Monument Valley

Photographer Ian Ruhter attempts to capture iconic images of Monument Valley using a camera that he built from a truck. Using a process called wet plate collodion, Ruhter utilizes his truck as the actual camera to make the photos larger. With the truck, he is able to become the mechanics inside the camera. But as he attempts to take the perfect shot, Ruhter's meticulous process is interrupted by high winds. By the banks of the Salt River, Becky Standridge works to document and protect one of the last known herds of wild horses. Standridge brings her camera out daily for pictures of the majestic horses, getting to know their stories and habits. Standridge takes to the sky in an ultralight to see if she can spot any familiar beasts - and is elated to capture both old and new faces. In central Arizona, mountain biker Lars Romig is drawn to the red sandstone landscape of Oak Creek Canyon. As part of the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition, Romig helps maintain mountain biking trails so he can continue to practice his craft. Romig and his friend weave through the sharp turns of the Hangover Trail before challenging themselves to run one of the steepest drops in the area: Sick Rock. The 300-foot near-vertical drop requires precision, control and mental preparation.

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