It Took 4 Years to Capture This Perfect Adventure Photo

This is the story of one photographer’s obsession. An obsession that took her four and a half years and six attempts to finally succeed. Meet adventure photographer Krystle Wright, an Australian who now calls herself “a child of the universe,” thanks to her global travels and a tax law loophole that makes her unqualified to be called a resident:

“As a photographer, to stand out from the rest you need to be thinking of new ideas and new angles.”

The shot she was after, looking down on base jumpers from a bird’s eye viewpoint as they jumped off the edge of a cliff, sounds simple enough. But envisioning something like that is actually the simplest bit of the whole project. Making it happen—ensuring everything chimes together perfectly—is the difficult part. There are a million different things that can go wrong, and they often do, as Wright found out on five previous failed attempts.

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Wright hanging from a helicopter while making the shot

To make the shot possible she needed to strap herself to a helicopter and lean over the skid on one side while it hovered high above a cliff. Why? Because she doesn’t crop her images and this is the only way she could make a clean shot without getting the helicopter skids in the way. She would fire away on the motor drive as the base jumpers jumped off one by one. Pretty basic stuff!

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So, what drives her?

“I find that when I do take photos I now come across this complicated situations and I love the process of trying to simplify, and through those simplifications it brings harmony. It makes me feel settled with the world for that brief moment.”

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