Ron Henggeler is a forager, urban adventurer, collector, and the most local of artisans.
After the 2013 wildfire on California’s Mt. Diablo, Ron Henggeler felt compelled to arrive on the scene to scoop up a gallon of cinders, charred chaparral and a blackened discarded soda can. The sooty remnants are preserved in an industrial sized olive jar, one of over a thousand of what Hengeller, an eccentric historian and photographer, calls his “kachina jars” after the Hopi Indian word for spirit.
Henggeler delights in his role as San Francisco’s amateur archaeologist. In his house in the Historic Alamo Square Area, bits of Gold Rush-era porcelain fill a jar next to another of early 20th century bottle fragments unearthed when a utility company was laying pipe.
50,000 miles of life, people, and natural beauty in the vast expanse of the USA.
On the road south from Minneapolis, mid-winter, Jonny and Michelle Hoffner (the duo behind paper antler) passed a piece of ice sitting on the highway. They were in their Honda Fit, the entirety of their immediate life packed in the back. The odometer read somewhere in the middle of their 50,000 mile journey. Jonny remembers one thought:
“I would do anything to be that piece of ice.”
To be stationary. To be still. “When you're on the road for a year, you begin to crave some kind of stability or some kind of normalcy,” said Jonny. The trip was the radical offspring of a six month globe circumnavigating trip, and in an irony of aspiration, the sedentary life now held a slight appeal. Note: a slight appeal.
A husband and wife duo drop everything and take six months to travel the world.
Jonny gave me a quick synopsis of his perspective: “If we both made it out in good health and alive, it’d be a success.” As globe circumnavigating approaches go, it’s a low bar. But good news follows: six months later, Jonny and his wife, Michelle, (the duo behind paper antler) returned, in good health and alive, with a few life souvenirs and some new ideas.
They had travelled through Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Zambia, Kenya, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, India, Thailand, Cambodia, and New Zealand. When they returned, they weren't finished. “When you travel it doesn’t tick things off the box, it elongates your list,” he reported. Add to the list: exploring the United States from coast to coast. And so from lowly beginnings of global circumnavigational survival, the two had inspired an impetus to travel that couldn't be thwarted.
Behind the makings of the most incredible places on earth.
We recently had a chance to correspond with Gus Petro, a Swiss artist whose work you may have become familiar with last summer. His three-part series, Merge, Dense, and Empty, caught the imagination of the Internet as it contrasted New York City with the Grand Canyon.
The surreal images were so exceptionally rendered that some believed his Merge series was an actual place. We caught him as he was coming up for air after a long winter, finalizing his most recent series: Weld, Core, and Edge.
A home that cantilevers off the cliffs to overlook the ocean. Big Sur in its purist state.
Perched on the cliffs of Big Sur’s photographic southern coast, Fougeron Architecture's Buck Creek “vacation” home is the epitome of California dreams. Overlooking a 250-foot drop to the Pacific—its view is as bewildering as the architecture of the home.
Inspired by shape of the native Banana Slug and constructed like blocks to a Lego set, the long, thin build of the home gently conforms to the natural contours of the land and the eco-layout of the bluff on which it is located. The cantilevered base of this structure allows for it to not only accommodate its geographical location, but also provide a home as unique as the landscape that surrounds it.
On the side of the Matterhorn, 1,500 feet from the peak, sleeps 10, emergencies only.
The mountain ridges above Zermatt, Switzerland are often dotted with tiny specks of climbers, picking their way up and down one of the most famous peaks on the planet. Yes, there are mountains harder to climb than the Matterhorn—but the iconic face of the Swiss Alps is far from an ascent that should be taken lightly, and is at times too dangerous to even attempt.
In cases of dire need, one can find shelter—in the most literal sense of the term—in the Solvay Hut, one of the few places on earth where lifesaving and breathtaking come as a packaged deal.
The rest stop—an icon of the back roads and byways of America’s drive.
When you go on a road trip via the American Interstate Highway System, there's just one place to gas your ride, feed your belly and take care of business: the rest stop.
The heyday of the American rest stop belongs somewhere in the past, in the middle of the last century, perhaps even before the creation of the Interstate Highway System. Photographer Ryann Ford has done a killer job of documenting the quintessential highway home.
From Neistat’s newest flick to Beck’s new album, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.
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A sample of the iconic director’s earliest body of work—his photography.
When considering the canon of American film directors, Stanley Kubrick’s name is likely to come up within the first half-minute. His perfectionism, attention to detail, and early adoption of new technology are as widely noted as his influence over current leading directors. Yet, that which is most commonly aligned with Kubrick’s style is his cinematography.
Kubrick garnered recognition as a cinematographer on his first four feature films from ’53 – ’57, exhibiting a talent for lighting and photographing scenes and making pointed use of unbroken, reverse-tracking shots. In 1960, while directing Spartacus, Kubrick instructed cinematographer Russell Metty on how to do his job. Metty wasn’t pleased, threatening to quit what was the most expensive movie to date. Metty stayed on, eventually winning an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
It’s nearly the weekend. If you’re like us, you’re packing your bag. Bring this.
Picture this: It’s a slow (read: very slow) Thursday afternoon at the office. You are sitting at your desk, twiddling your thumbs, and counting the seconds of the clock. Your co-worker leans to you and asks, “What do you have going on this weekend?” Your response, slowed by the sudden break in your daydream, is mundane. “I don’t know, hanging out.” It’s half-hearted robotic repetition to a question you’ve heard countless times, but sadly it’s often true.
We love what we do, but even here at Huckberry we have our days that we just want a break. So we devised a plan to have more meaningful weekends time to ourselves to slow down, crack and few, and kick back. Below are our no-fail essentials for your next mini-vacation.
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