For many, June marks the move from one phase of life to another. Graduates progress toward their next grade or career while the Summer Solstice marks the cycle through another year. Needless to say, we entered June with progression on our minds and were curious to see what our Storytellers thought of it. Below is their take on this progressive (pun completely intended) concept. Enjoy!
Progression comes in all shapes and sizes. We, as human beings, are progression. Look back in the day how things were done in photography compared to how they are done today. They were done more slowly, less efficiently, not safely. This is an example of how far camera technology has progressed.
I chose this image to represent progression for several reasons, one being the trail that my subject is on feels infinite but with every step she takes she is progressing toward her final destination.
Progression is something we think about often as artists. If we aren’t progressing and changing our work becomes stagnant and boring. It’s been my goal in the past year to progress into a genre of work that I had never really photographed before. I moved to a new city, gave up the comfort of shooting content that I was both popular for and very comfortable with and decided that my work needed to move. This image represents that progression for me, a move in a positive direction and a metaphor for myself to know that, although the road may feel never ending, with each step I take I get closer to where I want to be.
Canon 5d Mark III
1/640 s @ f/4.0
Progression: noun; the process of developing or moving towards a more advanced state. One of the things I like to do with my toy photography is to show a well-known, iconic character in a completely unexpected way. Case in point, one would never expect to see a blood-thirsty Xenomorph (from the movie “Alien”) entranced by calming meditation. Until now that is.
After years as a professional horse jumper, Emilie was in a near-fatal car accident. When she woke up in the hospital, one of her first thoughts was, ‘if I’m ever going to be able to walk again, I want to learn how to surf.”
She quickly progressed in her recovery, yet her passion for competitive horse riding was gone. Emilie knew it was time to follow her new dream. With a lot of intense training and dedication, her progression in the sport has been fierce. In six short years she has gone from a total beginner to an international competitor on the Danish surf team. You can feel her stoke in this picture, in the water, and beyond.
During the peak of the winter season we set our way to an incredibly remote zone in Whistler’s backcountry. Spending a full day sledding and camping outdoors, we woke up with first light and began the long hike towards these spines. With the weather looking like it wouldn’t be on our side we finally got a glimpse of this monster as we made our way up top for one run before the clouds covered it again.
The more I learn about rock climbing the more I see it as an art form. Each route is full of it’s own challenges and I love watching a climbers progression as they steadily make their way up the wall. I captured this in Estes Park, CO when a climber was getting beta from her partner and still had about 80 feet left to climb.
Progression is a personal journey for many athletes. I have watched my friend, pro skier Josh Daiek, go from an unknown shredder at Kirkwood to one of the best big mountain skiers in the world. Many years ago, I remember building this jump off of Lovers Leap (an 800 foot cliff face near Lake Tahoe) for a sunset skiBASE that Josh wanted to do.
When the light was right, I shot Josh doing this massive front flip off the cliff into the sunset. The thing I remember most about that day was realizing that Josh had reached a level of skiing that most humans will never come close to touching.
The ever-changing skyline of a city speaks volumes about progression. Skyscrapers grow taller, architecture modernizes and green open spaces fill with the bustle of metropolitan life. This is especially true for Hong Kong’s impressive skyline. Its evolution began humbly in the 18th-century and now it is recognized as one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world.
Canon EOS 6D
In 2003, a forest fire started by lightning raged for 40 days through Kootenay National Park and created the devastation in the distance. It burned 170 square kilometers of the park. This area is known as Marble Canyon and it sits on the border of Alberta and British Columbia.
It is estimated that this type of fire will burn through this area every 200-300 years. It will also result in an increase in the amount of soil that is eroded into the creek by rainstorms and snowmelt. This contributes to the continued erosion of the canyon rock until the new forest can, once again, stabilize the surface soil around the creek with their roots to prevent further canyon erosion. The new growth will soon overtake the burnt areas with a completely a new forest.