June 07, 2011

A smart film about the NYT photographer and seeing beauty in our everyday encounters.

May 04, 2011

“It’s not really about running away. It’s about the desire to run away.”

Growing up in Minnesota, photographer Alec Soth fantasized about having a secret cave-like hideout where he could escape from the world. Now in his early 40s, Soth’s captivation with retreat and solitary adventure is revealed in a new documentary, Somewhere to Disappear, which screened Monday night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

Filmmakers Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove drove over 20,000 miles with Soth in 2008 and 2009, capturing his quixotic search across America for monks, hermits, survivalists, and others living a mostly solitary off-the-grid existence. One of the film’s most endearing subjects is a middle-aged man named Clyde Garth Bowles. He lives on a self-created compound in the California desert where he cares with great tenderness for horses, birds, and other animals. “My spiritual theory is my life,” he says.

April 05, 2011

Indian Man Celebrates "Gudi Padwa"A man dressed in elaborate costume celebrates the Maharashtrian New Year during a procession in Mumbai. (photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images)

Bollywood stars took to Twitter to wish their fans Gudi Padwa, or Happy New Year. India’s vast cultural and ethnic diversity accounts for celebrations at different times and places. Grand festivals are held to celebrate the start of vasant or spring.

March 30, 2011

Enchantment of Minnehaha Falls
(photo: ©Al Gage)

A long, prosperous winter is coming to pass. The spring thaw is upon us in Minnesota. And, it feels so necessary. But, it’s not without some remorse, especially when taking in the shocking beauty of Minnehaha Falls captured in such exquisite light. The creek is now assuming its dutiful labor, the water wresting and freeing itself from its dormant state.

A big thanks to Al Gage for capturing this bit of nature!

February 26, 2011

A magical description of the primordial silences of people and places outside urban corridors by Taline Voskeritchian.

February 07, 2011

A reminder to look for stories coming out of Egypt that are "outside the bubble" of Tahrir Square.

February 05, 2011

Chinese New Year in SpainParading in Puerta del Sol, Spain. (photo: PepeZoom/Flickr)

One of the most important Chinese holidays is Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year. Following the lunar calendar, this year the celebration fell on Thursday, February 3rd, which is also the year of the rabbit. The rabbit is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Images of the rabbit become part of the celebration. The theme for festivities is to spread luck and good fortune, and the rabbit (remember your lucky rabbit’s foot?) is symbolic for both.

February 03, 2011

Christians protecting Muslims during prayer and the mundane act of picking up the trash. Great on-the-scene photos of the Tahrir Square protests from Nevine Zaki.

January 21, 2011

We all have gifts. But sometimes those gifts remain invisible to the people around us. This was true for honed her craft as street photographer for over four decades.

Maier's work was first discovered at an estate auction in 2007 by John Maloof, a twenty-something real estate agent and flea market maven. Eventually he realized he'd stumbled upon a trove of photographic gems. Maloof now holds 100,000 of Maier's negatives and devotes himself full time to showcasing Maier's work, which is now on exhibit at the Chicago History Museum through summer 2014.

December 04, 2010

Contrasting Similarities

Sometimes the most striking sequences present themselves in the most unexpected places, non? Two of my favorite Tumblrs — Been Thinking and Destin a Terre — posted these photos within seconds of each other and showed up on our Being Blog dashboard exactly in this order.

The scenes couldn’t be more different in temperature and climate and condition, but the mood and the tone make them long-time companions who stopped by the local pub for an ale. They’re both clean, minimalist without being bleak and sterile. And both scenes are just so beautiful.

November 30, 2010

Winter has already taken root here in Minneapolis, but I haven’t let go of autumn yet. So I just couldn’t resist reblogging a small portion of this wonderful series of autumn photos by Jamie on her From Me to You blog, which she introduced with the caption: “As November slips away the last leaves fall on Central Park West making way for the winter air and snow filled trees…”

Be sure and view Jamie’s complete fall photo series on her site.

August 26, 2010

"Creating a photograph is like meditation, full of paradoxes that coexist happily." -a guest post from listener Monica Biswas with one of her lovely photos.

August 24, 2010

Need a moment of wonder to kick off the day? Henry Jun Wah Lee's "Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way" will do it — in one minute.

July 09, 2010

Selected images from Lederach's efforts in Ghana, Philippines, and Nepal.

June 19, 2010

An unexpected package. A book. A gift. Days with My Father.

June 04, 2010

Rosanne Cash's comparison of a live performance to a Buddhist monk's wiping away of a sand mandala reminded us of this fantastic two-minute, time-lapse video.