Breathtaking landscapes, unique vanlife moment, mythical roads driven by van, turquoise lakes in the middle of the mountains, cities atmospheres, endless deserted prairies. This is what you see in our videos. But there are also the parts that we don't show you: walks in the dark and in the cold to capture the morning lights, the drone that can't fly because the battery is too cold or the number of times that we have to record again and again our talks in front of the camera because of the blowing wind (usually after big hikes when you are very tired).
The amount of inspiring pictures on social medias makes us sometimes forget about what's behind these perfect shots. This master shot quest makes us forget about the place we really are and the moment that we are actually living. There is a question that remains unanswered from the beginning of our trip: how do we find the right balance between shooting our expedition and enjoying it?
So naturally and gradually we spend almost all our time shooting and taking pictures.
The trip preparation was pretty long and intense. I had time to visualize myself living the adventure after so many stressful months. I was making up nice life moments and even if I knew that nothing would be perfect I was not realizing that our shooting and editing moments would take so much space. Of course nothing is perfect (and that's for the best). We started to spend a lot of time in our project Wild Wild Wheels since the beginning of our trip. It really matters to us and we are trying our best to produce videos that we are proud of. Sam and I really want to make our relatives and all our followers travel so they can escape from their routine the time of a video. So naturally and gradually we spend almost all our time shooting and taking pictures.
The question that I am asking myself today is to know if we are enjoying an experience the same way behind a camera? Do we see the same thing through a lens than with our eyes? I personally don't think so.
The camera forces us to be creative and to put ourselves out of our comfort zone.
There is this filter that prevent us from contemplating and from being aware of what we are looking at. The camera forces us to find the right composition, the good light and the right moment. We have to concentrate through the lens and it gives a certain way to our energy to shoot the perfect picture. Once it’s done we look at the landscape one last time and then we leave. But what is going to be left in our mind? “You remember that moment? Yes, the time where I had to do a front camera and that I missed the sunrise’..”. Are we going to remember the landscape and the moment that we lived? Or only the picture will be stuck in our mind?
On the other side if you take our camera from us the doubt is setting in : “it would have been so great in pictures” or “it’s a pity we don't have the drone with us because it would have been perfect”. We love shooting and taking pictures, that's a reality. The camera forces us to be creative and to put ourselves out of our comfort zone. It allows us to capture moments maybe invisible to the eyes. And when photography is a passion it’s hard to keep the camera in the bag.
Being aware of the present moment can bring up many questions and at the same time it's terribly needed.
Where is the right balance then? When do we decide to leave that camera in the bag? When is it the time to take it out and immortalize these moments? When a bear is crossing a road and when you are lucky to witness it, is it better to have a tear in your eye because you are contemplating him or to cry because you did not take your camera at the right moment? Finding the right balance is very complicated for us. And I think it's really important to find it. Otherwise you are getting lost. It's more and more rare to have memories that you can't find in any picture or video. At the same time it's so nice to skim through a photo album. For now the solution that we found is that sometimes we force ourselves to keep the camera or the iPhone in the bag for a day or two. And that's when you realize the surroundings around you and the luck we have to be able to live this experience. Being aware of the present moment can bring up many questions and at the same time it's terribly needed. It allows you to put things in perspective.
Sam and I still have to find that balance that will allow us to enjoy our trip better and to avoid spending all our time in our project. Productivity is a good thing and reaching our goals is a nice leitmotif. We will still make the most of Wild Wild Wheels for sure. But it's important I think to know where you are heading to. Completing successfully our project is part of our goals. Taking the time to relax and to enjoy is another one that we tend to put on the side too often. Our goal today is to not have regrets no matter the way we decide to live this experience.