‘Inhale/Exhale’ Short Film Speaks to Healing Powers of the Outdoors

We’ve all had a tough year. Being able to enjoy the outdoors makes it better. Inhale, exhale, repeat.

Seattle-based photographer and videographer Kyle Kotajarvi is using his creative skills for good — specifically, to promote mental health awareness and how the outdoors can be a tool in cultivating peace for your inner self.

“I’m so stoked to premiere a film I’ve been working on for the past few months with Coleman,” he wrote online. “‘Inhale/Exhale’ is a story that we can all connect with in one way or another. Thinking about the collective traumas we’ve all been through this past year, I thought it was important to document this moment in time. How we’ve needed the outdoors, and how we’ve needed each other …”

Kotajarvi is a member of the “Coleman Collective,” a group of creatives commissioned by the brand to explore, tell stories, and support their communities year-round.

The film ends with a simple phrase: “The outside is calling.” No one can tell you that you have to go outside. But if you take anything from the film, it’s this: do it if it makes you happy.

forest trees bathed in sunlight with narrow path below
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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has been writing professionally for more than six years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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