A discovery of 226 Ansel Adams photographs from the National Archives vault.
In 1941 the National Park Service commissioned noted photographer Ansel Adams to create a photo mural for the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC. The theme was to be nature as exemplified and protected in the U.S. National Parks. The project was halted because of World War II and never resumed. - archives.gov
Since freshman year of college I’ve had three photographs of Ansel Adams hanging in my room: The Mount McKinley Range—veiled in gauzy clouds with stark white glaciers running down black rocks, The Face of Half Dome—sheer, sweeping, with a dramatic dark to light contrast from top to bottom, and a Think Different ad, by Apple, of Adams on the California coast, standing behind his large frame camera.
They’ve been a source of quiet inspiration over the years, and they made an early and high mark for an austere aesthetic in landscape photography. The images of Adams always landed, for me, as “regal.”
From Bracketology breakdown to winter surfing in NE, this week’s Diversions has it all.
1. BRACKETOLOGY: Hoops is a number's game, use these stats (and science) to crush your bracket. / FiveThirtyEight
2. A SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH: We can now see to the beginning of time. Can't wait to see how this plays out. / New Yorker
There’s a six month wait, but for handcrafted boots tough as Texas—it’s worth it.
The stretches of desert and other subjects that make up a great deal of Logan Caldbeck’s photography are a great snapshot into her community; hunters wearing camouflage and sporting rifles, taxidermy ducks hanging from the ceiling with wings outstretched, barbed wire fencing protecting livestock from themselves…it goes on, but we're interested in something else, something storied, something other: the boots.
There’s no point to making a boot by hand just to see it fall apart. And in the land of Marfa, Texas, there's a constant reminder that utilitarianism always wins in the end—the dirt outside the doors of Cobra Rock Boot Company is tough leather testing grounds.
A locker room chat with the FIT Radio Founder, talking gear and tunes for the workout.
We caught up with FIT Radio founder, Russell Greene, to hear his top picks from our shop. If you’re privy to the FIT Radio, it’s our new favorite workout music app. The mixes are all based on BPM, so you can choose your rhythm per your exercise.
And, FIT Radio's focused on the user perks: there’s no commercials, the songs blend seamlessly one into the next (no music gaps), and the mixes are put together by professional DJs. We’re sold.
The curious wonders of Mixed Nuts blend together in a land of eclectic cool.
Between the Kung Foo Studio and the Barking Lot, on Balboa, down the street from Shanghai Dumpling King and Cassava Bakery, there’s a peculiar shop spilling out on the street. It’s got a garage sale vibe.
“Hunter meets gatherer,” says Brandon Clark, one part of the Mixed Nuts trio (along with Jon Rolston and Anthony Williamson). Inside the shop there’s a vintage gas pump, a massive beer stein, and a frame made from cardboard, meticulously cut to fit the features of the girl it encases. That last one came from San Quentin.
A Neutrino Carabiner, Lucky Rhino, and Jack Wolfskin are kings of this dump.
Drop what your carrying, organize it into right angles, zoom out, snap a pic, and share. That's your Pocket Dump. Every week, we'll curate a selection of the best EDC pocket dumps from our friends at Everyday Carry.
There's a few links to our favorite products in the dump, and then a link to see the whole lineup. Enjoy, and carry on.
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.
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