by Randall Levensaler

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Ascent Magazine 2015

Super psyched with how this issue of Ascent turned out. I am my own worst critic, but I am proud of this one. Great stories and photography, go out and  get a copy.

by Randall Levensaler

Quiet times here… three weeks since rotator cuff surgery (which is going well) and a long creative push through three huge issue designs, Dawn Wall, Dirt and Ascent. I’m happy to report that today I ended that push with finishing Ascent. I think all who read it our in for a big treat. Rumors are it’s the best issue of Ascent yet. Time to reflect, recharge, refocus.

Quiet times here… three weeks since rotator cuff surgery (which is going well) and a long creative push through three huge issue designs, Dawn Wall, Dirt and Ascent. I’m happy to report that today I ended that push with finishing Ascent. I think all who read it our in for a big treat. Rumors are it’s the best issue of Ascent yet. Time to reflect, recharge, refocus.

by Randall Levensaler

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I am so excited to see the 2015 edition of DIRT come off the press. 120 pages of trail running culture and community. Packed with great photography and writing. All the elements came together to make this edition even stronger than last year. Go get one and read it, I hope it inspires. Many thanks to Rickey Gates, Fred Marmsater, Geoffrey Baker and everyone involved. 

#trailrunnermag #trailrunning #dirt #printisnotdead

by Randall Levensaler

“Truth. You play with the reader’s ability to be intrigued and investigative within a page or multi-page story but you also allow them to rest and take it all in eventually. I was taught to look at the pacing of an entire magazine and it’s individual pages much like the editing of a good film. As often as I can I use this mind-set to inspire how I suggest pacing to an editor or even to art direct a photographer who is shooting for me. Storytelling is a dying art. It takes attention to detail and the understanding of holding back and not being frivolous with information. Designing for effect is becoming increasingly difficult in a culture where the appetite for feeding the eyes is at a maximum. Whitespace is seen as prime real-estate for chucking more "stuff” on a page, as opposed to using it for moments of tension and scale" –Tom Brown

“Truth. You play with the reader’s ability to be intrigued and investigative within a page or multi-page story but you also allow them to rest and take it all in eventually. I was taught to look at the pacing of an entire magazine and it’s individual pages much like the editing of a good film. As often as I can I use this mind-set to inspire how I suggest pacing to an editor or even to art direct a photographer who is shooting for me. Storytelling is a dying art. It takes attention to detail and the understanding of holding back and not being frivolous with information. Designing for effect is becoming increasingly difficult in a culture where the appetite for feeding the eyes is at a maximum. Whitespace is seen as prime real-estate for chucking more "stuff” on a page, as opposed to using it for moments of tension and scale" –Tom Brown

by Randall Levensaler

Yeti bikes makes the best commercials…if this doesn’t make you want to go ride your bike check your pulse. 

I’m a week out from shoulder surgery, just like my Left shoulder some years ago this time its the right. I hope to do this when I recover.

by Randall Levensaler

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I am excited to be picking up the camera again. Its been awhile, my main focus is design these days. But recently I have done a couple shoots that have refreshed my interest, this one of them. I photographed musician Chris Parker at his house. After hauling lighting equipment into the house and looking around for a spot to shoot I found a skylight in a walk-in closet and decided to keep it simple. I love it when a simple solution to a creative problem arises out of nowhere and when it works perfectly its really special.

I hope to pick up the camera again soon!

Here’s a link to Chris’ music https://soundcloud.com/chris-parker-22