Prana Lens

California - January Edition

Ali Rogers

In early January I flew out to LA to film a trailer for Public Transformation - a cross country documentary art project highlighting the work of rural based artists and community builders.  Inspired by the results of the election and the divide between urban and rural America, Ashley Hanson (Placebase Productions) set out in a mini school bus to collect stories across the country, from CA to Washington DC; in part, to better understand rural America, but also to learn from creatives who are already bridging gaps in these communities and engaging with neighbors who stand for the other side.  

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As Ashley states in the video, "arists have a unique perspective and set of tools to help push that conversation forward".  Her hope is that this can inform and inspire us to work together for small towns across America in a way that benefits us all.   

Take a peek at the (noisy..) trailer we filmed en route from LA to Arizona!  Gus the Bus is not so quiet when she cruises, so you get the pleasure of feeling like you're there with us...!  For more info and to hear stories collected along the way, visit www.publictransformation.org 

While I was in the area, it only made sense to cruise up to Santa Barbara to spend my 30th by the ocean with friends - and of course, Rincon!  I want to spend a month living in a surfer's attic space or backhouse near Rincon, spending every day shooting, surfing, and creating projects.  Who wants to hook a girl up?! 

In the meantime, photos. 

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Reverent Waters

Ali Rogers

A passion project to recap 2016. 

I have a reverence for the ocean and vast landscapes. This is no surprise to anyone who comes across my work!  It taps into something deep and pranic that I don't have words for, but these guys [in video below] did a pretty good job of putting language to it. 

Immense gratitude to Rob Bell, Kia Miller (Radiant Body Yoga), Cameron Brown (My Wave Addiction), and Brian Laidlaw for taking the time to sit down with me and share your thoughts on these topics. Here's to a new year ahead where, in spite of the moron who is stepping into office, we will honor and fight for the wild places that we love more than ever.  Let'sencourage and remind each other of the essential role nature plays in our lives - even on its fierce days!

Water Baby Waylon

Ali Rogers

In June, I connected with author Wallace J. Nichols, a fellow water-lover whose work I greatly admire.  Nichols wrote the international best-seller, Blue Mind, which is a scientific exploration of water's powerful impact on our lives in all areas - emotional, spiritual, physical, relational, professional, and more.  He invited me onboard to create some videos for his next book, The Seven Ages of Water, which takes the ideas from Blue Mind and goes even deeper.   I won't spoil it for you, but I did get around to filming a sweet little video of a baby playing in the water in slow motion, for the first of the seven stages of water that Nichols' next book (and fundraising campaign) is based around!  Star of the video, Waylon Rodvold was named after Waylon Jennings, and his mama Emily - of Lift Creative - was the one to help design and bring PranaLens to life four years ago! Special duo for a special intro to a special book about to be written by a special man for a special movement for the most special of elements; WATER.   Enjoy it in all its simplicity!