‘Return The World.’
Maachew Bentley is a multifaceted creative based in Queens, New York who just launched a charitable photo- and music-based initiative called “Return The World.” Inspired by the Gundam Wing 00 film of the same title, the project features a series of conceptual prints, shot by Bentley, depicting a male subject clad in a military vest decorated with flowers traversing through woodland.
In regards to the motivations behind the film, Bentley expressed: “’The Return The World’ project is about repair and elevation in the wake of our seeming perpetual trauma, replacing bombs with books and a blossoming release of transcendental energy. It was shot over a few seasons between 2017 and 2018. In the video we offer tribute to the Mother Earth/Gaia/Sophia as we release the flowers into the river stream to germinate a familiar yet growing reverent force. A shaman ritual foreshadowing the need to get in tune with Earth and the Divine Feminine.”
18% of proceeds from the music and photo purchases will go to support the Outdoor Afro Network — a non-profit started by Rue Mapp. The organization brings awareness and more inclusion in the outdoors. View the film above and then visit Maachew Bentley’s website to learn more.
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