People 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.