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The Problem of the Wilderness

The Problem of the Wilderness

I went to Alaska for New Year with my friend Dan; we spent a week travelling North from Anchorage by rail, 4×4 & light aircraft. I took along my A7SII for the trip.

Towards the end of 2016 I desired a trip disconnected from technology & work, somewhere ‘into the wild’ that I could disconnect somewhat from life in London. After our Tens sunglasses (tens.co) campaign shoot in Mexico in December, I headed North to Vancouver and spent Christmas snowboarding. Alaska looked like the most logical stop after that for a week or so in the wilderness. The more (little) I researched and booked, I realised I should probably take a camera with me, but didn’t want to be inconvenienced by all the gear I usually travel with – FS7, 16mm kit etc. So just took the basics – instagram.com/p/BOm8XjQDs02.

The verse is from a book I found in our cabin (instagram.com/p/BO31pi9hiJp) that really resonated with the journey. Marshall was an environmental activist who wrote extensively about Alaska in the early 20th Century.

Photos from the trip: instagram.com/getdeluxe

The Problem of the Wilderness – Bob Marshall, 1930

It is well to reflect that the wilderness furnishes perhaps the best opportunity for pure esthetic enjoyment. This requires that beauty be observed as a unity, and that for the brief duration of any pure esthetic experience the cognition of the observed object must completely fill the spectator’s cosmos. There can be no extraneous thoughts—no question about the creator of the phenomenon, its structure, what it resembles or what vanity in the beholder it gratifies. “The purely esthetic observer has for the moment forgotten his own soul”, he has only one sensation left and that is exquisiteness. In the wilderness, with its entire freedom from the manifestations of human will, that perfect objectivity which is essential for pure esthetic rapture can probably be achieved more readily than among any other forms of beauty.

Everything is shot on the Sony A7SII, often with the Zhiyun Crane 2 axis gimbal. I used 3 lenses: Sony 24-240/4-5.6, Sony 10-18/4, SLR Magic 50/1.1. I shot in PP8 Slog3.Cine colour with CINE4 Gamma, graded with DELUTS (deluts.com) in Premiere.

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Cast: Tom Welsh

BLACK SKIES

BLACK SKIES

A young woman believes that the tornado that destroyed her town is coming to unite with her in a strange moment when reality and fantasy change places.

This is a surrealistic movie, and a lot of scenes are open to interpretation.

Directed by: Alejandro Adrian

Starring: Ashley Beloat

Cinematography and Camera Work: Alejandro Adrian and Vinay Reddy

Production Assistants: Lee Bevan and Vinay Reddy

Story: Alejandro Adrian

Screenplay: Alejandro Adrian and Ashley Beloat

Music: Inspire by Rockamusic. Royalty free license.

Visual Effects: Alejandro Adrian and Martin Mirola

Tornado Design: Martin Mirola

Special Thanks: Malissa Young and Mike Young

and my Dad: Orlando Lemon

Camera: Panasonic GH4

Settings: Natural Setting

Lens: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

Cast: Alejandro Adrian

A Drowned Forest Exposed 4K

A Drowned Forest Exposed 4K

Close to my hometown of Caledon is the 7th largest fresh water catchment dam in South Africa, the Theewaterskloof Dam. With the completion of the dam in the 1980’s, together with farm houses and infrastructure, a forest of pine trees were flooded on the banks of the river and eventually died. These dead trees has become quite famous amongst photographers and provide fantastic photo opportunities when water levels is low. It is a mere half hour drive for me and a favourite shooting location ever since I started photography. I know this landscape like the inside of my hands.

In the beginning 2017, reports started to surface in the media of a drought gripping the Western Cape Province. The Theewaterskloof Dam provide the greater metropol of Cape Town of fresh drinking water and it was at it’s lowest level ever since completion. The water situation was growing dire and the drought proved to be the worst experienced in the area in 100 years.

Having shot a few time lapse clips at this dam at the end of 2016 when it was still 60% full, I decided to travel the 50 kilometers to see the dam’s level for myself. Arriving at the location I was shocked at the devastation a mere 2 months of drought has caused on the water level of the dam and I decided to document the drowned forest which were slowly rising out of it’s watery grave. I also felt an obligation as a photographer to bring the drought closer to home to people who cannot see it for themselves, but also to document a landscape which is usually hidden under water.

In the first half of this short film, I returned to the same compositions I shot 2 months before. My vision was to compare the landscapes and show the devastation of the drought. Having to search and find the exact same tree in a forest of thousands of dead trees proved to be quite difficult. Some of my searches took me hours to find the correct clump of trees again, but comparing the two clips side by side later on I was not disappointed by the effect seen.

The latter part of the film is dedicated to the beauty of the drowned forest. Landscapes which are usually under water and will, with time, be swallowed up again by rising water levels. Who knows how many years before they will arise again. If they arise again… Many trees are at that moment of becoming rotten and of crumbling. This landscape may not be seen again in the future.

This project took me three months to complete. It is now the end of March 2017 and the water situation in the Western Cape is dire. While writing this, the dam’s level is at 20%, 10% of which is usable drinking water. We have a forecasted 60 days of water left and our winter rains is not forecasted to arrive for another 90 days. Everyone is saving water, but it may not be enough to save us from our pipes running dry eventually. Only time will show.

This project has reminded me of life’s yin and yangs. To appreciate the yang in life, we need to experience the yin. Nature is teaching us a lesson. We need to take notice and learn from our mistakes and stop wasting our resources.

Location:
Theewaterskloof Dam, Hottentos Holland Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa

Filmed, edited en directed by: Liesel Kershoff
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Behind the scene’s shooting this short film: eepurl.com/cH3a0z

Music:
Alexandr Shumalev – Beautiful Dawn
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Technical information:
Nikon D750
Nikon 16-35mm
Lee Filters
Emotimo TB3
Shukuma slider
LRTimelapse Pro
Lightroom CC
Premiere Pro CC

Available in 4K.

For licensing please contact Liesel Kershoff either through Vimeo or the CONTACT page on lieselkershoff.com website. Alternatively use my direct email lieselkershoff(at)telkomsa(dot)net (Please, no freebie requests)

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2017 © Liesel Kershoff

Cast: Liesel Kershoff

Jeremiah

Jeremiah

En hommage à Hermann, Lauréat du Grand Prix d’Angoulême, Holymage a mis en scène l’univers de la bande dessinée Jeremiah dans un environnement réel grâce à la vidéoprojection.

Nous avons imaginé un récit original à partir de plusieurs albums de la série. Après avoir extrait les personnages des cases sélectionnées, les scènes ont été animées puis projetées sur le vif dans un site industriel désaffecté d’Angoulême.

Le tournage a eu lieu durant l’édition 2017 du Festival International de la BD.

Cette création propose un rapprochement entre la bande dessinée et le cinéma à travers un processus mêlant animation, vidéomapping et prises de vues.

Un grand merci à Hermann et aux Editions Dupuis pour leur aimable autorisation.

JEREMIAH

Conception et Réalisation : Antoine Géré
Opérateur Vidéomapping : Kevin Vardon
Assistant Réalisation : Hoon Kwon
Equipe Technique : Jon Cottray & Melchior Saunier

Musique : Mani2 – Demolisha Studio

Cast: Holymage

Rural Iowa Skies

Rural Iowa Skies

This time-lapse film features some of the most peaceful scenery found in Iowa. We spent countless hours capturing and editing these shots to truly capture the beauty of Iowa through all the seasons. From meteor showers and lightning bugs to brilliant sunsets at some of our serene ponds, it’s easy to spot the beauty if you slow down and look around. Even in the cold winter mornings there is plenty to explore and discover if you keep your eyes open.

Cast: ELEMOTION Photo

Space Sex is Serious Business

Space Sex is Serious Business

We’ve done almost no research into this area, but human reproduction in space is going to be key to us living on Mars.

See the full article here: fivethirtyeight.com/features/space-sex-is-serious-business/

CREDITS

Design and Animation: Tom McCarten (tommccarten.com)
Research and Narration: Maggie Koerth-Baker
Writer and Producer: Christine Laskowski
Sound Design and Music Editing: Redhorse Studio
Art Director: Kate LaRue
Production Support: Tony Chow, Lila Cherneff, Jorge Estrada
Copy Editors: Colleen Barry, John Forsyth, Meghan Ashford-Grooms
Senior science editor: Blythe Terrell
Production Manager: Catherine Sankey
Director of Video Development: Ryan Nantell
Assistant Cel Animator: Luke Toth

Produced for fivethirtyeight.com

Cast: Tom McCarten

COSTA RICA.

COSTA RICA.

COSTA RICA – In March 2017 we traveled for three weeks trough Costa Rica. From Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero at the Caribbean coast to la Fortuna, Monteverde and the Pasific coast. Finishing our trip in the most remote part of the country, Corcovado. Costa Rica has over 30 percent of its national territory marked for conservation, one of the highest ratios in the world. Because of this, nature and wildlife is everywhere.

Camera: Panasonic GH4, GoPro Hero 3 (drone shot)

Music by musicbed.com

Cast: Joren de Jager and Musicbed