The vision came to Krystle Wright in a dream: a bird’s-eye view of BASE jumpers in flight over a stark desert landscape. When she awoke, the adventure photographer resolved to make that vision into a reality. And with that, the dream turned into an obsession - one that led her on a four-and-a-half-year journey of failed attempts, uncooperative weather, disappointments and inward examination.
Photography gives me purpose. It gives me this wonderful excuse that I get to talk to people, and engage.
The Mysteries follows a tenacious, and perhaps crazy, quest to chase down an elusive image and provides a glimpse into the kind of singular passion that drives people to reach their goals, regardless of what stands in the way.
I remember being this bird flying high above these base jumpers and they begin leaping off one at a time and beyond them is this incredible stark landscape.
"Four and a half years ago I had this dream, and usually I forget my dreams but this one, this dream stayed with me. I remember being this bird flying high above these BASE jumpers and they begin leaping off one at a time and beyond them is this incredible stark landscape. From the moment I saw this in my mind all I wanted to do is create this shot - I wanted to make it a reality. As a photographer, to stand out from the rest you need to be thinking of new ideas new angles and I originally wanted to capture this shot of base jumping that I don't think anyone else has done. I think the outcome of the photograph is simple, yet it's also very complicated to capture. There's so many variables – there’s the helicopter, there's the light and there's Mother Nature."
The Final Shot as Steph leapt from The Citadel for the second and final time, the pressure was certainly on to nail this dream shot of mine. In one sense, this isn't the perfect dream shot as the light fell a different way this morning due to the different time of year. However, I grew to love and appreciate this shot as the ideal representation of not only the dream I had, but also the story that went into getting this shot. Through all the that failed attempts and imperfections that occurred, this is the shot I needed to take and its a vulnerable place to be to share something so close to my heart with a greater audience.
Image credit: Krystle Wright