Alex's Website: messengerphotography.com/
The Climbing Works is: 'the UK's biggest and best dedicated bouldering centre'. It is located in Sheffield and run by several of the UK's top climbers.
View the website: www.climbingworks.com
Read a UKC interview with Climbing Works Co-Owner Sam Whittaker HERE
'Ten Frames' - Indoor Climbing Photography by Alex Messenger
"Being a 'climbing photographer' is naturally an impossibly glamorous life, but one that rarely leads to financial security. Or indeed, often anything resembling money at all. Toss in the fact that you'll never have time to climb, and will never be able to relax when the 'light gets good' and it's a guaranteed recipe for lifelong misery. However it's not all bad. At least taking competition photos is great practice for more 'normal' branches of photography – like weddings.
Find the patterns, follow the light, keep framing the subject, hope those people get out of the way, spot the gap then nail it at ten frames per-second. Did you get it? Maybe, but unlike weddings there'll be another competitor along in three minutes. Perfect."