When I was in Bend, Oregon last month to photograph the 2013 US Dion Snowshoe National Championships, I had the good fortune to enjoy the hospitality of Richard Bolt. Richard lives in Mountain View, California, but has a connection to Bend. He's a tireless promoter of human powered sports and was in town to help organize the National Championships at Meissner Park.
While roaming in Bend, Richard and I stopped into the very cool Crows Feet Commons for a cup of coffee... or in Richard's case espresso. Shortly after sitting down, a great guy, Kevney Duggan, from the amazing Visit Bend organization joined us and we dug in for a while. As the caffeine got to work, I noticed great light from the table-side window and realized Richard had his two non-athletic passions close at hand... coffee and micro-brew. He was in his element. In the middle of our chat, I announced "This is it!". Richard and Kevney looked at me. I said "Right here, right now... Richard, you're the next Mountain Runner Portrait". I seem to recall a "you're kidding right?" look on his face, as I explained the project to Kevney and fiddled with camera settings and a test shot or two. But, Richard is gracious and two minutes later, the image was made... Mountain Runner Portrait #14. Thank you Richard Bolt!
You can see all the Mountain Runner Portraits on my website at www.joeviger.com in the projects gallery!