*New Video* The Divided State Of America: As Seen Through The Reaction To Charlottesville

Does it ever feel like others respond to the events of the country as if you and they aren’t even seeing the same thing? The chaotic, violent weekend at Charlottesville comes to mind. But while differing interpretations of events is nothing new (even beneficial so that we can gain a more complete perspective), it seems…
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*New Video* Conversation At A Marijuana Store: VPNW #4

“I just smoked 10 minutes ago.” In Clackamas, just outside Portland, Oregon, I entered Stoney Only marijuana dispensary. I expected them to resist being on camera, as had another pot store I visited. But after talking to a young man behind the counter, he immediately got the owner, who happily sat down with me. Owner…
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New Year, New Video: Portraits Of Tanzanian Villagers (And How They Reacted To Photography)

Happy New Year! Two-and-a-half years ago, while working at the school in the village of Magulilwa, Tanzania, a few townspeople warmed to the idea of having their picture taken. A couple of weeks later, I handed them their photographs. Now all of the villagers wanted one. Before I knew it, I became the village photographer,…
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Ayla Travels The World, Part 9: South Korea

From Beijing to Busan, Ayla went from one Asian city to the next. Same continent, but very distinct settings. Plus, in Busan Ayla excitedly stayed with a fellow Norwegian family! For this reason, Ayla considers her eight days in South Korea as a break from the normal backpacking life she knew throughout the rest of the three…
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Ayla Travels The World, Part 5: Video Of The Vatican

Two weeks into Ayla’s 3-month trek across the globe, the Norwegian was now going to leave her home continent. After Italy and Malta, it was time to see Africa for the first time–starting with Egypt.  But wait… Ayla had a flight itinerary hiccup that took her to Rome (and enough time to see the Vatican.)…
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Ever Been To Chicago? Photos And Footage From My Weekend There

Over March 24-27, I drove down to Chicago and soaked in this magnificent city.  First was some unexpected nature shots. Ice storm in Wisconsin the day before + crawling freeway traffic = an opportunity to take these pictures out the window: …and I took this trip to enjoy city living! Later this night, I got…
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Monkeys, Crocodiles, River Ride, And Other Videos From Cambodia

As a bonus to the Cambodia stories offered the last several weeks, I thought I’d cap it all off with some videos. They are all related to nature. This first is a short clip of visiting the crocodile farm in Battambang and seeing the largest of them being fed:   From reptiles, we’ll go to…
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Thailand Video Wrap-up

For a nine-and-a-half-minute wrap-up of our three weeks in Thailand, see below. After returning from our trip, for which I was a chaperon and documentarian of the middle schoolers who participated, I compiled all the footage taken, picked out the best, and then spliced, captioned, and soundtracked the pieces into this montage showing off the trip’s…
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East Africa: A Filthy, Beautiful Place

On September 15, 2014, my two-week, three-country East Africa trek began. Though much of my previous activity in Tanzania had been off the cuff, these final two weeks were planned even before I left the U.S.–thus my departing flight from north-neighboring Kenya. This grand finale tour of East Africa was to include all the countries.…
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Safari Final: Elephants In The River And A Short Film On Our Day

Three hippos stood in the shallow water opposite the wide river from where our picnic table sat. These round, grey mammalian buoys were the first of a few we’d see this afternoon. The animal sightings forthwith offered a few new species as well as some old ones a bit more lively than before. Most lifelike…
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