One awesome thing about living by the beach is that all kinds of fun things happen down there-street fairs, vollyball tournaments, surf competitions, paintball championships. You sort of just never know what you might find.
Yesterday I was out for a run and saw about 25 giant mirrored boxes in a circle on the sand. Turns out it wasa big action and adventure sport photography exhibit sponsored by Red Bull that is visiting our beach for the next week.
So tonight we got some folks together and went to check it out.
There were some truly amazing photos down there. All the images are on the website I linked if you want to see them. It is tough to pick a favorite because there were so many I loved but there is one of three kayakers at the top of Victoria Falls in Zambia that is one of the most breathtaking things I've ever seen. The photographer is Desre Pickers from South Africa and I think she's my new idol. From her bio:
I believe that if you want to get an image that no one else can get or has thought of, you need to be willing to do what no one else is willing to do; even if it means hanging off the back of a Jet Ski, swimming down rapids, or balancing on the top of Victoria Falls. The harder you work for an image, the more rewarding the result will be. Following this advice as best I can has given me my favorite shots.
The exhibit is only showing in three cities so far-Aspen, here and Portland. In Aspen it was set up in the snow, here it was obviously on the beach and in Portland they are setting up in the city. I love the idea of creating art space in unexpected places. And I'll admit, tonight I am fantasizing a little bit about being a sport photographer...what a killer way to pay the bills...