Photography: beautiful and brutal.

I was goofing around on Pinterest yesterday and I came across photographer Geoffrey Baker’s portrait series of people who have run “The Barkley,” an endurance race that has been billed as “the most difficult race on the planet.”  It features saw brier (I think this was the inspiration for the stuff that surrounded Sleeping Beauty’s castle), 59,100 feet of climb, a descent of over 100 miles, an abandoned prison, and geographical features with names like Testicle Spectacle, Danger Dave’s Climbing Wall, and The Bad Thing.

There are two photo essays.  The first is a series of “before” and “after” shots of the participants called “Out There”.  Check out the bios, it is really interesting to see where these people are coming from.

The other is a series of photographs from the event itself entitled “The Barkley: Bad Things Happen.” He isn’t kidding.  Brutal doesn’t even begin to describe.  I can see Darren loving to do something like this.  Hopefully he doesn’t read this blog entry…

 

(I would have loved to post some photos directly onto the blog, but I am experiencing technical difficulties and I don’t want to violate Geoffrey Baker’s copyright by doing it badly.  So just click through to the links and be astounded.)

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