| Photography transcends culture, language, and borders. A good picture enchants and captivates. It draws us in and speaks to us in a way we can all understand. Perhaps this is why photography, travel, and adventure are such a natural fit. Years ago, I had the opportunity to join Stephen Koch and Rob Milne on a climbing/snowboarding expedition to Puncak Jaya, a 16,023-foot summit in Indonesia. Stephen was on a quest to become the first person to snowboard down from the Seven Summits— that is, the highest peak on each continent. With Puncak Jaya lacked in epic powder, as shown in this photo, it more than made up for in hilarious experiences that included learning, from our Dani guide, the international sign for “THERE’S A CROCODILE IN THE WATER RIGHT NEXT TO YOU! GET OUT NOW!” For me, photography is that universal language. Capturing images that speak to you, no matter who you are or where you’re from, enriches the whole experience of travel, adventure, and life. // STEPHEN KOCH - IRIAN JAYA, INDONESIA 17–35MM LENS / F/8 / 1/250 SECOND / FUJI VELVIA FILM // If you LIKE this post, you’ll LOVE my book “STORIES BEHIND THE IMAGES: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography.” This book is my most personal work yet … my testament to the importance of FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION. Check out the link in my bio to learn more.