One of my first backpacking trips was to Smoky Mountain National Park with a friend from high school. By the time we arrived at the trailhead it was after dark, but we hiked to the campsite to meet one of the coolest and most talented groups of Arkansawyers. Of the three guys we met, Seth was a vocalist; AJ, an artist; Noah, a photographer. When the wildfire broke out recently, I started looking through some of the amazing photos he'd taken the trip. It would be selfish of me not to share his talent with you. Meet my friend Noah.
1. Who are you? What do you do?
"My name is Noah Abe. I'm a filmmaker, based currently in Bentonville, Arkansas working at Adair Creative Web/Ad Agency as a DP/Editor."
2. How did you get started in photography/film?
"When I was about 15, I started making really terrible videos with my highschool friends using the family handycam and windows movie maker. My Dad noticed my interest in making videos and told me that program was basically crap and if I really wanted to learn he'd teach me final cut on his gigantic E-mac. The thing was the size of a jet engine. Years later leading up to graduation, I knew film was the the only thing I had interest in going to college for. As far as photography goes, I got into it a few years later. I freelanced as a Camera Assistant for a couple years and on the side I took photos as a hobby to keep the creative juices flowing."
3. What project are you most proud of?
"Haha...well I honestly got into personal work about 3 years ago, so that would have to be a short film called "Lone Hunter" I promise someday soon, the next one will come. Life got busy."
4. What is your dream project?
"Oh man, I've got a handful of them in my notes. I would have to say it's a Sci-fi love story titled "Alrai" that I've tossed around with a screenwriter friend of mine in Canada."
5. What is your most inspiring location?
"Thus far it has to be Joshua Tree. In the winter of 2014 I camped there and it happened to be at a rare time. The entire place was engulfed in an ethereal fog for 2 days."
6. What is your ultimate goal in your mediums?
"That is a question that I probably will have a different answer for as I get older. I know my ultimate goal is to create personal films for a living and on the side maybe sell film prints and have some gallery shows."
7. Who would you most like to work with?
"As of late I would have to say Jeff Nichols. - Director of Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special, and Loving - Really enjoy his work and would love to learn from that guy."
8. Lunch with anyone dead or alive, who do you choose?
"Ansel Adams for sure. He was practically married to the wilderness. Would love to know of all the trails I should hit up."
You can find Noah online at www.noahabe.com