On Episode 211 of the Enormocast, I connect with climber and photographer, Drew Smith. After growing up in Eastern Montana, Drew Smith set out on a life of adventure and work in his late teens. A snowboarding accident lead him to discover the relatively impact free world of climbing in his early twenties. Coupling climbing obsession with a passion for photography lead Drew to career as a freelancer and contract photographer for Patagonia. Along the way, Drew has gained a reputation for being a solid partner and documentarian that never shies away from the work it takes to get the shot.
On Episode 207, Tara Kerzhner joins me via the Internet tubes to discuss her life as a climber, but more importantly, her life behind the lens. Tara came up a sheltered child in Bend, Oregon, and grew into an awkward, dark-poetry-writing tween before finding her mother’s old Pentax. Quite a few cat photos later, and a few other false starts, Tara found climbing, professional photography, and love. Tara is a prominent climbing and outdoor film maker with a mission to make great art and great outdoor films, but also use her skills to help make indigenous peoples visible. Not easily moved emotionally, Tara has lived a career as a woman and POC in the outdoor media world but is still forming an opinion of how her gender and skin has affected her prospects in that field, though she believes that climbing itself has only been welcoming.
On Episode 184, I sit down with climber and photographer, Corey Rich. Corey came up as a dirtbag climber, but he simultaneously started a serious study of photography and how to use a camera. A fateful roadtrip put his images in front of the main climbing media outlets of the day like Climbing Magazine and the Patagonia Catalog, and soon, Corey’s photographs were appearing in climbing publications worldwide. Corey never looked back. He has since become one of the most accomplished action and bigwall photographers in the game. Quite literally, Corey and his camera have shaped what modern climbers see when they think about climbing.