EPISODE 009 2017: Life without social media and a new documentary project!

Life without social media just might be the best new productivity hack. Being honest, it's cleared out a lot of the dust, cobwebs and old magazines that accumulated in my head. It's created some space in my mind for creativity and inspiration--which you can hear about in this episode. I realized that my use of social media wasn't distributing a message to the world as much as it was chasing attention. I'm not sure when that shift took place but I only really saw it clearly over the last two weeks since I've been off of social media. Sometimes you have to back way away to see things clearly.

I intend to return to social media at some point--but not until I've finished getting refreshed and filling my reserves with focus on my new documentary project. It's important to have something to say--and now I have an idea for this project and the next few weeks will be examining what exactly what I want to say and how. I'm more hopeful and inspired than I've been in a long time--because I'm curious and excited!

I'd love to have you join me in this conversation--email me (http://livingvertical.org/contact/) and share your reactions!

Want to support LivingVertical AND get the AdventureRx Journal (eBook AND Print Magazine available!) https://www.patreon.com/livingvertical

My "Practical" focus: 

I'm working on using negative space. I'd write more about that but I want to use negative space more.

 

 

 

Ok fine. I have been learning about this method from looking at Michael Kenna's book and from Werner Herzog's Master Class (both are linked below). It's easy to get so lost in trying to cram the frame full of interesting subject matter that we forget to leave room to breathe. Cleaning up backgrounds and isolating subjects with intent is something I have been trying to practice while shooting and seeing other creatives do this masterfully is inspiring!

Featured in my "Book Club" and resources this episode:

Michael Kenna's "Images of the Seventh Day " http://amzn.to/2idYgjY

AND

Werner Herzog's Master class https://www.masterclass.com/classes/werner-herzog-teaches-filmmaking

(previously  featured books)

Seth Godin's "What to do when it's your turn" : http://amzn.to/2hP86Zs

David DuChemin's "Within the Frame" http://amzn.to/2grAYJZ

Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography: http://amzn.to/2e0GYJF

Bonus: Check out https://craftandvision.com/ which is a site dedicated to empowering the vision of photographers of all kinds. David DuChemin is a mentor of mine and a huge inspiration. If you sign up for their email list (the contact sheet) you will receive a handful of awesome free ebooks that will inspire you to keep thinking differently about your work!

Links:

My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/LivingVertical

Want to stay connected and get all my work delivered right to your inbox? Subscribe to my email list and you'll get the earliest and simplest access! http://livingvertical.org/subscribe/

IF you are enjoying this podcast PLEASE subscribe on your podcast listening app and leave a review! It makes a huge difference!

Music:

Victor Lenoir "Something Intro"

Rozkol "Soy Sauce"

Spinningmerkaba "Across the pacific"

Chuzauzen "Raro bueno"

all artists and titles can be found at: http://freemusicarchive.org/


EPISODE 008 The pro and con of "Pro" photography

I'm at a crossroads in my life (again) as I'm deciding if "pro" photography is right for me. I'm debating if I want my source of income to be directly related to my passion. It's common to hear the terms "amateur" or "hobbyist" in negative contexts, but maybe there is something inherently freeing about not trying to fit the mold of pro photography? I have experienced this dichotomy before in my life; as a climbing guide I went from not being able to get enough of the vertical world--to feeling burdened by it when I had to be there daily to pay the bills! Perhaps the answer lies in manual labor--the complete opposite of what most people picture as the artist's occupation.

My "Practical" focus: 

Aside from not going to debtors prison while I try to decide if I should be paying my bills through pro photography or not--I am trying to decided what the LEAST camera gear I can get away with using is. Marketing is strong in this industry; maybe because we are more susceptible as creatives--or maybe it's because there is so much beautiful work on display to leverage against would-be-consumers. Still, I find the richest experiences I have had with a camera to have come from the simplest setups. Less is more--but how can I tread that line without eliminating the possibility of pursuing pro photography? That is the conversation...

Featured in my "Book Club" and resources this episode:

Seth Godin's "What to do when it's your turn": http://amzn.to/2hP86Zs

(previously  featured books)

David DuChemin's "Within the Frame" http://amzn.to/2grAYJZ

Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography: http://amzn.to/2e0GYJF

Bonus: Check out https://craftandvision.com/ which is a site dedicated to empowering the vision of photographers of all kinds. David DuChemin is a mentor of mine and a huge inspiration. If you sign up for their email list (the contact sheet) you will receive a handful of awesome free ebooks that will inspire you to keep thinking differently about your work!

Links:

Latest from my YouTube channel, including a first look at my Standing Rock images/video: https://www.youtube.com/user/LivingVertical

Want to stay connected and get all my work delivered right to your inbox? Subscribe to my email list and you'll get the earliest and simplest access! http://livingvertical.org/subscribe/

IF you are enjoying this podcast PLEASE subscribe on your podcast listening app and leave a review! It makes a huge difference!

Music:

Victor Lenoir "Something Intro"

Rozkol "Soy Sauce"

Spinningmerkaba "Across the pacific"

Chuzauzen "Raro bueno"

all artists and titles can be found at: http://freemusicarchive.org/


EPISODE 007 I'm quitting social media. Here's why.

I announced today on my Facebook page that as of December 25th, I am quitting social media. In this episode I want to give a little more context about why I am making that choice. My goal is not to drop the mic and walk off the stage, but rather to continue the pivot that I have started in the last several months towards creating better work--not more following on social media. My Podcast, my YouTube and Blog will remain very much active--but trying to create "micro" content for disposable platforms is something I'm not going to do any more. Below are some points that I explore in this podcast episode and I hope they will explain why I am quitting social media. It's not a grand gesture to generate engagement. It's a self interested effort to stop wasting my time and focus. I hope the net result of this experiment will be better work which will serve people who care the most.

  • Distraction is now the main role of social media
  • Conversation and relationship building is my goal
  • Trying to make content or art for everyone everywhere reduces its impact
  • Going the opposite direction has value if you care more about being heard
  • The context that our work "lives" in matters
  • Technology is evolving at a speed that requires us to be selective
  • Time and attention should be invested with great care
  • We have a choice about the world we participate in
  • This choice is a creative process that belongs to everyone
  • This might be a bad idea but that unknown begs for exploration
  • If you're not psyched on quitting social media that's totally fine
  • This is a question I want to explore as a sort of social expedition into the unknown

Featured in my "Book Club" this episode:

David DuChemin's Within the Frame: http://amzn.to/2grAYJZ

Bonus: Check out https://craftandvision.com/ which is a site dedicated to empowering the vision of photographers of all kinds. David DuChemin is a mentor of mine and a huge inspiration. If you sign up for their email list (the contact sheet) you will receive a handful of awesome free ebooks that will inspire you to keep thinking differently about your work!

My "Practical" focus: 

Slowing down. Shooting less and observing more. Film has been a really useful tool to accomplish this. Read more: http://livingvertical.org/2016/11/20/heres-why-im-thankful-for-film-photography-this-thanksgiving/

http://livingvertical.org/2016/11/20/heres-why-im-thankful-for-film-photography-this-thanksgiving/

Additional Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/jobs/quit-social-media-your-career-may-depend-on-it.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/jobs/quit-social-media-your-career-may-depend-on-it.html?_r=0

Support LivingVertical, get perks, shoutouts and most importantly, help us keep making more and better content for you!  https://www.patreon.com/livingvertical

Latest from my YouTube channel, including a first look at my Standing Rock images/video: https://www.youtube.com/user/LivingVertical

Want to stay connected and get all my work delivered right to your inbox? Subscribe to my email list and you'll get the earliest and simplest access! http://livingvertical.org/subscribe/

IF you are enjoying this podcast PLEASE subscribe on your podcast listening app and leave a review! It makes a huge difference!

Music:

Victor Lenoir "Something Intro"

Rozkol "Soy Sauce"

Spinningmerkaba "Across the pacific"

Chuzauzen "Raro bueno"

all artists and titles can be found at: http://freemusicarchive.org/


Episode 006 Photographing the Standing Rock NoDAPL oil pipeline protest

Hello from the road! I am working my way back across the country after a very impactful time spent at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Cannonball, North Dakota where the Standing Rock "oil pipeline protest" is going on. In this episode, (recorded without much editing and not in studio!) I sit down with my friend and Production Assistant for this shoot-Chris Mahoney-to discuss our experience of living and shooting within this emotionally, socially charged environment. Photographing people is always a different kind of challenge--and negotiating cultural differences while prioritizing respect and discretion adds several layers of consideration to an already complex process. It's pretty impossible not to be effected by people who are facing a struggle with dignity--and after a short time it became clear that relationships are the most important thing and only from good relationships can good photography come.

I am still editing my work and processing the things I saw and experienced at Standing Rock. There was a great deal of love and prayer--family and welcoming within the camp. That reception from the Native American water protectors was far more gracious than I anticipated. There was also a significant amount of militarization on the side of law enforcement that made it intimidating if not impossible to include their voice and perspective in my work. It's hard enough making photographs when you don't have loaded weapons pointed at you...

Here are some links mentioned in this episode:

Support the people at the Oceti Sakowin Camp and get more background on the cause : http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/

My blog post examining my relationship with bias/opinion during this project: http://livingvertical.org/2016/11/13/standing-rock-examining-bias/

Outside Magazine explains some background on the conflict at Standing Rock: https://www.outsideonline.com/2111206/whats-happening-standing-rock

Thank you for listening and please make sure to leave us a review on iTunes!

Featured in our "Book Club" this month:

Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography: http://amzn.to/2e0GYJF

Bonus: Check out https://craftandvision.com/ which is a site dedicated to...empowering the vision of photographers of all kinds. David DuChemin is a mentor of mine and a huge inspiration. If you sign up for their email list (the contact sheet) you will recieve a handfull of awesome free ebooks that will inspire you to keep thinking differently about your work!

Featured in our "Practical" this month: 

The Ugly Camera Challenge (which will be ongoing all month--share your images on instagram using the #uglycamerachallenge tag) and you can read more here: http://livingvertical.org/2016/10/31/the-ugly-camera-challenge/

Connect with us for more adventure + photography:

Make sure to visit the blog/homepage! http://livingvertical.org and sign up for blog updates and connect with me on social media!

Holler at me on Twitter or Instagram! http://twitter.com/livingvertical and http://instagram.com/livingvertical

Watch my Vlog on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/livingvertical

Support the Adventure Photography Podcast https://www.patreon.com/livingvertical

Music:

all titles and artists can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org

"Something Intro" Action Davis

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Because you hold me tight" Alex Fitch

"The time to run" Dexter Britain


EPISODE 005 Ten ideas to improve our images (for free!)

In this episode I want to discuss ten ideas to improve our images that come from the quotes this excellent blog post by Hakon Agustsson: http://digital-photography-school.com/photography-quotes/

As you might remember from last weeks episode I am currently out photographing the Standing Rock Protest in North Dakota (http://livingvertical.org/podcast/standing-rock-protest/)  but I wanted to share these ten quotes compiled from some masters of photography because they are great tools to shift our perspective--and they don't require us to buy more gear! Sad, I know. I love gear too...

I particularly enjoy these discussions of the creative process because I feel like most of the learning I've engaged in surrounding photography up till this point has been largely technical. This exploration of the philosophy and concepts surrounding the technical execution are really a new frontier for me. I also think that it's a largely understated tool towards making stronger images. There are a lot of debates around which lens is sharpest or whether you can come across as a professional if you shoot mirrorless...but far fewer that really focus on the vision of the photographer.

Featured in our "Book Club" segment is:

Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography: http://amzn.to/2e0GYJF

Bonus: Check out https://craftandvision.com/ which is a site dedicated to...empowering the vision of photographers of all kinds. David DuChemin is a mentor of mine and a huge inspiration. If you sign up for their email list (the contact sheet) you will recieve a handfull of awesome free ebooks that will inspire you to keep thinking differently about your work!

Featured in our "Practical" segment is: 

The Ugly Camera Challenge (which will be ongoing all month--share your images on instagram using the #uglycamerachallenge tag) and you can read more here: http://livingvertical.org/2016/10/31/the-ugly-camera-challenge/

Connect with us for more adventure + photography:

Make sure to visit the blog/homepage http://livingvertical.org and sign up for blog updates and connect with me on social media!

Holler at me on Twitter or Instagram! http://twitter.com/livingvertical and http://instagram.com/livingvertical

Watch my Vlog on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/livingvertical

Support the Adventure Photography Podcast and the Standing Rock Project https://www.patreon.com/livingvertical


EPISODE 004 As political as I'll get: standing with the Standing Rock protest

We have lots of new developments for you in this show including new podcast segments and the discussion of a new photographic project that I am embarking on at the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota. This is about as political as I like to get--because I am not looking to interject myself into a conflict with an axe to grind--I'm not a protester--but it is a unique opportunity to document an important moment and it's a conversation that needs to be had as public lands are ever under increasing threat of hasty development. I believe that if I can't point my camera at something "difficult" then I may as well not have them at all. It might not work but I am going to go there and try.

While I am away in North Dakota I have an episode lined up to post, so we shouldn't break stride until I get back in studio and have a chance to share my experiences personally the following week. I will do my best to update my social media channels along the way although I have heard that there is a cell-service black hole in the surrounding areas of the protest. My social channels are listed in the links below--wish me luck!

LINKS

Featured in our "Book Club" segment is:

Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography: http://amzn.to/2e0GYJF

Featured in our "Practical" segment is: 

The Ugly Camera Challenge (which will be ongoing all month--share your images on instagram using the #uglycamerachallenge tag) and you can read more here: http://livingvertical.org/2016/10/31/the-ugly-camera-challenge/

Connect with us for more adventure + photography:

Make sure to visit the blog/homepage http://livingvertical.org and sign up for blog updates and connect with me on social media!

Holler at me on Twitter or Instagram! http://twitter.com/livingvertical and http://instagram.com/livingvertical

Watch my Vlog on YouTube! http://www.youtube.com/livingvertical

Support the Adventure Photography Podcast and the Standing Rock Project https://www.patreon.com/livingvertical

 

 


EPISODE 003 Interview with Anchorage, AK-based Fuji-X photographer Dan Bailey

I'm excited to have Anchorage, AK based adventure photographer Dan Bailey on the podcast! Dan is a Fuji-X Photographer and has been adventuring with camera in hand for over 25 years. He is also a bush pilot and cyclo-cross racer which have both influenced his style of photography. His website is DanBaileyPhoto.com and he has a free eBook for those who (like me!) shoot with Fuji cameras. He also offers a variety of print and eBooks for sale as well as video courses. You can reach Dan on Twitter @danbaileyphoto where he is very responsive!

In this episode we discuss how Dan got into adventure photography and how it's changed over the last 25 or so years. We discuss the creative process and why he often shoots JPGs and doesn't use RAW photos. We get into a bit of discussion about gear and how "light is right" and how the evolution of mirrorless photography has helped to fuel better images coming out of his adventures.

Make sure to subscribe to the email list at www.livingvertical.org if you'd like to stay connected with The Adventure Photography Podcast and exciting new developments!

Send questions and comments my way by emailing steve@livingvertical.org or tweeting @livingvertical

Music:

all titles and artists can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org

"Poppies" Rolemusic

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Because you hold me tight" Alex Fitch

"Raro bueno" Chuzausen

"The time to run" Dexter Britain


EPISODE 002 The diagnosis that led me into adventure photography

This episode is about my story--how I "accidentally" became engrossed with adventure photography through a challenging diagnosis that motivated me to start living my life as a better story. I didn't always carry a camera everywhere I went--and for a lot of my life I always thought adventure photography was only for professionals. It was only when I decided that my story was something I wanted to "own" that I started learning for myself. Some of those lessons are what I'm sharing here on this podcast--and I believe that learning is an ongoing process of give and take.

One of the main things I hope to share with you in this episode is the fact that you don't need permission to pick up a camera and go outside. Adventure photography is an extremely rewarding practice and being a photographer isn't about perfection or performance. It's about finding enjoyment in simply noticing things. I think this freedom is a big part of what drove me to wander off into the mountains in the first place so it's pretty easy to see how the two pursuits go together!

Make sure to subscribe to the email list at www.livingvertical.org if you'd like to stay connected with The Adventure Photography Podcast and exciting new developments!

Send questions and comments my way by emailing steve@livingvertical.org or tweeting @livingvertical

Music:

all titles and artists can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org

"Poppies" Rolemusic

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Because you hold me tight" Alex Fitch

"Raro bueno" Chuzausen

"The time to run" Dexter Britain


EPISODE 001 welcome to the Adventure Photography Podcast!

Welcome to The Adventure Photography Podcast! This episode is an introduction--mainly what you can expect from this podcast. If you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe--and connect with me so we can make sure this show adds value to your experience of adventure and photography. You can read my blog, connect with all my social platforms and contact me at my homepage: LivingVertical.org! I really hope to build a community and conversation around adventure photography--and I encourage you to reach out and let me know what you'd like to hear about.

A little about LivingVertical--I recently concluded a series of photo and video projects on this platform that accidentally led me into adventure photography. I founded LivingVertical in 2011 (which is when I started incorporating a camera into my climbing and travel) to tell my story about living an adventurous life despite having a chronic illness. I will detail that process more in episode 2! I am just starting to roll out blogs about adventure photography itself as the idea of unpacking the creative process is a relatively new one for me. Up till this point I just engaged in the process and didn't really share that part of my journey.

I am hoping to encourage more people who have not yet entered the world of photography--those waiting for permission to get after it and start telling their story. Likewise, I believe there are many others who have taken the first few steps into adventure photography and are looking to learn more and grow. By sharing what I have learned, what I am going through and interviews with others in the field I think we can all benefit significantly!

Here are 5 things I’m hoping to provide in these podcasts:
  • Discussion of gear I use and recommendations from a practical standpoint—No pixel peeping.
  • Discussion of the creative process—what photography means in the bigger picture. Philosophy and thoughtful consideration of the process. Struggles of getting started and overcoming fear.
  • Interviews with adventure photographers
  • Stories of adventure with a creative spin to inspire you
  • Q and A’s

Make sure to subscribe to the email list at www.livingvertical.org if you'd like to stay connected with the Adventure Photography podcast and exciting new developments!

Send questions my way by emailing steve@livingvertical.org or tweeting @livingvertical

Music:

all titles and artists can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org

"Poppies" Rolemusic

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Because you hold me tight" Alex Fitch

"Raro bueno" Chuzausen

"The time to run" Dexter Britain


lumix 15mm 1.7 lens test photos

AdventureRx Episode 51 In defense of identity: ditching diabetes!

I fully believe that this is the most important podcast episode I've put out here. It contains the central point of value that I have been able to offer through LivingVertical content up till this point. It's also a fitting place to leave the AdventureRx podcast. I won't be adding new episodes to this feed any longer. The good news is that this isn't "goodbye" it's actually the beginning of a new chapter--and the culmination of what LivingVertical started out as from the beginning.

This Episode is about the importance of protecting our identity and keeping the negativity of a medical condition from becoming who we are. I definitely went down that path over the last 5 years in order to try and communicate a different narrative about life with diabetes--and I am thankful I had the opportunity to do it. On the other hand I realized that I have reached a point where I don't have a lot more to say about diabetes and I'm tired of trying to make everything I do about diabetes. I am going back to the beginning--where diabetes had to be about everything I choose to do and where I choose to go.

I am going to be focusing on adventure and photography--not diabetes. Diabetes will always be in the picture (pun!) but it will no longer be in focus. In a lot of ways I believe that this is less a divergence from the original priorities of LivingVertical and more of a return to them. I can offer no empowerment greater than to demonstrate that life does not revolve around diabetes--in fact that the opposite must and CAN be true. I remain more than willing to field questions, discuss and share what I can--but that will be on an individual basis--so it will be your choice to initiate that as you see fit.

Make sure to subscribe to the email list at www.livingvertical.org if you'd like to stay connected with the new podcast and exciting new developments!

Send questions my way by emailing steve@livingvertical.org or tweeting @livingvertical

Music:

all titles and artists can be found at FreeMusicArchive.org

"Poppies" Rolemusic

"By Grace" Podington Bear

"Skipping in the 'No Standing' zone" Peter Gresser

"Claus" The Dirty Moogs

"Rolands Vegners" Ergo Phizmiz and Margita Zalite