Updated: May 3, 2020
Imogen and Australia’s answer to Teahupo’o. Trekking hours through the desert amongst countless snakes, emu and kangaroos, we arrived to watch endless waves reel off this reef, with not a soul in sight.
Morgan Maassen: I first met Imogen Caldwell as we groggily-boarded Martin Daly’s infamous Indy’s Trader 1 in the unforgiving heat of a random Marshall Islands sand atoll. Most everyone in our crew navigated to a flat surface to find sleep after the grueling journey, but I watched with great fascination as this still-teenage woman explored the ancient vessel, brimming with both wide-eyed fascination and the confident knowledge of someone who had spent more time on the sea than land.
We chugged slowly towards Martin’s paradisiac island Beren, where we spent the week shooting, of all things, fashion. Imogen proved herself to have the beauty akin to those who walk fashion shows for Karl Lagerfield, and the work ethic of someone with unfettered hunger for opportunity… but continuously, in random moments of free-diving or exploring the island’s gnarled clumps of jungle, I found myself watching this young woman show off traits of someone raised by nature, afraid of nothing.
Imogen is always keen to explore, and there are no elements of nature that intimidate her. This was arguably the coldest day of our lives (something Noah Waggy can definitely attest to), but exploring the calving glaciers and drifting icebergs of Iceland was like no other.
That was in 2016, and we’ve now forged a relationship that has taken us across around the world. Starting in her mystical home of Red Bluff, Australia, and adventuring out to the fjords of Iceland, ferry rides in Indonesia, and forests of France, we’ve shared many moments with both friends and wildlife that will stay with me forever. To be able to capture her on film was both an immense challenge and honor, and my humble attempt at making a scratch on the tip of the iceberg of her remarkable story.
Filmmaker: Morgan Maassen
29 year old photographer and filmmaker from Santa Barbara, California.
Shooting underwater at Teahupoo, Tahiti. photo by Zak Noyle