Self protection and resilience after hundreds of years of conflict. This community deep in the jungle in North Kivu seemed at peace. They had schools, agriculture and mineral mining all in place. Plus AK 47s just in case... ~
A UN convoy on the jungle road in North Kivu, Democratic Republic Of Congo. It's been quite the bumpy road the last few days covering a story for @natgeochannel#explorer on the path of gold. An epi-pen injection after a scary hornet sting reaction and 4 hour full-body screaming itch, a drone finger strike emergency room visit, malaria meds, constant Benadryl, 100% deet spray downs, and the start to two different types of antibiotics have created quite the cocktail in my system to kick things off in this foreign land. @taylorfreesolo keeps reminding me, "just think on the bright side, no leeches!" ~
A little slice of Utah public lands that is part of Bears Ears National Monument. This area hold a special place in my heart and is my biggest source of pride as a Utah resident. ~
The fact that some of biggest brands in the outdoor industry have pulled out of the OR show this summer and the gathering of the tribes is bound to move to another state is quite grim. Get it together Utah, let's keep Bears Ears and the OR show! #standwithbearsears@jasoninthehouse@thenorthface
"I'm sometimes paralyzed from the constant effort of trying to make sense of our experience (and of politics for that matter). Our tiny identities are irrelevant in the big outer-space alien picture, yet we are somehow still very relevant to one another. Enough to keep feeling and listening and responding. Enough to feel the pain we inflict just being human... Vegan or not, being human is an act of violence. Sometimes I want to evaporate into nothing but my skeleton and notice nothing but its weight and structure against air and gravity and fabric and light. If I really go mad will you still keep me?" -@taylorfreesolo tonight breathing against the veils we all wear....
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Thanks @thenorthface for standing up for our public lands - "In response to threats to privatize public lands and rescind conservation laws, The North Face and our friends at @Patagonia are each committing an additional $100,000 annually to @conservationalliance. We stand together as industry leaders on this because we believe – in the words of Edward Abbey – “wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” Funds will go toward education, advocacy, and a newly established Public Lands Defense Fund which gives grants to nonprofits working to defend public lands." #ProtectOurPublicLands [Art - El Cap from the meadow in @yosemitenps - mixed media on canvas 2005]
Showing @natgeoyourshot winner @shivesh.ram around our local stomping grounds. I didn't know much about @natgeoyourshot community before editing my first assignment and was blown away by the creatively and diversity of imagery on platform. Shivesh was such a kind soul - an retired Indian that spends his time doing humanitarian work and traveling the world with his camera. He told me was also partially raised by the royal family in Bhutan! We were lucky to share a serene sunset with perfect reflection conditions together out here in Utah. #smallworld#hiddentalent@djiglobal#inspire1#djicreator#natgeoyourshot
Going through the assets from the @natgeo@thenorthface#TheLastHunter project as the final print article, cultural art film and adventure film all slowly but surly come closer to release! ~
Words by @m_synnott // At the top of the cliff, Maule and Asdhan bundle up some dried grass and light it on fire, creating mini mobile smokers they carry with them as they climb down the bamboo ladder which dangles in space hundreds of feet above the valley floor. This hive, which may be the last one the Kulunge will ever harvest, hangs in a place their ladder can’t reach, so the honey hunters have no choice but to step off and completely abandon its security. I’ve witnessed some crazy things in my life, but watching Asdhan freesolo rock climb across the overhanging wall, barefoot, carrying his honey hunting tools in one hand and a bundle of burning grass in the other -- all while being attacked by bees – is something I probably wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. ~
In front my old buddy @ben_moon's lens. I met Ben back in the dirtbag day doing shenanigans like camping and doing art on rock spires with an unlikely crew of big wave surfers....some of my most cherished memories. It makes me really appreciate the roots of our greater creative community and how folks like @ben_moon are giving back at the same time as forging forward. ~
It's -20°, the Northern Lights are going off and @chrisburkard has convinced a hooligan gang of surfers to get the dream shot. A moment of panic set in. Launching the @freeflysystems#Alta8 (basically a flying chain saw) with the @sonyalpha 4K low light monster A7sii at 10,000 ISO in manual mode, in whipping wind, over water, close to humans with @taylorfreesolo on the controls was... well... the most exiciting and horrifying camera operating experience to date. After the first flight we learned that the boom lights on the drone messed up the low light shot. We had to tape over the drone lights with gaff tape, making it even harder to see the orientation of the drone. Very glad no one was injured pushing the limits on this! Stay tuned for the final film coming soon.... #kamikazefilmmaking#underanarcticsky@sweatpantsmedia@thenorthface
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A single motorbike passing the rarely empty streets of Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site. The more travel experiences I have the more perspectives and questions it brings up for me, both good and bad. In terms of being in the U.S. right now even and thinking about perspective we've all got to #questionmadness - both Trump's administration and our own ideals if we are going to make the most out of these next 4 years. @thenorthface@sonyalpha
The Salt Lake City inversion layer creeping up Lambs Canyon towards Park city, a combination of water vapor fog but filled with toxic pollution from industrial, agricultural and transportation particulates. Shot from the top of the hill my the backyard last night. I've seen conflicting reports that even though it seems like you are "above the pollution" in Park City the air-quality is actually the same. Even the fancy little "smoggy" app I use says it's the same even on the days that are hazardous to health. Does anyone have any more info? #slc#inversion#pollution@brodyleven@carolinegleich
The last light that hits the highest places on earth seems to boggle any modern device we try to capture it with. The mysterious alpenglow wavelengths always seem better in person, worth the effort to GO and experience with the human eyes. ~
Two young Sherpa twin boys look up valley toward Everest. Their father Phurba Tashi has climbed it 20 times. "I want to climb", one of them tells me, clearly dreaming to walk in the footsteps of his father. But members of their family have also died in the industry of getting foreigners to the top of the world's highest peak, making it quite a loaded decision. We played soccer in the schoolyard, surrounded by the iconic peaks at the roof of the world. #sherpafilm@jenpeedom@djiglobal#inspireone#djicreator
This man, Winfred Rembert, was violently attacked and hung by a rope in the 1960's, one of the only currently living survivors of a lynching in America. 4,000 African Americans were killed in similar acts of racial terrorism during that era after the emancipation of slavery and through Jim Crow. ~
Counterintuitively, he is not the hardened man he looks in this picture. At his core he full of forgiveness, sharing his story through his hand nailed leather murals. ~ "There ain't a person in the world who has reason more than I do to hate. I got a reason to hate. But guess what... there ain't a prejudice bone in my body. I wanna live, and I wanna let live." -Winfred Rembert ~
Part of the #AshesToAshesFilm project that @taylorfreesolo, her father @todd.rees and myself have been directing and producing this past year. The film is about Winfred and Dr. Shirley Jackson Whitaker, two individuals deeply affected by racism in America that are using art to heal.
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Incredibly inspiring turnout around the country and greater world today marching for equality, justice and the preservation of our planet. ~
Meet Dr Geoff Tabin. Climber, skier, eye surgeon and all around classic character of the community. His cataract surgeries have brought the blind back to sight in remote areas of Nepal, Burma, Ethiopia and Uganda, just to name a few. It's inspiring to see a 'lifer' climber find a calling that gives back to humanity while still getting after it constantly! #powerhound#koreanconditions@freddiewilkinson@sanctityofspace
Words and project by @argonautphoto// Friends! My non-profit @AmplifierFoundation just launched a project on Kickstarter that I wanted to share with you. It was my way of turning my fear and sadness after Nov 8th into action. Link in my header.
Eight years ago my friend Shepard Fairey (@obeygiant) made an image that defined a period of HOPE in America. Today we are in very different times. In the wake of this year’s presidential campaign, very concerning things are becoming normalized: anti-Immigrant rhetoric, building walls, mass deportations, talk of Muslim registries. This moment calls for new images, images to disrupt the rising tide of hate speech and fear mongering. We the People need to come together under a new symbol of Hope— one that reminds us that OUR America is one of equal humanity, and does not demean or discriminate. We need you to help us take back this narrative.
In addition to Shepard we have 2 of the most talented activist artist working today: @ernestoyerena and @jessicasabogal. Together these 3 artists are helping shape the American story we SHOULD be telling.
The sale of these artist's prints on Kickstarter will fund the publication of their images and words as full page ads in the Washington Post on Inauguration Day, to be distributed to 600,000 people. Free speech in public spaces has rarely been as stifled as it will be for this inauguration. But no administration can tell you can't buy a newspaper and hold it up above your head! Beyond the ads in the Post @AmplifierFoundation will also be distributing all of these images at Metro stops, out the back of moving vans, and at drop spots in DC to be announced in the coming weeks on their site. We don’t have any one easy solution, but we do know this: We are Resilient, we must be Indivisible, we must be #GreaterThanFear, we must #DefendDignity, and we must #ProtectEachOther. Art made from a photo by @ridzdesign!
🏻New trailer link in profile 🏻 ~
Land, air and sea. Sub-Zero shooting ops for "Under An Arctic Sky". The initial trailer just dropped on Vimeo! ~
Exploration isn't just about seeking the places that haven't been found. It's just as much about creating things that haven't been created, especially when that art and those stories can give voice to things unheard. Unfelt. That's an adventure in itself. ~
Photo and words by @coryrichards // The continued process of learning to fail gracefully. @renan_ozturk reversing the steps after retreating from the point of snow to the right of his left elbow. Close....oh so close...but this isn’t horseshoes or hand-grenades...this is climbing. Sure, it’s the journey. But the summit matters too. I suppose you are forced to take a harder look in failure. But win, lose, or draw, it’s always worth it. // Insta retrospective for the newly released @natgeo Instagram book. #natgeoinspires
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