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Absolute freedom of the soul: A journey to Lapland

Italian photographer Andrea Giandomenico recently shared images with me from his magical journeys to one of his favorite destinations on earth: Finnish Lapland, a wild and pristine park in the far north, home to Santa Claus and the last refuge of Finland’s ancient Sámi people. “Imagine something surreal in those quiet places where humans can observe and breathe moments of absolute freedom of the soul,” Andrea says. Indeed. Enjoy these postcards from the edge and a glimpse…

Where travel and wonder meet

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?…

Volcano Stomp: Ringing in the New Year Pacific Northwest Style

I didn’t stay up late to watch television so I could see the famous ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. I didn’t get drunk on champagne or stay out all night dancing. I didn’t even stay up late playing Scrabble. Nope, I went to bed around 9 p.m. so I’d be ready to head for the hills & hit the slopes this morning. By the time I got to the Marble Mountain Sno-Park…

My French nose saved my teeth: Mindfulness, creativity and taking on 2018 with purpose

Take a listen to street photographer Valérie Jardin’s inspiring and sometimes humorous end-of-year podcast with guest Karen Hutton as the pair take on a wide range of topics, from being bold enough to celebrate your own unique style and realistically pacing projects to artistic intent, physical health and avoiding creative burnout. Hit The Streets 67: Wishing You A Creative 2018Karen Hutton is a professional light bender and storyteller. That”s shorthand for her style of fine art…

A portal through which others can dream: Photography by Andrea Giandomenico

It was a pleasure to write about Italian photographer Andrea Giandomenico’s work recently for Street Photography Magazine. The moment I saw his striking images from rural Italy, I asked him for permission to propose a feature. The piece explores a different and more difficult type of street photography and the importance of capturing the spirit of a place and its people without being a disruptive force in the process. Andrea Giandomenico”s Le MarcheLe Marche, the…

LensCulture Exposure Awards deadline approaching: Free entry for a single image

LensCulture, an international contemporary photography portal and magazine is now taking entries for its 2018 Exposure Awards. The deadline is December 19, 2017. Learn more about the entry rules, jurors and entry specifics here: LensCulture Exposure Awards 20186 Winners & 8 Jurors” picks 25 Finalists Editors” Picks** Every Entrant $22,000 in Grant Awards Published in The Best of LensCulture, Volume 2 LensCulture Network Membership Massive Exposure to our Global Audience of 2.8 Million Benefits for…