:Kymatica:

I watched a documentary today called, Kymatica. It touches on many topics in humanity and Consciousness Studies but also how it all fits within society, government, history, and our future as a species. This was the focus of my undergraduate studies as well as the priority of interest for my personal life since. When I come across new (to me) material that explains such complexities so cleanly I get really excited, connected and inspired to share with others who may be interested as well.

Kymatica-2009

In this age of free information, I believe it’s our responsibility to learn about humans and society, who we are, how we function and what we are involved in… no matter how hard, complex, self-damning or who tries to discredit or discourage otherwise. To further understand oneself is to me, one of the most important aspects of being alive. To become aware of and break harmful habits, transform the ego, grasp control of ones’ own power, truly grow to understand and therefore empathize with the human experience as a whole; with ourselves and with one other: family, friends, strangers, foreigners, politicians, even enemies…  TO EVOLVE. I also think behind all of this, it’s important to be aware of our rights as humans and citizens and the facts of history and government which influence or control most of our every day behaviors. This movie does a remarkable job breaking down incredibly complex subjects and showing the sticky inner web of humanity. Full length version is below…

 

. J e f f . R e i d .

I’ve known Jeff for 8 or so years now, introduced by a friend for our mutual connection to the same film school. Through the years, he has been a great source of information and inspiration for me in my pursuit of photography and film.

We were introduced because he was studying at the film school I was set to attend after highschool. Our friendship began as communication about what to expect at school and such but I ended up going a different route and not attending film school. We kept in touch through the years which includes him opening his home to me when I would be in LA for work (thank you again, by the way!). He has obvious skills and a great visual eye, but he is also a great guy.

Jeff grew up in a small town in Washington state. It is picturesquely surrounded by water and natural scenery as well as having numerous homes in lovely Victorian architecture. I myself have many fond memories of visiting there as a child. The diverse scenery of this corner of the globe is ideal to grow a fond appreciation for nature, lighting, and the desire to preserve such beautiful landscapes.

“Everything seems to fade away when I hold a camera in my hands; problems and frustrations seem to disappear. Trying to see the world in a unique way is both a joy and a welcomed challenge. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was always surrounded by natural beauty. At an early age I became aware of how I could capture this within a photograph.” –Jeff Reid

One thing I love about Jeff’s photography is that beyond his skill, he consistently brings scenes of unspoiled nature. He goes backpacking and hiking into breathtaking areas and documents places not many people often see. From his home state of Washington to many places across California, Mexico, all the way to his European backpacking adventure, I always look forward to his photos. I also feel comfortable and know I can go to him with questions, fears or anything as I grow into a photographer. He always tries to help the best he can and I really appreciate and respect him. I am happy to have met him and even happier we’ve stayed in touch.

“I love to travel and find that I can’t stay in one place for too long, without exploring elsewhere. Whether it’s putting a 30+ pound backpack on and trekking into the mountains, far from another human soul- or hopping on a plane and flying into an urban jungle- I get a rush out of wandering.” -Jeff Reid

“Photography is another great passion of mine. It seems to be the perfect companion to travel. My camera helps push me farther outside of my comfort zone, the extra mile into the unknown…” -Jeff Reid

He currently lives in Los Angeles, Ca and aside from his photography, his day job is a Colorist/Online Editor and he also does freelance video editing (editing reel below). Thank you Jeff, for all the knowledge you’ve shared through the years and for simply being such a friendly, chill guy :)

Reid Visions- Film Editing

Jeff Reid Photography

IMBD Profile

[Travel Blog]

B a r a k a

“Baraka”

A blessing in the form of spiritual wisdom or divine presence. Also a spiritual power believed to be possessed by certain persons, objects, tombs. Hebrew, Arabic, Swahili, Urdu, Persian, Turkish… (wiki)

Baraka is a beautifully powerful film by Ron Fricke, the same man who made “Chronos” that I posted about earlier. They are similar in that they are both non-narrative, time-lapsed films exploring ideas of nature and human existence, but Baraka is much more… intense. It is impressive, poignant, thought provoking and honest.

Baraka was made in 1992 and uses amazing cinematography focusing on the phenomena and interactions of nature and different human civilizations. It was shot in 25 countries and remastered in 2008, taking 16 months and considered by many to be one of the best quality DVDs to have ever been made. “The finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined.” Roger Ebert.

One of my favorite sequences is from the Mausoleum of Shah-e-Cheragh in Shiraz, Iran. I was stunned by the visual beauty and effort of this space.

While having gorgeous scenes that brought tears to my eyes, there are also some that were a bit difficult to watch. There’s nothing “disturbing”, but some scenes involve activities of the modern human world that are meant to be a bit uncomfortable. This film is meant to make you FEEL and THINK in possible new perspectives and broader world views.

Just like Chronos, I recommend watching Baraka in best HD quality.. and loud. I added a trailer for it below from YouTube. There are full versions on YouTube cut into parts or on other online sources. You can also find, rent, netflix, or buy the remastered HD version which really is a huge difference. Enjoy!

***All photos taken from Spirit of Baraka***

. .Chronos. .

The film “Chronos” was made before I was born however, considering its quality and eternal subject matter, that would be hard to guess. I was first introduced to this by a friend while in Europe last year and I was immediately in love. It is a visually striking, beautiful project exploring “time”.Chronos was made in 1985 by Ron Fricke using customized time-lapsed cameras, set to a soundtrack by Michael Stearns. The title is taken from an ancient Greek word χρόνος or “khronos” which translates to “time”. They traveled to five continents shooting some truly amazing places from nature, past art and architecture, to aspects of modern life.You might recognize a similar shooting style in the well-known “Koyaanisqatsi” film where Ron Fricke was the cinematographer. He also made the films, “Baraka” and “Sacred Site” (I’ll post about Baraka at a later date but I have yet to watch Sacred Site). For me, his films seem to have three things in common: provoking thought, striking imagery, and a powerful experience.

This is a YouTube version of the full movie. Like most visual experiences, I recommend watching this at best quality and loud <3 Seriously, some of these sequences rock my effing face off. So, enjoy : ) …