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In South America ~ Vincent Urban

June 5, 2014.Oliver.0 Likes.10 Comments

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“Early 2012, we started a journey to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Southern Brazil in our old and rusty Landrover. Once again, we brought our DSLR cameras and some gear to capture every great moment of this trip. Lots of winds, emptiness, pampas, bustling cities, animals, deserts and waterfalls – all wrapped up in just under 6 min. Enjoy the ride!” ~ Vincent Urban

And what a ride it is! A patchwork of moments woven from captivating visuals, the pulse of cityscapes as well as the tremendous power of nature, motion and emotion, faces and places – all nestling between the magic of music which seem to slowly climb a hill and inhale the view before paragliding all the way down into the valley…

Mano del desierto / Desert hand by Juan Eduardo Donoso

Mano del desierto / Desert hand by Juan Eduardo Donoso

“In South America – 2012” is a remarkable film and a wonderful piece of retrospection, depicting the marvels of a journey that covered a good part of this diverse continent. The three friends Clemens Krüger, Stefan Templer and Vincent Urban decided to swap home for a temporary life on the road, travelling around the world in their Land Rover, keen to capture the essence of places and people on film. The “maiden voyage” for the trio in the four-wheeler marked their trip to South-East Asia in 2010. Time and again they have been travelling, telling stories from the road through the lens of their cameras and offering their particular perspective on different corners of the world.

Path of the sun

Four months in South America has been compressed into a stunning 332 seconds symphony of impressions. Starting with a sunrise coffee, over a campfire under a canopy of stars and morning breeze in gentle highlands before finishing with the fading headlights of their vehicle in the very same spot from the beginning. In between lies a visual tightrope walk between scenery and street corners, deserts and cemeteries, glaciers and rooftops, wildlife and stray dogs, waterfalls and shop fronts, waves and walls, hot springs and abandoned trains. The scenarios switch between nature and urban, silence and noise, vastness and altitude, the marvellous and the mundane. A flip-book of memories that indicates quite well the contrast, diversity and density of experiences as well as the impressive distances and shared solitude.

The almost kaleidoscopic portrait is hold together by the phenomenal soundscapes of Olafur Arnalds. The Icelandic multi-instrumentalist wraps the images into layers of magic, amplifying the positive emotions evoked by the imagery in a most wonderful way.

Some of the footage from their South America trip has been turned into another edit, build around one of the most memorable ordinary phenomenon they encountered especially during their time in the far south of the continent. “In South America – Untamed Winds” shows the incredible wind in Patagonia along with quite a few more visual milestones from their journey.

If their film project doesn’t cause an itch to go to South America, you must have been there already. If this is the case enjoy the epic trip down memory lane right now…

Comments (10)

  • Jessica - Notes of Nomads . June 19, 2014 . Reply

    Thanks for sharing this amazing video, Oliver! I read your description first and it made me want to watch it. 🙂 I recognised a lot of the places in this video, even though I haven’t been to all of them myself (on the list!) I have to find out where that desert hand is! That looks pretty cool! We are just starting to get into video now, so thanks for this dose of inspiration which I’ve just consumed with my morning coffee. Very apt for your site, I must say. Your tagline doesn’t lie. 😉

    • Oliver . June 19, 2014 . Reply

      Hey Jessica, thank you so much for your lovely feedback! The imagination you actually enjoyed the read and video along with your morning coffee fills my heart with joy and puts a lovely smile onto my face. And so does your tagline remark… *sigh* 🙂
      Glad to hear you enjoyed the wee journey of the mind! I only can imagine how captivating the video must have been for you considering the fact you actually have been to quite a few of these places already. Here’s a link to the Desert Hand, quite a mind-boggling sight indeed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mano_del_Desierto
      Thanks again for popping by Jessica and your kind words! It means a lot and I hope our virtual path will intersect every now and then… 🙂
      Enjoy Bulgaria and good luck with your “vlogging” activities. I’m sure this can add quite an interesting layer to the “Notes of Nomads” and your shared experiences. Looking forward to following along!

  • Charlie . June 19, 2014 . Reply

    I’ve been trying to watch this video all day and it’s still won’t stream on my not so hot internet connection! I got to watch the first 30 seconds and now I’m hooked and distressed that it won’t stream me the rest!! gah!

    • (Author) Oliver . June 19, 2014 . Reply

      Oh no Charlie, what a pity! Did you already try watching the video on Youtube!? Maybe it streams a bit smoother there:
      http://youtu.be/ZB5o_B7MqbE
      An alternative option might me downloading the video via a browser add-on. However, this only would be a good idea if you are on a flat-rate and there’s no download limit since the video file might be quite big actually.
      I really hope you can watch the video, it’s so worth it! Finger crossed and keep me posted…

  • Britt . June 21, 2014 . Reply

    Such an awesome video! Thank you for sharing, Oliver. We’ve been wanting to go to Buenos Aires for some time now, but we want to save up so we can explore some other parts down there as well. It seems like such an epic place on earth.

    • (Author) Oliver . June 22, 2014 . Reply

      Oh yes Britt, the video captivating indeed! Saving up and exploring a bit more of this corner of the world sounds fantastic. To be honest, we are planning the same, so how about meeting for some “vino tinto” in Buenos Aires next year!?? 🙂

  • Charlie . June 21, 2014 . Reply

    Oh what a silly I am, I didn’t even think to try and stream on YouTube! Worked much better!! Thanks =)

    Thought it was an incredible short film, really loved the shot of the clouds in the mountains, and of the children dancing in the water.

    • (Author) Oliver . June 22, 2014 . Reply

      Hey Charlie, glad to hear YouTube worked for you and you have been able to watch the film! These guys captured so much emotion and ignite and spark the very same… Oh joy! 🙂
      So in case you are run out of ideas what to do or where to go next, there’s myriad of ideas and places waiting for you… 😉

  • Illia . June 23, 2014 . Reply

    Wow, amazing video! And I’ve never heard of Mano del desierto, it’s insane!

    • (Author) Oliver . June 23, 2014 . Reply

      Hey Illia, thanks for popping by and glad you like the film! The “Mano del Desierto” looks surreal indeed. I didn’t come across it before actually and consider adding it to the ever-growing “bucket list” as well…
      Have fun working on yours and “exploring this crazy beautiful world”! 😉

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