salvalentine:

The second photoshoot shot by Mr. Nathan Branch would appear to be all good and by all good I mean he made both Raukura and myself (if I can be so brash) look way cooler than we actually are in rill life.

Thanks again to Raukura and of course Mr. Nathan Branch for a splendid day.

Previous shoot HERE

I have to admit that, as the photographer, it’s easy to make two attractive, interesting people look good.

Statuary in the Auckland Domain Wintergardens on Flickr.
I’m obsessed with the Auckland Domain statuary lately. Or maybe I should just leave off the “lately” bit, because it’s so far been a multi-year obsession. I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for neo-classical public statuary, and Auckland has some really lovely pieces. And besides, statues don’t move when you’re trying to take pictures of them. Win-Win!

Statuary in the Auckland Domain Wintergardens on Flickr.

I’m obsessed with the Auckland Domain statuary lately. Or maybe I should just leave off the “lately” bit, because it’s so far been a multi-year obsession.

I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for neo-classical public statuary, and Auckland has some really lovely pieces.

And besides, statues don’t move when you’re trying to take pictures of them. Win-Win!

mikeseb:


Big Four Bridge, Louisville, 2 June 2013. It was a gorgeous warm day, and the place teemed with people.
©2013 Michael Sebastian. All Rights Reserved.


The exact kind of photographic art I love. It has such a fantastic air of quiet, dramatic strength.

mikeseb:

Big Four Bridge, Louisville, 2 June 2013. It was a gorgeous warm day, and the place teemed with people.

©2013 Michael Sebastian. All Rights Reserved.

The exact kind of photographic art I love. It has such a fantastic air of quiet, dramatic strength.

Pasta with clams at The Oyster Inn on Flickr.Craving some of this right now.

Pasta with clams at The Oyster Inn on Flickr.

Craving some of this right now.

"The global garment industry is very hard: not hard as in difficult, but rather hard as in ruthless. We operate in some of the poorest countries in the world where the value of human life approaches zero and where corruption on an unimaginable level is commonplace … The fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory in Bangladesh last November was the result of at least one customer’s decision that providing minimal working conditions and subsistence wages are not cost-effective."

—From the Just-Style article, ‘Crossing the Line on Ethical Behaviour' by David Birnbaum

Slow-motion Jello shots falling from on high, or scenes from an alien ballet?  You decide.

(Source: youtube.com)

The Last of the Really Great Adrenalin Junkies

John Fairfax, a man who crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in a rowboat.  A rowboat!

It took him six months to travel the Atlantic ocean alone, and over a year to row the Pacific ocean with the aid of his then girlfriend, Sylvia Cook.  He nearly went mad on his lonely Atlantic crossing, and he and Ms. Cook were considered lost at sea at one point during their Pacific crossing.

From the NYTimes article: At 13, in thrall to Tarzan, he ran away from home to live in the jungle. He survived there as a trapper with the aid of local peasants, returning to town periodically to sell the jaguar and ocelot skins he had collected.”

I’m not sure an Xbox would have been enough.

Fairfax died in early 2012 at the ripe old age of 74, which is especially impressive considering how on the edge he lived his life.

"What it is is a cacophonous assault of eucalyptus, bayberry, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s as if my head were trapped in the pajamas of a sultan."

Big Bang Theory (on the smell of bath and body stores)

A crew of British military men were each given LSD-25 (Acid) during a field training exercise.  Here’s what happened.

(Source: nathanbranch.com)

As the billions watched on their sedation screens … a deliciously snarky expose on the romantic machinations of Britain’s royal family.