The Maidan

Three years ago, a wave of protests against a corrupt government washed across Ukraine. The epicenter of the movement was Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square. (A good summation of those events can be found on Wikipedia.) When the dust had settled, the president had fled the country and pro-democracy activists had gained the upper … Continue reading The Maidan

The Crossroads of Ukraine

For many Americans, any and all former Soviet republics get lumped into a nebulous mass of geographical uncertainty, authoritarianism, and Borat-type culture. Ukraine is a bracing tonic against these stereotypes; a nation whose rich culture belies its relatively brief geopolitical history. The region of what today is called Ukraine has been at a political and … Continue reading The Crossroads of Ukraine

Látrabjarg Cliffs

A tense drive on winding gravel roads often hugging steep precipices will eventually bring you to Látrabjarg, Iceland’s westernmost point. The cliffs here are famous here for their birdwatching, but the nearly vertical rock faces themselves are stunning. I’ve made light the theme of this series of photos, but I can’t say that we lucked … Continue reading Látrabjarg Cliffs

A Beach For Goths

It’s hard not to love basalt beaches. The jet-black sand contrasts beautifully with the surf and sky, and it’s a much more poignant setting for the clichéd long walks people love to take along them. If a regular beige beach brings to mind fat tourists sunning themselves, disporting bros and the shrieks of gleeful children, … Continue reading A Beach For Goths

The Land of Waterfalls

Iceland is shaped, roughly, like a bowler hat. The crown is the volcanic rock that pushed up from the floor of the Atlantic eons ago, while the narrow band of relatively flat coastline is the brim. Head inland from almost any point along the shore, and eventually you’ll hit cliffs or mountains. Consequently, Iceland has … Continue reading The Land of Waterfalls

Sol Invictus

At far northern latitudes in summer, the sun never really disappears; rather, it shoots behind and through clouds, racing around the horizon, only occasionally dipping below the horizon before darting out again. The bleak, wide landscapes of the Icelandic countryside provide the perfect backdrop for this hypnotic light show.   Here, the gloaming grows into … Continue reading Sol Invictus