First the wind leans on your ear.
It travels through your pores until your breath answers the echo.
The sky impresses its will upon your weight before speaking; a murmur, a rumble, a crash…then silence.
The ground pulsates with the rhythm of distant hooves fleeing an ancient unseen.
Mint-sweetened dust whirls you along the familiar breeze of home.
A second heartbeat pulses within you, and the song of the Cordillera appears in your blind spot.
You take the next step.
In January 2012, during a weeklong guided pack trip, I crossed the Argentina Andes by horseback.
I eagerly embraced the gaucho way, the criollo horse, and the fenceless freedom of galloping under Patagonian skies.
The landscape’s raw and deceptively peaceful cinematic grandeur, transcended the limits of thought. Long, meditative days in the saddle encouraged contemplation. With each step up the mountain, the vertigo-inducing geography slowly eroded scale, but as I progressively lost my balance, I found perspective… and learned to trust my blind spot.
This film chronicles the unforgettable adventure of 3 visually impaired equestrians, who on their own path of self-discovery, travel to the Andes in search of what we see, what we can’t see, and what we overlook.
Because there is more to seeing than sight.
Blind Spot is a documentary feature about blind equestrians who cross the Andes by horseback.
The film is currently in development.