My Artist Statement, A Short Biography & Creative Process Overview
Transforming Worry Into Wonder: My Life's Mission
"Technology was supposed to bring about an age of relaxed living, but why is everyone more stressed, with disease rates higher than ever before? As technology has advanced, we traded our regular connection to Nature for convenience, yet the conundrum is that we can in fact use the devices made for convenience to reconnect to Nature. It is my belief that we are at the beginning of an enlightened age for humanity, as technology is allowing new forms of Art to emerge carrying the power to transform & enhance the lives of millions. My life's mission with Nature Relaxation is focused upon helping others around the world relax and eliminate stress from their daily lives by re-connecting them with Nature. My war is waged upon stress- with priority number one being replacing the stressful & hateful programming from our daily environments with more Nature. With a successful understanding and research into just how Nature can heal, I know we can usher in a peaceful revolution - the day when we as a global community choose to turn off the cable TV junk programming and tune into Nature, which will begin our glorious return to living in a peaceful, Nature-infused society bathed in the wisdom of Love and Light. "
- David Huting
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW OF MY WORK WITH NATURE RELAXATION
HOW IT ALL BEGAN & WHERE WE ARE TODAY It all started fourteen years ago after my first overseas trip, to the islands of Fiji . The original idea behind what is now today Nature Relaxation™ was to make a video that would help me fall asleep on those the icy cold, depressing winter nights in the midwest - which received a surprising response on YouTube that inspired me to keep making more (for the rest of the story click here). Today, Nature Relaxation's™ exclusive film library spans more than 500 hours of original content from 27 countries, has launched a streaming nature video channel & apps on 8 platforms, and secured partnerships with a global client network using Nature Relaxation videos to help millions of people relax in hospitals, doctors offices, schools, cancer treatment centers, hospices, prisons, airlines & cruise ships, offices, funeral homes, spas, churches, and more!
FRAMING UP THE BEST SHOT: STYLE & SHOT SELECTION
Through the use of artfully framed nature scenes and gracefully slow transitions, my Nature Relaxation™ videos are designed to gently guide viewers from one immersive, calming scene to the next. But it's not just the style of transition that separates Nature Relaxation videos; in fact, that is only the beginning. I generally avoid scenes which contain any elements of our modern civilization - something that is getting harder and harder to do these days; in fact, I've gone so far as to live on a tiny island in Fiji for 3 months to get the perfect idyllic shots! Equally important to me is framing up angles of video that do not have any people in them - this aids the viewer in entering a state of complete unhindered relaxation. And I shoot with impulsivity and spontaneity: I don't like to plan my shoot, rather I just get out there and explore and capture what Nature creates without any expectations.
EXPLORING OFF THE BEATEN PATH - AND NEARLY DYING MANY TIMES
Considering that the majority of the world's most beautiful places are also the most tourist-packed, getting those idyllic shots can present a challenge. In the quest of ever-seeking the most perfectly framed angle of video (I've never been one to settle for the view from the tourist path or lookout), I've found myself free climbing up challenging mountain-tops, nearlyfalling to my deathinto waterfalls, ticketed for trespassing, and even threatened to be shot at...all in the name of relaxation! At the end of the day, most filmmakers do not make the extra effort, which is indeed understandable as sometimes treks can be extremely mentally and physically demanding. Energized by the loving support and awesome reviewsfrom my viewers and inspiration from the Divine, I'm able to press on where others might not.
ADAPTING & EVOLVING WITH THE PATIENT CARE INDUSTRY
One of the biggest things that has influenced the style of Nature Relaxation™ videos over the years has been my direct connection with clients using them for therapeutic use in the healthcare industry. Being approached over 10 years ago by healthcare clients that settled on my videos as "the best I could find out there" led to relationships with a wonderful feedback loop that was coming directly from patients and care practitioners in the field, using the videos. This valuable patient feedback loop has gradually evolved the production style, which continues to evolve to this day and is evident in the new releases.
OPERATING ON PEACE & LOVE, NOT PROFIT AND LOSS
I am a firm believer and seeker of a natural, holistic lifestyle and as such have found conflict in many aspects of the world we live today. My conclusion? It's the same of many great spiritual and religious leaders before us concluded: we must find peace within ourselves, before we can begin to tackle the problem of world peace. That's why I specifically created Nature Relaxation videos: to help anyone, anywhere in the world to find peace by re-connecting them to their Source - Nature - thus providing them a means to relax.
Relaxation sets the foundation for peace: without it, peace is impossible. Equally important in creating a state of relaxation is the immersion in and recognition of beauty, which is most evident in Nature. When paired with the right combination of imagery, nature sounds and beautiful music, it creates a harmony and environment that can open the door to self healing.
RECOGNIZING THE POWER OF MUSIC, SOUND & NATURE FOR HEALING
“The highest goal of music is to connect one’s soul to their Divine Nature, not entertainment”- Pythagoras (569- 475 BC)
Pythagoras (and his teacher Orpheus) brought the western world the principles of Mathematics and Harmony in Nature, and were renowned as a healer using music and nature as their medium. Their principles and teachings have lived on in the great minds of artists like Beethoven, Tesla, Einstein, Plato, and many modern musicians & scientists. While the studies may only just now be confirming what Pythagoras knew for thousands of years, I firmly believe in the power of harmony, music and nature, and their importance in creating a state & space of healing.