Tim Kemple is at the leading edge of action sports photography. Seasoned and traveled, yet still in his 20's, he's been Climbing Magazine's Senior Contributing Photographer, as well as been published in dozens of outdoor publications. His commercial work has sent him around the globe to Nepal, New Zealand, Europe and Alaska to name a few. Kemple, from a family of climbers, has been in the mountains since a young age; he gets it. Parlaying all that knowledge into outdoor photography has come naturally. Thinking progressively, and able to move freely, quickly and easily through the rough, sometimes lethal terrain of the world of adventure sports, Kemple remains calm, and nails the shot. He has ties to all generations of action sport athletes, a climbing background firmly rooted in East Coast tradition, and a young, fresh eye on the airborne, the vertical and the improbable. Developing unique angles and ideas, such as his cinematography work on the bouldering film Karma, heading into Utah's Wasatch backcountry to get fresh tracks instead of hanging out by the terrain park to fish with dynamite, or adding his own personal take on for-assignment coverage of adventure races and ultra marathons such as the Wasatch 100, Kemple has rapidly established himself as today's zen photo master. An accomplished athlete, Kemple throws himself bodily into each shoot, taking on tough assignments that would leave lesser shooters whining. I remember one mid-summer shoot in Colorado at the Fortress of Solitude, an enormous cliff high on a hot, south-facing hillside. I carried a notepad and some drinks; Tim carried about 60 pounds of camera and rigging gear. Our models, fit from climbing in Yosemite and unburdened by big packs, scampered ahead. Tim and I, meanwhile, labored upward. An hour later, we were there. Tim lugged all the gear to the base of the wall, took a swig of Gatorade, and looked around. "So which routes are we shooting today?" he asked with a grin.To see more of Tim Kemple's work visit: KempleMedia.com
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