Motivation is a strange thing. First of all it usually goes hand in hand with a catalyst. You know a situation that stokes that internal fire that says “Ditch the excuses and get shit done.” It’s a wild notion, spurred by the random. A chance conversation, strong visual, a gesture, music… you name it. It can be as blatant as billboard and as subtle as a smile. It’s what we call inspiration.
As a kid, I was all about the creative visuals. My motivation was, and still is, imagery. I can’t get enough of it. From telling a story in a single frame, to exposing the aesthetics of a blinking moment through motion. Camera’s allow us to play with time. With the roll of a dial you can slow it down, speed it up, or freeze it all together. Ok, having just reread what I’ve written I realize this is now coming off a tad on the romantic side. But, the process of photography and cinematography is pretty unreal. What other readily available instrument allows us to visually document, motivate, and inspire? I mean yes, if we’re going to look at this literally, you could say it’s competing with the paint brush, but let’s be honest, who’s got that kind of time?
I was never a racer. Have I raced? For sure. But it was never a drive or focus. This was firmly reenforced last year when I was talked into racing a round of the BC Enduro series. I had an awesome day of riding, at a great event, and even managed to take home the win, but it was missing something. I didn’t feel that same satisfaction that comes from building and creating something unique. It’s just not my “Jam”.
I knew from the get go that I wanted to be one of those athletes to make a career from being creative with media. Over the years I have learned my fair share of do’s and don’ts as a professional athlete. If I could tell you one thing, it’s that sometimes to get ahead, you have to think outside the box and adapt. Living in the small mountain town of Rossland BC, I was not always presented with the opportunity to work with a professional photographer. I would find myself in these amazing locations with no one to shoot. So I had two options. Throw in the towel and leave empty handed, or pick up a camera and learn to document experiences solo. Insert: motivation. Over the years I have been on countless shoots of every variety, and the one consistent throughout all, was my keen interest for film and photo and willingness to learn. I still do it today, and each shoot presents a new opportunity. From my seat on photography’s rookie bench I’ve been working to uncovering the tricks of the trade. Granted this all takes time but I’ve managed to pick up a few things along the way that enabled me to take advantage of, and document solitary excursions. In my mind if you can combine physical output with creative outlook then you’re in for a good day. To pair the strenuous aspects of riding with the creative, I ride with my Canon 60D in my Camelbak and if a location/opportunity presents itself I’ll shoot an entirely different kind of “selfie”. So keep the towel, get motivated, and see where you end up.