Zack Seckler tells jokes the new-fashioned way, with a click of his camera’s shutter.
When in heat on the serengeti, anything goes. And that group of tourists? They’re in for a show. The animals of the Discovery Channel are about to come to life.
Zack Seckler’s got a clever eye. He’s the mastermind behind some of the funniest photographs we’ve seen, and we talked with him to get his take on what puts the fun in funny (spoiler: tourists).
From RJD2 to a trip to Filson, this weeks Diversions + Tunes has what you need.
1. RUNNING YOUR FIRST MARATHON: You can do ittt! Don't miss the take-aways at the bottom. / Gear Patrol
2. HOW RJD2 BUILDS SONGS: Inside the mind of a musical genius. Well worth a listen. / NPR
Steve McQueen, off the screen and on the track, was as fast as he was cool.
As good of an actor as he was, McQueen was even better going zero to sixty. We combed through the archives and peeled back Hollywood’s curtain to uncover a racing career of one of the most beloved action heroes in American history.
McQueen, an ardent motorcycle and racecar enthusiast, spent most of his adult life conflicted between his illustrious acting career and his love for racing. He once said, I'm not sure whether I’m an actor who races or a racer who acts.
When Filson met Big Craig out in the Rockies, they had another thing comin’.
If you sit down with Filson’s Tommy Monette, you’re going to hear about his bike. And if you sit for a while, he’ll show pictures of his bike. And if you’re lucky, he’ll tell you stories of his adventures, like his recent trip to the Rockies with a few friends, some fishing rods, and—of course—his bike.
Tommy’s a sales rep for Filson’s Rocky Mountain division, and as often as he can, he runs away to the mountains, on moto-camping trips…usually for a few days at a time, and we try to hit a different spot each night.
The blue collar behind Han Solo and Indiana shows why Ford isn’t in it for the fame.
An original series where we unearth the story and style behind iconic photos.
Before Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford was a self-taught carpenter. He had two kids and a wife. He grew up in Chicago, went to school in Wisconsin, and then moved to Los Angeles. And then, he built cabinets for a guy named George Lucas.
Through carpentry I fed my family, Ford said, with the kind of instinctual, blue collar ethos you’d expect from a midwest boy with a Life Scout badge. And despite the endless fame (Ford’s six decade career leaves him as the third-highest grossing star of all time), Ford’s still a blue jean and plaid shirt kind of guy.
Deep in the Yukon, the guys of Best Made chop their own wood, with their own axes.
They brought with them some essentials—wool sweaters, Rainier beer, and a few of their famed axes. And they brought along friend and photographer Ports Bishop, who followed their adventure with a combination of digital, medium format, and large format (8×10) film. They passed along the images, and it looked our kind of "team building."
His home in RI is Jens Risom’s crowning mark—timeless style teaching a new generation.
Reveling in a simple aesthetic beauty, Jens Risom’s summer home on Block Island, RI, is essentially unassuming. It’s a functional home that emphasizes the natural beauty surrounding it. But, with a bright yellow “R” on its exterior, it’s still distinctly Risom, and for the better.
Risom's one of the best furniture designers of the 20th century, and his style is well tuned. Of course, he'd deflect attention—expressing that the property, house, and project have just been a love affair from the beginning.
To prove his point, Thor built a raft and sailed from Peru to Polynesia—he was right.
For those with the daring dream, sometimes their life dream—undreamt by many, thought impossible by others—great reward often comes only with grave risk. Despite the danger and the doubt, a brave few move forward undeterred, toward only that faint glimmer of success. And when grave risk and the glimmer of success meet, legends are born.
Count among these legends (even if he’s unsung) Thor Heyerdahl: Kon-Tiki adventurer, writer, and inspiration to us all.
Steve McCurry’s one of the best photographers in the world, but it’s not his first love.
In a full-beard, weather-worn and haggard, Steve McCurry crossed out of Afghanistan with rolls and rolls of film sewn into his clothing. Weeks earlier, he’d been smuggled into the country by a group of refugees, and then, the Soviets invaded.
McCurry had spent weeks behind the lines with the Mujahideen, and he was one of the only photographers to document the Soviet invasion. It was the launching point for his career, and the beginning of one of the most celebrated press photographers of our time.
From master of frisbee to Mr. White, this weeks Tunes + Diversions have it all.
1. MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: Porsche takes 7 generations of 911s and revs up their engines. / YouTube
2. DIE LIKE A MAN: An interesting read exploring masculinity in Breaking Bad. Don't skip the comments. / Wired
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