Earth below me, Sky above me, the Fire within me | Otro | Italy
The 5 elements expedition is a one week trip for city guys that seek to disconnect from the humdrum of bustling city contexts, where smart phones and time pressure control the mind. They are guest of a self sustaining community called “La Vita Pura” (the Pure Life) that lives in the Otro Valley, hidden between the peaks of the Italian Alps and only to be reached by foot. Surrounded by impressive mountains, where the facebook friends, your job title and ego are useless. A week of digging with the bare hands in the earth, plantings seeds, cook home grown products, hike to snowy mountain tops, practice Tai Chi, meditatively cut wood, try to breathe calmly when plunging in a stream of icewater, get humbled nature’s powers by spending 3 hours in a pitch-black 100 degrees sweatlodge. Real growth takes place, where your comfortzone ends. Earth below me, sky above me, fire within me.
About the project
Jaap Duin and Raymond Landgraaf are two entrepreneurs following their dream. They invited us, Caspar Diederik and Hermen van de Waal, to visualize the first expedition of still many trips to come. I really loved the idea of going with them on this journey and explore their new concept in an experimental phase. It appeared to be a transformational experience and moreover a meaningful story to tell. I reported the trip in visuals that speak for themselves. A video is still coming up in december 2013. The visuals I shot got picked up by popular photo site Totally Cool Pix
getting many hit and likes. Also, the piece was published in a 5 pages counting article one of the most renowned newspapers in the Netherlands (VolksKrant). otro-elements.nl
#MyMauritius | Mauritius
Mauritius, a pearl in the Indian Ocean, said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. African spirit and mysticysm blent with world’s best luxury all surrounded by heavenly white beaches and the cristal clear waters. I’ve lived moments of pure bliss as hundreds of dolphins peacefully came and greet me, I’ve been stunned by the Island’s beauty circling around the island like a bird, I’ve danced to the african beat pumping of the drums around the fire that lifted my bare feet from the sand, I tasted the best of the sea, I saw as many smiles as stars on a bright night. Wasn’t it just a dream after all?
About the project
Under the flag of iambassador Thirteen bloggers and one videographer (Caspar Diederik | Storytravelers) travelled to Mauritius to live it at it’s full potential and promote this pristine island as an attractive travel destination. Via the hashtag #MyMauritius on social media channels (Twitter, facebook and Instagram), People followed our adventures and we’re able to discover how many awesome experiences are to be lived on the island
#MyMauritius is one of the largest travel blogger and social media tourism campaigns the island nation in the Indian Ocean has ever organised. The bloggers, are from Europe, South Africa, Canada and China, shared experiences live via their social media channels throughout their stay ( 23rd to the 30th September) informing their followers worldwide in real-time.
Fan Yibo blog.sina.com.cn/qiseditu & weibo.com/qiseditu
Yvonne Zagermann justtravelous.com/en
Melvin Boecher traveldudes.org
Adeline Gressin voyagesetc.fr
Emiel van den Boomen actoftraveling.com
Nellie Huang and Alberto Molero wildjunket.com
Jerry Jernej-Kelih jerrykite.com
Rob Lloyd stophavingaboringlife.com
Keith Jenkins velvetescape.com
Ishay Govender foodandthefabulous.com
Meruschka Govender mzansigirl.com
See more at iambassador
Underwater Waterfall Illusion
Photographer Unknown (via Imgur)
#Winter Wonderland | Valsugana | Italy
Have you ever imaged the place of your dreams being like a library? Where every book is a moment you treasure? And if you do it now .. what would your book say?
In Valsugana we have written a book that might be something you dream of. A cosy snowy vally, uncanny landscapes, timeless memories, heavenly food, christmas spirit and moments of pure bliss.
About the project
StoryTravelers developed a visual storytelling campaing for the Tourismboard of Valsugana
, a province in the Italian region of Trentino. We explored the area ourselves in a Voyage of Discovery
in we lived everything this winter wonderland has to offer. Back home created a visual story in which we express the spirit of the place. The video gets spread via social networks often with the hashtag #livelovesvalsugana. Also we created a Epic Photo Library
to be found on Flickr
and we’re posting these images via our network (among others in a Facebook album
). The images will be used also for print campaigns and are being used on the website of the tourismboard Valsugana
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