January 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
A tumblr well worth following: Vintage National Geographic Scans (mainly from the 1950s to early 60s)
November 9, 2010 Comments Off on (Update:) West African Costumes
October 28, 2010 Comments Off on Greenland
If you know me in real life, you know about my fascination with Greenland. Stories like that of Tété-Michel Kpomassie, who as a child, found a book about “eskimos” in a missionary library in Toga, and set out in his teenage years to travel all the way to Greenland, never cease to amaze me. I just found out that there was an exhibition last fall at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, presenting artistic responses to Kpomassie’s book, curated by Jean Barberis and Michelle Levy. What a great idea! (I can’t believe I didn’t think of it first.)
It’s the size of the island, the incredible landscape, the people and animals, the northern lights, the winter darkness, and probably its remoteness that has appealed to me ever since I was a child (okay, maybe it also has to do with the fact that Peter Hoeg’s book Smilla […] was my favourite read as a 13-year-old, and I can still quote from that).
Not too long ago I read this article in Vice Magazine about the high suicide rate among Greenlandic teenagers and discovered a young Danish photojournalist with Greenlandic roots, Camilla Stephan, who published a great looking book about her family in Greenland. I haven’t had the chance to get a copy of the book, but the photos on the website look incredible.
Speaking of incredible pictures, a couple of weeks ago, the fantastic NY Times photojournalism blog Lens posted a set of pictures from Greenland, mainly domestic scenes, by photographer Andrea Gjestvang. Enjoy the set in full screen!
October 22, 2010 Comments Off on Tristan da Cunha
I have been obsessed with this island, dubbed the geographically remotest place on earth, for a long time. Its inhabitants established a form of modern communism, its symmetrical map with the volcanic peak in the exact middle is a visual gem, and has provided hours of Google Earth exploration. Tristan has a heart-shaped crater lake, a beach called Runaway Beach, is only accessible by boat, and used to be called “Islands of Refreshment”. Currently, 275 people live there. (Sources: 1 2 3 4)
In related news, Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands is now available in English, and highly recommended.