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Instagrammer Of The Week: Robert Grew
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Instagrammer Of The Week: Robert Grew

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Updated: 4 January 2017
As a real adventure lover, Robert Grew is fascinated with photographing big mountains, amazing landscapes and extreme sports. We talked to him about his motto ‘do more’, the people who inspired him, and why life is too short to waste time watching TV.

CT: Tell us what you’re about.

RG: I’m an adventure, mountain and landscape photographer based in Manchester, UK. I never like to sit down so you will always find me doing photography work, such as planning for my next adventure. However, you can also find me on my skateboard, climbing or surfing.

CT: How did you get into photography?

RG: I picked up a camera around the time I was at university and haven’t really put one down since. However, my real passion for photography has only developed since photographing the sports I enjoy, such as climbing, surfing, and anything adventurous, really. I tried some other stuff like model shoots and weddings but my heart wasn’t in it. I think if you are going to be good at something it has to be at something you love doing.

CT: What are some of your favourite things to photograph?

RG: If it’s not adventure like big mountains, extreme sports (surfing, climbing, and so on), I’m generally not interested. Just recently I have been to Chamonix (France) which has some really amazing mountains, great people, and you can always find awesome things there to photograph.

CT: Has Instagram changed the way you take pictures?

RG: Not really, because I only share photos I love with others. However, in the past, Instagram only allowed you to post square pictures which influenced some of my posts.

CT: Who or what inspires you?

RG: I’m quite inspired by some works by Jimmy Chin, Chris Burkard and Travis Burke. There are many others out there, so these are just a few. They have really worked hard in their lives to get to where they’re now and hopefully that’s where I’m heading. However, the underlying cause of my passion is the nature and the amazing adventures you share with others whilst exploring it. I believe that is what truly inspires me.

CT: What do you think makes a good photo?

RG: There are many things which make a good photo such as positioning in the frame, the environment etc. However, for me, it’s not how good the photo looks, but the memory I captured in the photo.

CT: What do you want to say with your photographs, what message do you want to convey?

RG: That there is more to life out there than a boring desk job, computer games, or TV. Why waste your life when you can be exploring the world around you and experience those moments with others? Life is short so live it. I really like what Casey Neistat the YouTube sensation has tattooed on his forearm: ‘DO MORE’. I think it sums me up.

CT: What motivates you to continue taking photographs?

RG: That life is short and I want to share my memories and adventures with others.

CT: How do you find subjects that you want to take photos of? For example, do you travel to locations you know you’ll find appealing, or take pictures as you experience life?

RG: That’s quite simple. If I don’t enjoy doing it myself, then I won’t take photos of it. The rest is also simple: place yourself in an amazing environment and shoot. Lately, I have been drawn to the Mont Blanc Massive (the range in the Alps), which is a stunning place and so accessible if you know what you are doing from Chamonix. The next place I am off to is Iceland. A lot of photographers love it so I am keen to explore.

CT: Do you have a favourite project you worked on, or a series that you’re most proud of?

RG: Not really. To be honest, I’m fairly new in terms of how long some people have been in the photo industry. At the moment I’m still not happy with where I am as a photographer, which is driving me to do a lot more in the near future. I’m really looking forward to my Iceland project, which I hope to release in July.

CT: Among your photos, which are your favourite(s) and why?

RG: I don’t think I have a favourite as I am constantly taking pictures so it always changes. However, I do like some of the ones I have recently taken from the Mont Blanc Massive, including those captured in the ice cave ‘Mer de Glace’ whilst we where sheltering from severe winds and snow.

To see more of Robert’s work, check out his Instagram.