The First... / by Mahting Putelis

I have recently taken on being more deliberate about learning new things and being dedicated to a routine. Part of my daily routine includes reading every morning, followed by writing. In an effort to share my writing and the process of being a photographer, entrepreneur, and someone who feels conflicted by the two worlds I choose to live in, adventure sports and sportsman's pursuits, I am starting a blog that delves into the backstory of my life. 

 

 Life is never black and white. This image was shot while out scouting for both a photo shoot and scouting for my 2016 mule deer hunt. A storm was blowing in and I was deep in the hills above Boulder, CO. I was worried about the crap condition of the two track I was driving on but I stopped to get this shot. I don't have many hard rules anymore, but If I see a shot I think I should take, I stop and take it. I won't alway like the shot after editing it but I always regret the shots I didn't stop for. 

Life is never black and white. This image was shot while out scouting for both a photo shoot and scouting for my 2016 mule deer hunt. A storm was blowing in and I was deep in the hills above Boulder, CO. I was worried about the crap condition of the two track I was driving on but I stopped to get this shot. I don't have many hard rules anymore, but If I see a shot I think I should take, I stop and take it. I won't alway like the shot after editing it but I always regret the shots I didn't stop for. 

This image presents a great starting point for my story. In recent years, I am now 35 years old, I have settled into living in shades of gray. Context helps us define every situation and snake our way through to a workable point of repose. Nothing is ever fully finished, its just waiting for the next iteration. 

There are three focal points I have set my sights on for the foreseeable future. 

1. Transformation - I want to engage humanity on a large scale to create positive change in the world. Starting small with one on one portrait shoots to writing books to influencing public lands policy, challenging people to transform to be the best versions of themselves.  

2. Conservation - Without wild places and animals I cannot be the best version of myself. And so I will fight to protect those who cannot protect themselves. 

3. Creation - Without art we are fucked! No really, creating art is one of the best ways to engage everyone and anyone. I am challenging myself to not just take photos, but also draw, write poetry, and to learn to play the banjo. 

So it begins, the backstory will reveal what brought me here. 

Onward!