|A Lifetime in the Mountains
The Photography of Aid Burgess
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Aid's Approach to Photography:
Aid Burgess is legendary in the climbing world, but not necessarily for his photos. This gallery of his work shows the strength of his images, a power that comes from a lifetime spend in the mountains.Aid Burgess
"I've been taking photos since I was a kid, using just about every make of camera you can come up with. When climbing and shooting at the same time, the principles are always shoot when you get a chance and figure out the other problems later. When hiking to the mountain, the best advice is to keep an eye out for what strikes you as different in the cultures you're passing through. When on the mountain itself, look out for the early morning and late day shots because the air is clear and so the colors can be more subtle. Always remember to take a summit group shot when you get back to Base Camp, when you look really ragged, hagged and dirty. But it's always the eyes that tell the story."
These days, Burgess uses a Contax SLR camera with an assortment of lenses as high as Camp I or
II. Above that, he uses either a Rollei 35 manual or a Yashica T4 to save weight and bulk. His film of choice is normally
Fuji Velvia or Fuji Pro 100.