Hey! Thanks for checking this out. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Ryan. Nice to meet you! I'm an editorial and commercial photographer based in Texas and I'm glad you're here.
My "why" has always been simple; to explore the most remote parts of Earth and see what stories need to be told. Exploration is at the heart of everything I do and gives my work purpose. That purpose now takes me on a 4000-mile journey North where I'll be driving Max, my 4Runner, from Texas to Alaska to begin the next phase of my career in storytelling. Welcome to Mission North. (We've got stickers! And YES you get one!)
Mission North is the realization of my dream to explore and document the Polar regions. Working in Alaska and across the Arctic will expand my career as a photographer, drone operator, and documentary filmmaker, allowing me to capture the changing environment through a multimedia approach and create lasting change through powerful storytelling. Who's excited about pictures of polar bears, caribou, and whales?!
Alaska is one of the most captivating terrains in the world. It is home to magnificent wildlife, unique environments, and indigenous communities. It is tremendously important in the world of conservation and powerful storytelling helps magnify critical issues and amplifies information.
I am developing two stories with conservation organizations that will come together in the form of a photo story and short film. That’s where you come in!
Conservation concerns are often complex and require knowledge from numerous people to help understand the heart of an issue. Time and trust are crucial when developing relationships with those you hope to work with. Your support will enable me to get in the field and navigate the complicated logistics behind Arctic travel. Your contributions will pay for gas, food, travel expenses, equipment rental fees, permits, and fair pay for local partners who help me gain access to Arctic communities.
What it comes down to is this: Your contributions allow me the time to create a character-driven film that shows the realities of Arctic ecosystems and connects on a deeper, emotional level ensuring a broader audience understands the importance of protecting wildlife environments.
So what do you say? Will you support me and Mission North and help get me to the Arctic?
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