Winter Adventure Series - Joshua Cripps (Thursday, Mar 1)

Winter Adventure Series - Joshua Cripps (Thursday, Mar 1)


"Chasing Light Stories From a Wilderness Photographer"
Josh Cripps, Wilderness Photographer, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Thursday, March 1, 2018

  • 6:00 p.m. Doors Open Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. Presentation starts
  • 7:00 p.m. Mammoth Ranger Station Auditorium. 

Joshua Cripps started making remarkable photos while he was still in the womb. His first significant image, titled Sonogram, was praised for its graininess, deliberate blurring of details, and gritty black and white mood. Earning two thumbs up from his parents, this photo only hinted at things to come. Since then Josh has won countless awards and accolades, including more than one “Certificate of Participation,” dozens of “Good Sportsmanship” plaques, and the coveted “Busy Bookworm” award. His mantel long ago collapsed under the weight of gold-painted, plastic trophies.

Inheriting a dual-opticon, reflex CaNikolta Fusor 550 camera from his great-great-great-great-great grandfather’s greatest grandfather, a 13th century Franciscan cleric, Josh learned early on the value of an image. By age 8 he was spending every waking hour in the darkroom he built out of blankets and cardboard boxes. The photos he produced in those early years were too monumental to be confined to film and therefore existed entirely in his head. Critics described these images as “utter fantasy” and “completely unreal.”

When he was fourteen years old Josh began a 12-year vision quest in remote Tibet. This powerful experience helped Josh discover his passion for befriending unicorns, seducing mermaids, and vanquishing evil. Since then he has traveled by winged-steed to the furthest reaches of the globe to photograph beauty wherever he may find it.

Currently Josh spends over 700 days every year in the field seeking out the finest landscapes on earth. He has a mighty beard and sings in a rich baritone. Hiking at least 45 miles to capture every photo, Josh ensures that every image he crafts represents the very heart of the wilderness. While you were reading this Joshua Cripps did 93 push-ups, won more awards, and became internationally re-renowned.

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