I’m wondering how far I would go these days, reflecting on the past year and thinking about upcoming assignments. It feels so good to go all the way and give it my best. And not so great to fall short.
Currently I’m super excited about a quickly approaching time lapse project and I’m heavy in research and planning mode. This is my first go at time lapse so I found inspiration from the amazing work of my colleague William Philbin, check this out:
I also got some great input from the multi-media talented Alek Kroke of VXK Films. Alex suggested I take a look at the film “Chasing Ice” which uses time lapse technology in extreme weather conditions. My project will be outside in NYC in January which qualifies as EXTREME weather as far as I’m concerned.
While I won’t review the film I will say seeing it on the last day of 2013 felt poignant and a major shift has taken place. I cannot stop thinking about it on many levels.
MIND. HEART. VISION. SOUL. All breaking open.
The documentary’s protaganist is James Balog, an award winning National Geographic photographer has been a leader in his field for over 30 years. On assignment for the magazine in 2005 he was confronted with the undeniable evidence of climate change, he had been a prior skeptic about global warming but that day he found he had a clear vision to relay. The result is mind blowing.
Here’s the low down from the synopsis and the trailer: “Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.”
When I’m shooting my desire is always to tell a story and “letting my pictures do the talking”. It’s my way of communicating, connecting, and raising awareness. My focus is mostly on women, on sexuality, on beauty and my passion to reflect that back to my subject.
I was awestruck at the parallels in Balog’s vision. We share the desire to tell a story but I was floored by how far he is willing to go for his idea. His unstoppable passion and dedication to show us what is happening to our planet. He gives us “visual evidence” so that the world can no longer deny climate change. He raises our awareness and takes our breath away with beauty all at once. I am broken open.
It goes without saying this is a must see documentary for everyone. It’s available on Netflix and DVD.
Personally I’m going to go further this year. In my ideas, in telling stories that long to be told, in making a beautiful difference in our world.
Thank you James Balog for generously giving everything to your idea.