According to reports by the Associated Press and others, Malian soldiers entered the city of Timbuktu on Monday as al-Qaeda-linked militants fled into the desert after having set fire to a library that held thousands of ancient manuscripts. Reportage’s Brent Stirton photographed these manuscripts in 2009. It is not known how many have been destroyed in the current conflict. The manuscripts date as far back as the 11th century and reflect the continent’s historical knowledge on Islam, medicine, science, law and technology. See more of Brent’s work from Timbuktu in his series, “Timbuktu Today.”
Caption: Manuscripts in a scholar’s home in Timbuktu on September 8, 2009. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images)
Example of great portraiture
Abraham Lake has become world famous, especially amongst photographers. The artificial lake, which lies in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, is home to a rare phenomenon where bubbles get frozen right underneath its surface. They’re often referred to as ice bubbles or frozen bubbles.
What causes this to happen? As photographer Fikret Onal explains, “The plants on the lake bed release methane gas and methane gets frozen once coming close enough to much colder lake surface and they keep stacking up below once the weather gets colder and colder during [the] winter season.”
Though a gorgeous sight, this incredible destination isn’t for the weak or the weary. “Even though I’ve walked on a frozen lake before, Abraham Lake made me feel completely uneasy since the lake was not covered with snow,” says Onal. “Even though the icy surface was around 8-9 inches thick, it still scared the hell out of me, not only because of the fact that I could see all the cracks…and the darkness of the lake bottom through the glassy surface, but also [because of] the deep boomy, cracking sounds coming from underneath the lake’s surface.”
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I periodically go exploring. I like to venture into places I haven’t been to, see the architecture, intake the coffee culture of a new place and most importantly photograph my journey. I have a natural love for landscape photography and I frequently use the skills and habits acquired shooting landscapes to other areas of my photography.
This Christmas I had a very special surprise. Joanna was visiting London so that we can spend Christmas together. She decided to get us a trip to Barcelona for two. I couldn’t ask for a better surprise.
We decided to a few days after Christmas, because we wanted to spend it in London. So soon enough we went to Gatwick Airport and patiently awaited our late EasyJet flight in one of the many cafes at the North Terminal. Gatwick Airport naturally welcomed us with rain, miserable weather and terminal improvements. It didn’t matter though, because we were just about to jet-off for a few days and have a wonderful time exploring Barcelona.
We landed late afternoon on Friday (…)
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