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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?…

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 2018 Take a listen here or on iTunes, Google Play, etc. Guest Bio Karen and Valerie in…

“So I quit that job…” Rick Fogel’s artistic legacy

When I saw musician Rick Fogel busking on the main street in La Conner, Washington, USA, I put some money in his collection jar, snapped his photo and asked him for his business card. I immediately knew I’d be writing more about him one day. I think you’ll find his story as cool & inspiring as I did.   Watch for Rick playing dulcimer and fiddle on the streets of Seattle and La Conner. He’s also…

“Just me, the camera & the stories that present themselves….”

Congrats to my friend Jens Krauer, a Swiss Fujifilm X-PHotographer Jens Krauer on his brilliant new production, “GFX Mash Up” by Jens Krauer x Billingham & Peak Design. Take a look as he visits Langstrasse in Zurich with the GFX 50S and GF110mmF2 R LM WR and documents the eclectic people in the area. *Filmed in 4K on X-T2 ArtdesignFilmfujifilmFujifilm X-PhotographerGFXInspirationJens KrauerLifenewsStreet PhotographySwitzerlandTechnology

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,…

Wanderlust

I’m almost too busy to blog currently, but there are adventures on the horizon. Today’s post will have to be brief yet hopefully inspirational. I snapped these infrared shot while traveling for my contract communications work through Parkdale, Oregon at the base of our beautiful sleeping volcano, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. I had two minutes of extra time with Mt. Hood came into view, so I pulled over quickly & had to keep…

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.…

Culture Outpost: Open Mic Night in Dublin

On a recommendation from our (highly recommended) Airbnb host, we walked towards Dublin city center from our flat in the suburban Rathgar neighborhood to a newish bar called The Bowery. “Rock & Rum bar in an old ship!” the description shouted. They had me at Rock & Rum, but the “old ship” aspect raised my curiosity. The Bowery didn’t disappoint. The space opens up into what literally feels like being inside an old pirate ship,…