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Deepening @gatherfilm story and connection to Apache the last few days. ~ Words by director @mrsanjayr - “As a trained chef, I thought that cooking was everything. But now that I have a son and 2 daughters I realized that I’m a father and a husband first.” - Chef @nephi_craig (White Mountain Apache ), along with his wife @Janditawn , baby Tawny, daughter Kaia and son Ari. He traveled the world, working in some of the most storied kitchens only to come back to where he was born and raised - on the White Mountain / Fort Apache Indian Reservation in what is now Eastern Arizona. The Apache were amongst the last peoples that succumbed to the United States’ genocide against the Indigenous. They’re known primarily (and perhaps erroneously ) for their ferocity in the face of annihilation. But they were master foragers and environmentalists first and foremost. They travelled the great deserts and mountains according to the cycle of flora. After the wars against the United States, however, the Apache were forced onto Reservations, partly to separate this great People from their food system. As a result the Apache are amongst the most impacted - health-wise - from a forced diet of low quality commodity foods. But along with a coterie of Apache food sovereignty activists like farmer Clayton Harvey ( @apachefarmer ), Nephi is fighting to change that. He is focused on reconnecting his people with their ancient foods and the sense of community those food-ways inspire. “My people are everything to me. And I will do everything I can to help us become strong again." ~ With @taylorfreesolo @shaandiin @sterlinharjo @fndi303 @jenbuffett @the11thhourproject @tanya_meillieru
“Creative endurance” - is what comes to mind thinking about what I’ve learned from @chrisburkard on the last few projects we have converged on. Sometimes it manifests in just the pure excitement for a river crossing or never missing a sunrise, but more so the long term enthusiasm and curiosity it takes to continue to produce and share on the daily. ~ Shot below the Northern Patagonia ice cap with @tompkins_conservation @jamesqmartin @andresbozzolo @_ryanhill_ @standtallest and friends.
Painting – alpine style. ~ Many artists will labor over a certain painting for months or years. I’ve always just immersed myself completely in a specific environment and moment in time and let things flow. After a mad 24 hour push at 13,000 feet I finished a large landscape of the mountains that surround one of my favorite places on the planet – Khumjung, Nepal. At one point the dew washed away hours worth of watercolors, blending it all into strange patterns - forcing me to start over on a soaked canvas, fixing some spots and leaving others. Over the course of the night, spotted by stars and clouds, I was accompanied by old friends - Ama Dablam and Tawoche, Kongde and Khumbila. Collaborative art, indeed. @corninggorilla #spon #highart #IncrediblyTough #GorillaGlass full video link in profile👆🏼👆🏼...
Meet Orlando, a Chilean Patagonia “gaucho” (a kindred spirit to what we know as a cowboy ), and a human incredibly connected to land who lives with his horses, sheep, cows and cat in the remote mountains. It took us a lot of effort to find his small cabin and upon arrival he was friendly but confused about our desire to document his way of life, something threatened by the new face of conservation. For Patagonia it seems like the truth is that livestock/cows/sheep aren’t sustainable...they trample the fragile landscape and the bigger cattle industries they represent add hugely to the negative effects of climate change in an way that is crushing our planet. (One of the simple things we can do to help is to eat responsibly and cut out beef from our diets ) It’s a conversation that is complex. I love the gauchos, just like I love the cowboys of Bears Ears and Indian Creek. But will they all soon have to adapt to our cameras, eco-climbing, eco-tours, petroleum based clothing and the like? @coryrichards also brought this up with his recent @natgeo work on stilt fisherman in Sri Lanka who perform photogenic tasks for cash. The Honey Hunters of nepal are also a case study. Maule, #thelasthoneyhunter is also deeply connected to the land but through a belief in forest spirits. I’m sure it’s a bit of a confusing time for these locals in the face of modern conservation efforts. We asked Orlando to pose for a portrait before we left in his sheep skin chaps. He smiled at us, it was his first time in front of cameras firing off many FPS silent frames at 47MP. Update — Last night I was traveling and tired and didn’t quite say what I intended to say. This all came off as an incomplete statement and a bit condescending too. Really wasn’t my intention to say things that didn’t accurately or respectfully speak about gauchos or other people, although I do believe we need to get off beef as a food source. I don’t have time to address each comment unfortunately so I’ll do my best to better address these issues in future posts. Thanks all for commenting. With @chrisburkard @jamesqmartin @tompkins_conservation
Once I got over the fear of dropping a lens cap or phone into the prop behind me and killing us both I finally let myself succumb to the moments that Pilot @shotsfromabove talked about - “ you are turning effortlessly and smelling the landscape, noticing the details around you in all directions, and the subtle ways the light reflects through it all...and the wing itself”. Looking forward to releasing the @sonyalpha a7riii short film in the coming weeks that @ryanespi has been editing in @chrisburkard ’s lair. More soon! [Shot with my new favorite wide angle for Sony Emount - the @camera_quest voigtlander 10mm on a Time-lapse wing mount. See Link!]
Celebrations take many forms. Today for the new year, @taylorfreesolo and I wanted to celebrate our most loved place on earth - #bearsearsnationalmonument - by climbing a desert tower and doing art on top. I sketched a drawing of the landscape, a practice which brings me into a deeper appreciation of place, and Taylor danced. She danced in black to express some sadness for the largest reduction of public land in history, the recent shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument. We weren’t the only ones who chose this sacred landscape as a special place to be to ring in the new year. The two climbers in the photo took in the glowing sunset with us. Happy New Year! #protectbearsears @thenorthface
Reflections on 2017. @rudy le and with his pup @zuluinflight and our @baloointhewild wandering the Salt Flats of Utah while shooting some content for the @freeflysystems MōVI Pro launch. Thx Rudy for all the help across the board in life from ‘how do I mount this camera on this experimental aircraft?” to “what lens covers 8Ks35 VS RED monstro?” to “how does this solar panel work?”. Looking forward to more expedition adventures this year, I’d have you on any team, any day, anywhere.