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Hi, everyone: to sunny summer hellos in the northern hemisphere, and warm winter greetings in the southern hemisphere.

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"From crushed bugs to cow urine: the history of colours."

Ever wonder how colours were produced before the advances provided by chemistry and mass-production?

Paint-maker David Coles tracks the history of over 200 pigments and says: " ... Making colour, whether developing the paint or building pigments from scratch, is such an act of creativity. It’s alchemy, a blend of art and science."

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10 years ago today ...

It's 2007 the 23rd of June, just past winter solstice. I'm completing my 1st full year living and working in Chile. By the end of 2011, I will leave both career and country behind. But first, please admire this view, a view I've already become familiar over about 10 years since the mid-1990s.

June in the mountains: 1st days of winter in the Chilean Andes

In the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, the town of Eisleben might appear quiet and assuming. Yet, the town holds an important place in German and European history. Eisleben is the place where Martin Luther came into the world, and it's also the place where he departed from the world. Since 1996, these two places are part of the inscription for UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with events throughout the year in the country ...and, particularly, in Saxony-Anhalt.

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Martin Luther’s birth and death memorial sites in Eisleben

It's not often one finds (relatively) empty streets in Hong Kong by day. However, such rare occurrences depend strongly on the weather, where in the metro area one might be, and if there are local events diverting traffic. On a sultry sunny June afternoon, I'm hanging out in Tai Po in the New Territories. I'm in the middle of the street with this shot in mind, before someone to the side begins yelling at me in Cantonese: "哎呀, 你係唔係痴線呀! (hey, are you nuts!)"

(5 years ago, the year-long RTW)

Kwong Fuk Road in Tai Po in the New Territories

A Look Inside Europe’s Most Enchanting Libraries
by Thibaud Poirier Photography

" ... Like fingerprints, each architect crafted his vision for a new space for this sacred self-exploration. These seemingly minute details are everywhere, from the balance of natural and artificial light to optimise reading yet preserve ancient texts to the selective use of studying tables to either foster community or encourage lonely reflection. The selection of these libraries that span space..., time, style and cultures were carefully selected for each one’s unique ambiance and architectural contribution."

(via Colossal)

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Over the last year, photographer Thibaud Poirier has traveled across Europe to photograph some of the world's most incredible libraries. The series includes both historic and contemporary libraries with a special emphasis on the varied designs employed by architects. Poirier captured each image when

Joel Meyerowitz is one of the most highly regarded photographers of the second half of the 20th century. He is highlighted on Guardian culture in "The man who made colour cool."

A new exhibition of Joel Meyerowitz’s groundbreaking street photography traces his fascinating evolution from black and white (‘back there’) to colour (‘obvious’)

"Solar power sun flower sound garden": I highlight Dan Corson's sculpture for the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

( Pacific Science Center | Seattle Center | Visit Seattle | Experience WA | Discover the Pacific Northwest )

“The power of the Sun compels you to shine bright …”

Photo: diving into Quarry Bay (Hong Kong)

#FotoeinsFriday - 5 years ago this month #myRTW

In a deep valley with high walls

Germany celebrates her 41 World Heritage Sites on UNESCO World Heritage Day (UNESCO-Welterbetag) every year on the first Sunday in June. I highlight over 15 of the 41 inscriptions with photos from visits between 2009 and 2016.

( Germany - The Travel Destination | Cultural Heart of Germany | Historic Highlights of Germany | Dein NRW | Visit Bavaria | visitBerlin | Bremen Erleben | Sachsen-Anhalt Tourismus | Thüringen entdecken | Mein Hamburg | Mein Niedersachsen | Erlebe Brandenburg | Rheinland-Pfalz – Die Gastlandschaften | Romantic Germany | Rail Europe | EUROPE ( | German Rail Pass | GoEuro | Nibelungen Land | Kurpfalz Touristikgemeinschaft e.V. )

1st Sunday in June is UNESCO World Heritage Day in Germany

I don't know why sometimes I raise the camera and press the shutter button. There have been many occasions where I've consciously gauged the scene and stupidly missed opportunities. But times I pay attention is when intuition kicks in and compulsion takes over.

Standing in a corner of Römerberg square in Frankfurt am Main, my gaze is on the many visitors, their body language, and their way of documenting the time. But it's the little dog that truly rules the scene. When the wee canine turns to look, I know it's time.

I’ve been reading about photographer Joel Meyerowitz and studying his pictures. Meyerowitz said: You look at it [a photograph] and all around the real world is humming, buzzing and moving, an…

There's magic in the mystery around every corner in Hamburg's Miniature Wonderland: extensive miniature railway models set in Hamburg; at an airport; in Bavaria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, and the United States. Kids prop themselves up to become enthusiastic engineers, and adults are reduced to children with undisguised glee.

( Miniatur Wunderland | Hamburg – meine Stadt | Germany - The Travel Destination | Kulturquartier Speicherstadt und HafenCity | EUROPE ( | German Rail Pass | Rail Europe | GoEuro )

Where wee figures reign supreme at Hamburg’s Miniature Wonderland

Installed along the outside wall of the House of Art museum in Munich, the colours and words in Mel Bochner's "The Joys of Yiddish" are reminders of stigmatization and ghettoization of Jews in the Third Reich and the defiant response which created Yiddish slang that lives on in American English today.

"Meshugener" - crackpot
"Plosher" - blowhard

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Mel Bochner’s “The Joys of Yiddish”

On Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, the latest quarterly edition opens with a feature by Waheed Khan Photography. Khan highlights the Keen family from England. The Keens gave up their jobs, and spent months with their children exploring the United Kingdom and reconnecting with nature. Now back in Nottingham, the Keens are attempting to create a "hybrid lifestyle."

( Matthew Webb | Amy Gigi Alexander | Sophie Ibbotson )

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Matthew Webb Photography
May 24

We are delighted to be able to share Waheed Khan's photo journey out to the great outdoors in the third quarterly edition of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligen...t Travel. Chosen by Panorama's Directory of Photography Matthew, Waheed's series of images shows a family reconnecting with life away from the city.

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2017 marks the quincentenary year of the European/Lutheran Reformation. A memorial sculpture in Worms, Germany, marks the location where Martin Luther was on trial. To answer charges of heresy, Martin Luther was summoned in 1521 to the Diet (Imperial Parliament) of Worms; he refused to back down from demands to recant. The subsequent Imperial Edict declared him as heretic and outlaw which meant he could be killed without penalty. (Under these circumstances, he was "kidnapped"... shortly after leaving Worms and brought safely to Eisenach.)

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Where Luther stood trial at the Diet of Worms in 1521

Fotoeins Friday: curly-tailed lizard, Bahamaian resident.

( Travel Bahamas | Bahamas National Trust )

Bahamaian resident on a non-curl stretch

Completed in 1868, the world's largest monument to the (German) Reformation summarizes the movement's history from the 12th- to the 17th-century with statues of the movement's major players (Luther, Melanchthon), supporters, and its predecessors throughout Europe. The monument is located in Worms, Germany in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

( Stadt Worms | Tourismusnetzwerk Rheinland-Pfalz | Rheinland-Pfalz – Die Gastlandschaften | Germany - The Travel Destination | German Rail Pass | GoEuro | EUROPE ( | DW Kultur | DW Culture | DW Reise | ELCA Reformation 500 | Robert George Moore | LutherCountry | Luther2017 | Kurpfalz Touristikgemeinschaft e.V. )

World’s largest Reformation (Luther) Monument in Worms, Germany

The female gaze through 70 years of Magnum Photos

As the renowned Magnum agency celebrates its 70th anniversary, Giles Tremlett from Guardian culture looks at the role women have played in the agency’s story.

As Magnum celebrates its 70th anniversary, Giles Tremlett looks at the role women have played in the agency’s story