the way. If you have 17 minutes to spare and you love astrophotography, you won’t regret spending them this way.
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. Read more…
Skateboard company Element recently put together a wonderful little mini-documentary titled The Road to Wolfboro. In it, a dedicated film crew follows photographer Brian Gaberman around as he shares his fascination of wet plate photography and captures some of the most beautiful scenes across the east cost.
Elizabeth Gilbert — the author best known for her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love — once wrote that fear and creativity are conjoined twins. In other words, you don’t get one without the other. If you kill fear, you kill creativity.
And while we might think that the most talented of photographers, the ones who have very decidedly ‘made it,’ no longer experience the fear that comes with starting a new project or taking a big risk, we’d be wrong. Read more…
Everyone has fears, even the most successful photographers in the business. The key to overcoming those fears is to manage them rather than spending time and mental energy dwelling on them.
During Stand Out! events in Los Angeles and San Francisco, several photographer speakers were taken aside and asked about the greatest fears in their careers. The responses speak for themselves, with almost every photographer saying that one needs to ‘hustle’ and ‘take risks’ to succeed.