Not Youtube generally, but the corner of it in which I am most interested: first-person-made outdoor adventure videos. They’ve revolutionized the outdoor industry. Before, video of any quality at all required big gear, and this big teams and big money. Now the best adventure video is increasingly on the leading edge of credibility (see the Camp 4 Collective in the previous link). Having the adventurers tell their own story is in my eyes a positive development.
Camp 4 is still playing the commercial game, and my aesthetic heart is closer to more intimate, “pure” works. These videos are works of art and of storytelling, and insofar as I view art as primarily concerned with affective communication, those closest to the experience itself are best equipped to tell it.
Luc and Roman’s videos seem to tell us that the Aniakchak trip was a particularly moving one.
My own struggle with making videos, and the main reason I haven’t taken doing so very seriously for about 6 months, is that they seem to have a hard time going beyond outdoor-themed music videos. Pick a trip, do what you can with circumstance to catch it with the camera, pick a song, and fit the three together. What narrative intentionality exists is all too often vaguely emotive only, with salient details left for the reader to intuit from the tone of the music and editing.
Roman’s video above is especially timely in this respect. It has a narrative structure which doesn’t seem overly linear or didactic, and nonetheless plays at character development and intrapersonal growth. It might show a way in which many of us can raise our ambitions, game, and the quality of our work.