An ultralight trike moving through the (former) vastness of #bearsearsnationalmonument. obama established this 1.3 million acre monument in 2016, which was later reduced by 83% by trump in late 2017, the largest reduction of a monument in us history. in a recent email investigation it was found that indeed oil and gas extraction was at the heart of this decision~ this place is on par in beauty and ancient significance with any national park in the country but unfortunately doesn’t have the same protection within its shrunken boundaries. ~ i love shooting from the air because it gives a new perspective on this contested and majestic land~ with @shotsfromabove@taylorfreesolo@joeraven74@filmguppy@baloointhewild@camp4collective@reddigitalcinema@shotovercamera@sonyalpha#sanctityofspace#protectbearsears ~
for current bears ears inspiration see @bears.ears.prayer.run.alliance!
We had our windows washed today which draws my life partner @taylorfreesolo to them in an even more perpetual distraction from her desk work. but watching her reminds me that the creative producing we do in life is as much about hard work and responsiveness as it is a quiet reflection on who we are as individuals... what we create together and with others... where we have all come from and where we are going as human beings. #earthling
#thelasthoneyhunter project update from @jetbutterflies@dzifoundation - ~
all true stories are never-ending. ~
the shamans assured us that we would be fine. before we descended onto the cliff to shoot, sweaty and nervous in our bee suits, we drank milky alcohol and called out the names of the ancestors. days before, we made the requisite offerings of live chickens and johnny walker whiskey to the forest spirits in a clearing deep in the jungle. the omens all looked good. well, most of them. ~
the honey harvest is not the sort of thing that foreigners with cameras are welcome at. but i had spent ten years earning the trust and encouragement of the community. i hoped this applied to the local spirits too. ~
it was difficult to explain how mauli dhan rai, the main character, transformed when the spirit came into him - how he was almost beyond human. the far-away eyes, the incredible strength, his imperviousness to the throat-clenching heights and beestings. ~
once the story was told, the real story actually began. on his first ever trip to kathmandu, riding the wave of celebrity that followed the project, mauli dhan lost his grip upon reality. his fierce eyes went dull. he didn’t know where he was. kathmandu crashed around him. i called the shamans. the spirits were angry with him and possibly with me. i flew him in a helicopter back to saadi - back home. the shamans gathered around him and carried him to the cliffs. again, chickens were sacrificed. whiskey was offered, and drank. there was shouting and dancing. mauli was healed. ~
when i was last back in saadi about a month ago, mauli and i shared another glass of moonshine and the usual silence. we were both tired. i asked him if he thought that our cameras and our presence had upset the spirits. if his misfortune was tied to us and our interest in his story. his eyes darted. he took another sip. he looked me in the eyes. “i’m fine. the spirits just wanted their share of our good fortune.” ~
there is so much in this world that we still need to understand.
Every misty morning we climbed the muddy steps to her house on the ridge shooting back at the sun rising over the village of sadi, nepal. over the weeks we learned that she is a lower blacksmith caste, not allowed to even enter the homes of others...and a single mother of two. but also the one radiating with strength and smiles. #internationalwomensday
Photographer @beverlyjoubert documenting an elephant herd moving through botswana’s okavango delta, a massive inland water system creating one of africa’s greatest concentration of wildlife. back in 2014, i got a brief intimate look at this ecosystem with her and @dereckjoubert, who have both dedicated over 30 years of their lives to protecting this place. as the #worldwildlifeday celebration continues i want to take a moment to recognize those who have sacrificed all in unwavering dedication for the wildlife and wild places of this planet. 🙏🏽 #gratitude#phonephoto
A strong pulse of northern lights captured between the melting ice blocks of europe’s largest glacier. before owned a camera or phone all i did for a long time was just landscape paintings and climbing which is what eventually led me to photography and video as a greater means for storytelling. timelapse was the first natural transition from the world of painting and remains one of my favorite forms of moving image that i froth to capture. this clip was captured and edited within the same few days of being in the field with the @thenorthface team last year. not waiting months or years to edit and just throwing things on a video timeline or on instagram feels like the gestural paintings that i do on canvas, putting things out there while trying not to be too precious about them. you don’t always nail it but one out of every few compositions unexpected magic happens. ~
@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! ~
happy birthday rudy! #gratitude#techninja#nerd4life#frostbite#ozo
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 k**l 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...” ~
with @chrisburkard@jamesqmartin@_ryanhill_@uavantage@zacharialorenz eduardo @djiglobal