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    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

    By Eliel Hindert


    The road has been my home for the better part of my adult life. That elusive space not quite here or there, but simply a collection of moments in between.

    Let’s rephrase that. The road has been where I’ve felt most at home for the better part of my entire life. Sure, I’ve had homes during this time period, even signed a few leases despite my better judgement. But it’s always that momentum, that inexplicable excitement of stepping over a threshold and knowing you won’t return to that place anytime soon, or ever, that keeps the movement constant.

    Above: Eliel Hindert threads a forest of needles into the volcanic crater of Ulleung-Do Island, South Korea. Photo: Garrett Grove

    The trips I go on are driven by the outdoor activities we all share a love for—skiing, surfing and climbing top the list but certainly don’t fill it—and often the goal of capturing a very specific moment in action via video or stills. Skiing spine lines with sunrise light can demand a week of snow camping in Chile; daily five-hour treks up the flanks of a peak to wait for a break in the weather in Japan; or a single turn with a very specific composition in British Columbia. The narrative for these shoots is often centered on a single objective and our journey to achieve that objective, or perhaps no narrative at all. A well-trodden path in action sports.

    It was on these trips that I often found myself standing, staring, chatting or simply wandering in between shots. I would get lost and find the environment itself was the most interesting character I could ever imagine. Whether it was the dizzying pace and mechanics of a fish market in Korea, standing still in a pulsing river of human bodies in downtown Tokyo, or the deafening quiet of open spaces in the American West, these fleeting moments between objectives always stuck with me.


    Carston Oliver makes his way to the summit of the island’s highest peak, one step at a time. With the Sea of Japan to his left and a snow laden crater to his right, these are steps worth relishing. Ulleung-Do Island, South Korea. Photo: Garrett Grove


    Night falls after having traversed most of the island on skis and the only way back to the lodge is in the bed of a utility truck. Carston Oliver and Eliel Hindert take it the sights along the way, in both memories and pixels. Ulleung-Do Island, South Korea. Photo: Garrett Grove


    The Gone Tomorrow series became a byproduct of those moments. I added my own camera to the mix of whatever trip I was on, with a simple personal objective and set of rules. During those in-between moments, try to capture the place and the experience of moving through it. Let the viewer feel more participant than observer. Then use spoken narrative from local authors and music from local artists to highlight the energy of the place. At the very least, the videos offered a memento I could relish personally. At most, they might inspire others to take a few extra steps and few extra moments in an adventure of their own.

    With that extended introduction, I hope you enjoy these first three mementos from Gone Tomorrow.


    Watch Gone Tomorrow | 1.1 | Skiing Korea. Video: Eliel Hindert


    Watch Gone Tomorrow | 1.2 | Skiing Japan. Video: Eliel Hindert


    Watch Gone Tomorrow | 1.3 | Skiing The West. Video: Eliel Hindert





    Eliel Hindert grew up in Utah’s Wasatch Range, then wandered north to the coastal mountains of British Columbia for an education in both the classroom and outdoor environments. Today, Eliel balances the demands of professional skiing with the deadlines of writing and video production.



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