World Citizen interview

by Lorena Calma, founder of AHM

Daniel Fox tells us his stories through his adventures in nature. Whether its the undefiled images he captures through his lens, the breathtaking videos he creates or his insightful writings – he just simply INSPIRES. He is our featured WORLD CITIZEN.

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I met Daniel a few years ago at a time of a crossroads in his life. It was his fiery personality that brought us together. I recall the photographs he took that he shared with me captured the intense presence of beauty in nature. I recognized the acute sensitivity as well as the passion he expressed through his photography. What’s inspiring about Daniel’s story is he braved to follow that spark that was still burning in him at a point of introspection to redefine his life as an adult & continues to do so to this day. Not too many people take that risk to listen to that inner voice, the higher SELF, that guides us all our lives & to shift our consciousness to truly living inspired lives that we sometimes lose along the way. We reconnected shortly after his arduous divorce during one of his visits to New York. I still remember what he said to me that time was that there was no going back to that old mechanical way of life he lived. He was shutting that door. He was not going to live a life that conflicted with his ideals. He has returned to living a life that made an indelible impact on him as a child.

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What was the major event in your life that triggered a change in your path?

I think the question for me is – Is there anything that hasn’t triggered a change in my path! Ever since I can remember, my path has been in constant flux, continuously altered and challenged. Steve Jobs once said that life is like a painting by numbers, only at the end does the image make sense. I was born in Quebec and most of my childhood was spent outdoors, knees in the dirt searching for critters and climbing trees. I would spend hours in the pool pretending to be a dolphin. My dream as a boy was to sail the world and study whales. When I first applied for university, it was for Marine Biology at the University of British Columbia. Yet, I ended up in Marketing at the HEC (Business School) in Montreal. I moved to New York and tried to make it in the corporate world for more than 10 years. I was always able to get the jobs but my heart was never into them. I was neither motivated by the money, stability or status they brought and quickly I would loose interest and move on. It was an unsuccessful marriage and adverse separation that forced me to reevaluate my life. I looked at my last 15 years and realized I didn’t want my next 15 to be even remotely close. So I sold everything I owned, created a sponsorship proposal, got the gear that I needed and headed South. This is when I created the Wild Image Project. Even though my heart is in the right place, my path continuously changes. That is the simple nature of life.

What is currently defining your present & molding your future?

My present and future is rooted in my belief in the power of nature to restore the human spirit. Whether through my stories, my photography, my videos or my efforts in sending youth to wilderness immersion camps, my message is always the same – that our humanity and happiness lies in welcoming back nature into our lives. That its teachings hold the secrets to our survival and evolution. That one of its most precious gifts, humility, is at the foundation of a peaceful and harmonious world.

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How do you see 2015?

My goal with 2014 was to create a momentum with my work and that is precisely what I did. Now for 2015, I plan on expanding and maintaining that momentum. There will be a lot more public speaking, working with the youth, more photography and videos. There are so many wild places to capture. I am currently working with San Francisco-based designer and master calligrapher, Nobuhiro Sato, on a beautiful collection of products that will include t-shirts, merino hoodies, mugs, greeting cards, tote bags, water bottles and more. The branding identity finds its inspiration in the simplicity of a brush stroke to illustrate the purity and serenity of nature. The collection will soon be available through my online store

On a more global scale, I see a return to stronger and more human values for 2015. I’m witnessing a lot of people consciously setting days in the week without phones or TV. People do prefer real books and not just digital copies. Fast Food has reached a plateau and citizens are demanding healthier choices. It brings me hope to know that despite all the hype in technology, we are still seeking what truly is real, what we can touch and connect with. Despite the glamorization of individuality, what we care about in the end, are the people around us. We are realizing that humans are more than a series of zeros and ones. This for me is Life. It is Nature and it brings me hope.

Future events & projects for 2015?

There is so much to discover here in North America.  I am focusing on exploring this part of the Americas and Canada. I will be spending a couple of months in Baja California. Spring in British Columbia. Summer in Alaska. I am planning on finishing my long Pacific Coast paddle in August. Then Fall in Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

I’d like to end this article by quoting Steve Jobs as did Daniel. A man who has changed the course of our history because of his relentless belief & pursuit to live his life in his own terms, in a way that was truly inspiring to him. This message was from his commencement speech to the graduating class at Stanford University. “You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.” I came across this video in youtube during a crossroads in my life and found it to be truly inspiring. You don’t need to be at this point in your life to find wisdom in his words. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFi4zNJ7AxQ

For those who have not seen it, I recommend to watch this insightful speech. For those who are still searching, don’t lose faith. There is something good in what seems to be failures. You may not see it now but time will reveal it.

For Daniel’s latest news, upcoming events, new collaborations & work. Click on the links for his Facebook page or website.

https://www.facebook.com/thewildimage

http://wildimageproject.com

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