When I trod the paths through nature’s greatest, I find places that eternally mark my heart, the places that change my very being and dictate the way I choose to live. They stay with me more vividly than almost any experience in the human spectrum. And the magnitude of this discovery keeps me forever plodding down Earth’s secret walkways.
So I’ve done some traveling with these two feet, and I’ve started to create a visual story using maps. Here is the beginning of my “Map Diaries”, a story I’ll keep writing for the rest of my life.
Recently, a CMC member asked me how I grew to love the outdoors. After thinking about it, I replied: “I owe it to Mr. Payne, my high school cross-country coach.” That conversation got me thinking about other people who shared inspiration and encouragement: my college buddy who convinced me to go on our first backpacking trip together, a friend who invited me to go rock climbing, my supervisor at Outward Bound who challenged me to take up sea kayaking, etc. These people shared their passions with me and encouraged my life-long learning in the outdoors.
My name is Ani Yahzid and I am a filmmaker and student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. For my next endeavor, The Exposure Film Project, I will be setting out to influence the social norms around outdoor recreation in order to encourage more multicultural urban millennials to explore nature. I’ll be traveling to Olympic National Park in June (2017) with a hip hop Artist, Namaste, and his Producer, Keelan, from Atlanta, GA, and we’ll be filming a series of short films about outdoor recreation through the lens of Urban Culture.
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