Carol Leenstra

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How to Become a Bold Street Photographer

Dear friend,One of the attributes that will make you happier as a street photographer is to be bolder as a street photographer!<b>Conquer Your Fears and</b> …

Street Photography

Want to Print Your Own Photos? Here Are Some Helpful Tips

The digital age has pushed some of us away from printing our photos, but at the same time, better technology and cheaper prices has made it more …

Digital Age

Sketches From The Park: Watch Disney Artist Will Gay Paint ‘Japan’s Gate’ at Epcot

This year’s Epcot’s International Festival of the Arts will stretch from January 12-February 19, allowing guests to experience “art in action” …

Walt Disney Company

The ex-slave in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Barracoon” tells his harrowing story without rage

Cudjo Lewis was a teenager when his home town in modern day Benin was decimated by a neighboring king. Lewis was captured, put into a barracoon, a structure to hold slaves, before spending 70 days crossing the Atlantic Ocean. He eventually arrived in Alabama, where he was given over to white …

Black History

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

Who are we without our memories? A Buddhist chaplain explains.

An hour comes<br>to close a door behind me<br>the whole of night opens before me<p>—W. S. Merwin, “Memory of the Loss of Wings”<p>Hetty gives me a quizzical look …

Meditation

Here Are 11 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Often Make

When you're first starting out in photography, it can feel absolutely overwhelming trying to learn, assimilate, and execute the information and …

Photography

The Very First Animal Appeared Amid an Explosion of DNA

The animal kingdom is one of life’s great success stories — a collection of millions of species that swim, burrow, run and fly across the planet. All that diversity, from ladybugs to killer whales, evolved from a common ancestor that likely lived over 650 million years ago.<p>No one has found a fossil …

Biology

The Vulnerability of Pit Bulls, in Photos

When the photographer Sophie Gamand first pitched her <i>Pit Bull Flower Power</i> book to publishers, she faced resistance. One suggested, “Nobody cares …

Pets

All of the Best Apps for When You Want to Learn Something New

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?<p>If you’re a naturally curious person like I am, then you probably have a lot of questions about …

Apps

15 Mind-Blowing 3D Chalk Drawings, But You’ll Probably Get Your Fill By #3

<b>You won’t believe your eyes and, for a little while, it’s a lot of …

Drawing

Get a Well-Exposed Landscape Photo Every Time With This One Simple Trick

If I had to choose my biggest complaint about landscape photography, it would probably be the difficulty in getting a well-exposed image.<p>You've been …

Landscape Photography

Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.<p>Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. His real wife had recently died. Six months …

Relationships

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Last year, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the …

The Revolutionary Giant Ocean Cleanup Machine Is About To Set Sail

Boyan Slat dropped out of school to work on his design for a device that could collect the trillions of pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. After years of work, it’s ready to take its first voyage.<p>On a Wednesday afternoon in a sprawling lot on a former naval air station in Alameda, California, …

Pollution

If you bought any of these electronics from 2001 to 2011, you could be sitting on a gold mine

Residents of the good old U.S. of A., we have some great news. If you bought one or more phones, laptops, or tablets between January 1, 2000, and May 31, 2011, you could be eligible for a BIG payout. (And if any of these things are in your attic, you're sitting on a gold mine.)<p>A class action …

This Adapter Lets You Mount Any Giant Lens On Your Tiny Smartphone

Want to mount a giant camera lens onto your smartphone? The Chinese company Cinematic International Company Limited has created a single universal …

Videography

How to Find Your Next Big Thing in 3 Simple Questions

Feeling bored and unable to muster a new vision for yourself? Answering these three questions will help.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There's an unconscious bias in our innovation economy around the importance of having a vision. And the bigger and crazier the idea, …

Fiction Book Review: The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri. Titan, $14.95 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-78565-707-8

The Book of Hidden Things<p>Francesco Dimitri. Titan, $14.95 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-78565-707-8<p>Renowned Italian author Dimitri’s beautiful first …

Books

How to Create Fun, Outrageous Portraits Your Clients Will Love

While beautiful, classic family portraits will never go out of fashion, sometimes clients desire something that shows the fun, frivolous nature of …

Mystic Mantra: Only creative people can be joyous

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It is the energy that is characterised by the ability to perceive the world …

Meet the mysterious Colwood beach artist making eye-catching sculptures out of driftwood

People walking along the beach in Colwood, B.C. have noticed a series of whimsical driftwood sculptures that seem to have come out of nowhere.<p>The …

88,000-Year-Old Middle Finger Discovery Could Change Early Human History

As researchers continue to make new discoveries about the evolution and migration of early man, a new study gives evidence that humans may have migrated out of Africa much earlier than previously believed. Archaeologists working in Saudi Arabia's Nefud Desert have discovered the fossil of a human …

Anthropology

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study.<p>The slowdown in the circulation — a crucial part of Earth's climate — had been predicted by computer models, but researchers said they …

Global Warming

How to Make Peace with Persistent, Negative Thoughts.

Sometimes I wake up early in the morning, before the sun comes up, and lie in bed lost in thought.<p>At first, my thoughts are hazy. After all, I did …

Mindfulness

The Power of Judgment: Finding a Teacher to Point Out Your Blind Spots

When the Buddha told Ananda that the entirety of the practice lay in having an admirable friend, he wasn’t saying something warm and reassuring about …

Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures That Talk to Whales

<i>This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at</i> …

Anthropology

19 Inspirational Quotes From True Artists to Help You Overcome a Creative Rut

It's a moment that every creative dreads, yet most have faced at one point or another—artist's block. In these situations, it's easy to be hard on ourselves and wallow in pity, waiting for inspiration to strike. But the reality is, hard work and diligence is what moves you further along the …

This Photo Shows a 65-Foot-Tall Lava Dome

Here’s a strange and beautiful photo of a lava dome during a volcanic eruption. It’s not just any bubble, though: the dome pictured is rising a …