I started rock climbing at the age of 11. From around the same time, I have a vivid memory of studying some stripes worn into the flagpole at my school. With every gust of wind, the clasp at the end of the halyard would rub against that flagpole, taking with it a microscopic layer of metal. It fascinated me that what I was looking at was the passage of time, frozen in a single moment.
Years later, I began experimenting with photography. I wanted to use photography as a tool to capture this "passage of time in a single moment" that I was so fascinated by. So, I started experimenting with longer exposures. And it wasn't long before I started brainstorming ideas for incorporating my passion for rock climbing into my passion for photography. I wanted to capture the passage of time as I moved up a rock face, flowing from one hold to the next. I wanted a way to visualize the line that exists in a climber's mind as he pieces together the natural features of the wall. I wanted to be able to illuminate the motion that I experience while climbing, to freeze time in a moment.
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