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Christopher Ives  Photog | Writer | Producer -------------------------- ------------------------------ Based in Denver ----- South Dakota Feelz Video:

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2016 wasn't great for a number of reasons, and with the news of Carrie Fisher's death today it seems like the year is trying for a world record of pain. But that is but one perspective.
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This year also brought me to see family and friends around the country, to hike peaks with my sister, to explore my new city of Denver, and the ability to work only for myself all year (and didn't go broke!... yet).
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'Bad' is temporary and soluble; even when the view is cold and barren there is still light, there is still color, and before we'll know it, both the past and the present will have changed.
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Still air striking out sharply with icy pricks displacing the thin vale of epidermal heat my body had formed in stillness to protect itself.
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I set the shutter open facing the blackness and waited, thinking of the potential of color and form, dreaming a reality I could not see in front of me despite my open, straining eyes.
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CLICK.
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(Taken in near pitch blackness with Sony a6300, Oct. 2016)

Max and I were trying to keep warm by the fire and I was snapping pictures of the flames, playing with the settings on the camera.
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Then I turned around and pointed the camera at the trees. I couldn't see them but I could hear the crispy edges shivering against each other.
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Turns out when you leave the shutter open for 30 seconds, light finds its way, even through the pitch black.
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I took this a few weeks ago when my friend Max and I met up in the mountains of New Hampshire. We drove up from the south at night and found ourselves at our campsite in near pitch blackness, the forests thick with leaves.
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The leaves were just starting to turn down in Connecticut, but supposedly it was better up north. But right now it was all black, and we needed a fire not just so we could see our own hands, but because it was cold too.
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Stay tuned for the next image in this mini series - The fire had me thinking about light, so I tried something's new.....
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Feelin South Dakota vibes for a few days on an impromptu visit to my home of yesteryear. .
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Long horizons, long distances, complex relationships. Growth and loss. This place opened me up raw to life's ups and downs.
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If you haven't seen it, check out my short tribute video to #SouthDakota - link in bio.
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BIG NEWS FOLKS!
I'm officially launching my YouTube channel to the public. It's been about 6 months in the making โ€” AND โ€” there's already a full five episode PRE-SEASON + new vlogs, mini docs and reviews coming out every week.
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The 'Pre-Season' was all shot without intention beyond the desire to document. I had no plans for it. It chronicles my journey to the mountains to meditate in silence for 10 days before ultimately moving away from my home in South Dakota.
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If you're looking for some fun, thinky, pretty stuff to look at, click the link in my profile and subscribe!
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Or just go to YouTube.com/christopherives
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Music for the preseason and this video by @robotgraves โ€” Thanks!! ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
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Tonight I went to see one of my all-time favorite bands, @caspianofficial. It was everything I wanted and needed, and I have a little story I'd like to share.
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It had been a stressful few weeks for a variety of reasons. And, after the results of the election came, I half expected a poor turnout and grumpy attendees at the show...
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Earlier today I found myself with an extra ticket. After unsuccessfully pawning it off on friends, I just showed up outside the venue and yelled out to the crowd assembled in front of the venue: "Free Ticket?!" .
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A guy came up and grabbed his buddy who was about to buy one. I figured I might as well put some positivity out there today, woulda gone to waste otherwise, right?. The guy seemed surprised and happy. And when we got inside, he bought me a beer. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿป
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Then I see another guy do the same thing: Ask the waiting crowd: "Who wants a ticket?" And someone takes it, seems genuinely happy, and later I see the lucky ticket-winner buy that nice guy a beer too!
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On the day when I most expected to feel despondency in the world, I saw and felt kindness in strangers. And then dear friends....
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.....CASPIAN blew everyone's mind. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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...It was quite possibly the best concert I've ever been to. I giggled and teared up and I yelled and wooted and stood solemnly with my arms folded. I was shoulder to shoulder with other humans and let my mind flow and fold with the music.
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Music is medicine. Tonight was great.
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oh heeey @cityofdenver, may I say, you look quite stunning this afternoon!
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Warm leafy colors and a cool blue sky.
#NewEngland at its best.
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I always take the back roads when I have the time, and sometimes when I don't. Giving myself time for small adventures is a luxury I try to afford as much as possible. There is so much to explore. .
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The fall is strong with this place... I don't remember it being THIS colorful when I lived here, it's absolutely intense!! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚If you can get out to the mountains of New England this week, do it!
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...from the UNH Trail, a great ~3-4 mile loop trail smack dab in the middle of White Mountain National Forest.
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Now a quick stop in Boston and then down to CT! .
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#newhampshire #newhampshirephotographer #peakfoliage #fall #fallcolors #autumn #whitemountains #exploretocreate #optoutside #adventurephotography #nationalforest #newengland