Who is Josh Reuck?

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My Story



  Hiking, Skiing, skydiving... am I writing my online dating profile here?    I’ve had many diverse careers in my short life, from factory work, to hospitality, to selling high end EV’s. With each career, I’ve brought photography and creativity to the table in one way or another. Originally from a farming community in Illinois, I’ve always put the opportunity to travel on my short list. After earning a degree in Photography, I drove West to Colorado, returning to the midwest after 10 years. I’ll always long to return to the mountains, but life isn’t always linear. I’ve embraced hardships and I’ve met amazing people and explored unique spaces that have helped direct my values in life.  

     COVID was a blessing in disguise for me as I lost my job at the time, I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted in my life. I knew, and had always known I had been suppressing my creative side in order to make ends meet, until I found Skydiving and realized I had a new outlet for my craft.  In many ways, Skydiving relates to my past time of competitive swimming and I find a meditative quality to it.

     I’m so excited to continue building my skills in the sky, and look forward to the friendships and partnerships we’ll form.   Today I’m a full time photographer / Creator / skydiver / nomad. As I’m new to the sport, I lack the immediate resources to bring my jump numbers high enough to shoot in the sky. Through the kindness of individuals like you supporting my photography, I’ll soon have the required jump numbers to make pictures and video in the sky! For now.. and always, I’ll focus on the stories on the ground.
           
     My home Drop Zone is Skydive Chicago during the Summers, which allows me to travel in the Winter months to our southern Drop Zone siblings! I love meeting new people, seeing new spaces, and learning about their journey. Every space has a unique energy and story to tell with its connection to humans. Skydivers are some of the most supportive individuals I’ve ever met. I’m so excited to continue broadening my world with such awesome people!

My Process

     Everyone has their story to tell and experience to share, even if they don’t know it. My goal is to capture and share these moments so that others can peak into a world unfamiliar to them, even if it’s reshaping their established perspective. I believe visual story telling is one of the most powerful ways to share perspective, whether it’s people, spaces, or both.     

     I lurk in the shadows ( or try to ). Observing actions of individuals can often times provide information about them unattainable via conversation. Hang around long enough and they’ll forget you’re there as they slip into their moment. This is where I find the most organic, genuine imagery comes from. A person who cheeses for the camera is great, however genuine emotion is captured when I’m not there.      

     I’m gear agnostic, they’re just tools to assist my creativity. With that said, I have preferences for brands, but at the end of the day, an oven’s an oven. I primarily shoot Canon, but wouldn’t turn Hasselblad down if they sponsored me! Although I started with film ( and still think it’s superior  (; ), I find digital to be most appropriate in sports photography. At some point, I’d love to set up a dark room and shoot my 4x5 again, making real prints!