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Looking At The World Through The Eyes of Another

How we view the world, depends upon what type of lens we experience it through


Capturing images can be used as a unique way to express how we see the world, or how we think the world should be viewed. Highlighting aspects of the human condition, the relationship between society and our environment, people doing amazing things; we as creatives strive to showcase life in creative ways through photography and videos.

Not surprisingly, my first camera that I could call my own was the original GoPro Hero, which I used to take selfies while fishing and record low quality ski edits. I enjoyed messing around with these pictures in free editing software, and my lack of ability was apparent. I would blow out the saturation and leave the pictures pixelated, among other things.

Looking back on my photos from when I first started taking them makes me laugh. I thought I was taking high quality pictures, but actually I was using a potato camera and over-processing my pictures. Everyone has to start somewhere though, and the first GoPro was the first brick in my photography foundation.

Wind River Canyon, when I first started to pick up a camera. Shit quality and horrible editing.

Honing my photography and videography skills has been a process. I upgraded cameras to a GoPro 3+, a Canon Rebel T5, and a Google Pixel phone. Recently, I bought a flexible tripod to use for long exposure shots and time-lapse videos. I feel like I am just scratching the surface of what is possible with the cameras that I now have.

Exploring other photographers on the internet helps give me inspiration, ideas, and tips about how I can grow as a producer and content creator. Most often when I send a direct message on Instagram to a photographer, they message back within that day to answer my questions or give little snippets of advice, which I find very helpful.

Technology of today has allowed the sharing of incredible photos everyday via platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. These networks have allowed humans to see potentially anywhere in the world by simply clicking a location or hashtag. I believe this is the closest thing humans have invented to a teleporter! If you imagine yourself taking that same picture, on your own phone, and squint your eyes enough then you can take your mind anywhere around the globe.

Teleportation in the current era

Connectivity has ignited a global revolution, to save the very places that we live and play. The previous generations had no virtually clue what existed in the world before the internet, besides what they saw in person or the news, movies, and TV. Now that humans have the potential to realize what exists in the world, and how humans are destroying it via globalization, people are more motivated than ever to travel and take pictures to share online. Helping highlight exotic locations around the globe, to spark some feeling within people looking at that destination on their phone, could be an important thing for our world.

Within the next five years I think we will see these social networks start to have an influence over society’s views on the outdoors. We need to create a future that we want to live in; not some future that was created by the past, while we sat back and complained. Social media and the internet has created the ability to reach more people than ever before, the exchange of ideas across the world is instant. We should harness this power for positive change.

One of my goals in life is to use my cameras to help highlight the natural beauty of the world that we must work to preserve. Sharing images online is a very powerful medium due to the number of people you can potentially reach.

Teaming up with other like-minded environmentally conscious people from around the country and around the world is going to be the way that we create the change that we wish to see in the world. Send a message to someone who is inspiring online and see if they respond, it never hurts to try!

Ski Team Six: Protectors of Winter

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If YOU want to team up with the prestigious unit, known as Ski Team Six, then get ready for the time of your life. We are fresh on the scene to take the media pressure off the now-famous SEAL Team Six, by completing missions in the mountains on skis; finding lost members, conducting safety meetings, snow sampling, protecting winter, and even investigating the infamous “shack shitter” who was lurking around Big Sky this past season.

Admiral RR with some Blue Steel

Members include Colonel Shreddington, The Blase’ Commander, Windlips, The Gaptain, Captain Kerlz, Private First Class Foster, First Lieutenant Leflay, Admiral R.R. and many more.

To get signed up, just go to one of the many shacks located throughout Big Sky. However squad members must be present to put you through basic training. You can also contact a member of Ski Team Six so that we can set-up a recruitment meeting by sending a smoke signal.

Members of Ski Team Six hiking to investigate the Dirtbag Party 2017 at Big Sky

The Search for Snow video series will detail our missions as we look to prolong winter. Here is episode 1, featuring a few different days in the mountains.

 


On a more serious note, we are looking to help prolong winter for this year and many years to come. We are protecting winter, it’s in our job description.

If you want to help future generations of shredders, sign up for Protect Our Winters and get involved. Here is a list of things you can do in your daily life to help reduce your personal carbon footprint and save the powder for yourself and for everyone! Thanks!

#ActOnClimate


 

The Minimalists: Cutting Out The Crap

Minimalism: Less Is More

I was sucked into a documentary last night titled The Minimalists (available free on Netflix) which is produced by two bloggers on a mission to live simply, and teach the world to do the same.


The film tells the stories of other successful people who were not happy living the material life pushed upon us by modern society. After eliminating most of their non-critical possessions they were released from the shackles of society which allows them to learn, love, and live their lives in ways that actually makes them feel a purpose on the planet. Check out the impactful trailer below.

Minimalism is a concept where you only have the key items you need, such as one chair, one table, one fork, one plate, one glass. Eliminating all of the excess helps you focus and appreciate the things that you do have.


One of my favorite parts throughout the documentary is when they highlight the emerging trend of living small. Tiny houses and people living the #VanLife have been increasing in popularity after the recession. One of the people interviewed reveals “Living in the smallest space possible is the most responsible thing you can do for the planet.”

This makes you think about how large of a space you live in and how your carbon footprint is actually much larger than the size of your foot. Our country has a a huge storage industry just because people have been so caught up with acquiring more stuff, even when they don’t use the stuff they already have.

I would highly recommend watching this film, as I will be watching it again to pick up even more detail and inspiration. Next, I am going to start eliminating unnecessary possessions from my life so that I can focus more on what actually matters.

Think about what you could eliminate from your possessions and how it would help highlight the more important things in your life.

 

My First One Hundred Day Ski Season: The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful

“The sport of skiing consists of wearing three thousand dollars’ worth of clothes and equipment and driving two hundred miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and get drunk.”– P.J. O’Rourke

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Skiing has been a major priority in my life ever since I can remember. My parents would take my older sister Brooke and I on ski vacations with our extended family, dragging us through blizzards and down black diamonds, trying to instill the love for the mountains into us. Despite the constant frozen tears I eventually learned to love the cold, snowy days spent on the hill with friends and family.

My Dad continued to push the sport upon me at a young age, and for that I thank him. I can’t remember the exact day that my love affair with snowy mountains started, but I am grateful for having a passion that I can indulge in every winter season.

Big Sky Montana

2016-2017 Season

  • THE GOOD

This season, I started working at Big Sky up in Montana, close enough to Canada to feel part Canadian. Working for the resort scanning lift tickets allowed me to ski everyday, which was a pretty sweet gig. Seeing the mountain slowly fill in, and skiing on a different snow surface day after day has made me enjoy powder days even more than I used to. Days when we got new snow were spent touring around the mountain and working on small tricks. I improved my skiing tenfold, simply because I was spending time in my ski boots everyday, spinning and carving my way down the mountain.

One of the things I am most grateful for this season is the relationships that I formed with so many new friends. I moved up to Montana only knowing a few people, and it turns out I didn’t spend that much time with them anyway. Friendly faces were everywhere; I was always out riding with someone different due to my position as the fastest ticket scanner in the West. My parents even got to come visit me and meet all ten thousand of the friends it felt like I had in Big Sky. Skiing with my Dad on his 60th birthday was a special day that I enjoy looking back on as one of my favorite this season.

  • THE BAD

The only thing that I would say could have been better this season was the total amount of snow that came down at Big Sky. It was considered a low snow year, and I was getting rained on while working in February! The lack of snow, along with a couple other factors, led me to part ways with my position at Big Sky. However it was fun while it lasted, and I still got my share of powder days.

It is hard to think of bad times at Big Sky because everyday seemed like a magical dream. If you look up Big Sky in a dictionary, you would see descriptions such as “Too Much Fun” and “Party Mountain” due to the dirtbag culture and friendly atmosphere around the base-area plaza and town center bars.

  • THE BEAUTIFUL

One of my favorite things this season was the shear beauty that is Montana. Only having visited Montana once before, this was a great time to see so many beautiful landscapes that I never could have dreamt of. My photography skills have been improving and I am motivated to capture the stunning imagery that Montana offers to adventurers. The vast mountain ranges and huge expanses provide photo opportunities literally in every direction you look.

All too often I found myself staring around at the landscape in awe. Mountains and rivers as far as the eye can see make for a great setting to spend time in. Wild animals dominate the scenery with bison on the plains, fish and eagles among the rivers, with elk, moose, and bears in the mountains.

Even though I have returned to Boulder for the time being, I will be back in Montana soon. Ski season is far from over here in Colorado; I have 114 days and counting. If you are here in Colorado let’s get after it! But Montana, save me a spot at the table, for I have fallen in love with the Big Sky state.

Volunteering to Serve Food at Your Local Soup Kitchen Works Wonders

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson

Serving food is one of the most generous things you can do for someone else. Can you remember the last person you cooked a meal for? Consider volunteering at a soup kitchen and see what happens. 🙂

I just attended a talk titled Poverty: What’s Really Needed for the Conference of World Affairs, at CU Boulder. Lara Gilmore was my favorite speaker of the panel, although they were all amazing. 

Along with her husband, world renowned chef Massimo Bottura, they have created a non-profit Food For The Soul. They are dedicated to using food waste to feed the hungry. The mission is simple, and it is working! They create soup kitchens that are crafted with beauty in mind, so that people can not feel ashamed to be eating and create positive relationships and connections to move forward in life.

Hunger and food waste are huge issues not only in the United States but around the world. The goal is to try and find a community based solution to these problems. They have a great idea and you can read more about it on their website http://www.foodforsoul.it/ or in this article from GrubStreet.

One of the biggest takeaways that I got from the talk is that everyone can and should go volunteer to serve food in a soup kitchen. It is a simple act and they are always needing help. You can create a new network of positive individuals. People who work in the soup kitchens are most likely going to be some of the nicest people you’ll encounter. 

This graphic shows how Food for the Soul is changing the way in which society can feed the hungry and impoverished.

I served in the Denver Soup Kitchen once with my youth group, but after listening to the panel today, I am going to volunteer again within the next month.

What do you think about the problems of hunger and food waste? Leave a comment.