Women of Power is Warsaw-based photographer Katarzyna Majak’s series celebrating the spiritual women living in Poland. Ranging in ages 30-80, Majak’s subjects are modern-day witches, healers, Wiccans, Druids, spell casters and visionaries, channeling the pagan and shamanic beliefs of their ancestors. Intrigued by these unconventional spiritual paths existing within the predominantly Catholic country, Majak traveled throughout her native land collecting portraits and stories from 29 women. Her resulting images catalog a variety of wise and powerful practitioners, standing solid with their talismans and tokens of choice. (via Portraits of Modern Day Witches, Healers, Spell Casters and Visionaries | Feature Shoot)
Directed & Produced by Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott / Cinematography & Editing by Mike McSweeney / Music Composition by Malcom Francis / Artwork by Mark Wagner / Process Video by Mark Wagner / Animation by Noah Poole & Nic Stark / Colorist: Josh Kanuck / Production Assistance by Greg Hartofelis / Additional Camera by Theron Powell
On the slopes of Mount Hood, six explorers set off in a line up the Sandy Glacier. Eddy Cartaya pulls ahead of the group, a stony expression on his face.
He’s wearing a white helmet with his name and “Cave Rescue” printed on it. Cartaya is worried because the sun is starting to rise and hit the ice.
His climbing partner Brent McGregor follows at a more reasonable pace. The bearded 60-year-old takes in the morning and smiles.
“One of the best sounds in alpine mountaineering is the sound of crampons and ice axes on good firm snow,” he says.
The Sandy Glacier flows down a steep bowl about two-thirds of the way up Mount Hood’s northwest side. You can see it from Portland, Oregon, a wedge of snow and ice between two broken ridgelines that rise toward Hood’s 11,250-foot peak.
The team isn’t interested in the summit. McGregor and Cartaya are leading their expedition to a gaping hole in the glacier. It’s a moulin: an icy pit that drops like an elevator shaft from the surface of the Sandy Glacier down to the bedrock below.
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