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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!

Bro-zeman Montana

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost

Driving into Bozeman Montana at sunset should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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Clouds setting up for an epic sunset

I ticked it off my bucket list shortly after the fourth of July when I visited my friend Colin, who is in school at MSU. It was a treat pulling up to a small random creek and throwing my fly line in the water before the last of the light disappeared behind the mountains. Having never been here before, I simply pulled up Google maps and looked for the closest creek or river.

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Despite not catching anything in the twenty minutes by the creek, I caught a great photo of my Subaru in the sunset, #NoFilter of course.

Colin was working at Montana Aleworks, one of the best places in town for draft beer and finger food at happy hour, so I stopped in my first night. Getting to know the waitstaff and bartenders was fun while I waited for Colin to get out of the kitchen. I went back every night for happy hour because it was such a cool place to hang and talk with Bozeman locals, especially if Colin and his friends that I had met, Ian and Thomas, were busying working.

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My schedule was free to do whatever came up in Montana, and we tried our best to stay active despite all of the cheap six packs consumed. First off was Hyalite Canyon, a quick twenty minute drive, where we saw Palisade Falls.

"Wu-Tang is for the children" -ODB

“Wu-Tang is for the children” -ODB

#FreeSolo

#FreeSolo

This was impressive to see up close, you can actually go in the waterfall for a nice dirtbag shower! After having a waterfall photo-shoot, we went freesolo up the canyon wall on some splitter cracks for a better view of the surrounding mountains. The mountains in Montana are BIG, so this only got me pumped to visit in winter when the snow arrives (soon hopefully).

Pringles duck faces #WestSide

Pringles duck faces #WestSide

Later that day, we chose to go downhill mountain biking in Leverich Canyon which was only five minutes out of town! This was fun because I had never used a nice full suspension bike to rip through the trees.

Colin taking the corner

Colin taking the corner

To me, downhill mountain biking is the closest thing you can do in the summertime to emulate skiing powder through the trees. I was using Colin’s friend’s bike that was not sized for me so I just walked the uphill and rode the downhill. SO. MUCH. FUN. #NeedMountainBike

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After another night at Aleworks, we woke up early and took a trip up in Hyalite Reservoir, where we hiked and had a picnic in the meadow. Chilling down by the water with a few beers was so much fun.

Colin taking a nap at Hyalite

Colin taking a nap at Hyalite

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Watching the Osprey go #fishing

We were swimming, listening to music, laughing, and watching an Osprey dive into the water to catch fish. Nature at its best! The bugs eventually came out at sunset so we jogged the trail back to the car to head down the canyon into town.

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#TryingStuff

Taking a trip into nature that has been untouched by human hands is a special, soul-nurturing experience. I love going to sit in nature and just observe the surroundings. Hyalite Canyon is a place that will always be one of my favorite in Montana because it was so special to me the few times I was spending time there.

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Hiking up to The Great One

The next day we decided to do a little summer skiing in the chute known as The Great One with Colin’s work friends Sam and Nick. I hiked the whole way to the peak in my Teva sandals where we encountered numerous mountain goats. We had to scare them away because our Sam’s dog could have provoked an attack.

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#SafetyMeeting

After having a safety meeting to at the top, and midway down the chute we hiked out of the valley floor, around the lake. Freshening up with a cold hippie shower in the lake added to the summer refreshment I enjoyed on the peak. #FreeTheHeelFreeTheWang

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A week before turning 21 so my birthday suit needed a quick bronzing.

For only being thirty minutes out of town, this was a cool summer ski opportunity that I am glad we capitalized on. Following the ski mission, we watched some world cup action and headed over to Aleworks for happy hour drafts and appetizers. My favorite was The Juice Double IPA.

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Post ski hike out

Waking up to adventure was easy when there was so much fun stuff to do close to town. I met up with US National Telemark racing champion Madi McKinstry for a hiking mission with her friends from school. Halfway through she had to bail for work, so I continued on and decided I would hitchhike the twenty minute drive back to town later. Six miles later I reached my destination where I could see fish through the crystal clear water. I assembled my fly rod and waded into the chilly pond. After having a few strikes at my dry fly, I realized I didn’t bring any other flies to tie on and decided to give up the fishing for the day. At that moment, a Pine Pig (forest ranger) popped out of nowhere and asked for my non-existent fishing license. Charmander the charmer did not succeed in getting out of a ticket for fishing without a license, just add it to my tab with the government. Hiking out six miles pissed off, fishless, and without a ride back to town was not the best hiking I’ve ever done, despite the surroundings. Just before the parking lot I found a ride and chilled in the backseat with a puppy enjoying the nice Montana breeze.

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I arrived back at Colin’s house just in time for the live music on main street to be ending and the downtown party to get started. We cruised down on bikes just in time for the cops to roll through and clear the street of drunks. The open container law is lifted for the evening so the liquor is flowing through the streets, like the Boulder Flood of 2013, one night a week during the summer. Cruising past the (then empty) beer dumpster on our way up the hill, we stopped to take a safety meeting and make sure that everyone could ride down without crashing in the dark.

Rallying with Ian and Thomas

Rallying with Ian and Thomas

The next day we drove up to Bear Lake, which turned out to be a warm pond. We skipped rocks and had some fun diving after the frisbee into the lake. We got to hang out of the truck on the way back and rally the empty dirt country roads.

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Ladies love extension

Spending a week in Bozeman Montana was a spontaneous trip that I didn’t even plan on taking until the morning I called Colin and started driving north after my 4th of July fishing mission in Wyoming. I drove through the Wind River Canyon and stopped to wet my fly line. No bites but some pretty cool rocks!

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

I recommend everyone spend a week of next summer in the Bozeman area to adventure and play in the natural beauty that Montana is full of. Camping, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, climbing, skiing, swimming, boating, drinking, backpacking, and all around adventuring within an hour of town is what makes Brozeman Montana so special to me. Thanks Bozemanites, enjoy the video, made with almost all of the clips I got while in Montana!