"Yet somehow I still remain cautiously optimistic. Maybe, just maybe, as a society we can learn from our mistakes and shift our perspective to one of caring for the natural world rather than taking it for granted. We need to stop looking at the environment as a resource or something that needs conquering, but instead of something that needs to be cared for - because it's a part of all of us." - Nick Zator
It's been a while since I've put together a film project. As soon as I decided to make another one, I knew my inspiration would be based on how I've continuously let myself run wild & free throughout nature's playground, inviting many friends along for the journey and meeting new inspiring superhumans along the way. This is a special one for me, and my focus this time around isn’t necessarily about dance, but rather the energy we absorb from Earth’s natural lands, and how it can move our souls in the most simplest of ways.
To take my "Tuesday night therapy" outside the comforts of a studio was a first for us. After we spent a few days creating indoors, we ventured off for 4 separate days of filming in various landscapes. With that said, this journey didn’t come without new challenges, obstacles, and lessons along the way. Choosing to create with film in the great outdoors puts you at risk for almost anything - namely the dangers of the wilderness and unexpected weather changes. I’m thankful for having assembled a group who were willing to get out of their comfort zones without hesitation.
The last set of movement projects I captured through film ranged from 2011 - 2013 and I have to admit, it was a bit scary coming back to this familiar territory after taking time away from it all. It almost seems foreign at first and then it slowly returns, but with the feeling of unease and doubt. To be completely open with your art, vision, purpose, and to share your personal work to the world can be overwhelming but ultimately, uplifting. I commend all artists out there who puts themselves in this position repeatedly.
I created this new project to serve as a simple reminder - if you enjoy the natural beauty of our home, please
"take care of our public lands, teach respect and the importance of conservation, take only photos and leave only footprints."
Conservation International states it best - Nature doesn't need people. People need nature.
We hope that our project motivates anyone who watches it to somehow explore more of what the Earth has to offer and take advantage of nature's free therapy. And if you already do this on a regular - cheers to you. Thanks for reading and for taking a closer look. Let's continue to take care of ourselves, each other, and our home. If you're ever craving an adventure, hit me up and let's take you away...
An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity, but great fulfillment. -David Attenborough