Happy Saturday friends! We finally made it to the weekend. Things have been a little crazy in SoCal due to the terrible fires burning in Ventura and LA. We are OK and safe in Goleta/Santa Barbara; just dealing with lots of smoke, ash and horrible air quality.
Thursday night we went to an event on campus, Cory Richards — #LifeNoFilter and I’m soooooo glad it wasn’t cancelled. For those of you who don’t know, Cory Richards is one of the world’s leading adventure and expedition photographers and climber. He is part of the North Face athletic team and delivers stunning images to National Geographic, Outside and The New York Times. In 2012, he was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year for being the first American to summit an 8,000 meter peak in winter – Pakistan’s Gasherbrum II. Cory and fellow climber Adrian Ballinger also grew lots of attention with #EverestNoFilter when the two documentated their climb on Everest via Snapchat.
Cory’s #LifeNoFilter talk was incredible and made for a totally awesome night. I honestly had no idea what to expect; I was just excited to see and hopefully meet him! Cory was hands-down AWESOME. He was so brutally honest, raw, totally down to earth, super funny and a real inspiration. This may sound cheesy, but I was really touched and moved by his presentation. Not only were his photographs stunning, but the stories that came with them were just unbelievable. His perspective and take on life is so something I wish I could embody. Although, at times Cory’s story is sad, he still has a an incredibly positive outlook on life and just keeps going.
It’s funny because for as long as I can remember, I have been absolutely fascinated by Everest, mountain climbing and anyone who accomplishes this feat. Which is kind of odd because I’m not a climber at all. Yet, having the chance to be near Everest or attempt to climb it is weirdly on my bucket list. Crazy right?! Anyway, I can’t even remember now how I came across or learned about Cory Richards in the first place. But now having not only seen him, heard his story and meet him (OMG 😀 he’s truly the most honest and incredible individual) I admire him even more.
Through is talk I learned so much about him, why he does the work that he does and his perspective on life. Cory stressed that HONESTY of above all things is most important. I also especially liked when he said “where ever you go, there you are.” TRUTH. That one really hit home. He’s so passionate and very inspiring.
“If my photographs in any way make somebody feel fear, joy, or love or vulnerability, I’ve succeeded.” — Cory Richards
From this short evening I feel like the audience really got to know the real Cory and got a glimpse of what his life looks like. His photos certainly showed us fear, joy, love and vulnerability. If you want to learn/read more about Cory, check these articles out:
- After Summiting Mt. Everest, He Returned Home to Face His Demons
- National Geographic Creative
After his talk, there was time for Q&A and then Cory offered to meet and talk with people outside. O.M.G. I DIED! Honestly I don’t mean to be dramatic, but I was beyond excited to have the chance to meet him and possible take a picture with him. Hence the HUGE smile on my face below. ❤ ❤ ❤
Chris walked up to him first to introduce himself and say “my wife thinks your absolutely dreamy.” TRUTH hubby, TRUTH. ❤ ❤ Cory and I got to take a picture together first and then ask him a few questions. I think I blacked out I was so start struck ha ha ha. But then we took a group selfie 📷: taken by the very talented @coryrichards himself!! Then I died again.
Seriously, this guy is the best! He really took the time to chat with everyone who wanted to ask him something or take a quick picture. THANK YOU Cory for coming to UCSB and for taking the time to talk/take pictures with us! I’m so inspired by you and all the work you do. Keep it up and I sincerely hope we meet again!
Have a great weekend everyone!