Filming Photography: Into the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007)

If you are in love with nature and naturalistic photography, then this is the movie for you. And I obviously couldn’t choose another one for my first post about the Filming Photography series, as there is no other film that has ever enchanted me with such beautiful and moving images not only of nature but also able to convey of the love and fascination for it.

Into the Wild is a pure celebration of freedom and the constant research of it, and it talks about the fascination for the wilderness, complicated family relationships and the need for love, the contradictions of idealism. Chris’ path is both physical and psychological, aiming at filling the deep void he feels inside.

The beautiful images of vast landscapes and close up portraits make us feel Chris’ soul like it were ours. The photography in this movie not only portrays nature’s extreme beauty and harshness, but also Chris’ feelings, which are a pure extension of nature’s vastness.

There is plenty of sorrow and pain, but though the film might be tragic, its spirit is anything but. Photography takes us by the hand and makes us feel an expansive sense of possibility and a sublime delight in fresh air, vast open spaces and bright sunlight.

It’s a source of endless inspiration for every naturalistic photographer to take our rucksacks and go on a journey to discover and most of all feel such beauty, and eventually be able to convey in a photograph that sense of freedom and awe for wilderness.

The soundtrack of this movie too is sublime, a perfect combination with such an amazing photography.


About Marta Favro

Full time employee in an online marketing agency, photographer and traveller (not necessary in that order). Graduated in English Literature. Passionate of long walks in the Nature, cats, books, music.
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