What does nothing look like? That's the question explored by photographer Murray Fredericks in his Greenland series. Featured in The National Geographic, each of his works offer a distinctive answer by capturing the immense, sublime and varied emptiness of the Arctic country.
We came across this joyous short film via the ever-inspirational Smith Journal. It follows a few days in the life of Tanya, a hut warden in South Island, New Zealand, who loves all things outdoors. When not guiding tourists through the forest, she spends much of her time cleaning, maintaining a rat trap and having fun, all of which looks and sounds pretty good to us.
The New York Times continues to be a leader in digital journalism, as is shown in The Heroes of Burial Road, a numbing piece which tells the story of a group of men in Haiti who are helping their fellow citizens, many of whom are wracked by poverty and grief, bury their loved ones.
Works from one of the finest private collections of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture, many never before seen in public, are the focus of an exhibition at The Met Museum. Collected by long-time New York residents Diane and Arthur Abbey, the objects date from the 19th century to the present and are due to enter the museum's collection. Find out more on the exhibition website and view an installation time lapse video below.
We’ve featured quite a few stories about island foraging over the years. The consensus is that food doesn’t get any better than when sourced locally and gathered by hand. Further evidence of which is presented in this video of a diver in Shetland catching scallops for his lunch. Not into shellfish? Don’t fret, just sit back and chill to this oddly meditative and beautiful film.
Filmmakers Abraham Joffe and Dom West describe Ghosts of the Arctic, their film of Svalbard in winter, as a "passion project". The pair endured frostbite and two of their prized cameras died of exposure in trying to realise their dream. Watch the stunning results of their efforts above, and learn more about the process behind the shoot in this article on No Film School.
By the briny shores of Sheepshead Bay in County Donegal in Ireland, Declan McConnellogue is smoking salmon with peat to recreate the tastes of his childhood. Experience a taste of the Wild Atlantic Way in this video about The Haven Smokehouse.
Encounter the waters of Hawaii, Tahiti, Maldives, Barbados, Indonesia, Mexico and California in this beautiful and mesmerising video by Morgan Maassen.
If you long to experience the frozen wilderness of the Arctic, but can't quite spirit the will to leave the cosy confines of your sofa, then you need this audio gem from Youtube. It contains 10 hours of glorious sub-zero ambience captured on an idling icebreaker. So pop on your headphones and enter a sonic paradise of frozen ocean, cracking ice and falling snow.
The nefarious tax activities of several corporations and famous individuals have been laid bare in recent weeks by the Paradise Papers investigation. At the centre of many of the stories is The Isle of Man, a self-governing crown dependency of the British Isles. A recent long-read from the BBC offers a fascinating overview of how the island found itself at the centre of an offshore cash scandal.
With just 80,000 people speaking Faroese worldwide, it's perhaps understandable that the language hasn't made it onto Google Translate. But try telling that to the growing number of frustrated tourists who can’t learn a few phrases before they visit.
In an effort to solve the problem, Visit Faroe has launched its own version of the online language tool with the help of friendly locals who will translate live by video, thus providing a free on-demand service for anyone around the world curious to learn a little Faroese.
And the best thing - it really works. Try Faroe Islands Translate for yourself.
The new trailer for cult director Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation film Isle of Dogs looks promising. When the corrupt mayor of Megasaki City exiles all canine pets to a vast rubbish dump called Trash Island, a boy called Atari sets off alone in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire city.
The island of Stóra Dímun in the southern Faroe Islands is home to just nine people. Accessible only by helicopter or boat, it remains largely untouched, save for an organic farm which marks its only settlement. A supplier to Koks, the world-renowned restaurant in the Faroese capital Tórshavn, the farm produces some of the finest lamb and turnips available anywhere. It is also located within an incredibly dramatic land and seascape, as this video shows.
What happens when you send a group of hip photographers to Ireland with a brief to capture what they see using only their smartphones? Head over to iGNANT for a visual feast of a trip, taking in Belfast, Dublin, Kerry and Cork.