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Part 8 in my weekly roundup from my feature. Each day of the week means a new photograph from a different continent.
This week includes street art in Berlin, recyclers in Buenos Aires, and the circle of life in Antarctica.
Earlier this month I attended my third World Domination Summit in sunny Portland, Oregon. Yeah, I said sunny. I've spent about a month there over the past three years, and I think it's only rained once or twice.
But really, you're probably thinking... what's this World Domination Summit thing?
Well I have a couple of ways to answer that for you:
Part 7 in my weekly roundup from my feature. Each day of the week means a new photograph from a different continent.
This week includes a sunlight chandelier in Cairo, trolls in Wellington, and a volunteer firefighting penguin in South America.
It's been a BIG week.
Just this past weekend, I was on stage telling the story of the first "Hikers Without Pants" event to 3000 people at the World Domination Summit in Portland. It was incredible, and the feedback from the crowd and everyone who approached me over the weekend was through the roof. It was a serious honor to share a tiny piece of myself with so many incredible people.
Part 6 in my weekly roundup from my newest feature. Each day of the week means a new photograph from a different continent.
This week features images like bold mountains in Ushuaia, a spiraling path to a cave in New Zealand, and a beautiful evening in Petra.
Part 5 in my weekly roundup from my newest feature "Around the World in 7 Days." Each day of the week means a new photograph from a different continent.
This weeks images include a fig tree car path in Tanzania, park lights in Finland, and a kid trying to beat the heat in Burma / Myanmar.
Part 4 in my weekly roundup from my newest feature. Each day of the week means a new photograph from a different continent.
This week features images from the crazy streets in Hanoi, a blue hour cityscape in Vancouver, and the relentless spinning of the Sufi dancer in Egypt.
Part 3 in my weekly roundup from my newest feature. Each day of the week means a new photograph from a different continent.
Part two in my weekly series "Around the World in 7 Days" featuring a photo from a different continent every day of the week.
The earth is a big place, and you can't see it all in a day.
But maybe you can in a week...
Stories told with images from around the globe
Stories told with images from around the globe
Amongst a group of hundreds walking down the dusty street in Nyaung U (Bagan), you'd think the group of kids dressed as zombies and performing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" would be the focus of this piece.
Sorry, not strange enough.
There are a lot of ways to pay the bills in this world. Some just choose more dramatic ways than others.
Take this man for instance. He's set up shop working the street in the center of Siem Reap is his own way, and he's about to put on a show.
He pulls his trailer down the street, and double-parks his trailer in front of a motorcycle and a minivan with his torturous tools of the trade an arms-length away. The trailer has the worst sounding horn loudspeaker you've ever let pierce your eardrums, and a
Clowns, brides, a pregnant women, an 80's rocker, even a chain gang. As it turns out, no one was immune. Hundreds of them shuffling down the street, reaching out at passengers in cars and moaning or growling at any humans they met in their path.
And I was at ground zero: Post-apocalyptic downtown Saskatoon.
Packed like sardines in a sold out club that has mediocre sound. It's hot... like sauna hot. The rain? It's coming from inside this low ceiling-ed building and is provided by the perspiration of the crowd. I'd dance like there was no one watching, but there's no room to move anyways. We all just sort of shuffle in place.
But the music is good, and that's about all you can ask for.
While most so-called "street art" is barely a hair more special than comic-sans is to the font world, on occasion you do stumble upon something special.
I carry around more than my fair share of camera gear, but sometimes a quick shot with my mobile phone is just what the doctor ordered.
As England is to pubs, Myanmar (Burma) is to tea shops. You'll find them everywhere, sometimes lined up one after another, with their little plastic stools and small tables spilling out onto the sidewalks and into the streets.
Let me introduce you to one of my favorites, Shwe Ya Minn tea shop. Located on the market block of the small "hill station" town of Kalaw (Shan State), it might be tough to spot without a readily visible English sign. Instead, you'll have to look for the crowds.
Although open all day, often from 6am until 10pm, the busiest times are early in the morning for...
*A warning to my more squeamish visitors, this story includes graphic images*
The drums: pounding. The crowd: dense. The colors: vibrant.
In a word,
It was after 5:00pm, and I had spent the day on nearby Bilugyun (Ogre) Island in the heat of Myanmar (Burma) summer. I was exhausted. So exhausted in fact, that when I caught a glimpse of a line of 150-odd monks walking toward us on the other side of the road my first instinct was to just move on.
Then, something I'd never seen before.A row of people walking on the other side of the road. Brightly colored garland draped over-top of an apparatus some were
Sometimes you end up somewhere you never expected.
I planned on traveling to Andorra to hike. Instead, I found myself at a skate pack in the center of Andorra La Vella, watching kids do tricks on a half-pipe... on scooters.
I realized quickly that any and all adventures in Burma are best left unplanned. It was a recurring theme during my entire time there in March / April 2012.
random mid morning stroll down Strand Road and towards a bit of commotion near the Pansodan ferry terminal along the Yangon river. Minutes later, I was on a ferry heading across the river, with a young guide named Joga (rhymes with yoga).
bike with a 20-odd chickens attached. Hmm...
A sea of orange pouring through the streets. 12600 monks, in their exceptionally bright robes like 12600 burning candles.
The occasion was the alms giving ceremony in Chiang Mai, with the public urged to bring donations of canned & non-perishable food. This year, the donations would be turned over to the victims of the disastrous flooding that has recently taken place in Thailand and made news headlines around the world.
On an early morning last month, I woke up to witness the ceremony.
Blood. Brains. Outstretched arms. Vacant stares.
It seems no one was immune. Firefighters, newlyweds, panhandlers, interstellar supersoldiers, even a guy who was obviously bitten while on the toilet. The latter was found walking the streets with his pants down to his ankles & holding a copy of Men's Health magazine, all while slowly shuffling up the Broadway Bridge from the Vimy Memorial in downtown Saskatoon.
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Having been separated from much of the world for decades thanks to a corrupt military regime and economic sanctions from much of the Western world, the country and its government have begun to open up more recently.
The simplified version of this change that is portrayed in much of the media is just a thin slice of what's going on inside of the country. How the future of the people there will be shaped in years to come is what interests me, and is the focus of a long term project of mine.
The goal is to have a series of gallery showings, and public speaking engagements when my work is completed sometime in 2015.