Meet the shoe-billed stork

Talk about a badass beak. This shoe-billed stork lives primarily in swamps from Sudan to Zambia. The bill itself takes 1.5 months from hatching to fully develop into its slipper-like shape. But some think it’s the most frightening bird on the planet, as chicks are known to fight each other off to the death with […]

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19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins

These algae prints were misattributed for more than a century before art historian Larry Schaaf discovered that they were the work of British botanist Anna Atkins. As a pioneer of cyanotype photograms, a process in which sunlight (not a camera) imprints over objects on a piece of coated paper, Atkins produced the blueprints for a […]

Jimmy Chin teaches adventure photography

THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE SEE THE DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO. National Geographic photographer and producer of some my most favorite adventure documentary films including Meru (Amazon) and most recently Free Solo (Amazon), Jimmy Chin, is teaching a adventure photography course on MasterClass.  Push the limits of photography If you follow the world-renowned photographer Jimmy Chin on […]

Spiderweb trees 🕸️

In July 2010, 10 years of rain fell into parts of Pakistan that left millions of people and spiders homeless. As a survival mechanism, spiders took homage and blanketed some of the trees. What resulted were cotton-candy looking cocoons that protected the locals against a rash of mosquitoes.   Photos by Russell Watkins

Coping with ‘the colossal volume of memories’

In an interview with the Financial Times, Apple lead designer office Jony Ive points to one of the technological conundrums of our time: balancing ease with excess. “We have such a high-quality camera with us all the time. But it becomes irrelevant if you can’t actually enjoy the photographs you’ve taken. Even 30 years ago […]

‘His retina is beleaguered with images’

“What of modern man’s scale of values? His retina is beleaguered with images (photographs, printed matter, street advertisements, Cinema) from morning to night.”  Alvar Aalto, 1927 And now we’re beleaguered with shiny devices that blast such promotions into our eyes. We all carry a piece of Times Square in our pocket. gif by Tomasz Konczakowski

The pigeon camera, a precursor to the drone

Before airplanes, skyscrapers, Google Earth, drones, and GoPros brought us aerial views, there was pigeon camera. In 1907, just a few years after the Wright brothers lifted off in Kitty Hawk, and while human flight was still being measured in metres and minutes, Dr. Julius Neubronner, a German apothecary, submitted a patent application for a new […]

The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries

The Italian photographer Massimo Listri’s new book The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries showcases 55 of the most gorgeous libraries across the globe dating as far back to 766. Featured libraries include the Sainte-Geneviève library in Paris, France, the all-white  Mafra Palace library in Portugal (my favorite), and Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland which houses Book of Kells and Book of […]

Sharing sameness on the gram

I’ve blogged about it before but it’s worth repeating: Instagram homogenizes creativity. Scroll your feed, and I bet one of the pictures that comes up includes the following: a selfie, a coffee cup in hand, someone standing on a rock, riding in a canoe, or feet up in the sand or mountains, etc. It all looks […]

‘The perfect image is not something that can be taught’

“The perfect image is not something that can be taught.” — Andreas Gursky (via FT) Gursky’s photograph “99 Cent II Diptych” was once the world’s most expensive photograph before another one of his images “Rhein II” was sold for $4.3m at Christie’s New York in 2011.  However, I still dig the artifice projected in his 2017 high-speed […]

Adventures in record collecting

Photographer and blogger Eilon Paz has put together a book Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, which features more than 130 vinyl collectors across the world. The images are amazing and diverse, ranging from the Italian man who owns the world’s largest collection of colored vinyl records to an owner who collects only Beatles’ […]

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