Visually Impaired Photographer Takes Stunning Photos Of Paralympians

Visually Impaired Photographer Takes Stunning Photos Of Paralympians

When people talk about photographers, they often say that these creators “have an eye for it.” Photographers are often celebrated for allowing those of us on the outside the chance to observe everything from a new vantage point. It’s always a privilege to see through an artist’s eyes. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); And one photographer named Joao Maia is making waves with his stunning shots of Paralympians in Rio de Janeiro. Instead of allowing us to see what he sees, however, his work takes us on a journey seen through his mind’s eye. After developing uveitis, which causes inflammation, Maia was strapped with severe visual impairments. At this point, he can really only see colors and shapes. “My life is a huge watercolor painting,” he explained in a recent interview. To capture these stunning shots, he uses his artistic intuition. The 41-year-old man from Sao Paulo once worked as a […]

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

When we think about North Korea, “mundanity” isn’t a concept that typically comes to mind. We ideate scenes of oppression and social injustice. Our minds fill with imagined horrors built with the brick and mortar of news footage and legacy media. And that makes sense, since atrocity is the thread that weaves together every scrap of the North Korean experience. It’s the cultural tie that binds. But when photographer Michal Huniewicz illegally documented his time in the country, the resulting collection revealed an image of North Korean life that twists seemingly innocuous imagery into a haunting spectacle of everyday life lived under oppression’s thumb. We don’t often picture grocery checkout lines, hotel lobbies, and tour buses. We don’t picture life happening in a nation shrouded in mystery and removal. Michal Huniewicz But it does. Families congregate around TVs playing approved programming. Mothers buy food at the local supermarket. Receptionists check […]

A Year In New Zealand Irrevocably Changed This Man's Life And Career

A Year In New Zealand Irrevocably Changed This Man’s Life And Career

If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to change your entire worldview, approach that process in the most literal way possible by picking up and moving to a different corner of the globe. There’s nothing more terrifying than packing your life away in one checked bag and pretending your comfort zone never existed, but there’s also nothing that will impact and enrich your life more profoundly. And that’s exactly what Johan Lolos learned in October of 2014 when he left his Belgian homeland behind to explore New Zealand. What started as a three-month road trip with friends quickly turned into a year of self-exploration that completely changed the trajectory his life and career. “When I arrived in New Zealand in 2014,” Lolos writes, “I was full of expectations, but I didn’t really have any goals. I just wanted to travel and explore the country.” Johan Lolos The journey began as […]

This Guy Explores Some Of The Most Abandoned Places On Earth, And His Photos Are Incredible

This Guy Explores Some Of The Most Abandoned Places On Earth, And His Photos Are Incredible

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You'll Be Hit With Serious Wanderlust When You Read This Woman's Travel Notes

You’ll Be Hit With Serious Wanderlust When You Read This Woman’s Travel Notes

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); South African globetrotter Anje Rautenbach from Going Somewhere Slowly has made it her mission to bring her social media followers around the world in a way that far surpasses the usual photo-sharing model. Instead of snapping photos of dream locations and sharing them on Instagram with aspirational captions, she makes her mark the old-fashioned way by putting pen to paper. Whenever inspiration strikes, she jots down her thoughts and sets each scrap of paper against a gorgeous backdrop to create a diary of her travels that’s equal parts thoughtful and visual. The adventurer took some time out to chat with us here at ViralNova, and what she had to say about the endeavor might just inspire you to pack your bags. Anje Rautenbach – Going Somewhere Slowly googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); How has traveling shaped who you are? I am who I am today because of […]