After a year of dreaming up this image, one evening as the sun retreated behind the mountains, all the elements aligned. I envisioned an image that was full of wonder and unique beauty. Showing not only the scale of a human in the wild, but the power and grandeur that nature possesses. This image provides no insight as to location, it simply depicts a vast expanse of ice with one path moving forward, moving towards hope. One evening, a navigable vein between the constantly moving ice sheets appeared, creating an opening to explore the ice. It was thrilling to watch the crack expand just wide to enough to paddle through, though we knew time was fleeting as the unpredictable closure was imminent. Just as quickly as it appeared, the vein was gone. The power and the beauty encapsulated in this moment is one that will remain with me forever. As the struggles of this year continued, this photo seemed to be the perfect representation of the current times. Fighting to continue on through a beautiful, terrifying, boundless landscape of unknowns, while surrounded by forces that at any moment could alter our trajectory. Though at times it may feel like the world is closing in, there is light and a beautiful reflection at the end of the journey.
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.