Sicilia, Italy Photo by @williamalbertallard // Palermo, Sicily, 1994 // Laundry seems to soar like great birds in flight from lines strung from tenement buildings in an old neighborhood in Palermo. Sicly was a wonderful place for me to document. It’s such a wonderful visual resource with people who aren’t shy of being photographed, full of life and vigor. And the food, oh how good it is! #followme @williamalbertallard for more images of Sicily and other assignments spanning five decades. #sicily #palermo #laundry #neighborhood #city
Papua New Guinea Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // I have recently been going through some old slides looking for hidden gems for my upcoming fine art book AMAZE. It is so exciting going through old favorites that I have never been able to publish. As the scan of this image slowly appeared on my screen, a smile grew on my face. I remember being so deeply moved by seeing how this young girl from the Karawari River Valley cherished her most prized possession and clearly her best friend, this puppy. In honor of #NationalPuppyDay, I want to share this image and memory. For more images of my trip to Papua New Guinea and images for my book, please #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier.
Yukon Photograph by @PaulNicklen // It is not an easy life for a young grizzly bear. They are constantly foraging on a diverse diet of vegetation, fish, carrion and other sources of nutrition until it is time to sleep for the winter. Even if it is October and -30c on the Fishing Branch River in Canada’s Yukon. Their key time to get fat is in the fall months when they target salmon. This forces these normally isolated nomads within proximity to one another. Young bears like this ice-covered female are always on the lookout for big lumbering males or protective mothers and cubs. The one skill they have is that they are light and fast and run they can. If you aren’t big and tough, then you better be alert and quick. #FollowMe on @PaulNicklen to see more of my favorite predators. #speed #bear #adventure #beauty #nature #naturelovers #grizzly
Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Photo by @ruddyroye // Captured #withgalaxy Note8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Looking at Ammo and Jessilyn Ray one might make the mistake of thinking that they are the next group of folks set to gentrify the Brooklyn borough. But when you go beyond the surface, they will share how they are helping to preserve the community they came to know when they first started renting here. Both artists have been integral in fighting for renter’s rights in Brooklyn. While Ammo has been working to help keep neighbours in their apartments, Jessilyn has been bringing food and groceries to her neighbours in need. Today, they came together to collaborate as musicians and strategize about how to continue being supportive members of the Brooklyn community.
Jeju Island, South Korea Photo by @BrianSkerry. A pair of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins swim through the temperate waters near Jeju Island, South Korea. Three dolphins from this pod were illegally captured several years ago and kept in captivity in a zoo. In 2013 the captive animals were re-wilded and released off Jeju, where they returned to their birth pod and are now doing well. On Tuesday, South Korea banned the importation of dolphins from Taiji, Japan; the location where dolphins are captured for use in captivity or are slaughtered. Although this does not mean that captive dolphins are prohibited in South Korea, such a ban should help reduce the number of captive dolphins, as approximately 70% of the country’s captive dolphins have come from Taiji. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo. Dive into the sea with wildlife! Follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram! #dolphin #dolphins #bottlenose#underwater#southkorea #japan #cute #travelphoto#preservation #followme #follow #instagood #natgeo
Mixing paint in Northern Namibia photo by @salvarezphoto Red paint. Specifically paint made from red ochre is incredibly important to humanity's artistic development. The first evidence of art that we have comes from 100,000 year old ochre paint kits found in Southern South Africa. In Namibia the Himba tribe still makes paint the same way that our common ancestors did. They grind a mineral called red ochre into a fine powder and mix it with animal fat. The recipe has endured for eons. #namibia
Photograph by @simoncroberts. Ashley Vale Allotments, Bristol, UK from the series #merriealbion Sophie and Matthew Holker tend their plot on the Ashley Vale Allotments, whilst their daughter Esme looks on. Ashley (meaning ash tree wood in Old English) Vale has been occupied since Roman times. The history of the allotments starts around the time of the First World War, when the land was turned over to the growing of vegetables, shortly before rationing was introduced. The ‘Rules of the Ashley Vale Allotment Association Ltd.’ were registered with the Agricultural Organization Society in 1917. The site now consists of over 200 plots overlooking St Werburghs City Farm. In July 2009, the House of Commons Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee published a report, ‘Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges Faced by the UK’. It acknowledges the important role of home-grown food and that the Government needs to plan for increased public demand for allotments. In
Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India Photo by @renan_ozturk // First light creeping in at 19,000 ft and -20° degrees as @jimmy_chin and I follow @conrad_anker up the final summit push on the Shark’s Fin of Mt Meru in India’s Garhwal Himalaya. The documentation of such climbing expeditions has become increasingly possible with modern lightweight cameras enabling a window into the human condition stretched to the limit. Sometimes in these moments I also use the camera to take my mind off the fear of the unknown, entering the creative space as a temporary veil to the threatening exposure abound. See @renan_ozturk @jimmy_chin @conrad_anker for more on this expedition #meru
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // Returning from fishing, a farmer waters his field at sunrise in Goa, India. - Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.
Photo by @pedromcbride (Pete McBride) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // Flowing 1500 miles from the top of the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal in northern India, the Ganges River is a lifeline for nearly 500 million people. Believed to be holy by the Hindu religion, many see this river as all powerful, but since so many ask so much from it— for industry, agriculture, religion and more, it is has become one of the most contaminated rivers in the world. Mother Ganges, as many call it, can be serve as a powerful reminder on world water day — teaching us how important our watery lifelines are—but also how fragile they are as well. If we ask too much, they disappear. - Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.
Photo by @amytoensing (Amy Toensing) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // The evening sun catches the spray from an irrigation station in the Murray Darling basin in Australia’s breadbasket. Water is essential to the region for growing food, for people’s livelihoods, and for their way of life. Although traditional forms of irrigation such as spray irrigation are still used, the region has been working diligently to update its irrigation methods to conserve and use water more responsibly. - Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // Sure footed. A Wakhi woman returns home, crossing a suspended bridge above the Hunza river. These glacial waters feed into the mighty Indus River that it turns provide water to the roughly 300 million people living in the Indus basin. Western Himalaya, Karakoram mountains, Pakistan. - Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown (Michael Christopher Brown) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // Off the coast of the village of Kazinga in Tanzania, men of all ages cast their last nets of the day to catch sardines. Even a one or two-degree Fahrenheit rise in water temperature here could affect fish yields and spell catastrophe for the millions who rely on them. The world’s second largest freshwater lake by volume, millions of people rely on Lake Tanganyika for water, transportation and fish. - Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley) // Sponsored by @StellaArtois // A man searches for pieces of metal and coins thrown in the Yamuna river by Hindu believers in Delhi, India. - Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people around the world today live without access to safe water. Join @StellaArtois and @water to learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis.
Babcock Ranch Photo by @CarltonWard // Sunrise lights morning fog over a pine forest at Babcock Ranch near Fort Myers, Florida. I captured this frame from helicopter using a telephoto lens just as the sun was breaking the horizon. I love sharing aerial views of Florida’s vast interior forests that can be surprising for a state so widely known for its beaches and amusement parks. #pathofthepanther#keepflwild @fl_wildcorridor @natgeocreative #fog #sunrise #forest #floridawild
Photo by @paleyphoto (Matthieu Paley). 9am kitchen rush, smoke rising to the central roof opening of a traditional Wakhi home. They are preparing flat bread and salty milk tea, brought to the family members working in the wheat field on that September morning. Of course, we are offered some, a welcomed break on our walk across the Pamir Mountains. On assignment for @natgeo following the incredible @outofedenwalk - for more cultural encounters, follow @paleyphoto - #onassignment#matthieupaley#afghanistan#evolutionofdiet
Mexico Photo by @FransLanting As frail as they are, Monarch butterflies are powerful symbols for the vibrant connections between Mexico, the US and Canada. They spend their summers in the US where they reproduce, but they need Mexico’s mountains to overwinter and as global warming progresses, they will need Canada as an extension of their range. At a time when some think borders need walls to become barriers, Monarchs flutter back and forth at will and unite a continent. Monarchs cannot be claimed by a single country, but we all have a stake in their future. Unsustainable logging in Mexico’s mountains deprives Monarchs of critical habitat. The industrial use of pesticides in the US has dramatically reduced their numbers and that deprives people in Mexico—and everywhere else—of a natural wonder that has no equal on earth. Monarchs can only thrive when people unite to protect them. Check @FransLanting for more images of their astonishing gatherings in Mexico and see what happens when
Photograph by @cookjenshel Happy International Day of Forests! Today’s global celebration is meant to raise awareness of the many ways trees sustain and protect us. One of those many benefits of trees is their ability to store carbon – which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change. Here is one of our favorite forests, the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington. And speaking of a place that receives a lot of rain, we should also note that trees protect important watersheds – and help prevent flooding. @cookjenshel @natgeocreative @thephotosoceity #InternationalDayofForests #WiseTrees #trees #rainforest #OlympicNationalPark
Queen Maud Land Photo by @jimmy_chin Despite the beauty of the light and shadow…all sense of distance, scale and size is lost in the gaze east of the Fenriskjeften Range aka “The Wolf’s Jaw.” Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17
Photo @Hammond_Robin for @OneDayInMyWorld - “I think that by freeing people from the institution we and society as a whole, have become richer.” 83 year old Stjepan Getto lived in an institution for people with mental heath conditions for 27 years. That is where he met his wife Jelica Getto. In 2014 they moved into an apartment in the town of Osijek, Croatia. They now live almost entirely independently, with occasional support from a mental health assistant. “As long as I am able, I have a wish to do something and to contribute in some way, so that my life would have meaning. I think what we accomplished is good for everyone. For the people who have been institutionalized, for people who worked with them, and for the community as well.” - Rehabilitation cannot take place behind the high walls of an institution. In four years, 172 out of 200 people have moved from ‘Home for the Insane’ in Osijek, Croatia, into apartments. Staff have trained to serve as assistants in the
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