2014 — through the lens

By 6 January 2015February 5th, 2015General News

Photography gives us such a wonderful way to reflect on the past, and perhaps gain a hint of where we are are going. I thought I’d start the new year off here with a quick reflection on my photography from 2014. I’ve selected 12 of my favourite images from 2014 to share with you.

Looking at the images, two things really stand out to me…

Firstly, 2014 was an incredibly busy year. My major project for the year was to complete my new book Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed, the culmination of many years work. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard for so long. I am immensely proud of the finished result and what we achieved with this book; I think it is fair to say, at the least, that this is a significant documentation of Australian climbing. Because that project so dominated the year it meant that some other projects were neglected or put on the back burner. I barely had time for any work on this web site, for example, so that’s something that will be rectified this year. I’m super excited about our plans for — among other things — this site and our email newsletter. The email newsletter already has over 1800 subscribers; it’s our main platform for sharing news and images (and freebies), so ensure you are subscribed to our newsletter –> here (we do not spam, you can unsubscribe anytime).

The other standout from 2014 is how much I have to be grateful for. I am very lucky to do creative and interesting work, at to some of the most spectacular places on the planet, with great friends and some of the nicest, most positive and inspiring people that I know. Whether it’s the climbers or others who have helped with photography, the 80 authors who contributed stories and text for Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed, the 100’s of people who supported our new book Kickstarter campaign, and everyone else who has supported our work in some way, or just connected with us on Facebook or Instragram and being positive about what we are doing… well, I’ve really felt the love — and I feel so very grateful for that. Thank you so much everyone.

So here are 12 highlights from 2014. And here’s cheers to 2015!

Andrew ‘Squib’ Cubbon, Simply the Best (28), The Star Factory, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania.

Andrew ‘Squib’ Cubbon, Simply the Best (28), The Star Factory, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania.

Chris Hampton, with Andy Kuylaars belaying, Ancient Astronaught (24), The Moai, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania.

Chris Hampton, with Andy Kuylaars belaying, Ancient Astronaught (24), The Moai, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania.

Neil Monteith with Matt Brooks belaying, pitch  two The Sublime and the Beautiful (18, 22, 20), Blue Mountains.

Neil Monteith with Matt Brooks belaying, pitch two The Sublime and the Beautiful (18, 22, 20), Blue Mountains.

Chris Firth with Chris Diemont belaying, pitch two The Fear (19), North Head, Sydney.

Chris Firth with Chris Diemont belaying, pitch two The Fear (19), North Head, Sydney.

Jack Masel, Dessert (25), Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Western Australia.

Jack Masel, Dessert (25), Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Western Australia.

Kate Swain leading pitch 1 of Baylac Direct (18), near Albany, Western Australia.

Kate Swain leading pitch 1 of Baylac Direct (18), near Albany, Western Australia.

Jean-Philippe Dumas, pitch one Training for Big Walls (19,18), Southern Ocean Wall, West Cape Howe, Western Australia.

Jean-Philippe Dumas, pitch one Training for Big Walls (19,18), Southern Ocean Wall, West Cape Howe, Western Australia.

Alex Linge, Skylark (24), Gibraltar Peak, ACT.

Alex Linge, Skylark (24), Gibraltar Peak, ACT.

Catherine de Vaus, Twentieth Century Fox (20), Mount Fox, Grampians.

Catherine de Vaus, Twentieth Century Fox (20), Mount Fox, Grampians.

Sean Powell, Ghetto Superstar (28), The Ghetto Cave at The Hideaway, a recently discovered crag in Sydney.

Sean Powell, Ghetto Superstar (28), The Ghetto Cave at The Hideaway, a recently discovered crag in Sydney.

Alex Ling, Shooting the Breeze (22), Windjammer Wall, Point Perpendicular, NSW, Australia.

Alex Ling, Shooting the Breeze (22), Windjammer Wall, Point Perpendicular, NSW, Australia.

Monique Forestier attempting the first free ascent of a 5 pitch route on Berhala Island, Borneo, Malaysia.

Monique Forestier attempting the first free ascent of a 5 pitch route on Berhala Island, Borneo, Malaysia.

Oh, make that 13 images. Watching Monique’s send of Tiger Cat is something I will never forget!

Monique Forestier, Tiger Cat (33), Elphinstone, Blue Mountains.

Monique Forestier, Tiger Cat (33), Elphinstone, Blue Mountains.

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