Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Krystle's Leap of Faith in Her Talent

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Krystle's Leap of Faith in Her Talent

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By Steve Zemek

YOU have to suffer for your art a the scar above Krystle Wright's left eye is proof of that.

At 25, the Eudlo-based professional adventure photographer already has filled one passport and is on her way to burning through another.

She estimates she has visited 25 countries, earning a living by snapping away while climbing rocky outcrops and then jumping off them.

Adventure photography is a broad church and she genuflects to all branches of it.

BASE jumping, mountain biking, surfing and rock climbing number among the many extreme sports she has captured with her lens.

This year she earned her biggest accolade when she took out the grand prize at the prestigious Photo District News magazine's The Shot competition.

For six months The Daily has tried to catch up with Ms Wright to tell her story.

Last time we attempted to do so she was in China, having been to Russia, Utah and Alaska in a matter of weeks.

Such is her globe-trotting, itinerant lifestyle that the opportunity to sit down and talk about her amazing life had not presented itself ... until yesterday.

a[approximately]Please don't call it a Harry Potter scar'

I put her on the spot. aWhat is the coolest thing you've done?a

She aummsa and aahhhsa for a few seconds before she decides on one anecdote.

Last year she suffered severe injuries while filming a group of Red Bull-sponsored paragliders who were attempting to break the world altitude record in the Karakoram Range of north Pakistan.

Several days into the expedition she was more than 7000m in the air in a tandem paraglider a her pilot concentrated on controlling the vehicle while she photographed the athletes.

They were hit by a strong crosswind and blown off course.

The pilot pulled the wrong cord which sent them hurtling into the side of a mountain.

She collided face-first with a boulder, destroying her camera and shattering her body.

The catalogue of her injuries is impressive:

Two fractured bones and a torn ligament in her right foot;

Damaged tendons in her left elbow and shoulder;

Extensive bruising of her left hip;

Severe internal bruising;

Ten stitches in a gash above her left eye.

The last left a very visible mark on her forehead. Just don't compare it to the trademark scar of the lead character of the Harry Potter book and film series.

aPlease don't call it a Harry Potter scar,a she said.

aI hate it when people call it that.a

It took several hours for her to be helped from the mountain. Nearly all the residents of the nearby Hushe village rushed up the slope to her aid.

Once at the base it was a seven-hour ride in the back of a jeep to a military hospital.

She had to endure the entire journey without pain medication. …

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