Ode To Exploration – Australian High Country (Video)

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Set in the Australian High Country, “Ode to Exploration” is an experimental short video that pairs a spoken word reading with gritty scenes of a lone bikepacker pedaling along the region’s rugged tracks and trails. Watch it and find still photos here…

Words by Mateo Arango

This video, Ode to Exploration, is a journey to the deepest of our minds. Places we need to visit and ride along to find the light within. Places we can only get through exploration and self-discovery.

  • Ode to Exploration
  • Ode to Exploration

This is an ode to the limitless potential of the human spirit to push beyond its boundaries and embrace the unknown. The idea behind this project came from self-reflection, from when you feel lost in life, and it’s through exploration that you’re able to navigate, learn, and accept the experience.

  • Ode to Exploration
  • Ode to Exploration

The project was filmed in the Australian High Country, a land of endless exploration, where rugged mountains meet breathtaking scenery and endemic wildlife thrives. It is a land of tapestry of natural wonders, a place where wilderness reigns supreme. A region that calls to the adventurous spirit, beckoning us to explore its hidden treasures.

Ode to Exploration

Ode to Exploration

On this road that we all call life
I will sing an ode to my exploration
Despite all of my pain and strife
I will tell the tales of my adventure.

I’ve searched all day within my heart
A trip to find out why I’m here
Who am I? I need to know my part.

  • Ode to Exploration
  • Ode to Exploration

On this road that we all call life
I set out on a distant adventure
From valleys low to mountains high
In the lonely embrace of nature.

I ride through an undulating height
Swimming in the ocean of my thoughts
Till I am lost, far beyond sight.

Ode to Exploration

On this road that we all call life
Lost and alone, amongst a sea of trees
I can hear the silent call of nature
From the whispers of a nearby breeze.

Now, I can feel the light shining within
Who am I? What is my part?
I can hear the answers storming in.

  • Ode to Exploration
  • Ode to Exploration

On this road that we all call life
I will sing aloud and raise my voice
I keep on moving on life’s exploration
For now, I know that I have a choice.

I may be wandering, but within, I am free
Oh, what wondrous self-discovery
That, If it will be, It will be up to me.

Ode to Exploration

Credits

Writer & Director: Mateo Arango / @matangog
Director of Photography & Colourist: Roberto Olivares / @madisonlab.cc
Art Director and Stills Photography: Juan Pablo Ramos / @madisonlab.cc
Editors: Roberto Olivares & Mateo Arango
Rider: Camilo Arboleda

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