Marlon du Toit: A Life Spent on Safari Leads To A Career In Wildlife Photography

Marlon du Toit, wildlife photographer in Timbavati, SA

On a trip to Africa, my mission was two-fold: I needed to escape my A.D.D., a necessary evil if you want a career in Manhattan (Africa, I found, is one of the few places on earth I can truly relax and be present), and to improve my wildlife photography skills. I have a seemingly infinite […]

Behind the Scenes of a Rodeo and What Makes Canadian Cowboys Tick

I don’t think much of him at first. He isn’t big or even that muscular. He just stares at the ground, swaying gently from side to side. What’s so intimidating? He looks up, and I make the mistake of holding his gaze. He doesn’t like that. He doesn’t like that one bit. Instantly, I feel […]

Finding Fossils With Wendy Sloboda: The Canadian Badlands’ Legendary Dinosaur Hunter

Finding Fossils with Wendy Sloboda- The Badland's Badass Dinosaur Hunter, Devil's Coulee, Alberta, CA

Standing on the hill above the ancient nursery, Wendy Sloboda squints into the afternoon sun, her mane of blonde dreadlocks resembling an elaborate tribal headdress. Her short, muscular frame is adorned with tattoos and her lips are pierced.  One of many tattoos, an illustration of the parrot-beaked Wendiceratops pinhornensis she discovered and is named after her is […]

Sing with a NYC Gem: David Ippolito, The Guitar Man from Central Park

Boaters on the lake in Central Park stop to listen to David "Guitar Man"

There are plenty of things to do in New York City on a warm summer Saturday, but if you haven’t spent an afternoon with David Ippolito, The Guitar Man from Central Park, you’re missing out. Whether alone or with the family, he’s a big dose of feel good and who can’t use more of that? You’ll find […]

Meet two of the Best Street Musicians in NYC: Coyote and Crow

Coyote_and_Crow_playing in Washington Square Park

Walk through Washington Square Park on a beautiful spring day and you’ll be met with a cacophony of sound: Children laughing, dogs barking, the splash of the water fountain, the ever-present rumble of passing vehicles, and the tangled sounds of some of the best street musicians the city has to offer. The park is a ten-acre […]

The Gift of a Cuban Serenade

Paolo serenading me in Havana, Cuba

It’s already been a pretty wonderful day. In the morning I’d met Maria Theresa, a local woman who invited me and my fellow photographers, four complete strangers, into her home. She was kind and sweet and had made a huge impact on us all. Hours later, I am sightseeing on my own, walking at my […]

At Home with the A Cuban Gem: A Morning with Maria Therésa

Photographing Maria Theresa in her apartment in Havana Cuba

Eduardo, the young Cuban photographer guiding our merry band of five is shouting at the sky behind me in Spanish. Seconds later, a set of keys drop into his hands. He smiles. “She’s inviting us into her home. Do you want to go?” I look up but the “she” he’s speaking of has already disappeared […]

Liliana Bobo: The Patron Saint of Central Park’s Feathered Set

Lillian Bobo feeds a flying pigeon in Central Park

I was so disappointed. I was basking in the glow of a wonderful wildlife moment and in she ruined it. Not on purpose mind you, I know that, but without warning my subject, a big, beautiful Canadian goose who was stretching and preening like a supermodel for my camera, abandoned me, leaving me bewildered and annoyed. […]

Andrew Beck: Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist, Man about The Bush

Andrew Beck from Wild Eye SA

I was checking in at the Ole Sereni hotel in Nairobi when I heard the familiar sound of a South African accent behind me. I turned to find Andrew Beck grinning from ear to ear, his hand outstretched to shake mine. It was the first time I’d met Andrew in person though I’d known him […]