The Geography We is a story.It’s a story told by Caldera youth.It’s a story that comes to life with voices, imagination, and creativity.It’s a story of connection to Caldera, school, family, community, and each other.It’s a story expressed through artwork and the power of the creative process.
The universe is born of fire. Some fires we conjure, some we capture, and some grow wild. Others transform. A forest begins to heal itself after a fire; a once-still volcano erupts with power and beauty; soft, moldable clay becomes a sturdy structure in the heat of a kiln. How do you transform? What sparks you? How are you a part of transformation around you?
The sun is central to all living things on Earth. It is constant.We each move through life with a spark of sun inside us and our gathered light intensifies when we are together. Like the sun, we are dynamic and powerfully bright.Where is your brilliance? What is your energy source? How do you respond to flares and outages in your power? How do you shine?
Life is wild, and it is all around us.Among the animals, we learn to be tender, tough, and creative. Their beauty and diversity inspires us to great works of compassion and art. Wildlife helps us understand our unique position in the world–and to treasure nature everywhere it flourishes, even within ourselves.
The land is a great gift–and a great responsibility.It has always been our home and our most important resource. Our food, our water and our shelter all come from the earth. Its beauty inspires us–from its soaring, snow-capped mountains and deep blue lakes to its vast plains and rolling green hills. There are new mysteries to discover every day in the ground beneath our feet.
Students met at the Caldera office for a check-in and a quick primer on documentary filmmaking and the use of GoPro cameras. Students then loaded into the van and began shooting video as they drove from downtown Portland to the Columbia River Gorge on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Our first stop was Vista House. Students collected shots of the gorge and distant shores of Washington. Next, we drove to the Latourell Falls trailhead and explored a 2.5-mile loop that led past multiple waterfalls and followed a flowing river. Students were instructed along the way in collecting dynamic moving shots and using natural lighting appropriately. At the upper falls, students plunged the waterproof cameras underwater for sweeping shots of the aquatic world.
Students: Batman, Foxx, Lil Red, and Tsunami.
Location: High School Workshop at Latourell Falls