I’VE USED MY CAMERA to climb collapsing mud banks, and I’ve gently pushed sharks away from me with it, but it’s wrong to think of a camera as some form of protection. Photojournalists and adventure photographers often find themselves being drawn in to more dangerous situations while looking for that “perfect” shot. We’re like the proverbial ostrich with our head in the sand. Thinking we are safe and hidden, while in fact we are fully exposed. There have been a number of times I’ve made near fatal mistakes in the process of taking an image, and sometimes I did nothing wrong — I just was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I pride myself on being a safety-conscious individual, but I’m also not risk averse. Sometimes you have to weigh the probability of disaster against your fear, and make a choice based on that.
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