Interview by Tiffany Reed Briley
Hi Joshua! First let me say that I very much enjoyed researching for this interview. I am truly excited to hear your responses to the questions below. Thanks for agreeing to this. I understand you left a corporate job to pursue photography full-time. What caused the transition and what was your motivation to pursue it?
That’s a good question and the answer is quite complicated. I left the corporate world more than six years ago to pursue nature photography as a full-time profession, without any other source of income. It was a major step into the unknown and, honestly, a very daunting one. At the time I had a well paying corporate paycheck, more than eight years with the same company, a mortgage and two kids about to enter school. The bills were mounting up on the horizon and it was a significant – albeit calculated – financial risk.
Although I studied fine art photography and photojournalism formally in my early years, it was not until many years later that I could honestly call myself a full-time professional nature photographer. The interest in photography was always there and I was pursuing it as often as I could. Even from a very young age I would carry around my father’s tripod on weekends. That’s where my passion really first started.
The transition to full-time pro was to take many years though. Part of that transition was also finding my niche and understanding what it was that I most wanted to photograph. When I fell in love with the polar regions I knew I had found my niche.
The motivation to jump from the corporate world to nature photography as a full-time profession was born out of my love for being outdoors in the polar regions with my cameras and ...