“There is nowhere else like it in the world.”
Fueled by the excitement of the discovery of a new angle, an untold story, or an iconic image, the search for my subjects is endless. As those closest to me would tell you, when I have my mind set on an image, it becomes all consuming and I do everything physically possible to make the story come to life.
I feel an immense responsibility to my audience and I want to give a glimpse into something unexpected that is, at the same time, recognizable. This comes down to my process of selecting subjects, because while it may seem varied, my choices tend to have much in common.
Jules Verne satisfied my want of adventure as a child. I would be engrossed in his books for days, leaving the real world behind. As I was sitting in the Himalayas waiting out the storm, it dawned on me that some sort of connection had been forged between my youth and my career – something that started with Verne. In my work, I am a storyteller above all else. Yet instead of the written word, I use still images and film to share a narrative.
Have you ever had a life-altering moment that changed the course of your world? I didn’t have just one of those but instead had a series of occurrences that, when linked together, have shaped my life’s work. It all started sitting high in the Himalayas as I waited out an impassable storm…