At the Center of Things

“My foot slips on a narrow ledge; in that split second, as needles of fear pierce heart and temples, eternity intersects with present time. Thought and action are not different, and stone, air, ice, sun, fear, and self are one. What is exhilarating is to extend this acute awareness into ordinary moments, in the moment-by-moment experiencing of the lammergeier and the wolf, which, finding themselves … Continue reading At the Center of Things

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. … Continue reading Absolute freedom of the soul: A journey to Lapland

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

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

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 … Continue reading Capture of the Day: Michael Knapstein

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 … Continue reading If the stars should appear

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 … Continue reading Where travel and wonder meet