Have you traveled around the world, trekking around all sorts of various countries, sparkling with different ways of life, attitudes and perspectives? If you were Phil Borges, then the answer would be a definite yes. For the better part of the past twenty five years, Phil has been traveling all over the planet, capturing the world through his camera and giving the global village some moving and wonderful stories about who we are, how we live, our spirit and our struggle. [Read more...]
It’s hard to believe these dreamy photographs came from the top of a speeding Google Street View car, but that’s just where photographer Aaron Hobson found them. The images follow in the footsteps of his ongoing “Cinemascapes” series, where like a landscape loving Cindy Sherman, he creates wide format images that appear to have jumped from the silver screen. [Read more...]
Stepping over the rim of Nyiragongo Crater, the worlds largest lake of molten lava comes into view. In June 2010, a group of brave explorers photographed the sloshing, red hot pool in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Great Lake Region. Photographer Olivier Grunewald made it within mere meters of the edge, which frequently overflows, bringing back images never before seen. It’s a rare glimpse at the volitile inner workings of the earth. For larger images check out Boston’s Big Picture [Read more...]
Birthed at Burning Man, Shyam Vasant Yadav started French Toast and Hugs (FTX) back in 2000. I had the pleasure of meeting Shyam at Burning Man 2009 as part of his very fun, welcoming camp and just being around this positive guy gave me a refreshing look at life. His happy perspective is infectious: from simple stories about his favorite slice of pizza to introducing me to the relaxing music of Hammock.
What a perfect person to start a project that hands out hugs and french toast at no cost, for the simple pleasure of making people happy. Together with his FTX gang (you get a numbered jersey for lending a hand or spatula), he has fed an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people around the world: cities like Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Auckland, Santa Monica, New York, Melbourne and Jodphur. [Read more...]
Many of us in the western world have heard of cow and goat milk, but what about the drink of choice in many eastern countries? Camel milk has long been touted as one of the most healthful drinks, far closer to that of human breast milk than any other. It is not only much easier for the human body to digest, but also is rich in vitamins B and C while containing 10 times as much iron as the other milks.
Now, Nairobi Kenya based Alicia Sully is running an exciting Kickstarter campaign, designed to build knowledge about the benefits of camel milk on the body. She plans to drink and eat ONLY camel milk for 10 days, tracking the status of her body and doing blood testing before, during and after the experiment. Her project will be part of the Experimental Food Society Spectacular taking place in London, UK on October 21st and 22nd [Read more...]
Vanessa Hollander and Wilson Philippe are two clever teenagers who love photography and dream to someday travel all corners of the world, meet awesome people and document their adventures. They are off to a great start with their new video: Mongolia. Armed with Polaroid cameras, the two went on a 10 day motorcycle tour, delivering the gift of instant images to the remote people of the country. The families they visited were delighted to have their pictures taken and made sure to dress up for the occasion. [Read more...]
Using over 3000 photographs, Benjamin Oliver Jenks has put together a stop motion film about his hitchhiking journey across the USA. Having done this adventure myself, I think he has really captured what it feels like to cross the continent, randomly meeting new friends, sharing stories and creating fond memories. Want more hitchhiking inspiration? Check out the time I hitched across the USA dressed as a monk or watch the excellent series Thumbs Up by David Choe. [Read more...]
With all the buzz and excitement about the recent dawn of personal space flight, a Russian firm has this week announced the next step in the story: an orbiting hotel in space. The small capsule detailed was revealed at a conference in Moscow, with a scheduled opening (at 217 miles altitude!) by 2016. Though spartan when it comes to frills, the hotel “will not remind you of the International Space Station,” says Sergei Kostenko, chief executive of its builder Orbital Technologies. “A hotel should be comfortable inside, and it will be possible to look at the Earth through large portholes.” The capsule will be serviced in orbit by the long running and reliable Soyuz launch system, now the only operating passenger carrying space vehicle. [Read more...]
When scuba diver and artist Andreas Franke took pictures of the Vandenberg shipwreck off Key West last year he thought something was lacking:
“Even though there is so much life, marine life, all over and around it, the shipwreck itself, to me, is a dead thing,” Franke said. “But I thought that if I put people on it, then there would again be life on that ship.”
That’s just what he did. Taking underwater photographs of the 522-foot vessel, Franke digitally added figures enjoying the ships underwater amenities (and adding some of his own) while bringing back a human presence. Recently with the help of other divers, he’s placed a waterproof gallery of the 12 large images along the starboard deck at a depth of 93 feet. The gallery, just a short swim through azure waters, is now available to any certified diver. For a tour of the all the works and a good look at the ship, see Franke’s site staudinger-franke.at [Read more...]
This will get your travel juices flowing: 3 creative guys, Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Lees traveled to 11 countries and created 3 inspiringly beautiful short films. Each of the shorts follow a simple yet cleverly conveyed linear concept: movement, learning & food. What these pieces of art seem to convey the strongest though, is a deep appreciation and enjoyment of life lived fully. [Read more...]