Video & Photo Epic: The Professional Photo Vagabond - A Yeti Tribe Story

Dec 10, 2018 at 12:26
by Yeti Cycles  




“MAKING THE BIKE THING WORK FOR ME HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL. IT HAS TAKEN ME TO SO MANY PLACES. IT'S MY WORK. IT'S MY LIFE. AND I'VE MANAGED TO BRING THOSE TOGETHER AND I'M A LUCKY, LUCKY PERSON.”

—DAN MILNER








“BIKES WERE MY WAY OF ESCAPING, THEY WERE MY FREEDOM – JUST RIDE YOUR BIKE, CLEAR YOUR HEAD FROM ALL THAT TROUBLESOME STUFF THAT ENTERS YOUR MIND WHEN YOUR TWENTY-SOMETHING AND DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING.”

—DAN MILNER















“I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE MYSELF KNOWN AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, PROPERLY. SO I MOVED TO CHAMONIX FOR A WINTER AND WENT OUT SHOOTING EVERY SINGLE DAY. IT JUST PUT ME ON THE MAP.”

—DAN MILNER













“YOU DON'T ROCK UP IN A JEEP LIKE SOME POSH TOURISTS AND GET LABELED AS MONEY PITS. YOU TURN UP ON A BIKE. YOU GOT THERE ON YOUR OWN. THERE'S A UNIVERSAL BOND BETWEEN YOU AND THE VILLAGE YOU'RE ROLLING THROUGH.”

—DAN MILNER


















“YOU’VE GOT TO FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS, AND IF IT DOESN'T WORK OUT JUST DO SOMETHING ELSE. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. I AM SURE WHEN THIS RUNS OUT FOR ME, I'LL BECOME A GARDENER. OR WHO KNOWS WHAT, I MIGHT JUST RETIRE AND WATCH WILD BIRDS.”

—DAN MILNER








DAN'S TIPS ON TAKING A BANGER

01. Practice and practice some more, that’s what friends are for. And when your friends eventually say, “Screw this I want to slay this trail without stopping for another f*cking photo!” find new friends, or start paying them in cash, beer, favors or otherwise.

02. A photo is worth a thousand words and that thousand should never include the words “nice” or “lovely.” The words “all-time” and “POD” can be repeated as many times as you like though.

03. Take photos of what makes you want to ride. That can be trails, roost, or beer – or all three.

More Tips




British professional endurance mountain bikers Rob Dean and Josh Ibbett on a late evening warm-down following their attempt to Mountain bike circumnavigate the challenging 90 Km Lavaredo Ultra Trail marathon running route Dolomites Italy.




PHOTO VAGABOND
photovagabond.yeticycles.com

Director: Craig Grant
Co-Director: Joey Schusler
Cinematography: Craig Grant & Joey Schusler
Additional Cinematography: Dan Milner
Editor: Craig Grant
Sound Design: Keith White Audio
Motion Graphics: Good Fortune Collective
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Photos: Dan Milner
Additional Photos: Joey Schusler & Craig Grant
Words of Wisdom: Dan Milner
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A Yeti Tribe Story



60 Comments

  • + 20
 6 out of the 20 desktop photos I currently have on my laptop are Dan's work. The Ethiopia trip photos and the shots from La Grave with the "Jesus rays" as one Pinkbiker put it have to be some of my favorite MTB photos of all time.
  • + 2
 he did a talk at a mountain festival over here about his trip to North Korea and the photos on the slideshow were insane.
  • + 2
 @madmax245: Id love to know which of the adventure destinations had the most ride able singletrack. They all seem to involve a lot of bike carrying and Id be cool with some but I prefer to pedal.
  • + 2
 @EKrum: it wouldn't be a "dan milner adventure" unless it involved a lot of bike carrying... have a look and see how many people have gone back for a second trip with dan...Wink
  • + 3
 @madmax245: Great you heard it. Was so much fun sharing those stories - though was the most challenging trip to work out what bits to tell - so many different anecdotes to simmer down into one slideshow!
  • + 5
 @EKrum: Ha ha, love that. I just hate pushing bikes -always seems demoralising and bike carrying makes me feel like I'm out there! It's true hat a lot of my adventures involve carrying bikes.. sometimes a lot (7 pr 8 hours at a time sometimes). I just see it as the means to an end - its the gamble you make to get to places nobody tried yet. Essentially if you're not willing (and a bit happy) to carry then theres no point trying to do a trip somewhere that no-one knows. That said we have to have our rewards too - all my trips have enormous amounts amazing trails. OK so North Korea wasn't quiet in that bag, but what the heck, most are.
  • + 8
 I've always admired Dan's photos. Great to get a polished glimpse of how he works and what he's like. Seems like a righteous dude who deserves whichever accolades come his way. Props to Yeti for sponsoring too.
  • + 6
 What a hero! Great work, Yeti, Craig Grant and Joey Schusler! I had the good fortune to go on that Ethiopia trip. It was (and probably always be) the best trip of my lifetime, but for Milner it seemed like it was just another on a long list of true adventures. One thing that this video didn't highlight: Milner's sense of humor. He had us rolling on the ground laughing everyday. I've always called him a professional comedian and with a photographer day job. Can't wait to see what's next.
  • + 1
 Ha ha. Comedy just gets me through the tough bits. I believe, sitting in a tent in Ethiopia, you said, "Milner is 50% interesting, 50% absolute BS.." You just have to know how to edit what I say. Ethiopia was truly amazing, and probably the most amazing place to ride as a photographer - thanks for helping make that happen. Lots more in the pipeline too... we should talk!
  • + 5
 When people say do what you love and money will follow, this is what they mean. It's not take a class and get rich. It's spend the next 20 years dedicating your life to something with little or no reward besides the task itself only to one day get to the top.
  • + 5
 Thanks for this amazing article and video! Dan was always one of my inspirations when it comes to photography and mountain biking. He's work is phenomenal, raw. The adventures he dives in are enough to make you want to live a bit of what he experienced during his trips - even thought they are way beyond your standard definition of adventure! I met him last year in Madeira and couldn't thank him enough for keep his passion going and for inspiring others (like me) to pursue the dream of connecting biking and job. Thanks Dan - you are the man!
  • + 2
 Thanks. Do what makes you feel alive. Simple ethic to live by. I know you do too.
  • + 8
 Now that's a book I would read!
  • + 9
 Its in the planning stage - hoping to publish in autumn 2019....
  • + 3
 Dans pictures always seem to fire something in me. This for me is the very essence of mountain biking - out exploring among the wilderness and the contrast between the raw wildness of the landscape and the cutting edge technology of bike and kit. Keep up the sterling work sir!
  • + 2
 Twenty years ago I enjoyed Dan’s work in snowboard UK. Ten years ago when I was getting into snowboard photography his work was a big inspiration. These days I’m way more in to mountain biking, and I feel like his mountain biking photos and stories are even better than his snowboard ones.

He seems like a top guy too.
  • + 2
 Nice, you've seen the whole story unfold. SUK was a blast, until it went belly up like a dead pig floating in a pool of prosecco. Ah well, it took places and set the direction. If truth be told, shooting mountain biking is way easier (and safer) than snowboarding and skiing, at least for the photographer. Not so many avalanches and polar bears in mountain biking. Usually.
  • + 2
 honestly ... this guy and his inspiring way of living was one of the reasons I moved to my van & focused on taking photographs after graduating from university ... and not getting myself into a 40h-office-job! Really admire what you're doing, Dan!
  • + 2
 I have been lucky enough to ride with Dan, even though it was only for a day I'm pretty sure i spent more time carrying my bike than riding it, was still bloody good fun and enlightening at the same time. I would highly recommend to anyone that has the opportunity to ride with him. thanks for the good times dan.. my postcard from North Korea was hilarious and is now framed and hanging in the toilet Smile
  • + 1
 I'm sure we didnt carry.. that much ha ha. Thanks for supporting the North Korea crowdfunder and making that trip happen. Not too many people got a postcard from there hanging proudly on their bog wall.
  • + 2
 We´ve had the fortune to have Dan riding and shooting with us on a couple of trips, an amazing professional and better human being. Stoked to see this awesome article about your story mate, great stuff!
  • + 1
 Watch this space on Monday....
  • + 2
 Always a must click when Dan is involved in a project, and doubly so when he appears as one of the characters! A wry sensibility like a Bourdain of action sports photography. Write that book, Dan, I’m all in!
  • + 3
 Great quick read with some amazing pics and inspiring quotes, sounds like an intelligent and appreciative guy
  • + 1
 thanks. Watch the video and you'll change your opinion. LOL.
  • + 2
 Dan Milner is a true vanguard of the adventure / bike adventure photography and life. One could properly use the word EPIC to describe him and his photographs.
  • + 2
 Honesty and humility combined with passion and commitment have propelled this man to grace our lives with stunning photos that we can all enjoy.
  • + 2
 Dan's great as always. I really enjoy his sense of humour and really miss Trail Ninja. Looking forward to reading the book!
  • + 2
 Book title 'through the milner' praps?
I'd sure as shit but it. Guys is a total talent.
  • + 2
 Very interesting... I love seeing the old retro MBUK shots from back in the day. Keep up the great work!
  • + 2
 Amazing experiences and photography. Milner has lived the dream and is still living it.
  • + 2
 All time photos!!! Smile
Love so much the story and the format of this movie. Amazing work!
  • + 2
 Puts the term "Epic Bike Trip" in perspective.
Amazing work, and love the inspiring words too.
Keep it up Dan!
  • + 2
 Awesome, one of my favourite 'togs and videographers. Keep up the good work Dan!
  • + 3
 Respect..... what a life! Stunning photography too
  • + 2
 Always enjoyed the Train Ninja series of ride guides he made on youtube, as well as the photos
  • + 2
 No-one going to comment on the camera placement in the photo about the 'DAN'S TIPS ON TAKING A BANGER' heading?
  • + 1
 hell yeah, its something to do with my inner self psychology and the manly lens I feel the need to wield.
  • + 2
 This dude inspired me to go on adventure of a lifetime and ride Svaneti - Caucasus.
  • + 3
 I'll preorder the book....
  • + 2
 Noted. Watch this space early 2019... :-)
  • + 2
 Great trip report and story!! Thanks for sharing!
  • + 3
 CHILE!!
  • + 2
 Love that place. Spent about 14 months in Chile over the last 30 years. Not a bad ratio...
  • + 2
 Hey Dan. Write that book damn it. I`d buy it!
  • + 1
 Nice. This one will be more pictures than writing so even three year olds can enjoy it and no one has to plough through my incessant attempts at wit.
  • + 2
 Absolutely love this guy, really miss the bike ninja bits he used to do.
  • + 3
 Sorted! Bravo sir!
  • + 2
 Cool beans!! Nice spread!
  • + 2
 inspiring!! for when the return of the ninja??
  • + 3
 Ninja RIP. Am thinking about a new Insta series called Trail Whinger.
  • + 2
 Woa! So when is the book coming out?
  • + 1
 Check in early 2019 for a crowdfunder launch...
  • + 2
 one of the only books I think I would read. Great interview.
  • + 2
 One of the best videos I've seen in a while.
  • + 3
 Yeah big thanks to Craig, Joey and Yeti for making it happen and telling my story. So proud to have Yeti behind it.
  • + 2
 Now that man is living his best life!
  • + 2
 Great photos.
  • + 2
 Nice one dan
  • + 2
 inspiring

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