November is a time when the days grow crisper and shorter here in the UK; those bright Autumn leaves have fallen and the earth looks a little dead for a while, sleeping until the birds chirp again in the springtime. But these short, dark days make it a good time to seek and find inspiration; to fill our eyes and hearts with wanderlust, to plan future adventures and explorations. This time last year, I was cycling around New Zealand, so the nostalgia and yearning for adventure is particularly high. Lately I’ve been dreaming of mountains – climbing mountains, being in and amongst the mountains, consumed by the mountains. So, needless to say, this month’s ROAM Loves will be featuring a bit of mountain inspiration as well as some incredible photographers and articles we’ve been discovering this month…
Blog Post: Traveling To Kyrgyzstan | @hannahmagsayo
Hannah Magsayo’s blog post on Kyrgyzstan is truly breathtaking. Not only does she capture some of the most beautiful photos of the flat lands and rolling hills of the Kyrgyzstan landscape, but she describes the warmth and kindness of the people she people she met there in a genuine, whole-hearted and grateful way. Hannah’s blog features a lot more stories from travels in Nepal, Naoirobi, Armenia and beyond.
Photographer and Videographer, Tim Kellner, recently travelled to the Arctic in a 1980s Russian icebreaker, collecting photographs and film footage. The result is this breathtaking video. With a moody yet thoughtful tone, Tim shot, edited and mixed the video’s music all himself. Shiver-inducing and mind-blowing.
In this blogpost, Jinchu – a freelance photographer and world traveller – captures the rustic charm of a small, relatively unknown town called Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Jin admits that they weren’t supposed to stay in Mostar so long, but a bout of the flu meant they were forced to extend their stay from two to five days. The result was more time to discover the intricate history and charming backstreets of Mostar, and some wonderful photos of tea shops, cobbled streets and the mountainous surroundings of the town.
This article on HUCK Magazine discusses photographing people and the way we – in the Western World – have become somewhat immune to seeing photographs of ourselves. As a result, photojournalist, Berta Tilmantaite, decided to travel to South America to give people the gift of having their first photograph taken. A thought-provoking and interesting read.
“The resulting images are reminiscent of years gone past, where having your photograph taken was a special event. It’s something that’s been lost in the digital age, and projects like this act as a stark reminder that photography remains as powerful today as it always has been.”
Wales-based photographer, Chris Buxton’s recent trip to the Dolomites certainly has us lusting after Italy’s incredible mountains and landscapes. Chris’s photos are striking yet muted; snowy peaks, mist-covered forests and fairytale churches at the foot of the mountains.
Sonora is an Instagrammer, sometime YouTuber and model, but what strikes me most is her incredible writing ability. Her style is deep, passionate, emotional and personal, and she writes mostly about nature and travel. This particular story struck a cord for its depth of thought and intricate detail. Late-night musings.
Things are wild and alive and moving out there in the dark, and it is good to be reminded of it.”
ROAM co-founder, Annapurna, was recently approached by The Guardian newspaper to feature in their ‘Instagram Snapshots’ section. Three of Anna’s stunning photos from Egypt appear on the website and in the newspaper. Light through temples, sunrise on the Nile and selfies at sunset.