My Naneu Moment – Adventure Steve
We catch up with Charleston photographer and thrill-seeker ‘Adventure Steve’, to talk about the moment a Naneu bag kept his photo journey alive….
Hi Steve, tell us a little about yourself…
So first off, I’ve loved to photograph nature as long as I can remember but one particular summer stands out when I was about 12. After my grandmother passed away, my grandpa whom I lived with decided to take a trip around the western half of the U.S. And so we made a 6 week road trip through 15 states seeing the redwoods, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and so many other things. I shot like 75 rolls of film on that trip.
What do you like to photograph?
As far as what I like to shoot, in my heart of hearts I’m an adventurer. I love national parks, mountain tops, secluded beaches, beautiful rivers, basically I just want to capture everything that nature has to offer. If it involves being outdoors, I’m more than likely interested.
In addition to nature in and of itself, I have a passion for conservation, specifically for reptiles. (I volunteer with the turtle survival alliance which is dedicated to the protection of critically endangered turtles and tortoises) On my adventures I’m always on the lookout for snakes, turtles, lizards, whatever is out there to include in my photos.
Tell us about your Naneu Moment…
I was doing a short hike near a river here in South Carolina when I came across an eastern ribbon snake. As they tend to do, it headed off the embankment towards a hiding spot down by the water. Never one to think about the little things like falling in a river or breaking a leg, I took off down the embankment as well. About three steps into that decision it all went awry, the dirt gave way under my feet and I was sliding down towards the river. To avoid tumbling I basically fell back onto my rear, and slid all the way down to the water, ending up knee deep. What I never consider in this moment was my gear. Slung over my shoulder in my naneu messenger bag was my camera and two lenses. When I hit the dirt it was basically between me and the hillside, once I got my wits about me and made it back up the hill, I then noticed my bag, covered in dirt, looking pretty worse for wear. As I begin to panic, I sat my bag down to pull out what I thought would be the pieces of my camera. I unzipped it only to find that there was no mud in there, no broken pieces, nothing was really even out of place. Thanks to that bag, outside of the mud on me and my bag, it was like nothing ever happened. I’ve had the same bag since 2005 or 2006. I’ve been rough on it, frankly abused it. And yet it’s still here, my kit has gotten bigger over the years. But when I’m going for a short walk about, I throw a body and two lenses in there and never think twice about it.
Where can we see more of your photography?
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