Celebrate the most ancient and sublime of human pleasures: moving through a mysterious, beautiful, and unknown landscape.
Not all of us have been there, and probably many of us don’t even know that such places even exit, but there is a world beyond our world! Paxson Woelber decided to show us this beauty using an intriguing and out coming beautiful technique, merging a narrative from of the writings of conservationist Robert Marshall in the late 1920’s and 30’s, with parallax photography and time lapse created by Paxson during Expedition Arguk, in 2013.
‘The World Beyond the World’ aims to blend old and new; to share the mystery, ruggedness, adventure, joy and surprise of wild mountain landscapes. Only a generation and a half ago, the mountains of the Alaska Arctic were still a blank space on the maps. Today, the Brooks Range mountains remain one of the last great, truly untouched wilderness regions on the face of the earth. We wanted to communicate the humbling and overwhelming beauty of the wilderness, particularly to those who might not be aware that such a place still even exists.
In the 1920’s and 1930’s, American conservationist Robert Marshall became the first European-American to explore and map much of the remote Brooks Range Mountains, in the Alaska Arctic. His writing, collected into “Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Central Brooks Range,” has become a classic in conservationist and outdoor literature, bursting with the ecstatic joy of discovery and Marshall’s boundless love for wild places.
The beauty of the film comes from the life given to the already vivid images through a simple but effective parallax effect, delivering an astonishing sense of depth of what lies beyond the hills.