The bright and beautiful natives of Brazil. In 2007 the National Indian Foundation or FUNAI (a Brazilian governmental protection agency for Indian interests and their culture) reported that it had confirmed the presence of 67 different un-contacted tribes in Brazil. Brazil has now the largest number of un-contacted peoples. Though it’s a daily struggle to keep their land and rights, their isolation aids in cultural survival as they continue to defend their customs, language, beliefs, and ways of expression.
I’ve always been fascinated by pictures from the past. These color photos from Russian photographer/chemist Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii are simply incredible. Between 1909 and 1915, Prokudin-Gorskii traveled across his home country, using a relatively new technology of color photography to document what he saw along his journey. Outfitting a private train car with his own dark room equipment, Prokudin-Gorskii captured landscapes, buildings, and people in a series of breathtaking images. Without sepia tones’ time-distancing effects, the characters in these images feel right there, full of stories of a bygone era and a diverse, colorful culture on the brink of revolution.
View the entire collection of high res photographs here.
Just came across the absolutely incredible work from Brazilian photographer and photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado. The majority of his photographs leave me wondering how he got to such bizarre locations he did in order to produce such beautifully apocalyptic images. I even start to question if they’re real or if they’ve been digitally created or altered. But indeed they are real film shots. His work is such an inspiration to seek out these far corners of this world that very few have captured the way he has.
It’s really happening! I kept having to remind myself as Austin disappears in my rear view mirror and the open road ahead is about to be our new reality. To backtrack, me and Aaron loved Austin. We called it our playground because we filled our days with music festivals, amazing friends, and creative projects along with our full time gigs. Aaron was a web designer for a design house and I was an Account Executive for an Austin Magazine. What we had planned on as our “pit stop” to Austin became 3 years in Austin. After lots of daydreaming, and “what if we could quit our jobs and travel” talks, we decided to chase it. Long story short, we quit our jobs, sold all of our possessions, paid off credit cards, told everyone farewell, and even agreed to leave Gonzo for awhile.
So we’re riding the wave of a vaguely planned indefinite trip. The month of June to road trip across the US, and then flying off to Southeast Asia towards the Philippines, then to Palau Islands and the rest is all up in the air still. There’s been discussion on Thailand and Cambodia or Nepal and Tibet. Could be all of the above, if it’s meant to be. Right?