On this week's episode of the podcast, we sit down with photographer, author, teacher, and all around nice guy Michael Clark. He's become one of the most respected adventure sports photographers around, working with huge clients like Red Bull, Nikon, and Adobe, as well as almost every sports brand and publication you can think of. But photography wasn't always his first choice. Although he showed early promise as a talented artist, Michael chose to study physics in college and pursued a career in science right out of school. Rock climbing had also come into his life around this time however, and before long he realized that his true calling was to travel and climb. He quit his job in the university physics department and took off on a road trip that would last years. During that time, the camera became a familiar appendage to capture the adventures that were now ruling his life. Climbing photography would be what propelled Michael into the world of professional photography, but his science background would have him constantly looking to deepen his knowledge of photography, and soon he found himself immersed in the world of adventure sports in general. Michael would go on to travel the globe, working with a huge list of editorial and corporate clients. He also began to teach others how he achieved the looks he was known for in several published books. During our conversation, we get the chance to ask Michael how adventure sports photography might lead to flow states of consciousness, how the pressure of "getting the shot" gets amplified when athletes are putting their lives on the line, and how he continues to evolve as a photographer after all these years of shooting. So enjoy our conversation with Michael Clark.
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