My name is Liam Lonsdale and I am an adventure sports photographer. I specialise in shooting in the mountains and on cliff faces – the more extreme the environment, the more interested I seem to be.
The moment that I realised combining my two biggest passions, climbing and photography, was actually a feasible career path for me was a memorable one. Quitting my corporate job and making the decision to pursue my true passions was a life changing decision. From that moment forward everything was different.
I am energised by the beautiful places that I get to work. Sometimes they aren’t the easiest to access and that’s when I really come into my element. Epic hikes with heavy packs are 100% my thing … throw in some eventful weather and isolation from civilisation and then we are really talking my language. I honed this love whilst living for a decade in one of the most picturesque locations in the world, the English Lake District.
My work as a photographer means I travel around the world, to some of the most incredible locations, with the most talented athletes in their fields.
It’s easy to be fooled into thinking that I have it easy, people often comment that I’m on a permanent vacation. I think the big mistake people make is that they confuse ‘enjoying what I do’ for ‘having it easy’. Let me tell you, it’s not easy, in fact a lot of times quite the opposite.
That said the endeavour of chasing light, working with the worlds’ best athletes, the risk and the reward, it makes any hardship one hundred percent worth it. People often tell me I’m lucky … and I tell them, “the harder I work, the luckier I get”.
As a photographer I try to capture the emotion of a moment in my subject, the mood and feeling of the environment that I am shooting in. Variables like the weather really set the scene, you know? There are an infinite amount of stories to tell and I love unlocking each new one with every frame I capture.
My gear selection is focussed around being usable in difficult conditions, durable against the elements (and getting thrown around in rucksacks/in travel), and lightweight so I have as little to carry as possible.
OTHER IMPORTANT GEAR
Patagonia Cragsmith 45L
Patagonia Black Hole Duffle 90L
As well as working as a photographer, I am well known for my work as a broadcaster within the international climbing competition circuit. Keep an eye on my social media to find out where I will be next.
Inside Liam’s camera bag: