To say Revo Creative Director Jimmy Chin’s life is “busy” is an understatement. Between his photography work for National Geographic, making momentous first ascents, and contributing his expertise to an exclusive Revo Capsule Collection, Chin is rarely in one place for long. Fortunately, we were able to ask him a few questions just in time for the New Year!
Revo: You have ascended the Shark’s Fin, skied down Mt. Everest, and photographed hundreds of athletes defying gravity and possibly death, sometimes from more precarious spots than the athletes themselves. Do you have to push harder to get an adrenaline rush than you did 20 years ago? How do you maintain that rush that drew you to your profession as a climber in the early years?
Jimmy Chin: Every situation is different. I don’t think I need to push harder to get an adrenaline rush. The same things I was doing 20 years ago would definitely still give me an adrenaline rush today. I would just be a bit more situationally aware now with more years under my belt. I don’t necessarily think it is the rush of shooting in high stakes environments that makes me keep coming back. Certainly the rush and excitement of shooting someone doing something in an incredible position in the mountains has an appeal, but it’s getting to work with incredible people, people that inspire me that keeps me motivated. Fortunately there is an endless list of people I would love to work with now and in the future. I am probably most thankful for all the awesome athletes I’ve gotten to work with over the years.
Revo: Is there an athlete you’d love to shoot or climb with and haven’t had the chance yet?
JC: I don’t have one single athlete I’d like to shoot with specifically. I think of shooting with an entire generation, the next generation, the future of these sports. That’s who I want to shoot with!
Revo: You’ve accomplished so many incredible achievements: first ascent of Shark’s Fin, shooting the cover of National Geographic, among others. Is there a dream assignment or location out there that has yet to be realized that you are comfortable sharing?
JC: I still haven’t had a chance to go down to Antarctica. I’ve had several trips planned down there but just didn’t happen for one reason or another. So, I would still really like to get down there at some point. There is definitely a trip in the works…..
Revo: Many members of the Revo Ambassador team have named you as a major influence and role model. Several are young photographers, filmmakers, adventurers, and climbers - Do you have any words of wisdom for them?
JC: It can be a tough out there, life is tough. It’s easy to get down on yourself. I think it always helps to take a moment to be thankful and try to never take anything or anyone for granted. Appreciate all you have and all the opportunities you’ve had, but then forge ahead! And of course, don’t be afraid of just plain old hard work. In the end, that’s always what gets it done.
Until next time, Jimmy! We can’t wait to see what you’re up to in 2017.