Nepal, a few moments in a country of millenia

I am just back from Nepal, and starting to process an amazing month, and thousands of photographs, taken across the beautiful and ancient country. I am not sure what I expected as this was a particularly seat of the pants trip, in spite of months of planning (more on that soon) and so every plan had to be reworked, leading to better outcomes than anything we could have imagined.

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Ireland Roamings

There are places whose beauty defy photography, which can be frustrating, as a photographer. Or you can relax into the immersive impossible beauty and occassionaly shoot from the hip, embracing the novelty of an experience which cannot fully be captured or conveyed. And so instead you simply are present.

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Summer in Boston; An Insiders Guide

Extended version of piece for NZ Herald Travel Section, March 25, 2019

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America, rich in colonial and maritime history, the architecture spans all of the countries eras and the city is littered with momentous locations across the centuries, but less widely known are the modernization, growth, and food scene which have emerged in the recent decade, bringing the best of the old and new side by side. In the summer the city reverberates with festivals, live music, free outdoor activities, farmers markets and endless ways to enjoy the culture. There has never been a better time to visit Boston.

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Windy Media : Our small shop won a big award.

If you work in advertising, you’ve probably heard of Adweek.

By their own measurement, the magazine reaches 100% of the Fortune 500 CMOs and senior executives from the top 150 media agencies. More than 150,000 agency and media-decision makers subscribe.

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"Dear Senator" honored with Adweek ARC Award 2019

I am beyond thrilled and humbled to finally be able to announce that our amazing team at Windy Media won the Adweek ARC Award 2019 for Best Use of Short-Form Nonfiction Series category with “Dear Senator” Planned Parenthood of America series shot summer 2018. I grew up reading Adweek and am so excited to be included in the awardees, many of whom are big budget commercial studios and ad agencies.

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Skateistan Short Documentary

This is a short documentary about an amazing non profit, Skateistan. Take 13 minutes to watch, its a powerful story with beautiful cinematography.

“As the world continues to divide, in the Land of Skate people are uniting. Children and youth in countries caught up by conflict and inequality are being empowered through skateboarding.”

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How They Filmed the First El Capitan Climb With No Ropes | Vanity Fair

How They Filmed the First El Capitan Climb With No Ropes | Vanity Fair

Published on Jan 11, 2019

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the directors of the documentary “Free Solo,” discuss how they captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s free solo climb (without any ropes, harnesses or protective equipment) of Yosemite’s El Capitan in June 2017. The film crew was challenged to record his incredible achievement without affecting Honnold’s climb.

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A Four Legged Christmas

Exactly 7 years ago, I adopted Mia at Christmas (actually I fostered, and then foster failure followed but that’s another story) and a few years later realizing I could not foster, I had the opportunity to help out Paws New England in a pinch. Just in time for Christmas we transported a dozen animals from Tenessee to New Hampshire, from a place which did not want them to homes in time for the holidays and it was the most wonderful experience of the true holiday spirit.

This year I was able to head to a different type of rescue operation. Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham New York is one of the oldest horse rescues in the country, and has 96 worthy equine souls in their care as well as dozens of cats and a pig, who scared the daylights out of me when it emerged from under a tarp.

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My Maine Escape

I believe in all cases that getting lost can be good for the soul, whether it is humility, spontaneity, wonder or peace, taking to the road and letting go of authorship is always a good thing in this world of stress, over connectivity and constant demands. And when things feel like they are at their worst, I think it all the more reason to get in the car and lost.

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The Universal Prayer that found me

I believe things happen for a reason, but that faith has shaken in the recent years. Still I found myself in a sanctuary of an Airbnb in Brooklyn, a yoga institute, and this prayer was in a book I opened at random. I was struggling, missing Mia and worried about work. Although I am not a proponent of theft, I felt compelled to take the prayer card with me. The next day I learned we were moving my mother to a memory care unit, something we knew was on the horizon since her alzeihmers diagnosis but which is painful nonetheless.

Although I try to meditate, it escapes my rushing mind and this prayer being in french forced me to slow down and find the true meaning of each word. My mind could not drift and it is a beautiful prayer. I think that the “Universal Prayer” of Swami Suryadevananda found its way to my hands just as it was meant to. And so I am sharing the beautiful words, translation and meaning with you.

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Malawi to Maine

I’m in western Maine looking out over a smooth slate blue lake reflecting the burnt autumn foliage of the mountains under stormy New England skies, even as in my mind I gaze back over the past few months. Exactly a month ago I sat high on a steep hill looking out over the vast cerulean blue of Lake Malawi, imagining Tanzania and Mozambique somewhere out of sight, trying to understand my weeks in country as I swatted the persistent stream of micro ants off my dress.

Malawi caught me off guard, I will admit. I have a tendency to tip myself into adventures by dealing with the logistics but ignoring certain glaring challenges until it’s too late, so I don’t miss out on a worthwhile adventure by overthinking it just because it’s hard. (My time living in India and Micronesia were textbook cases of this, cue mini panic the night before the flight.)

Malawi caught me off guard in some ways, I will admit. 

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Travel Supplies you Might be Missing

As a frequent traveler, whether local or international, I always have a weekend bag packed and know what goes into my international bags, work and vacation – though I’m not sure when I last had one of those. Needless to say my camera bag is always at the ready, like sports gear, when you come home, you reset, so I will skip that one.

I don’t believe in buying things on the road when you have the items at home, so here are some critical things from years of experience. And in many countries you cannot get things you might consider essential or as on Sundays in Zurich when you have a bad cold, you cannot find goods so best to always be prepared. Of course shop local if you can, but I have some links as well if you cannot.

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The freedom of the "Most Disgusting Version of Yourself"

When I arrived in Livingstone, Zambia to join African Spokes, Jen Gurecki gleefully warned that I should be prepared to be “the most disgusting version of myself.” An organizer and veteran of the 70 day trip, riding from Nairobi to Cape Town, she was on to something.

Each morning of Leg 4 started like every other day in camp; shuffling into cycling cloths in the dark, we broke down heavy canvas tent by headlamp, packing up camp while stuffing in calories and water to be ready for first light. When the sun started over the horizon we were off, covering 90km on a short day and up to 214km one special day, aiming to cover as much ground in the early post dawn desert cool as possible to avoid the intense heat to come. And the relentless lack of shade. Leg 4 which crossed a bit of Zambia, all of Botswana and northeastern Namibia had particularly nice tarmac, for Africa.

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Press - Boston Voyager

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julianne Snow Gauron.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I studied industrial design and spent over a decade working on apparel innovation teams in India, the UK, at New Balance in Boston, and North Face, before going out as a consultant four years ago. A major part of innovation work is understanding the user, and I have a lifelong love of what I learned at RISD is called embedded field research. I spend anywhere from an hour to days with people to understand how they live and think in detail, I was doing this long before I became a designer living overseas as a volunteer teacher and other means of exploring the world.

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