I am about to waste your Monday. After you watch these 3 films by Vancouver-based Ben Gulliver for Canadian surf/skate brand Sitka, you’re gonna wonder why the deck under your bed is dusty, the flyrod in the closet hasn’t seen a stream in months, and the board hanging above your sofa hasn’t been waxed in a dog’s age. Once this is over, you’re gonna want to pack the car and head north, or west, or south, anywhere but where you are. You will be dreaming of tall pine trees, golden bears, gorgeous barrels, and sun-kissed girls who skate better than you. You will want to light up and recall your halcyon days of youth when falling down and falling in love was the whole point. You might stand up at your desk and take a cheap shot at your boss and storm off heading for that forest you used to play in when you were ten before they bulldozed it to make endless tract homes.
Just finished watching, SPOIL, by the Pacific Wild and the International League of Conservation Photographers. It’s an amazing adventure through the Great Bear Rainforest (the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest and TWICE the size of Yellowstone park) in Hartley Bay, British Columbia, to support the coastal Gitga’at First Nations’ fight against a proposed oil export pipeline from the tar sands by Enbridge Energy. There are a number of important species in the rainforest including grizzly bears, marbled murrelets, mountain goats, northern goshawks and tailed frogs.
Here is the trailer:
“In the challenge of just 10 days, these world famous photographers capture the iconic wilderness and wildlife of this suddenly threatened landscape.”
The mission of the ILCP is to further environmental and cultural conservation through ethical photography. And they’ve rounded-up some of the best photographers in the world to bring attention to the environmental issues. The group has a number of interesting ways to mobilize including; RAVES (Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions) and Tripods in the Mud/Sky (which lends photographers to conservation initiatives). In SPOIL, the photography of Thomas Peschak stands out for his expedition below the rivers of BC.
In this memorable documentary, the iCPL photographers go on a RAVE and document the First People’s life on the land, the rainforest and its denizens, including the infamous “spirit bear”, a black bear with recessive genes that make it albino or white–though golden might be more apt. Two beautiful scenes include the First Nation members of the Gitga’at fishing for salmon and trout, and a “spirit bear” guide assisting a National Geographic photographer to document the bear of legend.
A longer excerpt from SPOIL below:
I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska, but I’m now considering taking a trip to BC instead in support AND to fish for “humpies” (pink salmon) in Hartley Bay. The eco-friendly King Pacific Lodge and Gitga’at are in a mutual partnership–the Gitga’at are in fact, “hosts” of the lodge in the preserve. Coho and Chinook salmon are also apparently abundant, though the lodge recommends only one halibut per guest (they say they are at LEAST 40 lbs. anyway).
Thanks Wildwood for the find.