Au Magazine is Aurora Photo‘s quarterly publication, an amazing collection of shots by the best in adventure and stock photography. This quarter I’m humbled to be among the featured photographers alongside some amazing talents, covering combat photography to fine art. I’m also sad to say goodbye to longtime Aurora Director of Photography Peter Dennen, who has with this final issue moved into photo consulting with Pedro+Jackie.
The last three months of shooting and gathering elements for the photographic ALIVE series have been an absolute blast. I wanted to bring you along for the ride, so check out this 4 minute behind-the-scenes video of the campaign!
Hey all, just returned from Hawaii to discover my interview with Mike Williams of Deadpoint Magazine, or DPM. This issue covers some great climbers (Ashima and Jimmy Webb), as well as four glorious double spreads of my photos from the ROCK series.
If you want a great inside look at how those images were made and don’t mind me rambling about artistic vision, then take a look inside! I talk about technical ability vs vision, production, and compositing adventure images. Oh, and you must excuse the Papyrus font– like adventure, sometimes it just happens.
Interview with Deadpoint Magazine
Hey friends, it’s been a intense few days! My assistant Dalton and I were up at 8500 ft in the Enchantment Lakes shooting a new campaign about wilderness survival. More on that later, but I thought I’d share with you some of the gear preparations it takes to go up and shoot at elevation in the mountains in the winter. Shooting up there can be really challenging but the landscapes are truly mind-blowing and the mountain goats unbelievably persistent. Makes me miss my days running survival courses in Oregon. So what did we pack and how the hell did we get our packs down to 35lbs each while carrying all our camera gear and delicious food? Continue reading
Hey folks, my new commercial photo studio
is opening next weekend in Seattle, on November 9th. Also opening is the exhibition for the ROCK series. If you are local, time to step away from the computer or off the crag and stop by for some wine and cheese!
ROCK: The Essence of Climbing in Photographs by Kiliii Fish
Saturday November 9th, 7pm
More information about the Studio and Gallery Opening.
FStoppers interviewed me about my recent series on rock climbing, called ROCK.
It made me think hard about the the vision and production behind my favorite work to date. I also talk about the struggle between the limitations of documentary photography and the necessity of artistic invention.
Read the interview here!
Those who have spent time in the the outdoors know the feeling of nature coursing through their veins. I don’t have to explain this feeling, which remains unnamed, but we all know it deep inside our bodies.
The masterful subset of outdoor adventurers known as rock climbers experience that feeling on a daily basis. Climbing is a veritable cauldron of power, of grace, of invincibility and total vulnerability, taking our frail bodies beyond the impossible edges of strength, courage, and problem-solving to ascend nearly sheer cliff faces.
It was with this feeling in mind that I set out to make photographs. I don’t go out with the intention of capturing a moment, but the intention to create images that embody the magic of my subject. As an adventure photographer, I spend a tremendous amount of time in these wild places with outstanding athletes, but for me the vision is to create photographs that transcend the simple equation of putting the elements together. I don’t want to just shoot photos of specific athletes in specific places, I want to distill the essence of rock climbing into still images.
This series represents hundreds of hours of work with heavy production– 30 ft high strobes, dangling from ropes, coming back to the same location at the same time of day with and without the climber. Some were completely shot on location, others were split between shots at the Seattle Bouldering Project and on location. To pull of these shots, all of them required heavy post-production, terrific athletes and an amazing production team.
Special thanks to the Seattle Bouldering Project and REI.