By Adrian Zupp
Chasing waterfall shots on the lush island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i, isn’t easy. Much of the island is still pristine (read: “almost inaccessible”). That’s the attraction and the challenge of shooting there. But that was okay by Peter, when he was there filming for “From the Edge with Peter Lik” – you could say it’s in his blood.
“I’ve always been adventurous,” he explained. “As a kid I was hyperactive and always on the go. There was a huge chunk of undeveloped land next to where I grew up and I’d nick off into the bush, as we call it in Australia, with my camera and have a great time. It’s always been the same with me. Just tell me I shouldn’t or can’t go somewhere and you can bet I’ll go.”
There was another moment in the show of personal significance to the Master Photographer, though many viewers are probably unaware of it. Back in his early days as a professional photographer, Peter was on a shoot for Tourism Queensland when the helicopter he was in crashed.
“It was bloody terrifying,” recalled Peter. “One of the worst experiences of my life and I still don’t know how I walked away from it.”
But as viewers will see on Thursday night, as he did in the first episode, Peter takes to the air in a chopper to get to those magnificent but hard-to-access landscapes. So when you see Peter walking along crevices and risking life and limb, throw in the courage it takes for him to climb into a helicopter to do his work.
But would you expect less? As he always says, he has to get “the shot.”