We need adventure photographers like Krystle Wright. Currently, we’re in a time where there are no such things as accidents becasue it seems we’re conditioned to think there’s always someone at fault. Whether you trip over an uneven bit of sidewalk, or get sick from discount sushi (that you knew was a bad idea), there’s this mentality that there’s always someone to blame. It’s a blame culture, and more over, social Valium which has dampened our adventurous selves. Blame culture generates social restrictions so largely we’ve become an inhibited, soft generation. This goes against the grain of evolution, dulling our lives, and our photography.
To capture adventure you have to be part of it. I’ve paraglided at 7000m above the Karakoram Range in Pakistan, swum in 10ft waves in Indonesia, camped on a frozen fjord in the Arctic
As a result, photography is often cookie cutter due to our inhibited and prohibited selves. You can’t shoot somewhere crowded or take your own life in your hands, without some stringent permission from people who feel they are now in charge of your life. This, is stupid. As humans we are predisposed to be risk takers! If our ancestors had been too cautious to leave the comfort of their caves to brave the world outside, well, we’d all still be there now. Thankfully there are those who feed their inner explorer, and we reap the benefits by way of living an adventure through their lens. Those, like Krystle Wright.
My favourite piece of equipment is the Canon 24mm f/1.4. It’s the main lens I shoot with and lets me achieve some seriously awesome angles.
An Aussie by birth and a world citizen by nature, Krystle is a purist, and an accomplished one at that. A ‘Canon Master’ she is billed as an ‘Extreme Adventure Photographer,’ which is a fitting title for someone who’s risked life and limb for her craft. More recently, life. On a trip to Pakistan, she accompanied to document three world-class RedBull paragliders: Tom De Dorlodot, Horacio Llorens and Hernan Pitocco, with the goal of breaking the world altitude record, and to find first-hand, the incredible potential that pakistan has to offer the sport of paragliding. It was a trip that resulted in severe injury, and great imagery, as on a take-off she was launched into a boulder. Torn ligaments and tendons, internal bruising, fractures, and stitches above her eye were her immediate battle scars. But a long hike down, and hours of rough roads traversed, were what ensued en-route to the nearest hospital.
Any reasonable person may be deterred, but clearly an addict to her craft, Krystle is adamant about returning, now that she is doing well and as busy as ever. She describes herself as, “a global nomad…living out of my bags, spending 10-11 months traveling the globe in search of adventure and unique imagery.” Anyone else jealous? Other recent expeditions were kayaking on the Amur River through Mongolia and Far East Russia, and sailing the Mediterranean searching for rock climbing and freediving potential. She has a lovely demeanor about her, and was kind enough to share with me her favorite pieces of gear. And oh what gear! As a ‘Canon Master’ you may have an idea what’s coming: (See GEAR LIST after the photos)
Canon EOS 1Dx
Canon EOS 5DIII
24mm 1.4 (her favorite)
Canon Extenders 1.4x & 2x
SanDisk CF Cards,
Aquatech Water housing for Canon 5D MIII
It was her ‘a-ha’ moment when seeing famed photographer Adam Pretty’s portfolio. She saw her direction, and combined her love of photography and sport. It’s interesting to note that she was in University studying photography but found classes lacking, and it clicked for her when she began to shoot, and shoot, and combine what she loves. The importance of getting out and just shooting is something stressed by all successful photographers. Inspiring stuff. We should all be so fortunate, and we could all take a leaf out of her well-stamped passport.
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