I first picked up a video camera in the year 2000. I was inspired by the TV show, Jackass and my friends and I started filming home movies of stunts, pranks, skateboarding, and practically anything that you can think of. Since then it's been a growing passion and my life. I currently do a lot of freelance work and co-own a production company on the side called, Blacklist Media.
In 2012 I went on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park with a friend and I was blown away by the scenery and how peaceful it was to be out there. Ever since that trip I've been obsessed with photographing natural landscapes and going on last second, un-planned photo missions.
Sometimes I like to go out in the middle of the night and stare at the stars. Long exposures, light painting, star trails and aliens.
Random fact: the album Hostilis by Mimosa is one of my favorites to drive to while looking for spots to photograph during the dark.
Friends, family, life, adventures... all that good stuff.
First trip of the year took place during February and it was cooold. I had been staying at a friends house in Gilbert and my brother, Andy came up from the Tuscan Gem and Mineral show to snag me. We took off from there and went north. Our first night in the Grand Canyon was 8 degrees, and yes we were tenting it. It was cold, but we still managed to get out and get some rad star shots and see some critters along the way. Our journey continued through various parks in Utah, Nevada, California, and eventually back to Oregon.
15 days, 2,600 miles, $406.13 in fuel, 5 national parks, 2 national monuments, 2 ghost towns, one shower, one flat tire, and one 148 mile tow truck ride back to home base! Thank you, AAA man.
2nd road trip of the year! I spent 2 weeks on the road again with my brother, Andy his fiance, Jackie and their squishy faced dog, Chewbacca (chewy, chewyB, little shit). I had flown into New York prior to the trip to shoot a wedding for a studio back home. It worked out because Andy was already on the east coast so we planned to road trip it back west together.
We spent some time in New York City, which I absolutely couldn't stand then we went north into Upstate New York to explore the Adirondack Mountains and the surrounding areas that Upstate has to offer. I had no idea that New York actually had some wilderness, it was beautiful. We explored 5 finger lakes, Watkins Glen, Niagara Falls, and much much more. From New York we drove across the midwest basically only stopping for food, and gas. Between the three of us we rallied through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska and made it to Colorado in about 24 hours. Our mission west consisted of about 5,000 miles on the road, 200 gallons of fuel, and over $80 in highway tolls.
View my trip via instagram by searching for the tag: #wingingitwithchewyb