This is a gallery of short films shot, edited and produced by Stephen Richert.
"Water is Life" short film from Standing Rock pipeline demonstration
I recently went to Standing Rock, North Dakota to test my Fuji XT2 where there has been a lot of controversy around the DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline). My purpose in going to Standing Rock was an independent photography documentary assignment.
I decided to test the Fuji XT2 as one camera to do everything--stills and 4k video. Still images are viewable in my Standing Rock portfolio, but this is some of the 4k video that the Fuji XT2 produces and I hope it gives you a sense of what it was like being at Standing Rock and the quality that this camera can create.
Up the looking glass
This is a short film about a recent trip I took to North Carolina (Looking Glass Rock) to train for my "main" mission-- climbing El Capitan in Yosemite in 2017. My partner Ryan also lives with diabetes and together we are hoping to support each other in our climbing goals while creating more films like this that will change the story of diabetes.
2014 Timelapse Reel
A handful of rock climbers living with diabetes set off on an adventure together to challenge the limits of their medical condition and these are some of the sights they saw. The locations are beautiful but the underlying message is what brought us all there: our desire to push back and help empower others with diabetes.
Standing Rock (DAPL Protest)
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest has been taking place just a short distance beyond the border of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. This gallery is part of a documentary photo project about the conflict between Native American Water Protectors and law enforcement--as well as the indigenous cultural revival that is growing from this difficult situation which has been going on for months.
The focus of this project is to show a more personal, human side of the people involved in the protest and what they came together and sacrificed to defend--often times at great personal cost.
The Wind River Project
The 2014 Wind River Project followed a team of climbers living with a chronic auto-immune condition, Type 1 Diabetes, as they attempt to climb unexplored routes in the remote backcountry of Wyoming. The climbers trekked over 16 miles from the nearest road with 4 weeks worth of food, gear and medical supplies into the Wind River Range where they found overwhelming seas of rock waiting to be explored--and the most voracious mosquitos in the lower 48.
The goal of this project was to challenge stereotypes about living with Type 1 Diabetes and promote being active in the outdoors as a means to better health.
Classic at any age
Hans Fuhrer is the youngest 80 year old I've met. He's beaten cancer and continues to live a creative and active life in the mountains. He spends his time hiking, biking and skiing with his camera, at a pace that most people half his age could not maintain.
During this particular shoot Hans took a break from painting his house to open up his "classic" gear vault for me and his son, Martin. The equipment he used decades ago while exploring unclimbed peaks in the Canadian Rockies came to life in his hands and words--passing incredible stories and inspiration on to us.
His experience living and working in the mountains as head of Search and Rescue for Parks Canada is the topic of a short film I will be releasing in Fall 2016
The Bugaboo Mountains in British Columbia are some of the most awe inspiring peaks in the world despite being much less known than many of their peers. This portfolio is an exploration of this alpine environment in all of its extremes as it embraces the intrepid explorer.
City of Rocks
In 2014 a team of auto-immune athletes gathered in the historic City of Rocks National Reserve in Almo, ID to explore the vertical world and create positive awareness for others struggling with chronic illness.
The Kilimanjaro Project
Project Kilimanjaro followed a team of climbers seeking to ascend the highest mountain on the African continent. Their mission and their bond was life with Type 1 Diabetes. The team was assembled from all across the globe in order to represent diverse communities and they climbed together to send a message of positivity and empowerment to others living with this condition.
No one gets up Mt Kilimanjaro without the tireless efforts of the local guides, support staff and porters. Period. They coordinate logistics to keep the climbers fed and safe.
Special thanks to World Diabetes Tour who organized this expedition with the support of Sanofi-Aventis.
DiabeteSpeaks is a special project of the T1D Exchange focused on humanizing the impact of medical research for people living with Type 1 Diabetes. This series of photographs is accompanied by a podcast where people with unique perspectives on health and medicine share their stories in hopes of informing researchers and the public about the real costs of living with Type 1 Diabetes.
This is a collection of Stephen Richert's portrait photography. Each of these was taken from a series of shoots ranging from Scotland to Southwest Utah.
Get Outdoors is a collection of adventure photography from Stephen Richert. The focus of this portfolio is the inspiration and power of nature.
A traditional musical performance in Oman; one which I had to zoom with my feet to get close to with the fixed 35mm lens on the @fujifilmx_us #x100t. I would describe my proximity to the gentleman in the foreground as "uncomfortably close". I tried a variety of shots from further away--where I felt less exposed--and they all felt kind of flat. I'm not sure if this image is proportionally better for my (our?) discomfort, but the habit of getting closer is pretty important to cultivate in getting the photos that really involve people in the scene. #fujifeed #travel #adventure #blackandwhite