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It’s a dark, moody day here in Oregon. The rain, though, as gloomy as it feels on the second full day of spring, is a good thing. Drought stalks us. Climate change is upon us. Forecasters are already predicting another terrible fire season across the American West this summer. As if the world doesn’t already feel anxious enough….. At a recent National Geographic LIVE! event in Portland, photojournalist and conservationist Ami Vitale, who I met

Capture of the Day: Michael Knapstein

Posted on February 20, 2018
The moment I first saw Michael Knapstein’s “Midwest Memoir” series, I felt as if I’d been transported back to a place I hold dear and know well, but is made entirely new through his stunning images. Michael’s work is featured in the current issue of Adore Noir magazine. In the interview, he says, “This is a very personal body of work for me. It is an homage to the area where I grew up, still live
Rain is streaming down my windows this morning, following a night of constant downpours. I swear, there was no light in the sky until mid-morning. I’m slurping espresso like it’s my last meal. Maybe the Costa Rican sunlight that still lives in my coffee beans will keep the winter darkness away. So I was pleased to escape for a few minutes into this delightful time lapse created for a tourism project in northern France. The

If the stars should appear

Posted on January 24, 2018
“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson On Thanksgiving night last November, I sat for hours in a Wisconsin farm field practicing night photography. The conditions weren’t optimal. Although
“Empathy is the key to great stories” –Ami Vitale I had the great honor of meeting American photojournalist and National Geographic contributor Ami Vitale in Siena, Italy in October at the Siena International Photography Awards Ceremony and Festival. Ami won the Storytelling category in Siena and the prestigious title of “Best Author 2017.” She gave her powerful and inspiring National Geographic LIVE presentation at the University of Siena. Her message that we must “find the stories

Where travel and wonder meet

Posted on January 9, 2018
For me, one of the most fantastic aspects of travel and new cultural experience is that it stimulates a sense of wonder about the world. It’s like a treasure hunt for hidden histories — and mysteries. Everything from the smell of foreign spices in a Mexico City market to peeking through a rusting keyhole into a crumbling courtyard in Venice feels thrilling — and makes me want to learn more. Where does that corridor lead?