@coryrichards / Cory Richards
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“Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name...” I travel seven to nine months a year. When I’m home, I tend to be a creature of habit. Rituals are important...and this is one of mine. Thanks @treelinecoffee Bozeman for always being a cure for jet lag...with a smile. @modbar @goodbick
from Bozeman, Montana
Men at @thehalotrust working to de-mine the the former battlefields surrounding Cuito Cuanavale, Angola line up pre dawn for roll call and to receive their daily designation. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @intotheokavango and @drsteveboyes @markstonephoto @eddiebauer
from Cuito Cuanavale
Captured #withGalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // Yanaka, 40, traverses a pathway through a maze of rice paddies near Koggala Lake on Sri Lanka’s southern tip. Rice is the staple of the Sri Lankan diet and has been a vital social and economic cog for centuries. The island may have begun cultivating rice as early as 800 B.C., but the exact beginning of the industry is unclear. Around 400 B.C., large scale irrigation systems were built to facilitate the mass production of the crop. As many as 2,000 varieties of rice may have come from Sri Lanka, once renowned as the Granary of the East.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @bluezones Dan Buettner looking at the worlds different recipes for happiness and where it’s found most abundantly. Read @bluezones comprehensive and entertaining article in the Nov. ‘17 issue of @natgeo or look it up online under National Geographic Happiest Places. @paleyphoto
from Copenhagen, Denmark
Tumeletso 'Water' Setlabosha, 54, was born in Jao Botswana, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Part of the ba'Yei tribe, he was brought up as a 'poler' by his father. Poling is the art and occupation of navigating a Mekoro, or dug-out canoe, by ngashe (pronounced an-gashee), a four meter wooden pole. Poling is physical work requiring both tremendous balance and body tension to maneuver the heavy six meter boats. The boats ride just off the surface, creating an often delicate interface with the water and wildlife that inhabits it...knowing how to move around crocodiles, hippos, and elephants is an art in an of itself. By all accounts, the name Water could not be more fitting. For more images and info, follow @intotheokavango @eddiebauer #liveyouradventure @markstonephoto @natgeo @intotheokavango @drsteveboyes
Argument: “It’s not the guns. Sick people will find ways to hurt people regardless. This is about mental health.” Let’s examine why this is blatant flawed reasoning. First, just because violence is a human constant doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act to mitigate it and access to the tools used to carry it out. Second, yes, the trigger was pulled by a human but if the human didn’t have access to the gun, this wouldn’t have happened. Again. Third, the idea that this is a mental health issue is what’s called a red-herring, an appeal to flawed logic that distracts from the larger issue at hand. Is there a mental health crisis in America? You bet. Does it need attention? More than ever. Is it tied to mass shootings? Of course. Does that mean that we shouldn’t legislate to mitigate access to firearms? Are you fucking kidding me? Excuse me but duh. Of course we should. There is exactly zero evidence that indicates that more firearms in public leads to safety. ZERO. There is however considerable, proven, and repeatable data that shows that more guns lead to more violence. The fact that we are tone deaf to mass shootings is more an indication of mental illness than anything else. If this continues to happen and we continue to have the same debate without action, if we refuse to try a different way, we are acting irrationally. We are complicit if we refuse to look at facts in favor of antiquated laws. This is NOT political. There is nothing political about following facts to arrive at a logical conclusion...a conclusion that will lead to a safer population. Let go of right and left, blue and red and arrive at history, fact, and investment in our children and future.
Photo and copied text message from @ladzinski referring to when he dropped a painters pole on my head while climbing Ames Ice Hose: // Hey man, I ran across these photos today and it reminded me that I owe you an apology. I admittedly tried to kill you this day with a painters pole, but please know that it was nothing more than a business opportunity. You see, it’s always been my dream to be on a climbing team and when I saw you below me I thought “Here’s an opportunity I might not get again to create an opening on the team...” With Brandon being on location the timing was perfect for me to jump the line so to speak, and try and secure that spot in person. I should never have treated you like a pawn, it was just business. They say a good man always admits his mistakes and I hope to be that kind of guy someday. In the mean time please know that I’m aware that I still do owe you that apology and I hope to give you it someday.
Thank you VANCOUVER! What an incredible opening night at the @theVIMFF 2018. You guys were awesome and I can’t say thank you enough. I encourage everyone in Van to get out and engage with the festival this week if you have the time. Well worth it. Big love! #inspiredbyVIMFF
Alex Xhamme, half Khoisan half Batswana, stands for a portrait. Khoisan is a unifying name for two groups of peoples of Southern Africa, who share ethnic, cultural, and putative linguistic characteristics distinct from the Bantu majority of the region. They are often referred to as ‘bushmen’ based on their traditional nomadic hunter/gatherer culture. As per this image, most of that culture is preserved in the form of cultural tourism where otherwise modern Khoisan lead a Bushman Experience for visiting tourists. Cultural tourism is a complex issue. Many people reject it as ‘fake’, often failing to see the irony that underscores their disappointment in the fact that this cultural paradigm is no longer ‘real’. The Khoisan, like most minority communities, have faced massive marginalization at the hands of the surrounding governments. This kind of employment offers some financial support while helping some element of the culture persist. Regardless, the opinions are mixed and passionate. Shot on assignment with @intotheokavango led by @drsteveboyes with support from @natgeo @markstonephoto @eddiebauer
See all those stacked bags? That’s charcoal...or in another iteration, felled old-growth forest. Angola’s civil war left hundreds of thousands of land mines in the ground, making much of it dangerous for inhabitation and agriculture. Leaving the mines in the ground is a humanitarian impossibility. Sadly, as soon as areas are demined by organizations like @thehalotrust, people move in and chop the old growth forests down and make charcoal, a primary source of energy for much of the country. This deforestation destroys root infrastructure that holds the fine Kalahari sand in place, altering the slow seep feeding of the Cuito Catchment in the Angolan highlands to a flood/drought system. This change can radically alter the fragile ecosystem for it’s entire length, disrupting the rhythm all the way downstream into the Okavango Delta. It’s a classic catch-22. Much of the charcoal trade is illegal but overlooked as the rural populations have to scratch out ways to make a living. This poses a massive environmental quandary, the cumulative effects of which are yet to be seen. The @intotheokavango project, led by @drsteveboyes and supported by @natgeo aims to provide the governments of Angola, Namibia, and Botswana with enough comprehensive scientific data to hopefully act collectively to protect and preserve the landscape. This will require solutions that need to provide impoverished communities with alternate sources of income. With economics as the primary driver, the solutions are never clear and never easy...nor can they make everyone happy. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @markstonephoto #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer
Ten years ago I took my first trip to Nepal. We did a first ascent on a small 6,000 meter peak named Kwangde Shar. It took Ines and me six days round trip from base camp including 4 nights on the face. Two Cory’s never would have pulled it off, but two Ines’ would’ve done it faster. Almost all of my best climbs have been with partners far better than myself and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to them all. They taught patience and perseverance and for that, I’m forever grateful. #liveyouradventure @eddiebauer
Fisherman on Angola’s Shipwreck Beach, “an eerie resting place for 20 + derelict and rusting ships. Known by locals as Praia da Santiago or Praia do Sarico, the 1.5 mile stretch of beach is better known as Shipwreck Beach or Karl Marx Beach, named after the biggest shipwreck on the beach. Off shore and along this stretch of beach are dozens of rusting hulks of tankers, cargo ships and fishing vessels. Many legends have been passed along concerning how the large ships mysteriously arrived there. But in reality, with the absence of salvage facilities, the most likely explanations for this site is that the ships were removed from Luanda harbor after being unseaworthy. Either the ships were intentionally grounded onshore on this beach or their offshore moorings rusted through and the tide and currents pushed them ashore.” Shot on assignment for @natgeo #liveyouradventure @markstonephoto @eddiebauer