From the desert to the runway. I tried to think of a witty quote to open with but this is all that came out. Last week I traveled with Burning Torch Productions from the high altitudes of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to the debts of Canyonlands National Park in Utah and to the 2012 Runway Show in southwestern Wyoming. Looking over the pictures, I’m realizing just how diverse the week really was. When you put snow next to sunbaked desert soil, the snow feels colder than ever and the soil seems that much hotter. When you wander through the most desolate wilderness in the lower 48 and then go to a fashion show, the solitude of the wilderness is the purest you’ve ever felt and the people of the fashion show are the most inspiring. The power of film is in the tool of juxtaposition. Placing diverse images side by side brings a sense of power that can’t be experienced any other way. Capturing and compiling these images is my passion. The diversity of everyday life is one of the only true beauties we can experience. Everything else slowly fades and becomes average.
I would characterize myself as an adventure filmmaker. It has taken me to the far corners of the earth to capture some of the most obscure and intense moments. Balancing “getting the shot” and my safety is more or less a common equation in my daily life. One might ask, how could the excitement of this ever fade? It doesn’t fade. It just loses perspective. Sometimes you have to juxtapose experiences in your own life rather than just watching them on the screen. My method to bring back perspective into my daily life is by diversifying how I can experience my passion. Shooting extreme sports isn’t my passion. Shooting life is my passion. This past weekend I shot a fashion show. The excitement and energy surrounding the event was incredible. Shooting high fashion and glamour has always been part of my excitement towards filmmaking, but juxtaposing it with shooting the loneliness of the desert or the risk of extreme sports makes it one of the most exciting things on earth. Here’s short clip to give you an idea of what it was like.