For acclaimed director Michael Apted, the eyes of photographers and filmmakers are inextricably—if invisibly—bound to hands of the craftsmen and women who design and build their lenses. For Bending the Light, the director joined forces with five of the world’s best photographers and cinematographers as well as several engineers working at the Canon Inc. factory in Utsunomiya, Japan to trace the journey of the lens from its conception, across space and time to the final images it produces.
Hiking at a glacial ice cave at Skaftafell National Park, Iceland © Peter Adams / Offset
Backpacker in autumn Nire shrubs in Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina © Johnathan Ampersand Esper / Aurora Photos / Offset
Couple hiking on the island of Oahu, Hawaii © Julian Walter / Offset
Hiking and art-making might seem at first like unrelated pastimes, but a small glimpse through history will reveal the two recreations are often inextricably intertwined. Hiking for sport came into prominence in the late 1700s, born in large part from the Romanticism that permeated contemporary art movements. As European cities became increasingly industrial, creative minds flocked to the hilly countryside in hopes of reconnecting with the sublime in nature. Painters like German-born Caspar David Friedrich frequently pictured lone hikers dwarfed by the divine and sprawling landscape that surrounded them, rendering moments in which mankind was at once humbled and exalted by the powers of the wilderness.