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Build Your Legacy

Add to your legacy everyday by setting and accomplishing your goals.  We're all writing our own autobiographies whether it be on paper or through conversations and activities.  The question is . . . will your tale be exciting or mundane when it's told?

Thank you Gage Golightly for the notebook, it accompanies me on all my travels.

Get Outside

Director Amon Barker grew up exploring the mountains, valleys, and deserts of New Mexico and developed a passion for the outdoors. He was drawn to photography in order to share his experiences with the landscape. Along the way he met others with a similar connection to the environment even when living very different lives. When we came up with the concept for the Human Nature short it was very simple. We wanted to create powerful images of the natural world that would remind viewers of their connection to the land and it's personal meaning to them. We hit the road on a series of production road trips and the story of the edit unfolded through our journey. None of us will forgot the moments along the way. View more by visiting: www.apresvisuals.com License our work at:

https://app.nimia.com/profile/apresvisuals/ Full Credits Director: Amon Barker Production: Après Visuals, Amon Barker, Karissa Tuthill Cinematography: Amon Barker, Tim Barker, Brian Morrison Talent: Demi Petersen Editor: Amon Barker Original Music: Madelaine German, Adam Schmidt Sound Design: Scotty Beam, Cleod9 Music Titles: Eric Bucy, Kailey Tuthill, Scott Sutton

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The Power of Sunsets

From Jason Silva's "Shots of Awe" series on Discovery Channel's TestTube Network.

"Attention, if sudden and close, graduates into surprise; and this into astonishment; and this into stupefied amazement." - Darwin Join Jason Silva every week as he freestyles his way into the complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon To Patagonia

"I want to be aware of everyday I'm alive."

I hope that this film is a healthy nudge for people to shake up their lives a little bit. Jed's radical choice to quit his job and ride his bike across the world is a perfect challenge to the rest of us to get out of the routine and make some scary decisions. If you're afraid of a decision ahead of you, you're probably on the right track. Choose it. ! Follow Jed's adventures @jedidiahjenkins My Instaspam @kennyjamez

Ballagàrraidh: The Awareness That You Are Not at Home in the Wilderness

The story of humanity is a move from the countryside to the big city. But it's happened so fast that a part of you still remembers Eden. That longs to leave your car idling in traffic, and flee into the wilderness.

The Global Society

I had the good fortune of being exposed to numerous cultures and countless history lessons while growing up, and because of this, I think I was given the opportunity to see the world from many different perspectives.  Now in my 30s, I continue to travel and expose myself to as much of the world as I can.  Whether it's close to home or in the middle of nowhere in a remote corner of the planet, there are cultures and traditions worth experiencing and memories waiting to be born.

 Colonia, Uruguay

Colonia, Uruguay

When you first embark on a quest, whether it's one of curiosity or one of travel, you start to notice that there are two different breeds of people.  The first of the two consists of those that like to stay close to home and are either afraid of or have no desire to experience the world beyond what they've become accustomed to.  They stay within their bubble and if they do happen to venture out, they appear uncomfortable and remain tethered to home in one form or another.  If and when they travel, they tend to stick to all the typical sites found in a travel guide and never venture out to experience real local culture. If they're in New York they'll visit the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Big Ben in London, etc . . . and they'll eat at major chain restaurants which they probably frequent back home.  This is an extremely boring way to travel and see the world, yet when these people return to their homes they will speak of their experience as if it were really exciting, while recommending the same trip to everyone they talk to.  The reality behind this kind of travel and this breed of individual is that they really aren't trying to learn anything new because they lack true curiosity and have no interest in experiencing local life.  They enjoy telling people where they've been, even though in most cases they know nothing about those places.  Instead of exposing themselves to new experiences, they bring what they know with them on their journey and return home as the same uninteresting person they were when they first set out.

 The Narrows | Zion National Park

The Narrows | Zion National Park

The other breed consists of the more adventurous types.  This doesn't mean they're roaming around the globe seeking near death experiences, this just means they're comfortable being uncomfortable and willing to immerse themselves in whatever it is they're doing.  If they travel somewhere new, even if only for a day, they live there for that day.  They don't visit a place, they make it their home for the duration.  People of this breed make new lifelong friends wherever they go.  When I cross paths with one of these individuals I immediately notice something different, yet familiar.  It's as if we both were part of the same fraternity or grew up in the same town.  Although we may have never met before, we feel an instant connection.  The reason for this is because we're both part of what I'll call the Global Society.  People that are members instantly recognize each other without saying a word.  Even though we may have spawned from different corners of the globe, our roots are embedded everywhere.  Some people that are part of this worldwide club may have never traveled a day in their life, but they possess an inquisitive nature and desire that expands their horizon beyond where the sun sets.  It's always refreshing to stumble upon such individuals and share stories while at the same time adding another chapter to your own captivating autobiography.  When parting ways you both feel like you've learned something new and know that you've made a friend for life, a friend that will most likely relate to you more than most of the friends you grew up with.  The Global Society is the closest thing you'll find to a utopia, it's a place where race, religion, and politics have no relevance.

 Mendenhall Glacier | Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier | Alaska

Members of the Global Society are some of the wealthiest people you'll ever meet, regardless of the monetary value of all their assets or what they have in the bank.  These individuals are a wealth of knowledge and experience.  These people keep you humble and modest and constantly remind you to ditch the blinders and look at the world with eyes wide open.

Klexos: The Art of Dwelling on the Past

Your life is written in indelible ink. There's no going back to erase the past, tweak your mistakes, or fill in missed opportunities. When the moment's over, your fate is sealed. But if look closer, you notice the ink never really dries on any our experiences.