Ephemeral Permanence

Ephemeral Permanence Recollections from Six Legends of the Lens

We live during a time when the natural world is changing more quickly than ever before. Ever-shifting weather patterns are toppling the paradigms of predictable climates, and regions we once viewed as being stable over the course of a human life are becoming volatile before our very eyes. Perhaps now more than ever, humanity’s relationship with the Earth—particularly its wild places—should be cherished in every moment.

We mountain bikers occupy a peculiar space on our planet, constantly striving to balance a delicate symbiosis between us and the dirt in which we play, and from whence we emanate. Mountain bike photographers, especially those with a proclivity for remote-ness, possess an intuitive understanding of the ephemeral essence of our flirtatious interplay with landscapes. We are but fleeting blips in an ageless continuum that envelops and embraces us, if only for a few seconds, as we marvel over the majesty of it all.

The click of a camera shutter might well be a conceited attempt to instill a sense of permanence in our transitory passages, but in our own conception, these frozen points in time give us pause for reflection on forces much greater than us. This photo gallery is a tribute to these forces, venerated by six seasoned adventure photographers who reflect on some of their most transformative memories.

—Brice Minnigh

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