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Island Kingdom by Dan Springston

Posted in Fine Art with tags , , on June 15, 2011 by dan springston photo

Never have I seen a more beautifully enchanted island and have resolved to walk her entire shoreline, make acquaintances, and explore the interior.  The people who inhabit this little atoll are unique in their diversity; they come from many tribes, speak in numerous languages, worship a variety of Gods, and herald a multitude of opinions and ideas, yet they live in a near harmonic manner. My experience in mingling with the residents has been intellectually rewarding and positive.  They are a courteous, well-behaved group; not once in twenty-five years of exploration have I been in a conflict with anyone on this Island Kingdom.

In combining all the social, economical, environmental and technological complexities that are inherent to a small island with a populous of around 1,700,000 civilians, I believe that Manhattan is surely one of man’s greatest experiments.

The images in this book were capture between 2007-2010. This book is about the people of Manhattan and their island.

Island Kingdom can be purchased and viewed in its entirety HERE.


The Pyramids of Giza

Posted in Fine Art, Travel with tags , , on June 10, 2011 by dan springston photo

I like this image.  It required a small epic journey to capture it.

Standing in front of the pyramids, right where the bus drops off tourist, did not seem like the best vantage point to take my pyramid image. I really had to be someplace else and far from the main dusty parking lot surrounded by dozens site seers flashing away in the f22 at 500th of second bright sunlight.

In a nearby town we rented two Arabian horses and a guide to escort us to the rear of the Pyramids. A good traveler should be aware of the inherent risks of be in certain places and two American traveling into the Egyptian desert by horseback had me feeling a little vulnerable. My camera at the time was and old but very sturdy Nikon f2. I liked the camera because it was reliable and could double as a weapon. It gave me a bit of comfort knowing that if I were to be harassed by bandits, pirates or any one of a number of people out to kill/rob an American tourist, I could simply start swinging the camera round and use it like some kind of slingshot nunchuck doodad. Sometimes I practice my swing while shrieking. I am pretty sure it could help out in certain situations.

It was late in the afternoon after miles of sandy dusty travel before I found my shot. From the rear, away from the crowds, the Pyramids took on an ever more mystic quality. They seemed to be secreting some unknown energy into the night air.

I used a 35mm nikkor lens and tri-x film for the above image. The film was overexposed and underdeveloped to accentuate the grain structure.