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In Torque We Trust

February 12, 2014 1 comment
… there are couple of kinds of car people,
some people have to have lot of cars
and they buy and sell.
 
… I’m a very old kind,
I came across that car in late 80’s and early 90’s
and it’s just one of those soulmate types of cars,
the more I’ve improved on it, the more I’ve driven it,
the more it just become a part of my life
I can’t seeing getting rid of it.
 
— Bob Gough (owner of 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S)

 

How Norway Scores So Much Olympic Gold

February 9, 2014 Leave a comment
Norway… With only five million people, it has won 303 Winter Olympic medals, far more than any other country on the planet.

…many experts think the answer lies in the culture and lifestyle of the country, where an extraordinary egalitarianism runs through youth sports. Before age 6, Norwegian kids can only train but not formally compete in sports, and before age 11, all children participating in a competition must be awarded the same prize.

Norway’s cities are relatively close to the wilderness, and children are encouraged to play outdoors even on the coldest days.

Neighboring Sweden, by contrast, has its major population centers farther from the wilderness, and the Swedes are more inclined to play indoor sports in the winter, such as tennis or hockey, rather than bundle up and go skiing.

Norway remains a largely agrarian society that places a large premium on being outside. A Norwegian concept called friluftsliv—enjoying outdoor life—has been studied in books and represents whole areas of study at universities.

How Norway Scores So Much Olympic Gold – An interesting article from The Wall Street Journal, which gives an insight into the Norwegian culture and approach that shapes it’s phenomenal success in winter sports

Smugmug’s Story of Photographers

February 5, 2014 Leave a comment
Smugmug has started a video series where they are covering some of the world’s most exciting photographers. These photographers get very candid in these videos. Listening to them gives me goose-bumps. I would say, it’s worth subscribing to this youtube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/SmugMugFilms
Photography is our business, but it is no secret that it is our passion as well…
It’s not a “how to” or a “what’s in their bag,” rather, a small glimpse, an insight
into who they are, what they do, and what drives them ultimately.
We’re creating this series simply to inspire, celebrate, and share our love for the art of photography.
I’m the kid that always looked overhead when a plane passed by. Something about aviation drew me in. I love flying. I love photographing flying.
I’m a pilot, and I’m a photographer, and being able to combine the two with what I do is just amazing.
What makes air-to-air photography different is that you are up there with this flying machine in its element, watching an awesome pilot as your wingman.
I’ve got the best seat at my own personal air show.
I’ve found what I love to do, and I see myself doing this forever.
I’m Jessica Ambats, and I’m an aviation photographer.

Being creative has just become a way of life. I don’t think it begins with a desire to wake up in the morning and say, ‘Today, I’m creative.’ It just comes down to, ‘Today, I want to live, I want to do what I love, I’m going to go out and I’m going to do that.’

My name is Benjamin Von Wong, and I’m an artist.

I like to think of my photography as something epic, something larger than life. It takes a vision, and it exaggerates it so that you can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake.

 
 
 
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