Faith can move mountains

“There is a positive correlation between the fear of death and the sense of unlived life,” writes Oliver Burkeman in The Antidote (Amazon). Futuring is a tough business. We toggle between our present number of choices along with desires and goals that reinforce the prioritization of time. Knowing that we can’t do it all, most people […]

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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

This bird-sized moth is gorgeous

Introducing the Cecropia silkmoth, North America’s largest native moth, with a female wingspan reaching six inches. These striking moths live all across the Eastern United States and are one of over 1,860 species of Lepidoptera (Moths and Butterflies) found in the park! You can protect these beautiful insects by capturing them only in photographs. Apparently, […]

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 imperfect match, the failure of unity…’

The great thing about collage is that, because production is so minimal, you are always close to the vantage point of the viewer. I am often asked why I don’t just get two people, pose them for photographs and splice the shots more accurately, but that misses the point. It’s the imperfect match, the failure […]

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