"It was one of those weird scenes"
The Road Is Life wants to take a moment to honor the fallen hero Ignacio Echeverria. Ignacio is a skateboarder from Spain who gave his life to help others in the recent London terror attack. Ignacio was riding by on his bicycle with skateboard on his back. He saw the men attacking a women, Ignacio got of his bike and began to use his skateboard to protect the her. He was stabbed and ended up a victim of the attack. Skateboarding is a worldwide community and it's not taken lightly when tragedy strikes. As a traveling skateboarder you can go to any city in the world and immediately connect with others, leaving with new friends. Many have paid respects to Ignacio. His homeland of Spain bestowed upon him it's highest civil merit award - the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit. Rest easy and thank you.
What is “They Drift” and how did it come about?
They Drift is a summary of what we are. 2 creative minds, far from home, roaming aimlessly painting anything and creating a home through our artworks.
You do so many things what is your favorite medium to work in and does it change often.
Aerosol. It's been a tool we have constantly used since our youth, and allows us to work in wide range of scale and surfaces.
How has travel played into your artwork?
We are constantly inspired by our travels. You may be able to notice in our artwork when we are influenced by different places. Even the slightest pattern or color palette change can capture us and be reflected in our work.
What are some of your favorite places you have been able to visit through your artwork?
Mediterranean coast was an amazing experience. A ton of historical artworks, and a lot of places to be painted.
What are the benefits to traveling for an artist?
Meeting other great artists. By painting murals in various cities, it's as if we've left a giant postcard in our favorite places.
What would you say to up and coming artists trying to make their mark on the world?
Follow your passion.
If you could go to any place right now to paint, where would it be and why?
Provide the opportunity. You name the place. We will paint it.
Recently we discovered a link to some of the Nasa Images from space. Upon investigation there was a trove of images that are open to the public and available to view or download on their website.
Typing in Earth in the search bar brought up 25,374 images. When are we going to be able to get out there and start taking photos like these. Here are a couple we pulled out to share. If your into space or images you will never be able to capture go to the Nasa Image Site. It's difficult to believe these are real and not a scene from Star Wars. Space is the next frontier.
Mars with it's moons
Jupiter's Red Spot
The surface of Mars, taken by a surface rover
Podcasts are great for driving, working and just about any free time you have. Latitude is a podcast hosted by Brian McGuckin and Brent Bergherm where they talk about travel, photography, and taking epic photos on the road.
It's part of the Improve Photography series of podcasts. They offer photography podcasts on many different subjects from Landscapes to Portraits and this is the newest Travel Based Podcast.
Look for the Latitude Podcast on iTunes or where ever you download your podcasts.
Looking forward to getting our Cuba gallery up an running. Here are a few for you in the meantime. Cuba is a beautiful country and an excellent destination for a traveller.
I’m going to be brutally frank: Many Americans’ trips to Europe suffer because they’re treated like “ugly tourists.” But those who are treated like ugly tourists are treated that way because they are ugly tourists. They aren’t bad people, just ethnocentric (and there are plenty of tourists from other countries who also qualify as “ugly”).
“The Long Way” is a short documentary portrait of artist Evan Hecox filmed in the desolate back roads and remote beauty of New Mexico and southern Colorado. We meander past desert landscapes, Taos Earthships, The Rio Grande Gorge, lonesome church ruins and Dennis Hopper's grave as Evan experiences the worlds that inhabit his work. This film was produced in conjunction with an exhibit on view at Joshua Liner Gallery February 9 to March 11.
Make sure you are following our Instagram this week as we present "Wandering around New England" with Emily Rucando. Emily is a photographer based out of Rhode Island with an extensive portfolio of travels throughout the world.
“Live life off the map and be your own compass” -Anonymous
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
White Mountains, New Hampshire
One of our favorite blogs to check out is Humans of New York. Photographer Brandon Stanton had a goal of taking pictures of 10,000 different people on the streets of New York City. Brandon began interviewing his subjects along the way and the project began to take off. It's Brandon's ability to connect with his subjects in such a deep fashion and tell their story in a few sentences that made his project magic. Humans of New York has a blog, Facebook, Instagram, a physical book and we're sure more to come.
Brandon is currently in South American taking portraits in the streets and getting people to open up about their lives. It's worth your time to take a look.
Sunset in Manhattan Beach, California
Keep track of countries and US states that you have visited. The app visualizes the visited countries both as a list, along with a ratio for each continent, and as a world map. The list is synced across devices using iCloud. The map can be shared on social networks, such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, using the standard iOS sharing functionality.
What do you know about Twin Peaks? 2017 is brining new episodes of the original TV series from 1990 to be aired on Showtime in May. The show has a huge cult falling around the world. Much of Twin Peaks was filmed in North Bend, Washington and in smaller cities throughout the state. There are still landmarks you can visit and every year there is the annual Twin Peaks Festival.
Snow days in the northwest!
Playa Del Carmen in Southern Mexico!
Chichen Itza located in southern Mexico.