Cam McLeod is considered one of the country’s best adventure photographers. Since publishing his first photos in POWDER magazine a half dozen years ago, Cam has been using his lens to bring people along to experience the exhilarating outdoor action his camera captures.
Finding The Story Within A Landscape
“Columbia Sportswear approached me,” Cam recalled. “They wanted to capture the story and struggle of physical endurance. So, I went on assignment to the Yukon and followed two hikers with my camera, recording their trip as they made their trek across the rough and rugged terrain in temperatures that were on average 25 degrees below zero.”
“Our Sherpa guide shared a poem by Robert Service entitled The Spell of the Yukon with us while we were making the trek,” he said. “The words were meant to inspire us.” And did they. Upon his return, Cam’s photo assignment sparked a stunning visual narrative, using the lyrical ode to showcase his enviable skills.
“I’ve always been in love with images, Cam said. “I started doing this because I believed I had a unique perspective to share. For me, it’s an exercise in self-exploration. To find a way to make the images feel alive, to feel tangible, to have a tactile quality.”
Poetry in Motion
And the outdoor adventure that he saw through his lens and shares in his premiere 24-page newszine issue, Paper Trail #1, The Spell of the Yukon is not one you’ll likely forget. “I’m a visual storyteller,” Cam said. “I’ve been composing photos and scenes my entire life, long before I had a camera. It’s how I see the world.” And I knew when I got back from this trip that I wanted others to experience it. So, I asked Pedro and Jackie, my photo editors out of Maine, to pull selects,” Cam said. His friend Jake Richardson, based in Brooklyn, offered to do the layout for the 6 x 9 promo.
“The center spread with its snow globe effect is my absolute favorite,” Cam said. “It’s a photographer’s dream. It was one of those right time, right place, right shot moments.”
“The longitudinal coordinates that Jake added and the faces I captured caked in frost gave the piece an authenticity and realness that I really liked,” Cam said. Apparently, others did, too.
Letting the Outside In
“It connected in a way I didn’t expect,” Cam went on to say. “At the time, it became the most commented piece on my photo editor’s website. The feedback was really positive. I couldn’t have been happier with the result.”
Following the Trail
Currently in studio shooting, Cam is on the hunt for the next digitally interesting adventure to shoot. “Photography is my life,” he explained. “The next frame and the next story consumes me. I’m constantly composing images in my mind.” Whatever they are, we can’t wait to follow his paper trail.