I’m in love with Zach Doleac’s photography. It isn’t just that the locations he shoots are jaw-droppingly beautiful (though of course they are), or that he makes the world feel incredibly vast and yet intimately accessible all at once (though he does that too), I think I love his photos most of all because of the unique way he’s able to capture moments of complete exultation.
Doleac’s photography marks the moment his subjects are soaring through the air, accomplishing great, dangerous feats, and conquering the world. He clicks the shutter right as the world feels at its most alive and brilliant, right at the moment when the million things that can go wrong, the countless doubts, and the fears melt away to leave nothing but pure, unadultered adrenaline-filled joy. It’s like mainlining LIFE.
I talked to Zach recently about his work and he filled me in on how he began traveling the world, taking pictures, and how his passion drives him to put his unique voice out in the world.
You travel all over, so where do you call home these days?
I live in a 22 foot travel trailer, so home is where I park it. But I’m from the Seattle area. I’ve been flying so much recently to different shoots that I end up leaving the trailer in my brother’s driveway when I’m on the road.
What’s it like living in a trailer?
It was certainly a change. It’s funny, all of a sudden 146 square feet is too much space. Which I never thought I’d say, but it certainly simplified my life. It made me trim down to the things that are important to me. It’s awesome to wake up in Moab or Sequoia National Park or the Oregon coast. I spend my workdays in really awesome locations.