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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?…

Changing The Game: Seattle, Washington Artist Louie Gong

I first met Native American artist Louie Gong when writing about his work in a Portland Art Museum exhibition. When I learned he’d be opening a retail store in Seattle, I knew I’d have another story to write soon. Here it is, as featured in OnTrak Magazine. Louie Gong’s Eighth Generation Written by Gina Williams | photography by Bradley Lanphear During a recent artist-in-residence stint at Seattle’s Eighth Generation flagship store at Pike Place Market,…

Culture Outpost: Embracing the Rhythms of the World

One of the most enjoyable aspects of travel for me is getting swept up in the ebb and flow  — the rhythms — of a place that’s different from home. I loved the feeling of that cultural beat recently on a recent trip to Mexico City. And it made me consider other places with a strong rhythm.  Everyplace has its own beat, of course, but some places seem to have a stronger pulse. Italy. Norway.…

Behind the scenes in Mexico City

Now and then I find myself explaining the background scenario of my work as an arts & culture writer. On social media, it can appear that I’m simply gallivanting around the world without a care. The reality is that sharing the experience with a little bit of marketing skill through multiple social media channels is part of my job. Of course I’m thrilled that I have the opportunity through my background and experience and technology…

Capture of the Day: Noor Ahmed Gelal

“Greetings from the land of smiles,” is Bangladeshi photographer Noor Ahmed Gelal’s typical welcome. But this simple greeting carries a lot of meaning as Gelal is dedicated to showing the world a side of Bangladesh that he feels is too often misrepresented – the beautiful, diverse and harmonious side of his country. “Bangladesh is a land of cultural diversity,” Gelal says. “Though most of the people are Muslim, it is a country of communal harmony.…

Best of July: Curated Competitions, Workshops & More from LensCulture

What a great roundup! July’s LensCulture “Best of” list has something for everyone, including single image free entry for the L.C. street photography contest. Check it out: https://www.lensculture.com/articles/lensculture-editors-best-of-july-deadlines-for-competitions-workshops-grants-and-more **”Best of” cover photo by Justyna Mielnikiewicz. The picture is from the award-winning series The Meaning of a Nation ArtCompetitioncultureLensCulturePhoto ContestPhotographyphotography workshopStreet PhotographyTravelworkshops

Guest Post: Tuscany’s Hidden Gem by Michela Ricciarelli

I had the great pleasure of visiting the magical Tuscan city of Pistoia in March when I traveled there with renowned Pistoian photographer Luca Bracali. Michela Ricciarelli is lucky enough to also claim the charming Medieval town as her birthplace — and who better than a passionate local to provide authentic insight, photos and travel tips. Thank you, Michela! Pistoia, Tuscany’s Hidden Gem: More than 5 reasons to visit –  a letter to visitors traveling in…

Capture of the Day: Petr Barabaka

Instagram. That’s where I came to know the work of Moscow-based street and skate culture photographer & filmmaker Petr Barabaka. What I love about being a writer is that my admiration for work or a place or a moment doesn’t have to stop there. I can keep asking questions. It turns out that Petr is something of a philosopher as well. He’s bold. He’s humble. He’s an amazing artist. He said this about photography and his…