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“Sleeping Cars” Book on

Sleeping Cars

This month, Gerd Ludwig was interviewed by Christoph Stockburger of Der Spiegel Online about his new book “Sleeping Cars” published by Edition Lammerhuber. “Sleeping Cars” will be released in Europe next week and in the US at the beginning of January. Preorder your copy here.

In the article, Gerd elaborates on the nuisances of his Sleeping Cars project and the inimitable connection the cars have to Los Angeles, his home for the last 20 years:

“Even when working for National Geographic, my documentary-journalistic photographs aim to touch the soul and broaden the mind… I am searching for vehicles that spark emotions… My late night scenes of cars sitting alone on streets in the dead of night possess an inherent mysterious quality, and bring to mind a forgotten movie set of a film noir, both so intrinsic to Los Angeles.”

“Occasionally, proud car owners will ask me if I want them to move or uncover their car for the photograph, but I generally don’t like them to disturb the cars in their slumber.”

Read the full Der Spiegel interview here.

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New Species in Cape Melville

If you missed Tim’s article in Australian Geographic you can now read it online.  The boulder fields of Cape Melville in the Cape York Peninsula of Australia is a spectacular sight.  It has been described as a lost world and Tim and biologist Conrad Hoskin discovered new species during their expedition.  You can read the article on Australian Geographic’s webpage – Cape Melville’s Lost World.

The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest. Cape Melville Range, Cape Melville National Park, Cape York Peninsula

The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest.

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A corn snake (Elaphe gutatta)

A corn snake (Elaphe gutatta) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

The post A corn snake (Elaphe gutatta) appeared first on Joel Sartore.

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A Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea)

A Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

The post A Chilean rose tarantula (Grammostola rosea) appeared first on Joel Sartore.

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Chernobyl Update – New Safe Confinement

Chernobyl 2013

More than 30 years after Chernobyl reactor #4 blew up, causing the world’s worst nuclear disaster to date, the failed power plant is quickly disappearing from sight. A few days ago, workers began moving a new giant shield to cover reactor #4 along with the so-called sarcophagus, a hastily erected steel and concrete structure that was meant to seal in the smoldering radioactive remnants but is now structurally unsound and leaky. Chernobyl’s new shield, named the New Safe Confinement (NSC), is the largest moveable land-based structure ever built. Read more about the NSC here.

You can learn more about the Chernobyl catastrophe from my book and iPad app, which resulted from decades of covering the aftermath of the disaster: “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl,” available here.

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Stefano at GEO TV show!

On Tuesday, November 22nd, Stefano spoke live at the popular TV show GEO, where he presented his new upcoming photo story: ‘The urban falcon’. More soon…

 The interview starts at 01:36:21


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Two Weeks On: An Open Call to Visual Storytellers Post US Election

Donald Trump takes the stage to introduce his wife, Melania Trump, during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. LOCKDOWN: The Republican National Convention transformed downtown Cleveland into a maze of steel and concrete barriers constructed to protect Quicken Loans Arena from assault or protest. Law enforcement on bikes, horseback and in rapid response squads occupied much of the city. Side streets appeared empty and many restaurants and bars were quiet. In places, downtown Cleveland felt void of life, the lockdown scaring all but the most faithful away. Inside the convention the Jumbotron projected a vision of strength and unapologetic aggression. Speech after speech worked to reinforce the need for order and security. With domestic attacks in Dallas, Orlando and San Bernardino on many people?s minds, the message seemed universally accepted. The alliance between a billionaire businessman and Republicans was locked in, even if the party establishment was cold to the relationship. The celebration continued and the empty streets waited outside?

Donald Trump takes the stage to introduce his wife, Melania Trump, during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo ©Danny Wilcox Frazier/VII.

A quick note: a version of this post was published on TIME’s Lightbox. If you would like to see that version, click here. The photographs in this story were supplied by VII, for which I am grateful.

This post is my response to the result of the US election two weeks ago. I am not a political writer. Although my documentary work has delved into the implications of political decision-making on people around the world, I have not made the everyday political process a focus. I’m certainly obsessed with the details and impact of politics, particularly related to issues that my projects focus on both domestically and geopolitically. So keep these caveats in mind when you read this. I want to share some of my thoughts about what has happened in America as well as the ways in which I believe we must move forward as visual storytellers, journalists, and as citizens.

Images seemed less significant in this election cycle. Social media is what people reacted to. Tweets mattered, not …

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Birds of Paradise on BBC Planet Earth 2

Tim shot for the BBC’s Planet Earth 2: Jungles episode which premiered in the UK last night.  It included two species Tim is very familiar with, the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and the Red Bird of Paradise.

Red Bird-of-Paradise Waigeo Island, West Papua Indonesia.


Not only did they capture the beautiful behavior they also discovered something new.  For the first time they recorded the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise from the top down which is the point of view of the female.  They were able to see the beautiful display the male preforms in the way it was intended.  To view behind-the-scenes footage of their discovery, visit the BBC Planet Earth II website.

Stay tuned for the premier of the Jungles episode in the US at the end of January.

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OBX landscape


Outer Banks NC. Nov 12, 2016. Down here in the outer banks we’ve got strip malls, some bad architectural choices, and too much tourist traffic in summer. BUT within 5 minutes of anywhere you can be in the “middle of nowhere”. Either by boat by car or on foot. I’m sitting on the tarmac at LaGuardia as I write this caption , yet am headed for this beach solace. Wind and water shape this super thin strip of sand where a few of us have decided to live. Geologically precarious by nature’s design. The place literally changes daily. Any map of this island is literally out of date within 24 hours. We move. We gain sand in one place we lose sand in another. No such thing as stabilized. Geologically New York is also a barrier island just like the outer banks. Only difference is that on our island we are zoned for max building height of 35 feet. I love both NYC and OBX. At this moment though I’m dreaming the solitude.

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