NORÐUR OG NIÐUR FESTIVAL, Reykjavik Iceland December 2017

Lit. Go North and go down; fig. “Everything’s going to hell”

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A dream come true! Our all-time favourite band, Sigur Ros, play their first concert in their hometown of Reykjavik for the first time in years. And not just any old end-of-tour concert, but a whole festival of music and art from the band themselves and all their friends and collaborators…

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Winter Sunset over Sweden @ 36,000 feet

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IMG_0776I shot this series of “skyscape” pictures over Sweden on a recent SAS flight from Tokyo to Copenhagen. I recently received an iPhone X — my first smartphone! — as a Christmas present, and I’ve been eager to play with the camera in particular.

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Reykjavik Kills Me

Exploring Iceland’s capital city in summer

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In late June, I swung a three-night stopover en route from Tokyo to Toronto. As R and I already planned a self-drive adventure further afield in July, I would explore Reykjavik instead, drifting around town with a camera in hand and nowhere to be, nothing to do for 72 hours…

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Adventures on The Bruce Peninsula, Georgian Bay Ontario

A triptych of essays set in — or on the road to — Ontario’s “sweetwater sea”

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Part One: Day-Tripping Flowerpot Island, the Bruce Trail, The Grotto, and Overhanging Point on southern Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula in southern Ontario separates the cooler waters of Georgian Bay from the rest of Lake Huron’s “sweetwater sea,” and makes of the Bay an unofficial, sixth Great Lake. It’s the kind of iconic Canadian landscape that drove artists such as Arthur Lismer and the other Group of Seven painters wild.

The rugged, 100-kilometre finger of pine-studded shale and limestone, set amidst the granite and precambrian rock of Shield country, points northward from the rolling hills of southwest Ontario’s farm country, all head-high corn and sulphur-bright canola, through Boreal Shield country and towns with names like Kapuskaping. North north north, to Moosonee and the wetland plains of Hudson Bay and, somewhere way up there, the beluga-backed Arctic Ocean…

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Iceland: Emotional Landscapes

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I have visited Iceland twice now, in late spring two years ago and again this year at the height of summer. I blogged before, during, and after my travels, including such random trip planning resources as inspirational music videos and good reading. Now Im work on a landscape photo essay about this summer’s trip. Meantime, check out my trip reoprts and travel resources at Iceland: Emotional Landscapes https://medium.com/iceland-emotional-landscapes

Toronto Kills Me: Summer 2017

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Candid travel photographs in the cold and the rain from my – ongoing – summer trip to Toronto, Ontario, a.k.a. (among others) CondoToronto – and rightfully so! Toronto often gets knocked for being an ersatz city, lacking any real sense of place. That “There is no there there,” as Gertrude Stein once said of Oakland. In this photo essay I go looking for T.O.’s genius loci – and find it there, among the historic brick buildings and glass-and-steel skyscrapers. https://medium.com/@aaronpaulson/toronto-kills-me-a8e9b799da5

Iberia Photos on Exit Booted

To kick off a new photo gallery project, the eponymous Exit Booted (but now on Medium.com), I’ve uploaded sets of photos from the summers I spent in Spain and Portugal in the mid-2000’s.

I’ll add more sets from my world travels as I continue to work my way through my photo library. Next stop: Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. But first, back to Iberia 2004/2005

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