Today's flotsam was highlighted to us by Joanne Coates and it features fellow photographer Rhiannon Adam in conversation with the British Photographic Journal about her Big Fence / Pitcairn Island project. Having travelled to the South Pacific island, famous as the place where many of the Bounty mutineers made landfall, Adam found herself feeling lonely and isolated - an experience that helped her navigate the mindset of the Pitcairners featured in her work.
Take a podcast tour of Gljúfrasteinn, home and workplace of Icelandic Nobel Laureate, Halldór Laxness. The celebrated writer furnished his house with Danish design furniture and covered the walls with expressionist paintings by Scandinavian artists. Now open to the public as a museum, Gljúfrasteinn remains unchanged from when Laxness lived there.
Take a tour of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, in the company and sound of indie rockers Hey Rosetta. The band hail from the province and, as you can see in the video directed by Mark Bennett, it's an incredibly beautiful place.
Fogo also boasts a thriving arts scene and is home to Fogo Island Arts, an organisation which offers international residencies for artists from a wide range of disciplines to live and work on the island.
The stunning peaks of The Lofoten Islands in Norway are the focus of a short film by Michael Fletcher, who captured their rugged glory by drone throughout the midnattssol, or midnight sun.
This natural phenomenon takes place over several weeks in the summer, when the sun appears to never go below the horizon. The Earth's axis is angled sunward towards the north Arctic, creating a magical effect of a combined sunset and sunrise.
View more films of majestic landscapes on the National Geographic Short Film Showcase channel.
The most audacious and objectionable project in the history of Dubai has to be The World. An artificial archipelago created from millions of cubic meters of dredged sand, it was intended to be an exclusive chain of atolls for the pleasure of the global super rich, but the project hit the buffers after the financial crash. Plans are now gaining momentum for the renewal of the island fantasy and their fruition looks to be just as, if not more, horrible than first envisioned. Read on, if you dare, in this long read on the Guardian website.
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.