Looking back on a transformative 2013, I’ve cherished fully embracing adventure and action sports, rediscovered a love for the mountains I call home, and rekindled a passion for the outdoors, the environment, and photography in general. With that, the impetus to move out on my own and launch Wilhelm Visual Works.
As I enter the new year brimming with excitement and possibility at the new opportunities ahead, I have to take a moment to express heartfelt thanks for fifteen years of friendship and tutelage with perhaps the finest mentor in the industry, Rich Clarkson. Words are not enough to express the gratitude I feel for his part in shaping my early career and so many great friendships along the way in our wonderful profession. It’s a debt I’ll never be able to repay, but can only strive to someday pay it forward and carry on his legacy.
At the Workshops, of which I’ve had the great good fortune to be a part for the entirety of my time with Clarkson, I have hardly enough fingers and toes to count the number of fine photographers and editors that preceded me under his watchful eye speak fondly that so many lessons learned didn’t come to light till years down the road. With the innumerable lessons I’ve already realized, I look forward to future chapters in that book of life.
While freelance life will still provide opportunities aplenty to work together on a variety of projects, barring that, I take solace knowing that future lessons, stories and countless good times are just a short drive and stiff martini away.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Rich.