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John Barnhardt

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” –Mary Oliver

This is one of the quotes that John Barnhardt lives his life by. As a cinematographer, Barnhardt travels the world in pursuit of adventures for “Born to Explore,” which airs every Saturday at 10am on ABC. They just wrapped filming on the third season. He won an Emmy Award for Best Cinematography in a Daytime Television Series. All this from a man who began as the teleprompter at the local Channel 4 TV station.

His photography began as a way to quickly share the incredible moments he witnessed during filming in locations like India, Australia, Morocco, Iceland, Tanzania, Indonesia and more. The experiences, the people, the animals that Barnhardt encountered changed him fundamentally. He realized that his photography was an opportunity to connect viewers with a moment, and hopefully inspire them to do better, to pursue a dream, or to show compassion and empathy.

As we looked through Barnhardt’s images, and the stories that accompany them, we wanted to show rather than tell. The words stop here, but for John Barnhardt, the journey is just beginning.

words: Stacy Huggins

John Barnhardt, Mt. Kilimanjaro, 13,000 ft

The Breadmakers were all volunteers at a Sikh temple; they make bread and food for thousands of people.

I waited almost an hour for this image, for him to put his hand on his face.

The people will change you and the landscape will move you. The animals will make you believe in something more than your own worth.

Adrian Shine pursued the Loch Ness Monster for 30 years; he is a true expert on the monster, one of the most interesting and sophisticated men I have ever met. I felt very lucky.

Posted in Visual on July 16, 2014 (Summer 2014) by admin.

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