Beyond is 4 today

Ahhhh, good times in New Mexico! Flemming and I launched this little film (our first filmmaking collaboration) 4 years ago. I miss the complete abandon with which this movie was made, back when I didn’t know anything about making movies, but was all:

“There are epic landscapes.
I have a willing movie star.
Said movie star has a movie camera.
What else could we need?”


I’m looking forward to a return to that unthinking abandon very, very soon. Where we just go out, and make something, and forget about whether it’s doing the gear justice, or what my brand sponsors are going to think etc.

In the meantime enjoy the video below, if you haven’t seen it.

Movie trivia
1. This is the first movie I’ve ever made.
2. It currently has over 12K plays
3. It once appeared on Petapixel (true, kind of scary story)
4. Back in 2010, Flemming and I had joked about making something like this, so it was quite a tickle it actually happened.


  1. Mike says:

    Happy birthday, Beyond!
    Hi Charlene, I watched this video, I think for the first time, a few day ago, and found it so honest, and very moving because of this. The nomad lifestyle is so appealing and, I suspect, difficult and wearing; both mentally and physically. It must be hard work being so free.
    I’m currently reading your journals from the start to the present – what a ride! – I’m up to page 48 (of 53, reading towards the present), you have met Flemming after a couple of years of internet interaction and you have attended a couple of Magnum workshops. Can’t wait to read what happens next. Just a suggestion, dump all that bulky Nikon gear and go Fuji: oh wait, I doesn’t exist yet!
    Whatever the future brings, for you to meet Flemming was good: for both of you. When you time travel back to that moment, repeat.

    1. Charlene says:

      Thanks Mike. The nomad life is much like any other, requiring a certain level of commitment to live well. There are ups and downs, and it can be difficult – though I will say that for the most part, the difficulty is very much a first world problem.

      Speaking of commitment, that’s quite a bit you’re taking on to read my entire archives. They go way back, although I think everything before 2008 was removed because the image links are broken (small mercies!). Good luck… oh and spoiler alert: I dump my Nikon for a lighter system. I wonder what it could be?!

  2. J. Giuliano says:

    I think we can all relate with Flemming Bo Jensen in some way. He’s brutally honest, clear and all telling of how a soul needs to seek something greater then itself. Only to find that place, inside oneself. I know, as I’ve traveled so much in my own life, searching to find my place, my home. I finally found my home, my place, my peace. It was not a specific location, as I thought all along, it’s the people that made it my home.

    Funny thing is, I was only here looking for info on Fujifilm cameras. I received a gift of so much more! Thank you for a wonderful story Charlene!

    1. Charlene says:

      I’m glad you got something from it. I was surprised that this movie turned out the way it did (i had quite a different one in mind when I started filming it). But I suppose Flemming’s story isn’t that much different to my own (and perhaps yours?) at the core.

      Thanks for dropping by and enjoying the film :)

  3. Mike says:

    Made it! I’ve read all of your posts from page 53 to the present, including comments (including my own spelling mistakes, above). Thank you, Charlene, wonderful photographs, insightful writing. I’ll stick around and see what comes next.

    1. Charlene says:

      I applaud your efforts Mike. You’ve apparently inspired someone else to grind through my archives, scarily enough! Definitely stick around. It’s been quiet here for a variety of reasons, but the blog is about to get back to life shortly.

  4. Mike says:

    I know, Charlene, I follow you on Instagram!

    1. Charlene says:


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