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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…

Palio!

Twice a year, on July 2 and August 16, the Tuscan town of Siena, Italy goes wild for Palio, the famous horse race that dates back to the 13th Century. Thanks to Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA) founder and photographer Luca Venturi, for sharing a link where you can watch the festivities leading up to race day and the main event live on July 2! Stay tuned — I’ll be sharing some of Luca’s photos…

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…

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…