We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucas Gibbons and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lucas, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk plays a significant role both in my pursuits as an outdoor athlete and as a freelance filmmaker and photographer. Many of the activities I love doing both for my profession and as hobbies involve a high degree of risk: snowboarding, climbing, mountaineering, freediving, mountain biking and many others. Although I have been dabbling in narrative film and commercial projects, my true passion lies in filming these adventurous activities.

I try to take calculated risks both in life and my career but risk is subjective. This can be difficult to explain but I will use an example. In mountaineering we use a term called objective hazards. These are problems caused by the mountain and the weather and cannot be influenced by man; for example, storms, rockfalls, icefalls, lightning, and so on. Because these risks are unforeseen, I try to limit my exposure to them. Being able to spot risks like these in life and my career is down to training and experience. For most of the activities I partake in this means taking courses, reading educational material, spending time with experts in the field but most of all it comes down to practice and experience.

I would say most objective hazards in my career stem from financial and mental stability. I try not to put myself in positions where I can’t live a happy and healthy life whether it be from financial stress or emotional stress. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential as well as maintaining personal relationships with those around me.

Overall, as I grow older, obtain more information and become “wiser” I find myself recognizing more risks and avoid putting myself in situations where I am overly exposed to them. I always try to learn from my mistakes and use that information when taking similar risks in the future.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Creating motion pictures and photographs has intrigued me from a young age but it wasn’t until graduating college and going to work in the real world that I realized this passion. I don’t quite believe the quote “choose a job you love, and you won’t have to work a day in your life” because work will always be work. But working at something you are passionate towards makes all the difference in the world. I would say that lugging 50 pound backpacks of camera gear through the backcountry, battling harsh conditions and battling through physical and mental exhaustion to create movies is hard work but it is all worth it because I am working towards my passion.

I believe my hard work and passion towards the projects I have done on shows through in my work. I don’t like following a template and don’t think my work should either. I want to create unique products for every client I work with and that normally means I need to put in more work and time than others.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend and I both enjoy type 2 fun so I would try and find some out-of-the-box heinous adventure to take him on. Maybe a week long trip into the Cascades to climb an obscure mountain and try and attempt a first ascent on a new climbing route. I would make sure to bring some good whiskey for the nights in the tent and plenty of junk food to snack on.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It might be cliche but I want to give a shoutout to my parents for teaching me critical thinking when they raised me. I believe most of my success can be attributed to being able to digest information properly and using it to take the right actions. This applies to starting my career, my relationships and all other aspects of my life.

Website: www.lucasgibbons.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lucas_gibbons_photo/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Bankj79vr73wpJDlSnfsA

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