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Who am I? What do I do? Why do I do it?

James Reynolds getting pummelled by fierce winds in Taiwan

My name is James Reynolds, I'm 27 and was born in High Wycombe near London. As you can probably guess from the picture above I am in awe of Mother Nature when she is at her most violent. Every year since 2005 I have made it my aim to capture on film the most extreme and destructive forces of nature.

I graduated in 2006 from Edinburgh University with an MA in Chinese and immediately moved to the Asia Pacific region to be close to where typhoons, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes strike every year. So far my filming expeditions have taken me from coastal Vietnam to the depths of the rural Japan, the wilds of Sumatra in Indonesia to the mega cities of China as well as the typhoon blasted islands of Okinawa and the Philippines.

I now work as a freelance videographer documenting extremes of nature throughout Asia for news networks and agencies. Shooting on Sony's EX1 XDCAM I capture some of nature's most frightening scenes in true HD for the world to see.

My exploits have received considerable media attention with Discovery Channel's Raging Planet - Hurricane featuring my story of filming catastrophic floods in Taiwan and CNN's Back Story covering my attempts to film a typhoon in extreme rural Philippines.

 

UK's The Independent, Hong Kong's The South China Morning Post and Scotland's Daily Record have all run features on my work. My pictures have also appeared in Shanghai's Hint! magazine and my video footage regularly appears on CNN, The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel and other media outlets.

When I am not documenting disasters I love to travel the world with my cameras shooting a variety of stock footage. My previous trips have included venturing into the jungles of Cambodia, the wastelands of Kazakhstan, the volcanoes of Hawaii and the Philippines and the oxygen starved frontier of China and Pakistan.

My aim will always be to push the boundaries of intercepting storms and documenting disasters to capture the full force of nature and its effects on the people caught in its path.


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