Mountains. They grace the canvases of many artists. Their thundering sizes are whispered on photographs. The boots of explorers attempt to conquer them. Geologists peek into them to unlock the secrets of the past. They are considered sacred to many religions – even as a God themselves. No matter the theme, mountains cast their shadows into the cultural imaginations. Mountains visually rise up in our minds as much as they do on our exalted landscapes.
“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” —Mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev
The Weight of Mountains is a fantastic short film that poetically tells the story of the birth & death of mountains. They are essentially birthed by uplift and “die” through the processes of weathering — physical weathering and chemical weathering. The film was created by filmmaker, illustrator, and composer Temujin Doran, who was inspired by the works of British geographer Sir Laurence Dudley Stamp. It was filmed in Iceland over the course of a year. Please enable HD and view in fullscreen 🙂