When my dad first handed me his old, heavy black Canon, I fell in love with the sound of its clicking and the magical process of developing the prints – those moments when the picture softly appeared on the white paper, like a miracle revealed out of nothing. I have changed the camera to a digital one yet my passion still remained: to capture those moments of life forever and the beauty that lies within. In l love to capture the beauty of landscapes and people I encounter.
My travels in Europe, Asia and the US have had an existential impact on my life. Without having experienced the extraordinary variety of life through cultural diversifications and the uniqueness of light, landscape, people, vegetation, language, patterns, colors, smells, sounds and food, I would lack a great part of understanding and valueing: Life is a miracle!
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about my photo work by Eldorado Experience with Film Shots by Cedric Schanze.
Personal Story of a Seatrekking trail on the gigantic coast of Tenerife, 2015/2016
published by Eldorado Experience, a collective of creatives devoted to exceptional adventures and travel experiences all around the globe. Many thanks to Vincenzo Angileri and the Eldorado team.
This movie is a beautiful independent collaboration between Cedric Schanze (Camera), the Eldorado Team including Guille Cascante, Albert Folch and Rafa Martínez (Executive producers), Vincenzo Angilero (Editor in Chief) and Arturo Bastón (Editing & Sound) and myself (Idea & Directing). I was stunned and entirely happy how Vincenzo and Arturo, who edited this film independently, created the intensity, rawness and purity of being in wild nature while Seatrekking.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
„The term „seatrekking“ can be explained through its very name. Developed by Bernhard Wache and Martina Schlüter, seatrekking translates to exploring an island predominantly through an underwater adventure—stepping ashore only to eat and rest. And this is exactly what’s highlighted in this stunning new „Seanomads“ video by the Barcelona-based art collective Eldorado. The troupe focused their efforts on Tenerife, a central spot in Spain’s Canary Islands, situated off the coast of off West Africa. Through their lenses, they’ve captured a submerged, nomadic life. Snorkeling and free-diving factor heavily into the visuals, but there’s more here: expansive beauty pertaining to both an internal identity and the external power of nature.
There’s a profound lack of hierarchy under the water’s surface, whereas landscapes and fires above it rise with a fierceness. And while the visuals may contribute to the video’s most dramatic impact, one cannot ignore sound design here. Land-sounds tend toward the chaotic, while the drone-like underwater living oscillates between serenity and foreboding. It’s the unknown. Altogether, photographer and director Martina Schlüter, cinematographer Cedric Schanze and editor Arturo Bastón craft a narrative travel video unlike any other. And much like with other projects the Eldorado team has been involved with, the journey and the way its told—not the destination—are most important.
by David Graver on 13 October 2016
OUT NOW: VOL.1
Publication of my Seatrekking Story on Tenerife amongst a collection of other beautiful travel stories.
„Eldorado Volume One is about inspired travellers that leave their safe homes and set off to explore. With an aesthetic approach and a poetic yet informative writing, the publication gathers stories celebrating both the intimate inner experience of the travelers and the sublimity of the great outdoors from an artistic and unique point of view.”
by Gestalten Verlag, Berlin. 2012
Publication of some of my photo work from our first Seatrekking adventures on Elba Italy,
in this beautiful book about outdoor adventures by creative people.
Contribution to „WATER“: Seatrekking by AETEM. Photography 2012 and 2013
„More and more of us are turning to the great outdoors when seeking peace, balance, and a touch of adventure to offset our daily grind. The Outsiders showcases the outlook and passions of the new creative scene that has emerged and draws inspiration from this development along with its original products, brands, and ideas. The book captures the refreshing and evolving ethos of today’s smartly successful outdoor and lifestyle entrepreneurs and features interviews with key players from across the outdoor sector. Catering to modern globetrotters, these innovators are rethinking the ways in which the fundamental challenges posed by the wilderness meet the aesthetic needs of design-literate adventurers. The results are often radical, but always likeable with the occasional romantic or ironic wink.“
DESERT & JOSHUA TREE
NEW YORK CITY
US WEST COAST