A picture is worth a thousand words. But is it really? In 2017 there will be 14 trillion pictures taken. Is every one of those photos worth a thousand words? Personally, I think a photo is only as good as the story behind it. That’s why the photos that are the most difficult to capture tend to be my favorites. Also, in a world of 14 trillion photos, I’ve learned to appreciate all the work that can go into a single image. That can mean hiking all night, riding all day, scrambling up to the perfect spot all to get that perfect photo. It also might mean that you only have time to get one perfect photo before the light changes or a storm rolls in. But I guess that’s the whole point, that one photo is worth all of it.
Sometimes to get the perfect shot you have to ride all day where no one has ridden and hike to a peak that has never been scaled. It’s all a matter of being prepared and putting yourself in the right spot at the right time. Like a form of photo treasure or something, this photo that says so much not only tells the story of what’s in front of the lens, but the journey that took place behind it. Many times moments come and go where we have our cameras and gear packed away safely, but the treasure only becomes apparent when we are prepared for it. To stop and take in a moment is one thing, but to actively search and be rewarded lends itself to a completely unique type of journey—one that cannot be within the confines of city lights. Only by two wheels, two legs, can you experience an entirety of what open space allows.