Thursday, October 2, 2014

Picasso: light drawings and his psyche

"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier you will become a general, if you are a monk you will become the Pope'. Instead I was a painter and became Picasso" - Pablo Picasso

I love this quote, another direct corridor into the man's psyche. Bold and confident, ego spilling over on to the floor. 

Similarly these images, taken decades before light drawing was popular show us a bold and confident Pablo Picasso.  Gjon Mili in 1949 perfectly captures Picasso conjuring stark drawings out of thin air in seconds. They are a testament to the power and beauty of the line and the confidence of his own vision.





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Exhibition: Matt Black "From Clouds to Dust"

Texas migrant in her yard.  Teviston, California.  From The Kingdom of Dust series © Matt Black
I've always been partial to soft grained black & white photography, I really enjoy the depth and dimensions in his work and his use of gray tones. Although I prefer the fly on the wall approach that I sense in his work, the series seems distant to me at times and I wish he would have moved emotional closer at least in some of his shots.

I definitely recommend checking out the exhibition. I love his approach and aesthetic and the story deserves telling.

Matt Black grew up in a small town in the Central Valley, a vast agricultural area in the heart of the state. His twin documentary projects The Kingdom of Dust  and The People of Clouds explore the changing human relationship to food, farming and the environment. In 1995, Black returned to his native region, California’s Central Valley, to embark on The Kingdom of Dust , a multi-year chronicle exploring the underside of contemporary rural life in the shadow of some of America's richest farms. While working on this project, Black noticed a shift in the population of migrants coming to work the fields, and in 2000 began The People of Clouds , an extended photographic inquiry into the collapse of indigenous farming communities in the Mixteca region of southern Mexico. Through Black’s masterful eye and intimate relationship with his subjects, his photographs reveal the poetry of everyday moments as he chronicles communities in flux responding to broader global forces.

Riding to work in a farm labor bus.  Fresno, California. From The Kingdom of Dust series © Matt Black
Fishing in an irrigation canal.  Corcoran, California.  From The Kingdom of Dust series © Matt Black
Anastasia Photo
Cooking in the kitchen at home.  San Miguel Cuevas, Mexico.  From The People of Clouds series © Matt Black

Matt Black
From Clouds to Dust
September 12 - October 19, 2014
166 ORCHARD STREET   NEW YORK, NY 10002   212.677.9725 T   212.677.9726 F



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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Our Hearts are on the Ground- Lecture and Screening

I am excited to have lectured at the Rural Sociological Society's annual meeting in New Orleans on August 2nd and pre-screened the trailer for my documentary on domestic violence from a Native American perspective and how the injection of a foreign cultural system led to the erosion of women's roles in indigenous communities.
Roosevelt, Waldorf In New Orleans for the Rural Sociological Society annual meeting 2014
Roosevelt, Waldorf In New Orleans for the Rural Sociological Society annual meeting 2014
I am honored to have been invited to speak at this event and thrilled to have met so many awesome, passionate people.

We took a great field trip into the bayou with a U.S. Coast Guard boat and were able to see first hand the difference between a healthy swamp and a dead zone. The Great Delta, as it is known, is the largest in the United States and the fastest disappearing in the world at a rate of one football field every 20 minutes. That's really astonishing to think about, especially when you realize the ramification that will have not just for the rest of the States, but also worldwide as this very delicate ecosystem disappears.

Some iphonography:
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
A relatively healthy swamp which was brought back in 30 years after being a dead zone

The Delta is a very delicate balance; oil spills, salinization of the water, canals and storms are causing catastrophic damage to this area and uprooting indigenous peoples who have lived here for hundreds of years
The Delta is a very delicate balance; oil spills, salinization of the water, canals and storms are causing catastrophic damage to this area and uprooting indigenous peoples who have lived here for hundreds of years
On the U.S. Coast Guard boat, our guide and expert Tim

We are loosing one football field of this delta every 20 minutes and the damage to local fisheries and the ecosystem will have repercussions around the country
We are loosing one football field of this delta every 20 minutes and the damage to local fisheries and the ecosystem will have repercussions around the country










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Monday, June 23, 2014

21st Century Cowboy

by Ariel Ramchandani
Photography by Marlon Krieger

In November of last year I went on-assignment for Intelligent Life Magazine to photograph Ariel Ramchandani's story on the modern-day cowboy. This was my first time into the Saguach River Valley in Colorado and I was immediately stunned by a dramatic landscape awash in bold, rich colors.

Julie, George and Drew of The Blue Range Ranch are your classic cowboys, redefined. We spend a wonderful three days with our hosts, talking and learning. We covered, everything from Buddhism and holistic land management to gun rights and foreign policy. They opened our eyes to so many challenges facing ranchers in the midwest and gave us an intimate look into their lives on the ranch.

Read Ariel's story published in the July/August issue, you can pick it up at news-stands or online at moreintelligentlife.com.

"The soft San Juan range rises to the west; to the east, the spine of the Sangre de Christo mountains, with the low curves of the Great Sand Dunes National Park in front like a ghostly shadow…The modern cowboy has a lot on his plate, including climate change. Ariel Ramchandani stays on a ranch high in the Colorado desert" 




21st Century Cowboy by Ariel Ramchandani

The Sangre de Christo Mountains
George Whitten outside The Blue Range Ranch
Julie moving the electric fence, part of a holistic land management system, it helps control over-grazing 
Drew chops wood for the stove on which meals are cooked and by which the house is heated
Drew outside the Whitten home


Read the whole story by picking up the July/August issue available in news-stands or online at moreintelligentlife.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NYC Exhibition- Gwyn Joy

For those of you not familiar with his work, artist Gywn Joy will be exhibiting as part of a group show in NYC, with an opening reception tomorrow night.

I am thrilled as I have been a fan of his collage and paintings for a long time. His work is full of storytelling that captures the imagination. It carries a touch of spiritualism and classicism, full of romance and mystery while brilliantly executed in style, technique and color. Love his colors, I wish my dreams were this evocative.

Painting by Gwyn Joy
Image © Gwyn Joy

Tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th, 2014 he will be exhibiting as part of a group show in New York called "Leaps into the Void" at Garis & Hahn Gallery. I will most definitely attend and hope to see some of you there as well. Also in the exhibition are the very talented Sky Kim, Joe Nanashe, Michael Maxwell and Phoebe Rathmell.

Garis & Hahn
Opening Reception: June 18th, 6-8 PM
263 Bowery Street, New York, NY 10002
Exhibition Dates: June 18th-August 16th, 2014

Painting by Gwyn Joy
Image © Gwyn Joy
About the Artist:
Gwyn Joy is a 35 year old Brooklyn based artist who explores the roles nature, solitude, and asceticism play in humanity’s search for spirituality, religion and truth.

Using oil paint and collage Joy creates images that investigate what lies just beyond the boundaries of our day to day realm and how we escape it in a metaphysical sense through extreme isolation, dream states, and interactions with our environment and the appropriation of natural objects of power.
He is highly interested in the anthropomorphic representation of animals in the form of masks in which the wearer is transported to a more naturalistic state of being and assumes the power and prestige of the animal. While donning the mask we are stripped of our previous identity and brought closer to the realm of our environment.  It is only in a state of solitude and in a state of complete immersion with our surroundings that our awareness is heightened.

Raised in Oregon, his interest in masks arose while working with the Tlingit Indian tribe in Alaska before attending Parsons School of Design in Paris and New York.





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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Los Intocables (The untouchables) - Erik Ravelo

Los Intocables- by Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo

Cuban artist Erik Ravelo has created a very poignant, in your face series about violence and abuses faced by children around the world. The images show children crucified to the backs of their perpetrators. Some are less present in our everyday consciousness, and others are well known, but seeing them in this way creates a stark reality for the viewer, bringing the topic into direct focus.

I'm sure he is receiving quite a bit of criticism for his approach, especially from religious communities, but I find it powerful and to the point. I commend him for this bold move and for the striking effect this campaign has on the viewer.

Erik Ravelo / F A B R I C A 2013
Creative Direction / Concept: Erik Ravelo
Photo: Erik Ravelo / Enrico Bossan
Post Production: Erik Ravelo
Client: UNHATE FOUNDATION

The Right to Childhood
Should be UNTOUCHABLE.

Images and concept protected 
by the law.
2013 F A B R I C A.
© Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo

© Erik Ravelo
Erik Ravelo is a Cuban sculptor, painter and multi media-artist. He is currently a creative director at Fabrica, the communications agency owned by the Benetton Group in Treviso, Italy. His campaigns for Benetton include "Unhate" which featured the controversial images of world leaders kissing. He was awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2012 for this series.

As an aside, it would seem that Facebook and YouTube have both banned the project, I had to pull the below video from MailOnline. If you can't see the video please visit my site directly.



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Monday, May 19, 2014

Give a Beat; Did Music Change Your Life?


Do you remember that song that gave you the chills, made you fight back the tears or raise your head with new determination. Let the music make a difference:
Give a Beat serves as a catalyst to transform the positive energy of global dance music culture into meaningful interactions that build community and generate social good. Give a Beat raises awareness of pressing issues and injustices through live music events and online platforms, while providing dance and world music lovers with a unique channel for activism and philanthropy.
Give a Beat is a member of the Creative Visions Foundation’s activist program, a global hub for organizations, such as the Landfill Harmonic, using media and the arts to tell stories that need to be told about problems that need to be solved. Learn more about Give a Beat at www.giveabeat.org and https://www.facebook.com/giveabeat.


Give a Beat & Notes for Notes® Announce


The Music For Music Campaign


A Story Sharing Contest & Online Auction

Launched in Conjunction with Detroit’s Movement Festival
To Raise Funds for the Construction of a Boys & Girls Club Music Studio

Running May 14 Through June, 5 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - May 14, 2014 - In conjunction with Detroit’s Movement Electronic Music FestivalGive a Beat and Notes for Notes® launch Music for Music, a fundraising campaign featuring an online auction and a SubPac sponsored story sharing contestMusic for Music showcases the transformative power of music and taps into the love and energy booming within the EDM community to raise funds for the construction of a Notes for Notes’ after-school music studio at a Detroit Boys & Girls Club location. The campaign runs from Wednesday, May 14, 2014 through Thursday, June 5, 2014. For more information, please visit www.giveabeat.org and https://www.facebook.com/giveabeat.



Story Sharing Contest Sponsored by SubPac – 
Music for Music’s story sharing contest runs from Wednesday, May 14, 2014 through Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Dance music lovers are asked to share positive and inspiring stories of how music has changed their lives. Three winners will be selected for a pair of VIP 3-day passes to Movement Festival, a $100 download card to Traxsource, or tickets to official Movement after-parties. For each story shared, SubPac, an innovative tactile bass technology, will donate $10 toward the effort. The stories will to be judged by a panel of recognized names within the dance music industry, including David Ireland(Wantickets, Magnetic Magazine)Ken Jordan (The Crystal Method), Betty Kang and Lydia Fong (Plexi PR), and FreQ Nasty (SubPac). To learn more, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/239113936213061. Stories must be submitted to story@giveabeat.org by 9:00pm EST on May 21, 2014 to be considered.

Online Auction –

The online auction component of Music for Music will run from Friday, May 16, 2014 through Thursday, June 5, 2014, with special Movement items closing on May 22, 2014. The auction presents an opportunity for dance music lovers to bid on tickets to some of the year’s hottest parties and festivals, unique VIP experiences, cutting edge gear, musically inspired clothing, and gift certificates, while supporting a worthwhile cause. Generous donors to the auction include: Roland, Soundcloud, Miguel Migs, React PresentsWantickets, The Groove Cruise, SonosSennheiser, The303 at LOUIE and CHAN, Mi Casa Holiday, Forecastle Festival, Kai AlceCyberoptix TieLabAs You Like It, Country Club Disco, Sampled Recordings Detroit, Portland Maine Soul Summit, The REDnessStarlily CreationsCAYA SmokehouseSweetwater Tavern, and more! Promotional partners include Media Services NYCElectronic Music Alliance, Fusicology, LovevolCreative Visions Foundation, and more. To view the auction and bid on items, please visit http://www.32auctions.com/musicformusic

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Before They Pass Away- Jimmy Nelson in Berlin


Jimmy Nelson's evocative and intriguing images of the worlds last indigenous communities is on exhibition simultaneously at Camera Works and CWC Gallery Berlin, an honor never before awarded to any artist by Camera Works.

© Jimmy Nelson

In many respects, the term unique describes the people portrayed by Jimmy Nelson best: So inimitably fascinating are the Huli Wigmen – painted in red, yellow and white – in Papua New Guinea, so exotic are the Karo in Ethiopia and so affecting are the Himba tribe in Namibia. Representatives of the world’s last indigenous peoples are the protagonists in Nelson’s photographs. His works go far beyond serving solely as a neutral visual document, serving the public’s vague idea about the existence of those tribesmen and peoples. With his epochal series, Jimmy Nelson establishes an awareness for the fascinating variety of the culture- and history charged symbols of the people, reflecting their rites, customs and traditions, that hitherto has not existed to this extend. Among several other countries his journeys led Nelson to Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya, to China and Nepal or Siberia and Mongolia. The cultural prosperity of the indigenous populations of those countries differentiates itself even further within each single tribe in a new and different way.
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© Jimmy Nelson

© Jimmy Nelson

© Jimmy Nelson



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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Invisible People - A Post From The Road

St. Mary's Mission School on Red Lake Reservation, MN
Invisible This project will look into why one in two Native American women will be the victims of domestic violence as well as the role historical events, and United States policy towards the indigenous populations have played in bringing about this epidemic. I will discuss U.S. government policies past and present, and how a systematic approach meant to extinguish Native American culture has led to the highest rates of depression, substance abuse, and sexual violence of any ethnic group in the United States. I will focus on the historical trauma from three major events: Forced Relocation, the Dawe’s Act and the Boarding School Era, and discuss the effects they have had on today’s indigenous populations and their implications on the prevalence of violence against women in Native communities. 

On my most recent trip for the documentary project Invisible People I spent nine days on the road in Minnesota, six of those days with Andrew McMullen, Director of Photography, collecting testimonials interviews and filming. 

Tina, Executive Director of MSH trying to get me to understand
Tina, Executive Director of MSH explaining to me why  American Indians
refer to themselves was Invisible
I have been blessed with the opportunity to talk  with some very profound and inspiring people. They have invited me into their lives and shared their personal stories with me. Although all the women I am speaking with possess an incredible strength and courageousness, I can see momentary breaks in their stoicism, and my insides turn with guilt as their emotions break to the surface in subtle ways.

I know that by doing this work I am rattling old memories, and I wonder what right do I have? I do so in the hope of telling a story that needs telling, of honoring their survival and fight and sharing with the rest of us the epidemic that indigenous women are facing all over the country. It is time for the men to join the battle and for people outside of the Native communities to "own" this country's past and the pain and suffering it has caused.

"For anyone who has gone through childhood sexual abuse...
you know victory and success by surviving the night" -Nikki

I am humbled by these women, and all the people working at Mending the Sacred Hoop (MSH) and American Indian Housing Organization (AICHO). They, and the other ones out there fighting to survive and to change their reality are the true warriors of their communities.







"It's family first for a lot of Natives, that's were your sense of identity comes from, your immediate family."
- Officer Northrup, Fond du Lac Reservation

After a long, emotional day of revisiting her childhood home and the good and traumatic memories of her past, we exhale at Lower Red Lake, MN
Sarah from MSH speaks with survivors and friends at a dinner gathering
Patti from AICHO talks and jokes with fellow survivors and friends at a dinner gathering
Smokes stacks from a power plant silhouetted at sunset, on the road back to Duluth from Bemidjii, MN
Smokes stacks from a power plant silhouetted at sunset, Highway 2, MN


DP Andrew McMullen setting up a shot
DP Andrew McMullen setting up a shot

Since February 2013 I have been working to discusses domestic violence from a Native American perspective. I am blessed to have met some incredibly awesome, courageous and inspiring people that are making this possible. I am honored to have been given a window into their lives, hardships and victories. I look forward to the journey ahead...













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Friday, February 14, 2014

Taking a Visual Break from the Snow

With all of us posting so many images of snowstorms, snowpocalyps' and snow days, I wanted to take a break from all the white and post a little blue from around the corner in my neighborhood. Have a Pleasant Stay...




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Monday, February 3, 2014

Snow Day Pictures, New York City Waterfront

I woke up early this morning to find the city dusted in beautiful white, silent and soft. With big, soft and pillowy snowflakes floating down to earth I decided to walk down to the waterfront to snap some pics 

A tugboat passes between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge, Dumbo, New York
A tugboat passes between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge, Dumbo, New York

The Dumbo Carousel in it's glass case is a beautiful place to view the snowstorm from, Dumbo, New York
The Dumbo Carousel in it's glass case is a beautiful place to view the snowstorm from, Dumbo, New York

He has a long way to go, clearing the pier today of the accumulated snow will take a while, Dumbo, New York
He has a long way to go, clearing the pier today of the accumulated snow will take a while, Dumbo, New York

The Carousel in Dumbo protected from the snowstorm by a glass case, must be a beautiful time for a ride. Dumbo New York


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Huffington Post Publishes my Article on Education

Challenging Conventional Ideas of Education 
by Marlon Krieger

A boy looks out of the school window in Bolognese, Peru
"...We arrived by permission of the village Chief to discuss the school they had built for their community and to meet with some of their teachers. Our local guide for the day had gone to college in a nearby town of Atalaya, 10 hours away by canoe. He had come back to his village to change the education being delivered there. He explained to us that he wanted to bring education to his people, but not to teach them our [Western] ways; he'd seen how we lived and didn't like it. He wanted to use education to improve their lives, not change their way of life. They live simply and want to continue living their way, education would give them strength, he said."
To read the whole article please visit Huffington Post/Marlon_Krieger



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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Real Story Behind Thanksgiving

(Don't let the length of this intimidate you, its a quick read)


As I do every year around this time since I started blogging I'd like to share a bit of history with you:

Nett Lake Reservation, Minnesotta by Marlon Krieger

Our nation often criticizes others for their failure to teach history accurately, admonishing countries that omit key historic events in their children's text books or fail to acknowledge atrocities commit upon other cultures or people. Turkey, Russia, Japan among others have been on the receiving end. Yet I never really learned the extent of the devastation laid upon the Native American population that lived in this country. I didn't learn it in elementary school, not in high school, and I didn't learn it in college, it's touched on, but usually glossed over. This is a part of our countries' history and a nation's shame should not hinder us from teaching it and learning from it.

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped. By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language. He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest. But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.

In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared "A Day Of Thanksgiving" because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

Cheered by their "victory", the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of "thanksgiving" to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts -- where it remained on display for 24 years.

The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War -- on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

This story doesn't have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast. But we need to learn our true history so it won't ever be repeated. Next Thanksgiving, when you gather with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, think about those people who only wanted to live their lives and raise their families. They, also took time out to say "thank you" to Creator for all their blessings.
by Susan Bates


Today the town of Plymouth Rock has a Thanksgiving ceremony each year in remembrance of the first Thanksgiving. There are still Wampanoag people living in Massachusetts. In 1970, they asked one of them to speak at the ceremony to mark the 350th anniversary of the Pilgrim's arrival. Here is part of what was said:

"Today is a time of celebrating for you -- a time of looking back to the first days of white people in America. But it is not a time of celebrating for me. It is with a heavy heart that I look back upon what happened to my People. When the Pilgrims arrived, we, the Wampanoags, welcomed them with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end. That before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would no longer be a tribe. That we and other Indians living near the settlers would be killed by their guns or dead from diseases that we caught from them. Let us always remember, the Indian is and was just as human as the white people."

Spend time with your family and friends this week, help out the hungry or the homeless,  give thanks for what you have and remember the truth of our nation's history, it isn't a celebration for all.



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

I came across this a bit late, but definitely still worth sharing.

She who tells a story: women photographers from Iran and the Arab world
photo from MFAB

An exhibition currently up at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston called "She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World" features the work of twelve pioneering photographers:
Jananne Al-Ani
Boushra Almutawakel
Gohar Dashti
Rana El Nemr
Lalla Essaydi
Shadi Ghadirian
Tanya Habjouqa
Rula Halawani
Nermine Hammam
Rania Matar
Shirin Neshat
Newsha Tavakolian

Photography can play an important role in developing social change and bringing awareness and it can be used as a tool for empowerment. Who better to reflect on social issues, traditions and identity than women photographers in countries where their roles in society are at a splintering and where traditions and empowerment often collide.



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Friday, September 13, 2013

EXP Adventure- Mt. Washington

I had the good fortune to be able to work with Milo, Tom and the EXP Adventure team. This was my first opportunity to apply my work to another passion of mine, the outdoors. EXP Adventures is a travel company that specializes in bringing people to epic locations around the world in style and comfort to engage in a variety of physical activities and monumental experiences. They asked me to shoot a video for them of one of their expedition to Mt. Washington.

Armed with little more than my Canon 5D I set out to document this adventure, and it was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot and am thankful to have gotten the opportunity to photograph and film while hiking and camping.

Thank you Milo and Tom for this opportunity, and a special thanks to Beau DeCourcy our guide and the EXP Mt. Washington specialist and to Caleb for helping me carrying my gear up and down and up and down that mountain.







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Life- "If you're not living on the edge, you're not doing it right"


At the end of July I spent nine days camping and rock climbing at the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming with a friend. It was an incredibly arduous trip filled with epic stories and monumental surroundings. 

The more I climb and the deeper I dive into this world the more I am amazed at how much of the lessons I learn and the experiences I have on the mountain relate directly to my everyday life and my work. Out there, high up on a vertical wall, exposed to the elements, where you rely on instincts, adrenaline and mental focus you are reduced to the most basic of physical and mental processes. Everything unnecessary just melts away and you attain complete nowness. Aside from being an incredible sensation, witnessing your own mental process in this striped down state is incredibly enlightening, like taking away all the bells and whistles to see how the cogs really turn.

It is also a powerful way to master your mind


The Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Looking towards Pingora
Looking at Pingora and Lonesome Lake

The Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Admiring the peaks at sunset
Nathan examining our route on Pingora

Warbonnet and Warrior to the right

The Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Looking towards Wolf's head on the approach
Can you see him? Approaching Cirque Lake

The Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Looking towards Warbonnet and Warrior
Warbonnet and Warrior from the Cirque Lake approach

The Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Looking down from belay station 8 on Wolf's head, Lonesome lake
Pitch 8 of Wolf's Head looking out onto Lonesome Lake

The Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Cirque Lake
Cirque Lake

The Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming at sunset
Cirque of the Towers, The WInd River Range Wyoming


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