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 everyone who's enjoyed 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 photo and film projects an immense undertaking.
We can work only with what we can carry on our backs, far from any support, electricity, trailers or modern comforts.
These conditions may be nothing new to nature photographers or extreme sports filmmakers, but rarely will you see this effort given to produce stories of beauty, fashion.
Without control over our environment and with a small agile team, we're free to be inspired by and adapt to what nature provides. 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 that play out on an intimate scale, preserving the sincerity of the moment.
Being in nature is an elixir for the soul, and magic for our cameras. And only those patient and disciplined enough who dare to go can reap the rewards.