September 20, 2014
As those of you who have spent time looking at my imagery, moving and not, have likely picked up on an attention to detail and elements of precision. This is something I hold most true, that no video cut is ever 1 frame off (1/24th of a second), and nothing extra is an image. Along this path, the music I choose to marry my images when assembled in slideshow or video form, is also precise. The combination of two senses receiving the same emotional information yields a response in the active viewer/listener that is what really in art I think we are all trying to achieve. An amplification of the emotions, the connections, the understanding of things in our vision and our minds, a synthesis of senses.
Here are a few slideshows and videos of the recent past exploring various elements of what drives my work and vision and that of our film production company, Dendrite Studios. We recently launched a new site and look for Dendrite Studios, bringing in the spirit of the raven and the creativity they derive into our brand of making kickass videos.
Electric Blue – a photographic look at Antarctica from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.
Scale Independence – a look at the creativity of the natural world from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.
Deep Winter 2014 slideshow by Nicolas Teichrob from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.
Nicolas Teichrob 2013 Deep Summer Slideshow from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.
STAND film Trailer – a surf and SUP documentary about a threatened coast from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.
Coast Mountain Culture – Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine Promo from Dendrite Studios on Vimeo.
The Electric Blue World of Antarctica
April 7, 2014
In November of 2013 I was fortunate to head to Antarctica on a One Ocean expedition. This trip was through a generous prize donated by One Oceans, given to STAND for winning Best Film at the 2013 Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films. Anthony and I both went on the trip and it was really an experience that is barely describable. I communicate emotions, thoughts, feelings through my art, and using the camera as a tool, I focused on the rich colours of the frozen continent. Although other colours occasional presented themselves (for a future post on oranges and reds), blue and every imaginable and unimaginable tone and vibrance of blue is in existence in Antarctica.
I present The Electric Blue World
Kauai – a photographic journey
April 2, 2014
Over the Christmas period of 2012/2013 I spent a few weeks on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and it’s geology and landforms reflect the time it has been exposed to the erosive forces of nature. Steep spines and gullied mountain ridges, gigantic and lush vegetation and beautiful waves. One really cool unexpected thing happened in an equipment accident that I continue to use as a tool ever since. Here is a snapshot of my visit.
And the Trees Spoke
February 2, 2014
I like to walk with a stick. Not a walking stick, just a stick. A bit bigger than a twig, but nota branch. I use it to feel the ground around me. the smoothness of the ivy and the clustered feel of their stems spreads across the forest floor. the water, fluid and sharp, dances over the rocks with exact precision. The quartz crystals in the rocks, worn down from lengthy travels, roughly smooth and consistently unique, share history lessons with those willing to feel. The trees, tall and handsome, some crooked, some horizontal, but they are all there and they are always there. Nowhere else do they need to be or exist. Their thoughts need not wander or imagine or explore, they know their role, they know who they are and doubt of such does not exist. In fact, all of nature does. The cedar grows forever until some force gives it a new purpose on the forest floor. Fallen but never forgotten, rather than live in regret and sadness of its lost role in the sky, as a place for beautiful ravens to nest and fly, it knows, understands, and takes on its new role instantaneously. Moss, lichens, bushes, ferns, and new trees grow on its back, sharing the strength and knowledge of its years with the younglings that those around it have birthed. The maple, what purpose does it serve, living only a short while before the rot in its base will inevitably bring it to an abrupt resting place? The shadow of its summer leaves cool the stream for fish habitat and its fallen body creates debris to slow the flow. Slow the flow. You see, the purpose of all of these trees, ferns, rocks, and water is full and complete and entirely necessary. Nothing is ever thought or considered or questioned, the goal and reason is uniform and certain. Venture forth into the forest, stop, listen, and hang out with the gentle giants as those willing to listen will surely learn.
These images are from a trip to Avatar Grove near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island. I had been to Renfrew to surf before, as was this trip’s goal, but never made it out to the grove. It’s actually a really easy place to get to, a lot of signs, and the trees, well the trees are incredible. Ancient cedars, firs, hemlocks….giants! The variations in the technique of these images outline at times clustered mind with which I shot these pictures. The forest has so much power and I’ve attempted to showcase some of that power with these photos.
And then we found a little slab.
STAND teaser, open your eyes and ears to the Great Bear Rainforest
November 20, 2012
A quick little update with STAND teaser that we just completed. More collaborations with the final output than ever before and we are super stoked. To join the team, head over to http://indiegogo.com/standfilm to contribute. Defend our coast, no tankers, clean oceans for all.
The archipelago of Haida Gwaii
August 27, 2012
In June 2012, I spent nearly two weeks traveling through Haida Gwaii, B.C., on a sailboat. This was my first time on a sailboat and it would be for a solid 10 days straight, so I was hoping we would hit some good weather along the way. I think if i were to describe my experiences in Haida Gwaii, it would take way too long for anyone to read. I’ll save those written words for something more editorially appropriate, and provide most of my story telling in the form of images. I like telling stories in various ways, but at the fundamentally simplest level, photographs remain my trump card. Photos are timeless pieces, capturing a bit of history. History that will never be repeated exactly.
The totem poles throughout the watchman sites in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve are such incredible things to be amongst. These ancient cedars saw 10,000 year old rich and complicate culture of the Haida people in its peak. Complex class systems with rules and regulations and a deep appreciation and respect for art and creativity. With the arrival of Europeans, collapse of the First Nations people was quick via diseases that their immune systems had no way of fighting. An estimated 95% of the Haida people perished from illnesses such as small pox. Cultural genocide was attempted by the government at the time, but the Haida stood strong, albeit in small numbers, and now their culture is on the rise again.
The ocean provides so much. More than anything for me, it provides a place of solace. Without a doubt, the single best place for me to retreat to in times of mental mazes and chaos, is the ocean. A coastal rainforest is the next best substitute. Sea lions and sunstars shared a majestic glassy day on Hecate Strait with Norm Hann, slicing his way through the calmest waters I can imagine. It was a real treat to have this special day where Norm paddled from Burnaby Narrows all the way to SGang Gwaay, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (pictured below in evening light). In typical coastal fashion, the next day the winds were howling at 56 knots, thats 100 km/h. Do we really want super tankers traveling in seas with 100 km/h winds? Nope.
A rather nice way to end our film shoot in the most logistically difficult shoot of our lives to date, with evening light on the massive onlooking totems of SGang Gwaay.
.an evening in kyrgyzstan.TRIP 2
February 28, 2012
After 7 days of ski touring from our yurt in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, we skied on the funnier 20 minutes of my life. We deciding to ski all of our gear out from the yurt (some of which horses brought up), which yielding some hilarious moments of crashing on log and horse skidded snow roads, creeks, and horse shit. The evening light made it extra rad. After our ski back to the home-stay, Schumacher and his barely-alive-do-everything vehicle arrived and we drove home in clear skies and awesome light. What followed is what follows in pictures. Explanations not needed.
Evening play by play:
I keep on finding myself describing Kyrgyzstan as many trips within a trip. There were so many individually unique experiences throughout the trip. As a result, I am going to share these experiences in blog posts like this one and the workshop piece.
Kyrgyzstan workshop.TRIP 1
February 22, 2012
After 26 hours in airplanes, I finally touched down to Canadian soil a couple of days ago. Kyrgyzstan was fantastic, but it feels good to be home after being on the road for a while. One of my favourite parts of traveling is the unexpected. Upon our arrival in Karakol at Yak Tours guesthouse, I stumbled across the owner’s workshop. Entering this workshop was one of those unexpected moments aforementioned. A workshop that filled the senses with more than one could take in. Here is my morning representation of this incredible time capsule of Soviet past and Kyrgyz present.
Kyrgyzstan, why was I there? Where is that? Between Russia and China lies Krygyzstan, a country filled with great people and some big mountains. I was there capturing skiing with 40 Tribes Backcountry, along with Mike Hopkins, Izzy Lynch, Leah Evans, and filmer Anthony Bonello. Ptor Spricenicks – Zeus, and Roddy kept was entertained and safe in the backcountry Stay tuned, as this trip filled with many little treasures will surely be creeping up on my site for a while.
Thanks to The North Face for supporting this project and to G3, Arc’teryx, Dakine, and Smith Optics for helping me kick it in our mountainous adventures.
This is TRIP 1 of a series I am sharing as there were so many trips within the one Kyrgyzstan overall trip. Many individual moments, like this time in the workshop, will be popping up on my blog.
Approaching winter, bike films and random adventures
November 1, 2011
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. There is still enough daylight to get a lot of activities crammed into a day. Mountain bike trail conditions reach the apex of primeness, surf begins to pick up with regularity to the pulsing swells, and the air smells rich with anticipation as winter approaches fast. This is a time of year that rather than put the bike away, I get a chance to bring it out more and ride for fun. At the same time I get a chance to explore surfing to a greater depth and catch up on everything that got pushed to the back burner at the end of summer. Winter is coming and I am very stoked to ski this year and expand my horizons in the skiing world. Fall is diversity…or maybe diversity is an old old wooden ship used during the civil war era….or maybe Ron Burgandy’s definition wasn’t quite correct.
To start off the results of the diversity that Fall presented, here is a short video produced as Dendrite Studios from a heli trip to TLH heliskiing with Epic Planks. I finally got a chance to finish up the edit in time to release this piece and get everyone jonesing for pow! My first heli-ski trip, this adventure was all time, skiing pow and eating like Kings.
After the TLH edit, it was back to the mountain biking world to help finish up ‘From the Inside Out‘ by Secondbase Films (The Coastal Crew + Anthill Films). My role on this film began as a photographer, and I’d shoot the odd video here and there. As it was time to nail down The Coastal Crew’s segment, Curtis took a very bad crash and put himself out of production. Then a couple of weeks later, Norbs crashed and broke his foot. This left Dylan as the only person who could get into the zones to film, but also the only person left to ride. As a result, I happily hopped into a much larger role as cinematographer, and Logan was a big help firing the remotes for the photos. The production timeline for Inside Out was insane, way too tight, but we managed to get it all done without too many sleepless nights.
As a result of all of our travels and bike shooting, I have a number of new magazine publications to share. Kyle Norbraten’s train gap nailed Photo of the Month in The Red Bulletin, as well as two spreads in Freeride Germany magazine Gallery (Oregon shot below plus the train gap); Darcy Turenne‘s Dakine ad came out with a bunch of shots from a recent trip to Bolivia, and Kenny Smith’s Fox train gap jumping ad can be seen online, in Decline, and Bike magazines. As well there are gallery images and spreads in the current MBUK, The Ski Journal, and Spoke Magazine.
Darcy Turenne Dakine Ad, Bike Mag, Oct 2011
The Red Bulletin - Kyle Norbraten train gap, Oct 2011
Kyle Norbraten in Freeride Magazin (Germany)
photos from bolivia.
July 25, 2011
Here’s a few photos from a recent trip to Boliva with Mike Hopkins and Darcy Turenne. Enjoy.