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When John was 5 years old he caught the biggest largemouth bass in the state of Oregon. He grew up in the Umpqua Valley, where the opportunity for outdoor adventure was as thick as a blackberry patch in late August. From gathering arrowheads along the edge of the stream behind his house, to scrambling up Mt. Thielsen on a whim, John’s love of the outdoors took root early, inspiring him to pursue a life in celebration and protection of natural spaces. After sampling a career variety pack that included being an adventure guide, jumping smoke on a hotshot crew, and — perhaps the most daring of all — a year as a high school science teacher, John founded Uncage the Soul Productions in 2004. Now he lives along the edge of the Impassable Wilderness in Portland, directing, producing, and editing adventure documentaries, commercial shorts, and cause-related campaigns. (The new record for biggest largemouth bass was set in 2002, and has yet to be beat!)
Ben made his way from New Jersey to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, and has been staring into the stars ever since. Ben is the main DP for Uncage the Soul Productions. He can tell you the best time to catch the Milky Way in its full glory, and then he’ll eagerly stay up into the wee hours just to see it too. Again. Ben is a starry-eyed videophile and innovative specialist in time-lapse and dark skies photography. He’s continuously inspired by this spectacular landscape, and is constantly seeking out roads less traveled to find vistas less photographed. He has been internationally recognized for his work, commercially showcased in both digital and print publications, and in 2011 he won the National Geographic Travel ‘Photo of the Year’. The winning photo? Ben staring up into the Milky Way. Again.