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Essay: Stone’s Throw From Hell

Human Intervention in the Middle of Nowhere by Gina Williams Originally published by Kudzu House Blood drips from the snake’s mouth and splatters in a semicircle on the hot asphalt. He’s coiled defensively in the road after being struck by a passing vehicle. The large gopher snake is hurt, angry, looking to blame, but he isn’t going to kill me, even if he does manage to strike. He isn’t venomous, and gopher snakes are constrictors.…

Capture of the Day: Valentina Brancaforte

I love sharing this image today, on Earth Day, of a wolf taken by Italian photographer Valentina Brancaforte during her winter 2017 trip to Norway’s Lofoten archipelago Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Center during a workshop with photographer and instructor Luca Bracali. The beautiful photo was also featured by National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.it/wallpaper/2017/02/02/foto/la_mia_foto_il_meglio_di_gennaio-3407098/2/ I was lucky enough to meet Valentina during a stop in Rome in March. Thank you for your friendship, congratulations on your successes and much appreciation…

Our Own Brutal Use of the Land

In “American Landscapes,” a published collection of photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (1981), John Szarkowski writes about wilderness, wildness, public treasures and our human treading upon them. He also writes about what it means to photograph a landscape, to contemplate our apprehension of the “difference between our special human concerns and the earth’s own compulsions.” “We have been half persuaded by Thoreau and by the evidence of our own brutal…

Chernobyl 30 Years Later: A Sinister Fairy Tale

“It was the eeriest journey I have ever taken. We drove by abandoned bus shelters. We sped a long the road at quite a rate but I began to notice, through the trees, that there were abandoned homes, with trees growing through their windows and roofs. With the thick snow all around, it felt like we had entered a sinister fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.” –From a stunning series of photo essays by Peter…