“GREAT THINGS HAPPEN WHEN MEN AND MOUNTAINS MEET.
THIS IS NOT DONE BY JOSTLING IN THE STREET.”
-WILLIAM BLAKE, 1808
My name is Stephen Richert–I’m a documentary adventure photographer. I also happen to live with type 1 diabetes (since 1999). I originally started LivingVertical as a platform to share my adventures and photography projects. I wanted to reach other people like me with a reminder that we can own our story despite the challenges we live with. Adventure photography gave me an opportunity to create something new and positive from my story–that’s the basis of all my work.
Looking at the upside of difficulty and finding the story is an opportunity we all can cultivate and my goal is to help others find their voice as I do the same. The health-advocacy roots of LivingVertical also gave me a great appreciation for the value of photography as a therapeutic practice, not simply an occupation.
Climbing changed my life shortly after I was diagnosed at 16 years old. It taught me to find joy in struggle, to deal with frustration, failure and risk. It taught me about the value in fighting against insurmountable odds. Photography gave me a means to own that unfolding story with all of its ups and downs. It is my goal to teach others and empower others to embrace challenge and create from it–a beautiful life.
- Practicality: doing what works
- Ingenuity: making due with what's available
- Courage: accepting and managing risk
- Humility: helping others and lifting others up
- Honesty: no frills and no guesswork
- Scrappiness: staying lean and hungry