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PHOTOLUCIDA: CRITICAL MASS TOP 50, MY SELECTS

November 19th, 2010

Picture 1The selects have been out for a little while, but it took me some time to go through all the work and pick the ones I like. Some are journalistic, some represent an important story, some are oddly creative, and some just look beautiful. All are worth scrolling through to the end to read each project’s summary.

Last year I was selected as one of the 2009 Critical Mass Top 50, for my series on the Inupiat in the town of Kivalina, Alaska. One image from that series, the whaling boat, was kind of happenstance. I walked to the edge of the ice, stood by that lone boat beneath a moody sky and began making frames. I centered the boat and leveled the horizon, until it felt “good.” A few minutes later, the hunters moved their second boat to the water’s edge, disrupting the frame.

I am a self-taught photographer with no formal training, and I tend toward the literal and the journalistic…as is my line of work. When I make a photograph, I’ll think about what I see in the viewfinder, but I’m usually just going off what “feels” good.

It’s with that caveat that I present my recommended image sets from this year’s Critical Mass Top 50. The images just “felt good.”

Click through the jump for links to my selects.

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ALL I CAN: NEW TRAILER FOR UPCOMING FILM

November 11th, 2010

This came through FaceBook, and was first released on the Arc’Teryx website, a company making high end technical outerwear, harnesses, backpacks, etc. that is kind of like the Mercedes Benz of the outdoor industry. They also support film projects, like “The Season,” a series my friend Fitz Cahall produced with Bryan Smith.

This is a ski film with purpose, says the website, and you can see it in the six minute trailer. Since I think I’ll actually be in Seattle this winter, it got me thinking of some skiing. Lu, even though she’s only alpine skied one day in her life, is going to give the back country a shot. (I’m excited).

Back to the film. Skiers and alpinists are seeing the effects of climate change first hand. This film purports to hook in outdoor enthusiasts and skiers alike with all the action, then deliver a message about being responsible and doing not just something, but “All I Can.” I like some of the techniques in this trailer; they use a lot of time lapse, slow motion, and aerials, plus have some well-timed cuts to the music. I have to say, after my time working on multimedia production in NYC this spring, I look at films much, much differently now. Blessing or curse, I’m not sure…

I hope they do a good job with it. Not just the ski-porn part, but the message as well. Speaking of which, I just read an article in Outside about Jeremy Jones of Jones Snowboards. Looks like somebody grew a conscience.

Anyway. I don’t do big mountains, but I’m psyched to ski the back country this winter, and I hope this film gets others psyched to do all they can for the environment.

(Looks like Arc’Teryx had all videos pulled down except what was on their cover page. Too bad you can’t embed this version. Click through to their website for the trailer.)

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