Music by Cliff Martinez. "Maybe You're My Puppet" // La-La Land Records. Canon 60D. Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 VC. VSCO Film 02.
It was a long day at work and fortunately I was invited to go on a Sunday night trek out of the City. It was foggy and cold and I honestly thought of passing on the opportunity. I'm glad I didn't. The journey began and we were relatively quiet, most of us reflecting on our day. We came closer and closer to the mountain, chasing the fog, dancing with it. As we were winding up the lonely road, the sun began to break through and so did we.
At 780 meters high, Mount Tamalpais rises above the fog like a hero amongst the people. I was looking out onto the sun setting beneath a sea of mist thinking that I wasn't the first to lay on these golden hills and I wouldn't be the last. The Coast Miwok inhabited this area up until the 1880's until their unfortunate depopulation. Shamanistic at their core, they worshiped the ground they walked on and believed that all living things shared a similar spirit. Singing, dancing and celebrating, the Miwok shared a deep connection with the earth. As I Felt the warm sun piercing through the cold fog I was reminded of that connection in which we are so capable of sharing. Being surrounded by such beauty you felt like you were right there with them. In a way, my friends and I were Singing, Dancing and Celebrating as if the earth, in that moment, was sharing the Miwok's ancient connection with us.
My friends shared beautiful photos that show what the journey to Mount Tamalpais meant to them and I now share with you what It meant for me.
I was hired for a video shoot by De Cristo Productions and we fit an extra trip to San Francisco into the busy schedule. Special thanks to Fred White for his effortless creativity and resources during this shoot and also for the use of his XHA1.
I put this piece together as a memory of a great place and a tribute to our collaborative efforts. Color work was done in post.
Here at The Program we love what we do enough that it’s easy to get lost in our work. We understand the importance of creating things and telling stories that transcend our daily “to-do” lists. That is why trips like this are so important.
It’s our adventures and hobbies that drive our creativity and we want to share that with our friends and clients.