Sean hasn’t always been an adventurer, and I was interested to find out how he came onto this path. I found out that he sold his business back in 2011 for £1 and wanted to know why.
“I was miserable. I had dreams of being a National Geographic photographer. So my goal in life from an early age, I knew I wanted to be outdoors, I knew I wanted to travel, I knew I wanted to explore the world and for me a camera was going to be my passport to do that. Having a camera going photographing amazing people around the world. That was going to be my goal, my ticket to achieve my dreams of being outdoors and travelling around the world. Unfortunately, I made bad decisions and instead of following my dreams I ended up in London photographing bankers babies and for school portraits and stuff like that and I was miserable. I was miserable. I couldn’t hold down a girlfriend. I had bad skin. I had insomnia. Life was just a bit rubbish. So I knew something had to change. Well I thought well if I just needed to get rid of it. I managed to find the one source. Which was the photography business. So I sold it for a pound. So I thought well. I’d fallen out of love with photography. Well photography wasn’t going to be my ticket to go travelling. What else could I do? That was when I decided to go off and do adventure racing and that is how it all kind of happened really.”
“I think people are starting to realise their potential. Like 20-30 years ago if someone said I was going to run a marathon people would have been like ‘woah, no way, that’s amazing!’ Now it’s like ‘oh anybody can do it’ and its true anybody CAN do it. But there are people who have no shown it. I guess people inspire other people.”
All picture credits: Discovery Channel, Sean Conway: On The Edge.
The show will be broadcast in three parts at 10pm on 30th, 31st August and 1st September.