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@coryrichards Cory Richards
@natgeo Photographer / @nikonusa Ambassador /Athlete / Speaker / Mental Health Advocate Represented by: @bespokereps
|SATURDAY MAY 9TH - LINK IN PROFILE FOR MORE! //
To make the best use of this hard time stuck at home, I'm working with a local small camera business here in Boulder, Colorado (@mymikescamera) to offer an online 3-part photography masterclass.
It will be 3 classes over 3 weeks:
1) Portraiture from the Field - How To Create Great Portraiture Wherever You Are (Saturday 5/9)
2) Adventure / Expedition Storytelling (Saturday 5/16)
3) Moving From Adventure to Purpose - The Art of Conservation Photography (Saturday 5/23)
In addition, I'll be collaborating with my agent, Melissa Schneider, founder and owner of @BespokeReps the commercial agent for many other fellow National Geographic photographers, in hosting the class "Business of Photography" on May 20th @ 2pm Mountain Time.
To sign up for the classes, click the link in my bio
Limited virtual seats will be available
Pictured here: a selection of some of my favorite portraits.
|See My IG Stories For More / / I'm in such awe from the response you all have had to last week's portrait class. Sharing my knowledge and experience truly gives great meaning to my work.
Please go to my instagram stories to register for the remaining 3 classes this month AND to submit questions about the topics below. I'll be answering some of the most frequently asked questions on here soon!
This saturday (May 16): Adventure and Expedition Storytelling.
Next Wednesday (May 20): The Business of Photography with my agent and founder of Bespoke Reps (@bespokereps) Melissa Schneider (Schneider_Melissa)
Following Saturday (May 23): The Art Of Conservation Photography.
It's been such a joy to finally be able to connect with you all outside of Instagram. These experiences feed my soul. Looking forward to seeing more of you in a more intimate setting.
|Sunrise and stars.
A trail of headlamps illuminates the upper ridge of Everest's summit pyramid as seen from the Lhotse Couloir, May 2010.
(Special thanks to @benegas_brothers and @conrad_anker for making this one happen.)
#lhotse #Everest #himalaya #nepal #china #adventure #travel #mountains
|The ever incredible @katiebrownclimbs on 'Jack in the Box' near Indian Creek, UT.
I was always in awe of her will power, thoughtfulness, introspection, and humor (almost always with more than a hint of self-deprecation). I've been truly blessed to cross paths with people like Katie...and I feel grateful and deeply indebted to all of them for the time we shared. I certainly wouldn't be where I am today if weren't for the kindness and graciousness of a handful of people like KB...and I can't thank them enough.
|Just enjoying the view this weekend.
|#outtakes. For the images that make it, many never get seen.
This image of a young Quechua girl in the Santa Cruz Valley of the Cordillera Blanca of Peru is one that, until now, never made it out of the vault. It got cut in favor of a more direct and 'standard portrait.
Over time, I've learned that there is lots of information in the frames around the ones that get chosen and it can be useful to go back and observe our own process in arriving at something that we are satisfied with. Time can also alter our choices and our tastes, sometimes offering magic moments that we may have missed the first time through.
|Karma Tsering Sherpa sits in meditation in his home in the village of Phortse, Khumbu Valley, Nepal.
I made this portrait 11 years ago while on a climbing trip with one of my best friends and creative-collaborator, @renan_ozturk. Karma himself is nearly Sherpa 'royalty' and has appeared in feature films as well as in the pages of #natgeo. His life story has been told piecemeal via vignettes (like this one) for years. If you ask him how old he is, the answer takes form via an animated rummaging-through of Tibetan calendars, fragile yellowed pages turned under a shaking magnifying glass. No clarity is offered. Suffice to say he's seen a lot, from the first expeditions wandering up the valley to the airplanes and helicopters buzzing overhead.
Last time I saw him, he was perched on his rooftop hang, staring up at the mountains.
|What you can't see is how blue his eyes are!
@urubkodenis is undoubtedly one of the most talented 8000 m climbers of our time and I feel extremely fortunate to have climbed with him. He taught me a lot about climbing, but more importantly about commitment and dedication to a craft. Denis will always stand out as a profound mentor and friend...another in a long list of whom I owe much of my trajectory, but more importantly, my gratitude.
|LINK IN PROFILE // Saturday, May 16 @ 2pm Mountain Time:
The most common question I get asked is "How do I become a National Geographic photographer". The answer is complex, for every person has their own path and the business of photography is full of nuances -but- what I can share immediately are the storytelling components of creating an editorial or adventure story.
Join me this Saturday for my virtual "Adventure & Expedition Storytelling" Masterclass workshop. We are almost sold out with under 20 seats left. Click the link in my bio to sign up!
Additionally, I have 2 other workshops available this month with @mymikescamera that are also almost sold out:
-May 20th @ 2pm MT "The Business of Photography" with my agent Melissa Schneider of @BespokeReps
-May 23rd @ 2pm MT "Moving From Adventure to Purpose - The Art of Conservation Photography"
Looking forward to sharing tips so you don't have to make the same mistakes I did!
If this time in isolation has reiterated one thing more than any other, it is that we are A PART OF nature, not apart from nature.
From it, we came and we obviously do not live outside its forces. The global ecosystem is a wildly interconnected web that relies on and reacts to its stressors, whatever form they take. When humans disrupt ecosystems, reactions are inevitable. Focusing on where this virus came from (outside of the scientific community) misses the point entirely. When ANY ecosystem is disrupted, be it for food, minerals, or any other resource, humans come into contact with animals that carry viruses (a wet market is one stop in a chain of disruptions). When those viruses make the leap to us, it's called spillover. The more we disrupt ecosystems globally, the more spillover will occur and flow into our lives. In these trying times, it's easy to want to blame a nation, a person, a government...anything to ease the pain of what we are experiencing.
It's okay to be angry. Pain is a profound catalyst. Just make sure the anger is directed in the direction of positive change. If we can't be honest about the origin of the problems we face, then we are relegated to chasing ghosts. Rather, if we accept our fundamental role regardless of where this spillover occurred, we can begin to work towards a future in which such tragic consequences are stemmed or mitigated before they erupt.
Photographed #onassignment for #natgeo
|LINK IN PROFILE //
Tomorrow at 2pm Mountain Time, I'll be leading the 1st of 3 virtual photography masterclass sessions. We are almost at capacity but there is still time to sign up for tomorrow's class.
Teaching gives great meaning to my work. I don't believe in insular industry secrets, but rather sharing knowledge and lifting everyone up that I can. Please join me over the next 3 Saturdays for the following courses:
1) Portraiture from the Field - How To Create Great Portraiture Wherever You Are (Saturday 5/9 @ 2pm MT)
2) Adventure / Expedition Storytelling (Saturday 5/16 @ 2pm MT)
3) Moving From Adventure to Purpose - The Art of Conservation Photography (Saturday 5/23 @ 2pm MT)
And for an added bonus, join me on May 20th with my agent Melissa Schneider, founder of Bespoke Reps (@bespokereps). We will discuss the business of photography. She comes with 16 years of artist management and advertising production experience and represents some of my fellow National Geographic photographers for commercial work. Sign up for "The Business of Photography" will start next week.
I"ll be answering some of your immediate questions about portraiture in my stories today. Looking forward to sharing more with you all.
|Photo by @amivitale // Happy #EarthDay! I'd like to share the work of my friend and fellow @bespokereps talent @amivitale. We'd like to ask you to step forward in support of @olpejeta, home to the last two northern white rhinos on the planet *and* enter to win a trip there yourself!
For a donation of just $10, the winner will get a safari to meet the rhinos and Ami will give you a private photography workshop there, too. You will also learn firsthand about the incredible efforts to save rhino and other species from extinction.
The trip will be scheduled only when it's safe to travel.
Please donate at omaze.com/safari (Link in profile.) And please share!
@omaze @biorescue_project @leibnizizw #Avantea @KenyaWildlifeService @SafariParkDvurKralove @bmbf.bund @leibnizgemeinschaft @MinistryOfTourismAndWildlifeKE @natgeo @bespokereps @thephotosociety @photography.for.good #NorthernWhiteRhinos #northernwhiterhinos #dontletthemdisappear #kenya #rhinos #saverhinos