A video Buck Ross recently edited about Claudia Folska, PhD. Claudia is a blind woman who studies how people navigate built environments, without sight. Using echo location and other non-visual "paths", she explains how she moves not only through cities, but through life.
This video was a digital extra for a written article in Wired Magazine. All shot by friend and local photog phenom Jamie Kripke.
At 4am on August 20th my brother-in-law Zach began running. 24 grueling hours later, after 100 miles of Rocky Mountains he finished the infamous Leadville Trail 100. In addition to completing one of the toughest races out there, Zach and his wife Kylie are in the process of adopting a child from South Africa. This race was part of their fundraising efforts for a donation to the orphanage. Way to go Zach!
During the race my father-in-law Scoot shot all this video and asked me to edit a short piece they could share with their supporters.
Back in the Summer of 2008, I worked on the production of Body Trek a short film that examines the physiological changes that take place in a person's body as they climb a 14,000 foot Colorado mountain. This film is part of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's permanent exhibit Expedition Health and is on display there in an object theater with an ultra-wide screen.
We used two Sony F900 HDCAMs with prime lenses mounted together on a single plate to create a panoramic setup. The two images were shot slightly overlapping and were later stitched together to create the panoramic image used in the film. The tripod alone weighed 65 pounds and the entire rig took a good 4-5 people to carry. It was so fun to work with this kind of technology and image quality high in the mountains. The end result was something we were all very proud of and will be on display in the museum for years to come.
Back in the winter of 2008 I was lucky enough to be an cameraman for a documentary called Blind Skiers Edge. It is a film about Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to ever climb Mount Everest, his technique for skiing, and the state of blind skiing today.
I had met and worked with Erik on many projects before so I was used to regularly being inspired by him and his audacious adventures. What was really unique was the day we filmed a group of newly blinded Iraq & Afghanistan war veterans as they stepped into skis for the very first time. These wounded soldiers, who had giving their sight for our country, nervously approached this new challenge. They were learning to deal with their new disability in real-time, before our very cameras. When they each skied down the hill alone for the very first time and with arms raised triumphantly, realize they could still do anything they put their minds too, blind or not, I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. It was one of the most truely inspiring things I've ever witnessed.
This is a preview of that film, in a poor resolution, that has nothing of the soldiers in it, but I hope it at least gives you the basic idea of what it means to ski blind.