Hot Coals

Fire, and the way humans have uniquely tamed it, has by all accounts changed the course of history. We use it to cook foods, shape metals, heat our homes and generally tame nature. It is the quintessential tool for mankind. Where would we be without it? These embers were roasting some street food in the Philippines.

Chess in the South Sea

Stewart Island is the third largest island in the New Zealand archipelago and located on the south end of the island chain. It is an amazing far-flung locale that can be accessed by crossing the Foveaux Strait on a one hour ferryboat ride from the town of Bluff on the South Island. Once on the island…

Locked Away

All over China and in many of its most holy places you can find massive amounts of these engraved locks hanging off of chain railings, fences, and bridges. Sometimes these are referred to as Love Locks. The idea being that you lock your love away and it will never be broken. In China it seems that…

Down the Line

Before my wife and I moved to Colorado, where snow is common (it is snowing as I write this), my wife and I lived in the “snow is more of a mythic thing” part of the United States called Georgia, Atlanta to be specific. Seriously that place is hot and humid. As such this photo…

Ancient Clasp

  What’s the goal of any good artist or craftsman? I believe it’s to take pride in your creation, to put hard work and detail into everything you do, regardless of the status that piece receives. Great craftsmanship, big and small, seems to withstand changes of trends through time. I found this ancient door clasp on…

Transmission

Our modern world runs off the power transmitted across these simplistic looking structures. Too often I have been guilty of cursing the existence of these towers as they obstruct an otherwise perfect view, but the truth is that our technological lives would be impossible without them.

New Mexico Dream

When I think of New Mexico, this is very much the scene that I envision in my mind. The wind powered water pump standing alone on the open plain, drawing water up from the deep hidden aquifer. This is a life foreign to me, but it has a certain kind of iconic appeal—the great western cowboy…