Category Archives: History

Beautiful: Diagonal Rail

You wouldn’t know it to watch me cook, or to look at my stacks of books, piles of papers, or by the clothes I wear, but I love minimalistic photos. I like having a single important element, and making my … Continue reading

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Photo from the World: Moonrise over Port Ellen

You cannot, as a landscape photographer, ever title a piece “Moonrise …” without wondering if it lives up to Ansel Adams’ snapshot entitled “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.” Adams? A snapshot?! That’s right. He’s blasting down the highway, sees the scene, … Continue reading

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Photo from the World: Highway L210

One of my favorite stories from the Cold War is that of the Pan-European picnic. In 1989, the Hungarian government began to reduce its patrols of the Austrian border, and then, in a symbolic gesture, decided to open the gate … Continue reading

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Photo from the World: Scraping By

War is an ugly business, and sometimes in ways you might not expect. Pillaging and looting (though now we call it “trophy-hunting” or “trophy-keeping”) are a part of that. This cauldron in Xi’an, China was once completely plated with gold, … Continue reading

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Beautiful: Petrifying Wood

It’s not often in life that you get to see something that you know will blow someone’s mind in several million years. Have you been to a petrified forest, where trees from as long as 225,000,000 years ago (the Triassic) … Continue reading

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