Photographed this evening in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica.
Pura Vida. The words mean “pure life” and are used everywhere to describe this place – your menu, t-shirts – but it’s more than marketing, it’s reality. The air here is humid and warm…embracing. It’s the sort of place you can walk in the sand with your flip-flops and it doesn’t get up in your toes and hurt…it’s soft. The streets are full of potholes and mud but just out of reach of their splash you find hand-rolled cigars and a culture that constantly reminds you to live your life, enjoy it to the fullest. I can see how easy it is to get lost here as days roll into weeks like the waves that so many people travel here to surf. Pure Life. Perfect.
While working on one of my first major photography/motion picture projects in the Channel Islands in California, I took an afternoon swim in a kelp forest with my Canon 5D and underwater housing and spent 30-minutes dancing along the open ocean with this beautiful jellyfish. I managed to get a variety of fun images of these alien-looking creatures.
While photographing in the Wisconsin “north country,” I stopped to photograph a logger who was deep in the woods hand-cutting premium grade timber. While not often considered a renewable resource – the logging industry of the 21st century has become exactly that. I personally am drawn to this photo for it’s lighting, anonymous composition and strong features of the wood chips and logger’s arms.