Posts tagged: travel photography

Conservation Photography in the Age of Instagram (Sponsored)


The salt flats of Badwater, Death Valley National Park © Aurora Photos / Offset


Herd of Guanacos at Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile © David Tipling / Offset


Tour group walking on a desert dune at Namib Naukluft National Park © Fotofeeling / Westend61 / Offset

Ever since the mid-19th century, when Carleton Watkins first embarked on his love affair with Yosemite, his stereoscopic camera and 18 by 22 inch glass plate negatives in hand, American and international photographers have had a beautiful but tumultuous love affair with their National Parks.

Watkins’s Yosemite photographs and those later made by Ansel Adams have helped to define our relationship with the environment. National Parks give us a glimpse into a pristine and idyllic slice of a national landscape, and in so doing, they inspire both conservation efforts, and paradoxically, unwanted attention. In addition to motivating new conservation efforts, Watkins’s photographs famously romanticized the construction of new industry throughout the American West, much of which was actually harmful to the environment.

Today, Yosemite has about half a million “followers” on Instagram. In December, New York Magazine’s Dan Nosowitz investigated and reported on the phenomenon of “Instagram Hikers,” or people who visit National Parks with the intention of sharing stunning, much-liked photographs online.

While the recently revived popularity of the parks have indeed encouraged people to become passionate about preserving our country’s resources for generations to come, some amateur photographers have interfered with the native wildlife and their natural habitats. Some litter; others try to take selfies with resident animals; a few even paint hashtags on historic rock faces.

In lieu of the resurgence of this 100-year-old debate surrounding National Parks and the people who photograph them— the serious environmentalist, the artist, the Instagram fan, and everything in between—we’ve pulled together a selection of some of the most breathtaking National Park images we could find.

This discussion extends far from the borders of the United States, reaching upwards to Canada, down to South America, and overseas to the distant corners of Africa, Europe, Asia, and beyond. These pictures capture parks around the globe, curated from the Offset collection of high-end, boutique photography and illustration.

Seeing the World Through Clotheslines, From Italy to China (Sponsored)


Laundry in Havana, Cuba © Jeremy Woodhouse / Blend / Offset


Laundry in Gothenburg © Johnér / Offset

Padding through the tight cobblestone alleyways of Venice, it’s common to see clotheslines connecting one house to its neighbor. Drying machines are rarities in Italy, and women of these historic homes take great pride in the meticulous hanging of their families’ garments. There is a proper way to air-dry everything from linens and undergarments, and much can be learned about one’s neighbors simply by the skill and etiquette displayed during laundry day, when the fragrance of detergent commingles with that of the salty canal.

Celestial Photos Make Planet Earth Look Like the Moon


Flattop Mountain, Alaska

“It’s almost like the environment knows you’re there but doesn’t care,” says Anchorage-based photographer Kerry Tasker of the Alaskan terrain. The land is feral and ferocious; he’s dropped his camera from a perilous cliff, and the bitter cold has annihilated its batteries. Still, he’s been torn time and again from the safety of home into the rugged wilderness, standing cold and alone, under a charcoal sky dotted with faraway stars.

Beyond the Olympics and Carnival, Photos Take You to the Real Brazil (Sponsored)


The town of Ouro Preto and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Mina Gerais State in Brazil © Yadid Levy / Offset


People line up wearing animal masks in Northeast Bahia © Gabriel Boieras / SambaPhoto / Offset

The cultural diversity of Brazil, cultivated over 500 years of recorded history, has given rise to some of the most distinctive travel experiences in the world, from the five days of elaborate parade floats, cross-dressers, stolen kisses, and laughter that fills the streets during Carnival to the sleepy days spent sunbathing on 5,000 miles white sand beaches.

Only in Rio de Janeiro can you sip frozen drinks made with açaí berries fresh from the Amazon, join the locals playing footvolley–a cross between beach volleyball and soccer– between dips in the surf, or listen to the percussive music flowing from the spontaneous Samba circles that crop up throughout the Lapa neighborhood.

In honor of the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve selected some of our favorite images from Brazil, all curated from the remarkable Offset collection. These photographs capture the flavors Bahia, where seafood stew is cooked in a clay pot and served fragrant and spicy, and the colorful facades of old, colonial houses that line the oldest, most well-trodden streets of Salvador.

Humor, Lightness, and Bright Beach Parasols on the Coast of Italy

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“Italian summer is the season when Italians can express their lightness of being and their love for life.”

Lorenzo Grifantini has lived in London for 10 years. It is this distance from his native Italian culture which has afforded him the means to view it objectively, tracing its patterns with the lens of his camera. “I can finally see my cultural traits spread on the beaches of Italy and that evokes strong childhood memories of the long summers I spent there.”

Driving Through the Magnificent Landscape of Iceland



In 2014, Michalina Okreglicka and her husband decided to move to Iceland, packing their belongings into their beloved old Nissan and driving across onto the ferry from Denmark.

Female Beauty Photographed All Around the World




Havana, Cuba



Almost three years ago the Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc quit her office job and set out on a journey to photograph the diversity of female beauty around the world. Equipped with just a camera and a backpack and the few savings she had, Mihaela never imagined that her project would go viral. Given the success and visibility of the project, Mihaela felt a personal responsibility to make her personal message heard: “More than ever in today’s worn-torn society, I think our world needs an atlas of beauty to show us that diversity is something beautiful, not a reason for conflict”.

Photographer Inspires Serious Wanderlust With ’72 Hours’ Project



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When Wales-based photographer Finn Beales travels the globe, he gives himself three days to immerse himself in the culture and landscape of each place. He seeks out the holes in the wall, pulls back the layers to reveal the bared, thrumming heart of every locale. He lives for the mountain air, for the scent of forgotten spaces in faraway lands.

A Surprising New Photo Book About Toilets


Thiksey Monastry, Ladakh, India © Bernhard S. / 500px

Portable Toilet in Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah, USA © Jure Kravanja / 500px

When it comes to restrooms, it’s often assumed that form follows function, but Lonely Planet’s decadent new book, Toilets: a Spotter’s Guide, elevates the latrine, so often scorned by modern society, to the realm of the objet d’art. Spanning the globe, the book features hundreds of facilities, giving each lavatory the attention it deserves.

Photographer Ben Moon Embarks on the Road Trip of a Lifetime (Sponsored)

Over the past week, Sony Artisan of Imagery Ben Moon took over the Feature Shoot Instagram, inviting us to follow him to the water’s edge in Norway, Sweden, and Oregon. He took us along for the road trips of a lifetime, through the hilly terrain of Scandinavia and into the golden beach grass of America’s West Coast.

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