Frozen in time What is it like being the subject of a Red Bull Illume category winning shot – especially one as surreal as Dean Treml’s black and white cliff diver? Jonathan Paredes tells us. 11/10/2016 © Dean Treml / Red Bull Illume What’s your view of the shot? This photo is simply amazing, one of my favorites! Does it matter to you that you’re not recognisable? It doesn't matter at all. I know that the people that really know my sport and me – they would recognize me and they would be as surprised as I am to see this wonderful shot. How important is photography to Red Bull Cliff Diving? They are one of the most important people in our team, they are able to show in one shot probably the best moment of our competitions. How important has photography been to you personally in your career? It’s been really important. Personally it’s given me the chance to keep all those memories from all those beautiful places where I've been diving and it means a lot to me. It’s also the way to show people and the entire world in a few shots the beauty of our sport and the beauty of the photographers’ work. Cliff diving looks so terrifying. Walk us through that moment of leaping off. The only time to think is the moment before you dive. Once you are at the edge of the platform no one else exists, it’s just you and 27 meters waiting for you! What is it like to see an image yourself mid-air? It's a really nice feeling to see how crazy we are! Photographers don’t always get a lot of love. You think they deserve a bit of time in the spotlight? Of course they deserve it, they are heroes and they are showing the world behind their lenses! What in your mind makes a great cliff diving photo? I think I am the person in charge of diving off a cliff, but the magic begins when the photographer sees the photo before you dive. What are you more interested to see, the right body movement or the creative spirit in a cliff diving image? I'm super into photography, I like to play a lot with my phone pretending be a photographer, so I really respect the artistic merit. Have you seen the other images in Red Bull Illume? I’ve seen the book a thousand times, and it's simply AMAZING.