Watching a short film about the outdoors is no substitute for spending time in nature, but there are some films that inspire get you out there. Four in Four is one of those. The project is a collaboration of Julian Bialowas, Shara Esbenshade, and Wes Walker, of the production company TRUE MVMNT, who set out for a long weekend with a simple idea: To visit a handful of national parks in California, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado over the course of four days.
The scenes the filmmakers’ sensitivity to color, light, and composition throughout their photographic journey provides an easy-on-the-eyes natural respite from the work-a-day world that is nothing short of stunning. What’s also striking is that all these natural images are not devoid of humans. The lens wanders to the photographers themselves and watches them experience the world through their cameras or phones. It’s as post modern as a painter’s self portrait in mirror, and the result is a landscape, that even despite the vast distances from a warm bed and hot shower, feels homey, cozy, and all together personable.
By Tim Gibbins