On Photography: Passion for the experience
Ive been watching a little of the Olympics, and I cant help but notice all of the photographers on the sidelines. It makes me realize that the reason I am so passionate about photography is because it requires me to be an active participant in the things that I enjoy photographing. When photographing adventure activities like skiing, climbing, or kayaking, it is almost impossible to simply stand at the sidelines and still make interesting images.Some of my most published projects have also been some of the most physically demanding. For instance, the work that I did photographing Primal Quest Utah, was picked up by four different publications, and won numerous awards. I think this was due, in large part, to the extremes I had to go through to create the images. Trying to keep my camera dry while swimming the Green River, rappelling into canyons, and traveling solo across the desert in the middle of the night are all things I would have done for fun anyway. Being able to photograph some of the top adventure racers while doing it was just a bonus.The accompanying image was from a climbing trip I went on with some friends earlier this summer. It is impossible to photograph climbing without climbing yourself. For this shot, my partner and I had to climb the route first, and then hang from an anchor while photographing the climber, Rob Olszewski, and his belayer, Karen Rosenbloom. Again, I didnt climb for the purpose of making images; I wanted to be there climbing, and brought my camera along as a side thought.Although climbing might not be your passion, I think a lot of photographers can relate.For example, I know a lot of people were out photographing wildflowers these last few weeks, and from talking to people, I found that they werent necessarily passionate about photographing flowers. Most of the people I talked to were a lot more interested in just being out in nature on a hike, or spending time on the trail with their families. For me personally, my passion is for adventure and travel. Photography is just a tool that allows me to share my experiences with others.For more photography how-to tips, visit http://www.timothyfaust.com. Timothy Faust is an award-winning photojournalist living in Breck. If you have a photography question you would like to see answered in this column, send it to email@example.com.
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