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Rick Smolan is responsible for some of the largest photographic projects ever undertaken. A former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, Rick created the best-selling Day in the Life book series and many other large-scale photographic projects, such as America 24/7, 24 Hours in Cyberspace, and Blue Planet Run. He pushes the boundaries of technology with each new project while delivering inspiring books that tell masterful photographic stories. His projects have been featured on the covers of magazines such as Fortune, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. This instalment of Creative Inspirations takes viewers inside Rick’s latest production, where he reveals his unique processes and shows how he reinvents himself for each new project.
In 1977 photographer Rick Smolan was traveling in Australia when he encountered an angry woman in the small town of Alice Springs. The woman was Robyn Davidson—the so-called Camel Lady who undertook a 1,700-mile trek from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean on foot with four camels and a dog as her companions. Tracks—the movie version of her epic journey and evolving relationship with Smolan—opened last week.
“[The movie makes] her coldness and nastiness, and my goofiness, very extreme, but I think they did a good job capturing the friendship. When you go through something like that with someone—something that is so emotionally intense—a friendship lasts a really long time,” Smolan says. “She asked me whether I wondered what would’ve happened if we’d stayed together—and I said we’d probably be divorced and hate each other now.”
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