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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…

Put Your Heart In Every Frame: Valerie Jardin publishes new Street Photography Ebook

Acclaimed street photographer Valerie Jardin has a brilliant new eBook available that’s full of advice on everything from respectful and anonymous documentation methods to utilizing shadows, capturing beautiful silhouettes and utilizing creative filters. See the download link below. “Always keep in mind that documentary photography is important and has historical value, as long as it is done respectfully.” –Valerie Jardin, Anonymous: How to Shoot Street Photography Without Revealing Your Subjects ANONYMOUS: How To Shoot Street…

World Water Day: Remembering the art and spirit of Rachel Carson

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

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…

If the stars should appear

“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…

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?…