I begun my early morning this Thursday of our spring break by observing episode a person of an astounding Netflix sequence, “Tales by Mild.” In this put up I’d like to replicate on how this documentary combines my enjoys for digital storytelling, pictures, the stewardship of our earth, and impressive media narratives that can equally enthrall and inspire us.

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IMDb presents the subsequent description of this a few time sequence of 15 episodes:

Powering each and every strong graphic is a powerful tale. Uniting exploration, photography and the organic environment, Tales By Gentle follows photographers from Australia and about the world as they drive the boundaries of their craft.

Tales by Light-weight. (2015, May perhaps 24). [Documentary]. Canon Australia, Untitled Film Will work.

The description of episode a single, of period a single “Submerged,” is:

Entire world-renowned Australian underwater and mother nature photographer Darren Jew captures a Humpback Whale mating chase in Tonga and the 70-12 months-aged wreck of a Mitsubishi Bi-Plane and active volcano in Papua New Guinea.

Tales by Light-weight. (2015, Might 24). [Documentary]. Canon Australia, Untitled Movie Works.

Back in 2006 to 2008, when I was doing work for AT&T listed here in Oklahoma Town as the condition education and learning advocate, I commenced to be struck by how very strong and various our media access was at house when compared to college and perform. Many thanks to Online connectivity and evolving technologies, I had access to DVDs AT House (which nonetheless came through the mail at that position alternatively of streaming in excess of a high-velocity relationship) and much larger format televisions and projectors.

This was “a flip” of how info accessibility labored traditionally. When I grew up, we had to go to the library to have entry to compelling new resources of details. From microfiche to inter-library personal loan to filmstrips to 16 mm films, it was just far more challenging to access distinctive kinds of media material at household. Libraries and film theaters had been our portals to the planet of media encounters.

Enter Netflix in 2022. How unbelievable that I can use the advice algorithm on my Netflix account, where I’ve been watching documentaries about cooking, our world, place exploration, and other topics, and “serendipitously encounter” this amazing collection which the Netflix algorithm acknowledges / predicts I’m possible fascinated in. Applying my smartphone, I’m capable to perspective the sequence trailer on my cellphone, and then “cast” this movie up on a 65 inch plasma tv on the wall of our guest bedroom… and be absolutely enthralled with these amazing images.


As the featured photographer, Darren Jew, clarifies in the series, media can have awesome Energy to capture our imaginations and transportation us (virtually) to destinations we could not go or else. The drone pictures they utilized in episode 1 (of snorkel dives and a climb of an lively volcano in Papua New Guinea) really are outstanding. This is an instance of something writer Stephen B Johnson calls “the adjacent probable.”

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In before a long time of human history, photographers and explorers just did not have obtain to systems that help visuals like these to be captured. I adore observing compilations of mother nature drone images on YouTube, established to tunes and so inspiring to view. Just as the climbers reach the lip of the volcano crater in episode 1, the drone captures the scene. Truly remarkable.


This reminds me of my most unforgettable and extraordinary come across with a volcano, in the winter season of 1993, when I experienced an opportunity to climb the Popocatépetl volcano just south of Mexico Town when I was living there for a yr researching on a Fulbright.

It was a tough climb, the initial and only time I have climbed a mountain in excess of 17,000 feet high, and amazing to search down into the cigarette smoking mouth of a dormant volcano.

Viewing a Netflix collection like “Tales by Mild,” I am encouraged to consider ways I provide persuasive media photos into my possess classroom with students, and invite my students to not only Consume amazing video clips, but also consider the ways they can use and Create media to converse their have tales. Whilst the gear utilised in this movie documentary is reducing edge and amazingly high priced, the smartphones to which several of us now have entry are able of surprisingly impressive photographic and video clip capture. Paired with a effectively created script and some intentionally picked audio, it truly is incredible what we can do with digital storytelling.

What a terrific day we are living in! To be alive as learners, to be lecturers, to be storytellers! What an option we have to not only transport ourselves and our college students to outstanding components of our planet we could not normally see working with media, but also catalyze conversations about the worth of getting “stewards of our planet” and remaining passionate about the treatment and preservation of our wonderful organic earth.

I appreciate dwelling in the intersection of these subjects and technologies. If you have not now, test out “Tales by Light” on Netflix. Get ready to be encouraged!

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