I Want His Profession: Meet Bo Bridges, The World’s Most Badass Photographer

Hanging out of airliners, swimming with sharks and getting up close and personal with the world’s good players is just another typical workday for Bo Bridges.

Bridges, health professionals boasts and lifestyle photographer from Manhattan Beach, California, has a life most people can’t even imagine( if they could, they’d immediately quit their day jobs ).

He roams the globe captivating some of life’s purest times, and whether it’s snowboarding in the backcountry or soaring 200 mph above the gloom with Tom Cruise, you know he’s going to come back with some amazing photos.

His work has been peculiarity all over the world on magazine spreads and movie postings with many considering him one of the best in the business. In 2008 he opened up his first gallery in Hermosa Beach, Californiaand by2 013 he was able to open up his secondgalleryin Manhattan Beach, California.

He started killing the X Game for ESPN back in 1998, as they became an athlete favorite for the first time, and continued to shoot every X Games tournament thereafter.

We caught up with Bo at theX Game to get a feel for what life is like represent one of the top photographers and videographers in the world.

How age-old were you when you two are got into photography?

I got my start in high school. My senior year I was going to high school in Switzerland and I was taking a ceramics track and my instructor said,’ Why don’t you come take my photo class, Black and White Film? ’ And I was like, I’m a senior, I kind of just want to get on out of here and graduate. He supposed,’ I’ll tell you what, you come in and take my class and if you don’t like it, you are able to drop out.’ I went in there and simply fell in love with it.


How did you know that photography was going to turn into a profession?

My elderly time of college I got my pilot’s license, and I started winging and revolving the plane sideways and opened the window to kill some pretty abstract material. Then when I get out of college, I started a company announced Above& Beyond Arial Photography, and I was operating around in Florida and started shooting a lot of waterfront, house of correction, golf courses and big hotels. Somewhat lucrative and made a little money. A couple lovers from Vail, Colorado told me I should check it out, so I packed up everything I owned in my auto and told myself,’ one month out there.’ I started shooting snowboarding and skiing and I never came back.


What was your first camera?

Ricoh. My momma got it for me; it was a SLR movie camera.


What are your pastimes outside of photography?

Surfing.


What photo are you most proud of?

Alex Gray. The embrace of Surfer mag, that was like the holy grail for me. And emphatically the’ Mission Impossible.’ Hanging outside of an airplane departing like 200 mph with Tom Cruise was pretty ridiculous.


What is your favorite photoshoot work you’ve ever been on?

I still conclude the craziest, coolest, stupidest photoshoot I’ve ever been on was the glacier tsunami surfing in Cordova, Alaska. This was on a river and there was a glacier the dimensions of the Rhode Island. If the glacier calved and enough sparkler descended it would create a tsunami waving. It was in 2007 and we waited 2 week for this thing to fall.


Do you have any advice for young photographers out there?

You really have to put your psyche down and used to go and develop that portfolio because that is your resume.


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* Note: This interview was edited for period.