Camilla StoddartCameraCanon EOS-1D Mark IIILensEF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USMISO400F-Stop10,0Shutter Speed1/640About the shotPeople usually assume BASE jumper Josie Symons is just there to watch, and get surprised when she too launches off cliff edges. I told her I knew what it was like to be a female in a male dominated industry! After crossing a thigh-deep river near Mount Aspiring national Park one morning and bush- bashing our way up through some thick foliage we stood at the base of ‘The One’. This 1000-meter wall stared at us in all her glory with a waterfall cascading down her sheer face. It was a further one-hour climb up to the top for the jumpers. When they were ready to jump, clouds had rolled in to my dismay. Usually I would ask for them to wait for a clear patch, but not with BASE jumpers. They are in no state of mind to be waiting around for the light. Before I knew it Josie had launched herself, performing a beautiful laid out back flip. The clouds made it easier to see her, and made this image what it is. This moment captured sends a small shiver down my spine. She looks so small, yet fascinatingly elegant as she becomes part of the mountains.BiographyIt is something to do with nature, light and people that inspires me to shoot photos of freesports. I grew up in Scotland and have worked as a freelance photographer for the past five years since graduating in Theatre Design at St. Martins in London. As a snow sports photographer, I chased winters for four years before having my first summer in Wanaka, New Zealand, which is where I am now based. There is not one sport in particular I crave to shoot, it is the act of a human using our landscape to play on that I find inspiring – be it sliding on snow, biking down exposed ridges or jumping off 1000-meter cliffs. Beautiful things happen when people and mountains meet. I think my theatre background occasionally shows its face in my work. Capturing the performances of athletes in their element is critical. A photo must tell a story and inspire you to look deeper wondering how this moment in time came about. The sports that I shoot take me to incredible parts of the world. My job allows me to travel to places I could never have dreamed of, meeting inspiring, passionate and like-minded people. I can go on adventures that can be both extremely challenging and daunting, but equally as rewarding. I never plan to stop this search.