A Subject with a Sense of Humor

I was photographing Aron Ralston, the adventurer who gained notoriety a few years ago when he was forced to amputate his own right hand to free himself from a rock in Utah.

During part of the shoot I was hand-holding a flash to my right, which required tucking my left arm over to hold the flash while the right hand fired the camera.

“I need longer arms,” I quipped.

Ralston, ever the sharp and nice guy, just said, “Right…”

Aron Ralston, who became notable six years ago when he was forced to cut off his own hand to free himself from a boulder in Utah, is still tackling adventure -- from Grand Canyon raft guiding to climbing Denali and peaks in South America. Ralston will ascend Everest next year. (Kevin Moloney for the New York Times)

Aron Ralston, who became notable six years ago when he was forced to cut off his own hand to free himself from a boulder in Utah, is still tackling adventure -- from Grand Canyon raft guiding to climbing Denali and peaks in South America. Ralston will ascend Everest next year. (Kevin Moloney for the New York Times)

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  1. #1 by Danielle Alberti on May 6, 2009 - 3:04 am

    That’s a truly stunning portrait. Awkward experience, but a great photo.

    Like

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