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May 4, 2015
While touring Antarctica with his father for 20 days from December 2014-January 2015, Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung put together this video that captures landscapes few people get to encounter in their lifetime. Armed with his drone camera and GoPro, Kalle captured the raw beauty of the Antarctic where vast blues meet pristine whites, ice shelves look as fragile as they do resilient, whales pass by unperturbed and every breathtaking vista is further illuminated by its mirrored reflection. It’s videos like these that make you want to trade in a tropical vacation for the harsh and frosty climes of the south.
Apr 30, 2015
There’s something eerily beautiful about these photos that were taken by Mervyn O’Gorman or the ‘O.G.’ as he was affectionately known. Taken in 1913, they feature his daughter posing naturally against the backdrop of Lulworth Cove, Dorset, and are said to be among the earliest colour photos, made possible by the Autochrome process that was patented a mere 10 years prior. Although he is best known as one of the greatest British engineers, he was also a keen artist and photographer and one of the pioneers of colour photography. The grainy quality in contrast with the vibrant red whisk you away to times past and although we can marvel at the advancements in colour photography over the years, it’s nice to reflect back to its humble beginnings, especially when images like these leave you feeling spellbound.
Apr 23, 2015
An exciting day at the office for these scientists who had the joy of seeing this inquisitive sperm whale come and check out their underwater research robot some 600 metres below sea level a few days ago off the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing like a rare encounter with such a magnificent beast…https://youtu.be/70hz8jzZGz8
Apr 6, 2015
With the 53rd annual Rip Curl Bells Beach pro currently taking place, Silvana Lima took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with Jan Juc local, Heidi Atkins, who gives us an insight into this Brazilian charger who continues to leave her mark in the professional surfing world.
Words and photography by Heidi Atkins.
Silvana Lima has a gigantic and warm smile. It’s an honest, natural beauty and while she may be mouse-like in stature, her grin is a gateway to an enormous energy. This energy is filling the Jan Juc home of my Brazilian friend, where Silvana chose to reside during her campaign to regain the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title. I’ve come to meet her and the sound of Portuguese banter flies around, most pleasing to my ear. As we sit, Silvana neatens her hair, arms revealing a tattooed map to her story. Maria da Penha is an ode to her mother. The 2009 Bell rings for her, mid torso. A beautiful, tribal piece with turtles and fish curls from elbow to wrist.
I try to conduct a casual interview whilst she destroys my friend’s six-year-old son in a game of what’s supposed to be friendly backyard football. She wrestles him to the ground, both boy and ball toys at her mercy. She skillfully passes through his legs to score another goal. The tired out boy flops on the outdoor chair. He tries to hide his embarrassment, smiling through his sweaty fringe. He has met his competitive match, and been defeated by a girl.
A girl who was once a cheeky seven-year-old, growing up on northern beaches of Brazil, stealing surfboards from her brothers and showing them how it’s done. A thirst to win, born so young in the water.
These days at 30, she’s classified a veteran. The scars on her knees like lightning bolts are inherent to her electric persona and will to perfect. These marks show the toll of ligament tearing aeronautical landings.
Whatever her age or injury, she did something very special for women’s surfing earlier this month. At the Roxy Pro she wowed the crowd with an aerial manoeuvre “rated best in the history of women’s surfing” (Gold Coast Bulletin). Earning her a perfect 10, some claimed this was the move that could change the face of women’s surfing. All this makes it is hard to believe that Silvana is without a major sponsor. Perhaps the melodious clanging of yet another bell will awaken the slumbering sponsors. What a visionary face of change they will snap up. Boa sorte Silvana. Boa Sorte!!!!!
Feb 21, 2015
We are nowhere, and it’s now is one of the most inspiring films by our friends at Desillusion we have come across in a while. Fergal Smith is an Irish born and raised surfer who grew up in the country with his family on an organic vegetable farm. A simple life, that educated him about some of the important things in life, family, good food, health and enjoying whats around him. As a well travelled surfer, Fergal chooses to stick to his roots and the way of life he learnt calling the Irish country home, not choosing surf as a way to make money, but rather something he simply loves to do. He gives us a humble insight into the importance of living a self sustaining and happy life, and the importance of being a part of a community.https://vimeo.com/119067733