We've often heard how going beyond our comfort zones can be so rewarding, yet not many of us aren't ready yet to do it. But photographer and athlete Cory Richards is one of those brave few who has constantly gone out of theirs not only to take awe-inspiring photographs, but to communicate the human experience itself to the rest of the world.
You could easily tell how passionate Cory Richards is about his craft in this four-minute-long video by Blue Chalk titled “A Tribute to Discomfort.” Fueled by his love for adventure and communicating by means of photography, Richards has been to all seven continents and rewarded by rare sights that only those willing to leave their comfort zones could ever see. He definitely has gone a long way, both literally and figuratively, from being a homeless high school dropout at 14 years old.
Apart from dishing out little nuggets of wisdom, Richards also recalls in this video the events that led to the capturing of his famous self-portrait (above), which ended up on the cover of the National Geographic magazine. In one part of the video, Richards said,
“It doesn’t matter if I can’t feel my fingers. It doesn’t matter how my face stings and literally feels like its getting sandblasted. What matters is that somebody else can feel that by looking at a picture.”
Now that’s one insightful thought to ponder on.
Watch “A Tribute to Discomfort” in full below: