Matt Payne Photography Blog: Wildlife Photography, Mountaineering, And Pre-Visualization - A Conversation With Jess Findlay

October 5, 2021  |  Vancouver, British Columbia

Welcome to episode 233 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen!

This week on the podcast I was joined by Jess Findlay, a wildlife and landscape photographer from Vancouver British Columbia.

Jess spent his childhood hiking and birdwatching with his family, throughout the Pacific Northwest through which his passion for photography was born. In 2011, Jess was awarded the International Youth Photographer of the Year award from Nature's Best Photography; prompting him to take this serious hobby to the next level. Since then, Jess has gone on to be awarded in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, among other accolades. Photography has brought him deep into the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest and beyond where he also engages in mind-boggling mountaineering adventures, which we discuss at length this week.

On today's podcast we covered a wide array of topics that you'll hopefully enjoy.

We discuss:

  • The linkage between challenging photography locations and our appreciation for natural photographs,
  • The double-edged sword of pre-visualization,
  • The role of curiosity in Jess' image-making,
  • Philosophical approaches to photo editing,
  • And a lot more!

    Here's who Jess recommended for the podcast this week:

    Other items mentioned on the show:

    1. Support the show on Patreon.


    I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy!

    We also have a searchable transcript of every episode!

    Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.


    Please find a transcript of this week's episode below: