Life All In - Ep 02: bull riding with John Calhoun

Life All In - Ep 02: bull riding with John Calhoun

"Life All In" Ep 02: bull riding with John Calhoun at the Snowmass Rodeo in the Colorado, Rockies.  Produced with David Clifford Photography for Snowmass Base Village.  Shooting a small town rodeo is fast paced with a short and action-packed program including bull riding, mutton busting, bronc riding and barrel racing.  It's a quintessential western cultural event to attend during the summer season in Snowmass.  Bring your cowboy hat and be prepared to be entertained!  Enjoy this short two minute edit for some local flavor.  

Behind the News "Chairlift Rescue in Colorado"

Recently a fellow slackliner Mickey Wilson made news headlines when he used his skills to rescue a friend dangling by his backpack from a chairlift at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado.  For his heroic efforts, he was featured on Ellen Degeneres, Good Morning America and other major news outlets.  This short video piece goes along with a story in the Guardian UK and was photographed by David Clifford. Video produced, shot and edited by Anders Carlson.  Slackliner Micky Wilson.  Music by Sunfeathr. 

350ft Slackline in Slowmotion

350ft Slackline in Slowmotion

A day of playing in the park with these rad kids always results in some beautiful images.  None more spectacular than the slow motion video recorded in Boulder Colorado.  The line was 350ft rigged with marathon webbing on two trees with anchors at approximately 15 ft. Slacker David Persico usually known for his rodeo lines makes this beast look easy with time slowed down to appreciat the perspective a line of this size gives the slacker.   Slacklife!  Enjoy!!!

I had a chance to walk this 350' line and with a crossing my best effort slacklining to date.  Ive walked a football field on a slackline!  

Anders walking his longest line.  Boulder Colorado, 2016

Anders walking his longest line.  Boulder Colorado, 2016

A 350ft longline from above. Boulder Colorado, 2016.

A 350ft longline from above. Boulder Colorado, 2016.

 

 

Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography

Animals have always been captivating us.  They are depicted in the first cave art from approximately 30,000 years ago.  Today, we make them our sports team mascots and they star in our movies.  Our fascination with our beastly co-inhabitants is well founded and well rounded encompassing all dimensions of our blue dot.

Over the course of my time with a camera I have collected images of animals in their habitats. Not only is the final image enticing to the eye but the stories behind the image is usually quite interesting as well.  Immense knowledge can be learned from observation of the natural world.  This and many other reasons that I have pretty much fallen in love with the entire animal kingdom. Also they are just super cute. 

A young colt at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary where thousands of wild horses roam free. This youngster learned to walk within 30min of his birth and is just getting his first teeth in this image.  South Dakota, 2011.

A young colt at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary where thousands of wild horses roam free. This youngster learned to walk within 30min of his birth and is just getting his first teeth in this image.  South Dakota, 2011.

A black bear climbs a tree to gather berries in Grand Teton National Park. Each fall they gorge themselves on fruits and berries, paying little attention to any humans that might be watching them. In a rare moment, he looks towards camera and shows his beautiful face.  Wyoming, 2013.

A black bear climbs a tree to gather berries in Grand Teton National Park. Each fall they gorge themselves on fruits and berries, paying little attention to any humans that might be watching them. In a rare moment, he looks towards camera and shows his beautiful face.  Wyoming, 2013.

An American Bison stands taking in the sun rays in Yellow Stone National Park. To capture this image as the herd neared us eventually crossing the road and river in front of us, I stood on the roof of the car as we drove through their midst.  Wyoming, 2013.

An American Bison stands taking in the sun rays in Yellow Stone National Park. To capture this image as the herd neared us eventually crossing the road and river in front of us, I stood on the roof of the car as we drove through their midst.  Wyoming, 2013.

An Osprey sits atop its nest platform near Grand Teton National Park.  The bird inhabits much of the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. They are known for their ability to dive and capture fish with deadly accuracy.  Wyoming, 2013. 

An Osprey sits atop its nest platform near Grand Teton National Park.  The bird inhabits much of the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. They are known for their ability to dive and capture fish with deadly accuracy.  Wyoming, 2013. 



Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography

Only in the last few years have cameras been freed of their usual constraints.  Drones are a unique camera platform utilize many other technologies such as GPS, Gyro stabilizers, and long range wireless transmitters to enable never before seen perspectives.  This "aerial perspective" gives new meaning to many of the activities that people have created to explore the planet earth. Free to move like the imagination we can see both the vast expanse of the highliners surroundings and the close up of his personal experience as played out across his face.  This fluid perspective is critical to storytelling in the outdoors. 

Over the past year, I have worked with Falkor Aerials based in Boulder Colorado.  We operate several heavy lift octocopters capable of carrying today's high-end cinema cameras like the Red Epic, Sony FS7 and others. Check out www.falkoraerials.com for your aerial photography needs.

The aerial perspective frees the camera to see an object or building in its Environment. 

The aerial perspective frees the camera to see an object or building in its Environment. 

Downtown Denver shot at night from several hundred feet up at night with a slow exposure causing minimal traffic blur.  

Downtown Denver shot at night from several hundred feet up at night with a slow exposure causing minimal traffic blur.  

The Fruit Bowl in Moab Utah hosts Gobble Gobble Bitches Yeah an annual highlining and BASE jumping "boogie".  Aerial perspective allows looking down and it on the scene while keeping the sense of vastness that you experience while standing on the edge of the 400ft cliffs that these slacklines and the double hammock called "thug mansion" that was the brain child of Sketchy Andy Lewis and the Moab Monkeys.

The Fruit Bowl in Moab Utah hosts Gobble Gobble Bitches Yeah an annual highlining and BASE jumping "boogie".  Aerial perspective allows looking down and it on the scene while keeping the sense of vastness that you experience while standing on the edge of the 400ft cliffs that these slacklines and the double hammock called "thug mansion" that was the brain child of Sketchy Andy Lewis and the Moab Monkeys.

Ambassador for Good

Ambassador for Good

A life well lived is full of meaning, and clarity on important issues.  The issues that strike me as most important for us and future humans are climate change and human rights / peace.  I look into my past and see images speaking to the betterment of marginalized peoples. Visuals commenting on the human condition and our impact on earth.  

If you are a character in need of eyes, ears or a mouth to tell your story, please find me.  

If you are a brand wanting to tell its story, must be B corp or triple bottom line companies that support people, planet and profit.  

To this end I have taken up a brand ambassadorship for Green Guru Gear in Boulder Colorado. I'd like to give a shoutout to Green Guru for their sustainable business practices in producing cycling gear out of used bike tubes and other recycled materials.  Their business diverts waste, in the process creating products for people to enjoy.  Check out www.greengurugear.com for their full line of rad bike products. 

If you are an outdoor brand with a mission, give me a shout about working together.   

Finding Purpose: A Rebirth

Finding Purpose: A Rebirth

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There has been an awakening. Somewhere deep within lies a compass which guides each individual on their true path. Through a turbulent several years, I have emerged: refocused on critically important issues of our time.  This path for me includes work that is meaningful internally and externally. This path is challenging and creates growth within the individual.  My experiences have led me to yoga, meditation and martial arts as a way to ground into the experience of being human. Pictured above, I sit with the Buddha at the Shambhala Mountain Center located near Fort Collins, Colorado.  This is a powerful place as it is the resting place of one of Tibetan Buddhism's founders in the west, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He was recognized as an realized "crazy wisdom guru" in his short 48 year life, he escaped from Tibet and brought his teachings to rest in Boulder Colorado at Naropa University and other land centers scattered throughout Europe and the United States.  

While I would not consider myself a buddhist follower of Shambhala or it's king Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, I have met the man and he has great wisdom to offer our world.  His name literally means earth protector, how cool is that? Check out his book, "Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life".  Regardless of your beliefs, finding a teacher or Guru is of the upmost importance to a life well lived.  

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