James Q Martin

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon

With five blind veterans and Google Street View

Team River Runner is a unique NGO that uses kayaking to provide veterans with community, healing, and adventure. They brought experienced blind kayaker and military veteran Lonnie Bedwell to the Grand Canyon with four other disabled vets, to make history by so many blind kayakers descending the canyon at once. Google Street View joined to document this historic journey in top-quality visuals, so the rest of the world can see what these blind heroes have accomplished. My role was as a photographer, capturing journalistic moments throughout the trip as well as 360-degree panoramas for Street View. The entire process was amazing; I loved every challenging moment of it. I was deeply moved to witness this inspiring and touching journey of the kayakers, and am honored to be able to share this experience with Team River Runner and Google Street View.

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