so once I was a little drunk and emailed this journalist named Jonathan Katz after reading this really good article on Vice titled “What We Shouldn’t Be Doing in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda.” I was basically just telling him how I really appreciated his article because of his honesty and refreshing point of view on things and how that article really turned a bad night into a great night. But anyways, he actually responded!
He said he really appreciated what I said and was touched by my words. Then said if he gets the chance he’s going to stop by VCU on his book tour. Tell me that’s not the coolest thing ever
Girls on Bikes by Elaine Constantine, The Face 1997
All I want is to go ice skating in New York with jazz music playing in the background, preferably Nat King Cole or Ella Fitzgerald.
I can be doing anything honestly it just has to be something winter-related with Jazz music playing.
Gus Van Sant Week
Good Will Hunting, 1997
Cinematography: Jean-Yves Escoffier
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
I deeply admire this man.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat, located at about 12,000 ft. above sea level. During the rainy season, the water turns this place into the world’s largest mirror. The mirages from the sky’s reflection create a sense of infinity or walking among clouds. Tourists are only able to travel to this location via hot air balloon. It is referred to as the border between heaven and earth.
Mexican Border Project Documents Those Who Make Art, Not War
In the years since Mexico, under former President Vicente Fox, declared war on the drug cartels of Mexico in 2006, most of the photojournalism from the border has focused on the inevitable violence. With more than 60,000 people dead and another 25,000 missing, such attention is warranted, and vital.
Yet there’s more to the border region than just gunfire and body counts. Stefan Falke’s ongoing project, La Frontera: Artists from the U.S. Mexican Border, examines the borderland’s flourishing arts communities with photographs of more than 170 painters, muralists, art promoters, museum directors and musicians.
“It’s a story as true as those about crimes and violence,” Falke says. “There are a lot of amazing cultural activities going on along the border, on both sides. Artists are the pulse of societies and they can have a tremendous positive influence on their communities.”
Falke, who lives in New York, was born in Germany. His interest in national borders stems from his experience growing up in the shadow of the Iron Curtain.