Given how climbing is an expression itself, it is no surprise that artists have found inspiration in climbing. In this new series, Art in Rock Climbing, we’re going to explore the various climbing art media. We’ll start with my favorite, photography, today.
Why take climbing photos?
- cool climbing pics for social media
- represent the earth’s beauty
- demonstrate feelings climbers have on the wall (fear, euphoria, etc.)
- keep busy if there are an odd number of climbers
- get paid
- expose what others couldn’t see in climbing otherwise
Who takes climbing photos?
- professional photographers
- outdoor enthusiasts
- Mountain Project contributors (true life savers honestly)
- hikers passing by in awe
- theDIHEDRAL crew
- anyone who wants to take pictures
How do you take climbing photos?
- acquire a camera, e.g. a:
- film camera
- lithography kit
- find a subject, such as a:
- friend in the background
- send snacks
- position yourself
- from the ground
- on a boulder
- in a tree
- on a static line
- secured into the wall
- see what you want to capture, and shoot!
What do you do with climbing photos?
- share with your friends
- send to a magazine or publisher
- set new backgrounds for your devices
- print and display
- re-live the adventure
Photography is for everyone, and I hope you get out there and document your travels! Be safe out there and snap away!