Not the same old hat! – Climb Magazine cover

We all know creating fresh and competing work is very important, but when shooting well photographed locations that can be a real challenge. You’ve really got to go the extra mile in exploring the angles, light conditions and finally your subject matter.

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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Huntsman’s Leap in Pembroke must have been photographed thousands of times, so I knew that if I wanted to create something special it would require a radical approach. Together with Tom Livingstone and James Taylor I spent two days scoping what was possible. Eventually it was a matter of very complex rope rigging, the right light/climbing conditions and also tidal range to be spot on. For the shot featured on the latest Climb Magazine cover, I spanned one 100m rope between four ground stakes and then attached another rope to a pulley/trolley system which enabled me to drop down into not only the middle of the gorge horizontally but also vertically. Hanging mid-air above the big swell and roaring sea definitely kept adrenalin levels high, it goes into my top 3 spicy moments in my career so far… up there with the 400m Longhope Route and the dark and tottering Ice Mines in Sweden.

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I think the results were worth the hard work, but perhaps the best feedback came from Pembroke legend Neil Gresham who said ‘it’s a view we’ve all seen countless times, but never looking this good.

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The magazine is out on the 9th of August and it’s a cliff special including an A3 free double sided Pembroke topo.

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