Have you ever seen that movie Kill Bill volume 2? I just love that flash back scene where Beatrix Kiddo (Uma Thurman’s character) was sent off into the hills of China to train in Kung Fu under the ruthless Master Pai Mei. Her training was arduous and humiliating but after months (and maybe years) of enduring, Beatrix’s perseverance paid off and she herself became a master in the art of Kung Fu. What a novel concept, I thought, to detach from everything and everyone you know to reinvent yourself in something completely different under the constant guidance of an eccentric master. The potential in that. I was enthralled... inspired!
So, I set off, first to Thailand to train in Muay Thai and eventually to China to study Kung Fu. I didn’t stay long enough to get good at those things, but what a thrill it was to train under some of the most dedicated and hardened fighters in their disciplines; to realize the malleability of one’s own mind and body under rigorous training (you can change your life on a dime); and to meet and spar with others on similar paths. For me travelling has always been about learning, not lounging, and this solidified that.
Anyway, eventually came photography and I decided to apply the same strategy as before. I wanted to train under the most dedicated, artistic, adventure photographer I could find. And that led me to Adamus. ‘Yep, if you get down lower, and shoot that at more of an angle at F22, you’ll get a sunstar in each and every one of those little water droplets, and pull the depth of field close enough to overcome the macro limitations of that lens,’ he said to me here. He wasn’t even looking through my viewfinder. He was standing 10 feet away. That’s how good @marcadamus
is, he just knows. I’ve lost count of how many priceless nuggets of technical and creative insights I’ve absorbed from him. You can just be standing beside Marc with your ears open and you’ll become a better photographer, as if simply through osmosis.
If you ever have the chance to invest in yourself and something you’re passionate about, take that opportunity. The things you learn and the memories you gain can never be taken away from you.