To the ends of the earth
On the eve of her first exclusive exhibit , Krystal Wright explains just how adventurous one needs to be a to become a Canon Master photographer.PT2M44S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-34jm2 620 349 March 11, 2014
If Krystle Wright is behind the lens, chances are she is also in the air, or underwater, or on a cliff face.
As an extreme sports photographer, she lives the adventure with her subjects – BASE (building, antenna, span and earth) jumpers, mountain bikers, kite surfers and high line walkers.
Wright has paraglided at 7000 metres above a mountain range in Pakistan, kayaked the length of a remote river in Mongolia and spent a month camping on a frozen Arctic fiord. The 26-year-old free dives, climbs rocks, skis and mountaineers in her spare time.
On a day off from photographing rock climbers in China, she knocked out seven teeth in a mountain biking accident and was also knocked unconscious crashing into a hillside while documenting paragliders trying to break the world altitude record in Pakistan. Wright was carried off the mountain and taken to a military hospital with fractures, cuts and bruises.
‘‘I’m willing to take risks,’’ she said. ‘‘I don’t want to go through life having any regrets – that’s the biggest fear for me.’’
For the moment, Wright is back on solid ground. An exhibition of her work, To the Ends of the Earth, hasopened at Sun Studios in Alexandria and the landscapes are as breathtaking as the feats.
‘‘I’m trying to capture just a fraction of the soul of these places, bring a bit of that beauty back in the image,’’ said Wright, one of 12 elite photographers known as the Canon Masters. ‘‘I love travelling and I love that photography gives me an excuse to go to these places.’’
The challenge of working in extreme environments is just part of the reward, she said.
BASE jumping in the USA.