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Article by Kim Dallas, photos by Brian Lewis

You may have seen some of Brian Lewis’s photos in past blog posts, like this one, but if not, you’ll definitely start seeing more of his work around the gym. Keep an eye out for the new artwork going up in all the gyms over the next week.

We had the chance to catch up with Brian, a Rock Spot climber and professional photographer, and learn about how he got his start in both climbing and photography, how he tore his scapholunate ligament on the wall, and why he climbs (hint: it’s more than the maple bacon cider donuts on the way to Rumney).

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What were you first? A climber or a photographer?

A photographer by far. I started in high school but my photography really intensified when I went on a skating tour of the east coast. I had just been given a Nikon N90 film camera with some lenses from my friend Jack. On tour I shot a ton of velvia slides and was hooked. The next two big increases into my photography addiction were digital cameras and learning about off camera radio controlled lighting. My climbing started out slowly. Mostly, I would just go on climbing dates every now and then. So scattered random trips to the gym.

Then I injured my back. Which made skating much harder for me. Skating is my biggest passion and when I was younger I would skate all day everyday. I even owned an indoor skatepark for a while and lived under one of the ramps. So when I slowed my skating down I really needed something to fill that void. Climbing works great for that. The parallels between the two sports are solid. To me, climbing outside is like street skating and climbing in gyms is like being in a skatepark. So I feel right at home. I can’t climb for as long as I used to skate but I still usually climb 4 days a week for around 4-6 hours each time. When my body permits.

What else do you shoot besides climbing?

Everything I can. Its not just my job, its one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoy action photography, portraiture and product shoots. Travel photography, landscapes and wildlife are pretty enjoyable too.

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What’s your favorite photo you’ve ever taken? Tell us a little about what went into getting that shot.

I don’t think I really have one. It’s more the process than the individual photographs that I love. I’m also a crazy person that’s never fully satisfied. I almost always see something in my photographs that I think I could have done better. Gun to my head… I’d have to say the portrait I shot of my cat Stiglitz. Animals can be extra challenging. They just don’t cooperate. It was a technically difficult shot, that is pretty unique and I really like him too hahaha. Lots of people think its photoshopped because of his pose, but it’s not. I shot the photo with a white piece of lexan for the background and multiple lights with softboxes. Photographing white on white the exposure has to be perfect or you lose detail. Then I used his favorite snack (chicken flavored greenies) to get him into position. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

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How has your style changed since you first started out?

When I started, I concentrated on taking photographs of what was there and available. Now I try to photograph what isn’t. What I mean is now I shoot with lots of extra lights and try to create an image that I’ve imagined in my mind first. Sometimes with the light and other times with the shadows. I really enjoy playing with shadows.

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What’s in your camera bag for a climbing shoot?

I mix it up a bunch but usually my canon 5d mark III, lens: 17-40 L, 50mm 1.4, and 70-200mm 2.8 L, lights; anywhere from 2-4 speedlights or if I need to throw light further my Einstein 640 strobe and power pack. Then various, light modifiers and radio triggers as well.

What is one thing you wish someone would’ve told you when you were getting your start in photography?

I wish someone told me about off camera lighting. I had to learn that on my own. That was before digital cameras and there was nowhere near the amount of internet content that there is today. I would have saved a lot of time and money if someone instructed me on how to do it.

Let’s talk about climbing…you’re just coming back from a wrist injury, correct? How has the recovery process been?

Yeah. I tore my scapholunate ligament in my wrist while bouldering. It wasn’t even from a fall. I guess I was just being too stubborn to let go when I should have. Recovery has been painful and slow. I had 2 surgeries to repair the ligament. They actually had to drill metal wires through my bones to keep them in place. I was in a cast for 3 months, splints for 2 and 2.5 months of occupational therapy. The first 2 weeks after the first surgery was the worst. I was instructed to stay in bed and move as little as possible since the ligament needed to grab hold. It was so boring and the pain was pretty significant. The aforementioned Stiglitz loved it. He basically slept on me for 2 weeks straight. So at least someone was happy.

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Are you a boulderer or a rope climber? Any current projects?

I sport climb from time to time. However, bouldering is by far my favorite. I don’t have any current projects but I do have some goals. I would really like to be able to climb V5/6 more consistently and send my first V7 inside. As for outside, I photographed Keith on a V4 called “Overlooked” up in Pawtuckaway. He made it look like so much fun and the moves in it are awesome. So that’s another goal of mine.

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What’s been your biggest accomplishment in climbing?

Over all, my biggest accomplishment and what I’m happiest about has been all of the great friendships I’ve mad. As for just specifically climbing itself, it’s a bit of a toss up. Either sending 2 V6s the first day I ever climbed a V6 or sending my first post-op V6.

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Lastly, why do you climb? And similarly, why do you climb at Rock Spot?

Do you mean other than the maple bacon cider donuts on the way to Rumney? I climb because I love it. It’s a lot of things I love wrapped up into one package; nature, physical activity, problem solving and awesome friendly people. It’s also a great reason to go on road trips and be in the woods with your friends. Even when I was hurt and couldn’t climb I had so much fun going to Pway, Rumney and a few other spots with my friends to photograph them climbing. But mostly for the donuts.

Rock Spot Southie is my home gym because it is the friendliest gym I’ve ever been to. That’s saying a lot because climbing gyms are very friendly places. I met some of my best friends climbing there. Then the shape of the bouldering walls is really dynamic and stands out from all of the other gyms in my experience. The routes are so well thought out and creative and it’s amazing how often the setters redo sections. The setters really are awesome. They do an excellent job. They all have their own styles. So each set is a great mix of problems. The EBM membership is so reasonable too. I love being a member because I really need unlimited access to climb the amounts I like to. I highly recommend signing up.

To end this I’d just like to say thank you to all of the Rock Spot people that make it possible for me to have such a great time. I really love it there and appreciate all that you do. Cheers!


Thanks to Brian for taking the time to answer all our questions! For more info on his photography and business, Create Originals, check out the links below!

https://www.facebook.com/Brianmatthewlewisphotography/

http://www.createoriginals.com/

Also be sure to check out our most recent Problems of the Set, where Brian climbs a new V4 in Boston-Dedham:

https://youtu.be/ZP7yjbzOV5E

 

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Alex on Wildfire (5.12a) in the Red River Gorge, KY

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If you use 50 % of you max power in each hand your blood circulation is almost non-existing and you will quickly get a burning pump. If you instead climb with a technique where you try to take as much load on one hand and rest the other, you can go on for a long time. The best way to train this technique is to simply just let go of the lower hand as soon as you have reached the next hold. Start practicing directly during your warm up on juggy routes. In practice, it means that you will move your feet several times in between you move your hands. After a couple of hours you will notice a change while climbing or bouldering also on harder routes. Hopefully this orangutan climbing style will improve your endurance and make you climb harder routes. This focus on one arm climbing will also make your shoulder and biceps muscles stronger which is especially good for overhangs.

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Black Hole - Squamish BC Canada

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