My New Interview: Ragnar Axelsson

I’d like to introduce you to Ragnar Axelsson, an Icelandic photographer who is well-known for chronicling the lives of subsistence hunters, fishermen, and farmers in the Arctic, the North Atlantic, Northern Scandinavia, and Siberia.

Rax, as he is affectionately called, is a longtime Leica photographer with the instincts of a career photojournalist. His books, Faces of the North and The Last Days of the Arctic, tell a poignant story about climate change and its impact on our planet. While in Iceland, we met up to discuss photography, climate change, and life in the Far North.

The OmShow Podcast: What’s (really) wrong with Facebook

Chris Albrecht (a former colleague) and I had a conversation about Facebook, why both of us were off the service and what is wrong with Facebook and its corporate moral compass. And then it got caught in a media kerfuffle, thanks to one of its advertising executives made light of Facebook’s role in the ongoing investigation of the Russian interference in the US elections.

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[Photos from a] San Francisco Weekend

One of the targets I have set for myself is that I will walk a minimum of additional 8,000 steps every day for rest of the year. Walking out of the house with a camera is a great motivator and before I know it, I have surpassed my daily goals in a jiffy.

Yesterday, I decided it was time to play around with a film. I picked up my medium format Mamiya 6 camera and off I went to make some long exposures. The manual settings, the manual calculation of the time it would take to properly expose a photo and the idea that you for to wind-the-film forward were quite therapeutic compared to the rather automated world of digital. I did end up cheating a little.

Views of Venice (with Photos)

It has been remarkably quiet on the home front — for a good reason. I went to Venice to make some photos and participate in a photo workshop with one of my favorite photographers, Jonathan Chritchley. The workshop perfectly overlapped with the CES 2018 show. And since everyone was busy with the show and very little work was to be done anyway, I am glad I took this opportunity.

It was a fruitful trip, where I found a lot more about myself, my photography and why I like making a certain kind of photo. Any trip which involves making photos also means one comes back with too many photos.

Goodbye 2017! Hello 2018!

I hope you had a nice year-end break and are getting ready for the new year. All I want for the new year is all of us to do one positive thing every day — a positive email, an encouraging text message, a tweet of optimism or just a smile. It is not that hard to do, and make our crazy world a lot easier to deal with. Wishing you all a grand and fantastic 2018. May you be enriched by happiness, joy, and learning.

January 1, 2018, San Francisco