This famous quote from the evangelical nature-ambassador John Muir at the turn of the 20th century is an example of how he used words to captivate our society. He could so eloquently define the spiritual connection with nature that it changed how we thought about our environment, and that changed the world.
I have organically discovered and shared these experiences in my own 'return to nature', as has almost anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. It has become my core passion to infuse natural beauty and landscapes into my work.
There are numerous challenges when working in such extreme environments. Foul weather, hot and cold temperatures, fatigue, and general unpredictability all make executing these photo and film projects an intense undertaking.
These conditions may be nothing new to nature photographers or sports filmmakers, but rarely will you see this effort given to produce stories of beauty and fashion.
We can work only with what we can carry on our backs, far from any support, electricity, trailers or modern comforts.
With a small agile team, we're free to be inspired and adapt to what nature provides in real time. The awesome beauty of mountains, glaciers, rainforests, deserts, alpine lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and a tempest of heavenly light and alpine glow; nature always provides. Being there in the moment, narratives can play out on an intimate scale, preserving the sincerity of the moment.
Returning to nature is an elixir for the soul, and magic for our cameras.