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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…

“Find the stories that unite us” — Award-winning photojournalist Ami Vitale presenting in Portland, Oregon USA January 22

“Empathy is the key to great stories” –Ami Vitale I had the great honor of meeting American photojournalist and National Geographic contributor Ami Vitale in Siena, Italy in October at the Siena International Photography Awards Ceremony and Festival. Ami won the Storytelling category in Siena and the prestigious title of “Best Author 2017.” She gave her powerful and inspiring National Geographic LIVE presentation at the University of Siena. Her message that we must “find the stories…

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?…

Bodies and broken wires: Matt Black documents Puerto Rico

I met documentary photographer Matt Black last winter at a Magnum Photos workshop in San Francisco. I was humbled by his approach and his willingness to do the hard work and immerse himself into communities where he is literally a stranger, in order to show the world important truths. This morning, I came upon his Twitter feed — he’s currently working in Puerto Rico and his images are incredibly powerful. No fake news here. https://twitter.com/MattBlack_Matt/…

Ready, Set, Siena

I’m all packed up and ready to make the leap to Italy today with a layover in Amsterdam that I plan on taking full advantage of with a long city walk. It’s time once again for the Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) event & Festival in beautiful Tuscany. I’m looking forward to meeting photographers around the world and reuniting with friends from Pistoia to Switzerland to Bangladesh. Home | SIPAContest | Siena International Photography AwardsThe…

“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. GFX Mash Up Jens Krauer x Billingham & Peak Design “Langstrasse” / FUJIFILMSwiss X-Photographer Jens Krauer visits Langstrasse in Zurich with GFX 50S and GF110mmF2 R LM WR and meet the eclectic people in the area. Filmed 4K on X-T2 ——————————- About GFX: The game has changed.…

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,…