Still here in NYC in the edit cave for the @sanctityofspace film. We are hoping this feature doc will bring story of Brad Washburn to life. In my mind, he was the greatest aerial mountain photographer of all time, but through co-director @freddiewilkinson’s years of deep dive research we are learning that he stood for so much more than that. What he really embodied was a love for the continual search and sharing of knowledge. ~
Air to air with trike pilots @shotsfromabove and @joeraven74 through The Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument. It was pure tech magic to witness the @shotovercamera G1 rock solid getting blasted by 100mph with a @reddigitalcinema 8K and an @angenieuxlenses cinema lens on it! Beyond feature film and commercial applications it’s great to use this gear to share this landscape in the name of conservation. ~
Edit by @Roam - the beginnings of a project about Bears Ears National Monument. When you’re on the ground, you can get lost in the landscape, appreciating one cliff, ruin, or petroglyph. It’s hard to imagine the scale of this place until you see it from above. Once you get into the sky, the formations are revealed and you can see how they are interconnected. ~
@rudy.le earning his Alaska remote glacier shooting merit badge through -20°F temps and a whiteout snowstorm. As the lead 'tech ninja' for everything in our lives Rudy is the most talented camera and computer tech I've ever had the pleasure to work with. His ability to function for days on end with little sleep in serious mtn environments is a level of dedication few possess. If you ever need a DIT, AC, colorist in resolve, certified drone pilot, server build, dog whisperer, fixed wing pilot hit him up! ~
A proud tradition mixed with an uncertain future. This juxtaposition was painfully evident within every portrait of Domingo, a Chilean Gaucho of Patagonia. ~
Climbing on Cerro Colorado revealed not only incredible route potential but more insight into the complex Patagonia conservation story. To get to the cliff we enlisted the help of Domingo, a Gaucho whose family owns the surrounding land at the base. He grew up herding sheep here - “when I was 11 my father had me spend 3 months living up at the base of the rocks to tend the sheep living in the cave previously occupied by the Tehuelche Native tribes”. Laying on his sheep skin mat he looked incredulously at us, our drones and junk-show of climbing/camera gear. I don’t speak spanish, so I gathered a few tidbits of info from @andresbozzolo but overall I sensed the conflict going on inside of him. Due to the conservation work this place is on the verge of becoming a National Park and it became illegal to kill foxes and puma, and with those populations surging and killing the flock it became impossible to keep the family sheep tradition alive. ~
The future of this place is probably some kind of advanced sustainable eco-tourism (like @tompkins_conservation has done in Parque Patagonia), something Domingo can’t quite grasp yet. I’m sure in the moment he hoped it didn’t mean more gringos like me taking his photo. His culture even though it’s non-native and originated from the spanish in the 1600’s has evolved into something beautiful, something of its own.
It’s a similar struggle all over the planet. How do we move forward and do the right thing for these wild places while educating and helping those who already have the deepest connection to the land?
We didn’t see Domingo again since the horses went down the hill before we finished climbing. We hiked away as he lounged with his nephew on the soft grass by a natural spring. “I had a way of whistling to the dogs and could control the entire herd. My nephew never learned to whistle, he has a cell phone and other work...” ~
Another tidbit from the @shotsfromabove short film we just released (see Link in profile for the full film). ~
As much we admire the explorers traveling to the ends of the Earth on large scale Expeditons it’s the everyday man (or women) exploring their own backyard that often inspire the most. Guys like Chris Dahl-Bredine, who built an experimental aircraft in his garage in order to bring a new perspective to his life & creative vision. There isn’t much glamour in this type of exploration. No sponsors footing the bill. Just hard work, cold mornings & sometimes a bit of duct tape. Part cowboy, part photographer, part mechanic, Chris' work blends a blue collar work ethic with a special eye for landscapes and the interconnectedness of it all. ~
Making an effort to find a few moments of adventure and perspective during the next few weeks while in the city working on the @sanctityofspace film. ~
In the spirit of this aerial based feature doc I film met up with the folks at @flynyon . I first flew with them a few years back and it’s impressive to see how they have expanded their operations to be able to bring photography based doors off heli flights over the city to anyone in a safe reliable way.
I’m not really into holidays especially commercial-based ones but seeing and reading about everyone else’s expressions of love does make me think about my own. Words and lists wouldn’t really begin to describe what I think is mostly indescribable but in some ways love is a force or energy that helps draw us into our best selves. It also supports the freedom, exploration and discomfort it takes to expand beyond ourselves. Grateful to have this woman as my partner in those experiences. @taylorfreesolo
Psyched to release “SHOTS FROM ABOVE” tomorrow - a feel good short film about @shotsfromabove (Chris Dahl-Bredine), our soft-spoken dark-horse friend who is finding interconnectedness and love for this planet through flight and photography. #earthvalentine ~
It’s a project that @chrisburkard and I initially began during the release of the @sonyalpha A7riii camera. Since then it has become a bigger stepping stone and learning process to be able to use this low impact aircraft and the latest camera tech to bring stories that support public lands to life :) Stay Tuned! ~