Below is the 3rd and final Portrait for now as I am becoming overwhelmed by work on a range of projects! The one was shot after an early morning sunrise shoot on a trip in Nepal in 2008. I was there shooting a film on the Nepali Womens Kayak Expedition and on one of our days off I headed up a hill near Pokhara looking out towards Machhapuchhre. This old man was just sitting chilling watching the morning go by. Enjoy, Josh
-Old man – Photo © Josh Neilson
Over the past few years I have been photographing my adventures and the people I meet along the way. People’s faces and expressions have always interested me so I have started pulling some old shots out from various missions to share with you all. Here is one I shot in Nicaragua in 2007 while on a surfing trip down there. The man is a walking guide up Mt Maderas (1394m).
Photo © Josh Neilson
During a trip to Thailand in 2010 I was behind my video camera a lot and shot some footage of this lady tending to her livestock. While I was filming Toni George shot a photo of her and I have edited it here. I wish I had pulled out my SLR and got some shots too but I think Toni has done a good job here. I cropped it down a lot to get the final product.
Photo © Toni George
Gudvangen BASE site – Amazing day!
– The view from the top! Jokke in front right after take off
So things have been so busy in the last week I haven’t had time to post anything! Firstly Extreme sports week started here in Voss and it was raining pretty hard for the start of the week meaning a lot of the comps were postponed or canceled! Luckily we were able to shoot some sweet kayak footage and get some edits done! My job for the week not only to film my own film was also to film and edit the ‘Todays videos’ for kayaking in the festival tent. I was stoked to work with Julian, Hugh and Finn to make some funny films and was stoked that I was awarded Best film of the Todays Video!
With the bad weather I was forced to shoot the interview with Jokke Sommer indoors but the content was great and it shouldn’t be too bad in the final film. With a bit of good weather on the way we headed out to Gudvangen to film some BASE shots. Day one was not a big cliff and Jokke just busted out a double back flip into a straight base without his wingsuit. Then it was back to work with kayaking the next day for the race where we busted out a quick edit on the race mixed with a bit of dancing!
– My ride for the day
Luckily the BASE day was postponed to saturday and I was able to fly up to Gudvangen exit point and film there! I was up on the lip of the cliff all day and watched all the jumpers have sweet jumps! Jokke busted out 2 sick lines one left and the last to the right buzzing the cliff and trees on the way down with his buddy Tom. From here we flew back to Voss in time to gear up for Prize giving where Sam and Toni won their head to head races and I got a sweet new Gopro for best film.
– Teams race prize giving
Next up was Fat Freddies Drop in concert and the rest is history! What an epic week of filming and hanging out with awesome people! So inspired by all the sick athletes out there doing what they love! Stay tuned for more updates as the film is coming together fast now! Stoked on all the support from people who have made this film happen so far! Big things on the horizon!
– Team Gopro on take-off – Such nice guys!!
– Jokke checking his wingsuit
– Base day 1 – Most chill people I’ve met!
-Brothers Sutton at the teams race
After a short stop in Vail for Teva Mountain Games to watch the Kiwi’s dominate the kayak races again I headed back to California for a week to sort out computer troubles and get ready for Norway. With a day to spare my computer was returned with a new hard drive and none of my programs but luckily I had all my footage backed up! On Wednesday the 15th June I boarded a plane to Bergen, Norway and after 3 flights and a short train ride up the valley to Voss I was sitting with a beautiful view over the lake in Voss at Mike and Margis Abbott’s house. A late night was spent catching up on old times then at 1am with full light outside it was time to catch some rest after the long journey!
Mike on the first drop of ‘Double Drop’ on the Urdlandselva
– The boys scouting ‘Double Drop’
-Mike on the first narrow entry to waterfall
On Saturday we went out to film some kayaking and the first river was too low but ended up filming on the Urdlandselva and got some great shots. Today was spent over the other side of the lake shooting the interview with Mike for his segment in the film. Inspiring answers and I’m looking forward to matching it all to sweet footage within the film!
-Mike talking about kayaking – Its good!
One of the cool quotes from the day was “These feelings can last for the rest of the day, and on into the night. But I love the thousand yard stare expression. After a big day on the river with a lot of nervousness, highs, focus and elation there is little left but to sip your beer and grin stupidly”.
We will be filming more kayaking this week and then its time to focus on the BASE segment from next weekend onwards! Check back soon for more updates!
– Below the normal takeout
-Julian and Mike scouting
– Filming with Alison Gannett in Colorado
I have just finished spending a few days near Paonia, CO with Alison Gannett for the ski section of ‘Transcendence’. It was a super cool time and interesting working with her.
More coming soon!
– Brisbane city central with some cool big ball sculptures
Week one has gone good so far and Im excited to see the film taking some shape. I arrived on Sunday and Kurt who I went to high school with picked me up and we went back to his place. With Monday here in Australia being a public holiday I had some extra research time so I chilled out at the house so I was ready to go the next day! I met up with Dr Eric Brymer on Tuesday to talk over the thesis and the film so we were on the same page for shooting on Wednesday. It was great to hear his thoughts and and was able to get a better understanding of his work! Thankfully Kurt had a spare car and a navigation system so making my way into the city each day was not too much stress! We then spent Wednesday shooting the interviews which will act as the structure and educational backing for the film as well as a bit extra just incase.
I spent the evening logging the footage and backing it up on multiple hard drives so I don’t loose any.
We had Thursday set aside incase we needed to reshoot anything but it all seemed to be in order so that was cool. No doubt as the film comes along i will come up with more questions and things so lucky Brisbane is pretty close to NZ and I can return later if needed!
Today I jumped on the train and headed into the city center to check out the sites! The Art gallery and Museum were amazing and the city center was the busiest street I’ve ever seen! I had to laugh a bit as my reason for being here is to shoot a film exploring alternative theories on extreme sports athletes contradicting the “Crazy” perceptions out there.. As I sat in the main street watching all the suits weaving their way through the other suits to get some food and exercise in during their 30 min lunch break it reassured to me that my lifestyle choice is far from “crazy” and especially compared to these people!
Tomorrow I jump on a plane for a short stopover in Auckland before I head on to the Bahamas where ill meet up with William Trubridge for the next part of this adventure! Keep looking back here for more updates!
– Inside a exhibit at the Brisbane Art Gallery – room with mirrors and glowing balls
– Even in a place with no water I found a waterfall! Cool painting!
– Advertising sculpture for lighting exhibition at the Brisbane Library
– Brisbane Casino – tried my luck but didn’t manage to up the funding for the film! oh well..
-Looking up from the depths below
Week one came and went and it was time to get back on the plane for the next destination!!! With a short stop over in NZ I was off to the Bahamas. Five flights later I stepped off the plane onto Long Island. 130km long and about 6km at its widest and home to the deepest blue hole in the world. This is also home to NZ born William Trubridge, a world record holding free diver.
My plan for this part of the trip was to come out here and interview Will and shoot him in his element. Day one started at 10am as we headed down to the Deans Blue Hole for a daily training session and I was keen to check out how I was going to get the shots I needed for the film. I did a bit of diving round the surface and to get an idea of what was going to work.
– Will catching some air after a dive
On the Island right now is a guy called Ken and another guys called Brian. These guys are super nice and cool to hang out with! We went out after the dive to celebrate Brians dive for the day getting a new personal best depth! This was my introduction into Bahamian cuisine – Conk salad and a Conk burger! AMAZING! (Conk is a large shellfish – The shells I saw were bout 20-30cm long!)
In the evening we went down the road to where Will likes to do his yoga and breathing exercises! White lime sand cliffs right on the sea as the sun went down… Priceless!
– Sunset yoga on the coast
Day 2 was time for some dive footage. After filming a bunch with the Gopro underwater on day 1 I noticed the round lens that Gopro have on their cases do not film underwater very well at all??? Seemed strange for a waterproof camera but luckily Will had a case with a flat lens he had from somewhere else and that worked a charm and we got some sweet shots!
The guys dived up and down and I ran around the cliffs and in the water getting everything I could and came away with some great stuff!
-Free dive under the shelf in Deans Blue Hole
Im making the most of the days here and since I had been up to film the sun rise I thought I’d head up the hill and film the sun setting too! Epic days here in the Bahamas!!! These are a few still frames from the footage shot over the past couple of days! Enjoy and keep checking back for more updates!
– Brian, Ken and Will adjusting the bottom plate depth
– The guys swimming out to the platform