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The life and work of “Snowflake Bentley”

in History/Philosophies
Essay: "The Snowflake Man of Vermont." (Creative Commons essay, public domain photo)
Essay: "The Snowflake Man of Vermont." (Creative Commons essay, public domain photo)

Vermont farmer Wilson Bentley, the first person to photograph and study the complexity of snow crystals, died 87 years ago today: “On the morning he was laid to rest… it began to snow, leaving a dusting over the burial ground.”

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With sulfur miners in the Indonesian jungle

in Philosophies/Travel
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    Photo © Sebastian Jacobitz
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    Photo © Sebastian Jacobitz
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    Photo © Sebastian Jacobitz
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    Photo © Sebastian Jacobitz
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    Photo © Sebastian Jacobitz

“The more I read about it, the clearer it became to me that this has got to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. My curiosity forced me to take a trip to Ijen, to document their work with my camera. This experience changed my life.”

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United Nations of Chungking Mansions

in Glocal/Society/Travel
Chungking Mansions life. (Photo © Mariusz Bogacki)
Chungking Mansions life. (Photo © Mariusz Bogacki)

“Today, the Hong Kong building’s inhabitants and visitors vary from budget travelers to tourists; businessmen to traders; sex workers to drug dealers; asylum seekers to economic migrants; charity workers to ordinary punters.”

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Polynesia and the accidental tattoo model

in Arts/Travel
"Under the Skin" - The people behind the archives at Grassi. Photo © Anne-Coralie Bonnaire
"Under the Skin" - The people behind the archives at Grassi. Photo © Anne-Coralie Bonnaire

On her transition into adulthood, she lent a French Polynesian tattoo artist a piece of her skin for his art, and ended up part of the living archive at Leipzig’s Grassi Museum – connecting with her own history and others’ in ways she couldn’t have imagined.

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Peter Krauskopf: STRUKTUR at G2

in Arts/O & P Highlights
detail of painting at Peter Krauskopf's STRUKTUR at G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo maeshelle west-davies

Peter Krauskopf broke the HGB mould by choosing abstraction over realism. The result is a vibrant state of positive flux that leaves a pleasant taste in your mouth.

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Kay Fochtmann: German lens, Brazilian soul

in Travel/What's on
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    Cablecar ride at the Sugar Loaf in Rio. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    A man working in the favela. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    Surfer boy in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)
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    Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Kay Fochtmann)

“Besides soaking it all in… the life, the laughter, the music, the scent, the language, the good and the bad, I helped the tour guide pick up the tourists at their hotels, made sure that everyone was following the unwritten favela community rules, and watched out that the tourists only took pictures where they were allowed to do so.” – Kay Fochtmann. See his photo exhibit at VHS and read the interview on LeipGlo.

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