As the herring ball was gathered deep in the darkness beneath us, @kimi_swimmy and I dived only part way to gather a closer view. Even though the orca are the apex of the ocean, whilst we never felt in danger thanks to further education by @whalesunderwater team, nor did we want to intrude as it’s incredibly important to allow wildlife to choose to interact with us. I remember my eyes widening with excitement to see an orca tail whip the herring ball and in a split second, to return my gaze to Kimi as this male bull swam out of the darkness to chase herring prey that floated motionless after being stunned by their powerful tails. It hasn’t been until after the trip to finally take in time to properly absorb such fleeting moments. #orcas#freediving#descentmk1
I don’t often have sound explanations for certain decisions I make but I believe in trusting instinct and when I met @kimi_swimmy for a few moments, I already wanted to invite her to Norway for a project that I’ve been dreaming about for years. It can be a beautiful thing to trust curiosity over common sense and I couldn’t have asked for a better kindred soul who understands pursuing dreams and how magnificent it is to be suspended in the blue aura. I don’t think I’ve ever descended into such dark mysterious waters but as Kimi perfectly describes the feeling, it feels as if the ocean is hugging you. 💙
📷: @trent_mitchell_ // The overwhelming joy and heart explosion that I’ve felt after special encounters with wildlife is a unique feeling that I’ve only experienced a few times. This photo brings back the best memories from Norway as @kimi_swimmy@trent_mitchell_ and I had returned to the surface and without uttering a word, we just started laughing with a childlike joy. Excited to see the motion aspect of this project come together with @garminoutdoor in early 2019.
Norway, you were magic in every way possible. In good time, I’m excited to share a story of a slightly different twist with @garminoutdoor. Thank you @darrenjew & @pxlexplorer for the adventure through the Norwegian fjords ✨ #descentmk1
📷: @thebuslife // Currently I’m posted up by a power socket in Heathrow airport awaiting my next flight after wrapping a two week trip rallying around the West Coast USA. Occasionally I talk about the pitfalls of a transient lifestyle but one of the greatest things I’m thankful for is the chance to bring the tribe together in different cities/places over ‘family dinners.’ Because I don’t have the luxury of time to stay in the one place for long, I want to make the most of the fleeting moments and bring friends together over good food and (subjectively) great music. It’s good for the soul. And so is cuddling dogs at the bottom of crags @garminoutdoor#descentmk1
When I call friends such as @jeffreyshapiro & @whitmagro, as much as there is excitement to collaborate, I’ve also managed to establish a reputation where the response is also, ‘oh shit...’ I’ve long wanted to talk about this project but held off as I ultimately failed on capturing the original intended shot that involved 10 or so flashes rigged on the waterfall. This photograph was my safe backup to make sure something came out of the shoot. I seem to be a sucker for type 2 fun and thankful to be working with a crew who could also laugh at -30 temperatures. 😬 @calstrin@falkoraerials@joshpovec@brianszymanski#iceclimbing