GoPro cameras record the tragic story of two fearless base jumpers

May 26, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

GoPro cameras record the tragic story of two fearless base jumpers

May 26, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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In a departure from the typical adrenaline pumping videos typically posted by GoPro, When We Were Knights is a powerful story on the bonds of friendship, love and loss.

Matt Blanc and Ian Flanders were the best of friends, constantly pushing and inspiring each other.  In July 2015, during what was supposed to be a fairly routine jump, Ian tragically lost his life.  Matt recounts the story, and pays tribute to Ian in this heartbreaking video.

https://vimeo.com/167054481

It’s a sad but inspirational tale that reminds us to live our lives to the fullest, but to also be careful, especially when we’re putting that life on the line.

The video’s description reads…

How can you express everything that you want to somebody you love, knowing that if you don’t, that might be the last opportunity that you have? That is a reality that we all face, but for BASE jumpers, the risk of death sometimes results in something amazing and unexpected – love.

GoPro normally don’t post anything that wasn’t exclusively shot with their own cameras, but after Camp4 Collective Director, Anson Fogel reached out to them, they reversed policy and published the video.

Anson told them that the mini documentary wouldn’t have been possible were it not for the footage the pair had recorded over the years using their GoPro cameras.

[via Bokeh]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “GoPro cameras record the tragic story of two fearless base jumpers”

  1. Steve Gey Avatar
    Steve Gey

    In the BASE jump community there is a saying “fear keeps you alive, fear makes you check and recheck your gear each time you jump”

    It’s about overcoming fear each and every jump

  2. Ron van Rutten Avatar
    Ron van Rutten

    Fantastic work and a proper tribute to Ian Flanders.

  3. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    Beautiful and incredible tribute.

  4. phissith Avatar
    phissith

    So how did he die?