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Well Travelled: Highway 395 California

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Known for her popular Tumblr account Cheynesaw , Cheyne Brooking is a talented illustrator and photographer from the Eastern Sierra’s of California. Recently Cheyne took a trip to California’s Highway 395, capturing the sights along the way for Well Travelled.Highway 395 is the gateway to some of the most interesting places in California. In the middle of nowhere, beyond the expansive desert, dilapidated homes and “No Trespassing” signs stand deserted mining towns, abandoned airplane hangars, train graveyards, and world famous landmarks. For Cheyne, it’s also the road home – the long stretch between Southern California and the Eastern Sierra’s. Sometimes you just need to get in the car and go, follow along as Cheyne does just that…

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Our first stop well outside of OC, Kramer Junction.

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Kramer Antique’s has everything from old signs and gas pumps to hot rods and old airplanes.

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A train graveyard. These shipping containers have been here for as long as I can remember.

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Taking a walk across the Olancha Dunes. Good place for 4 wheel drive, bad place for 2 wheel drive…

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Spongebob does not live in a pineapple under the sea. He lives here.

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The Alabama Hills sit right at the base of Mt. Whitney. The Lone Ranger, Star Trek and Django all had scenes filmed here.

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Mt. Whitney and her sisters casting shadows on the valley.

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Halfway up Whitney Portal Rd. The trailhead for Mt. Whitney is only 20 minutes from the 395.

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Danika embracing her inner canine on the way to Bodie, CA.

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Bodie was a boomtown during the gold rush and the second largest city next to San Francisco before it burnt down. Peering into the crumbling electrical building.

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The mill. There’s gold in dem der hills…

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Disturbing the fishermen in Gull Lake. The water was probably still snow this morning.

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Next stop – Yosemite. Dad stands next to what could probably be considered one of the youngest Sequoias in the grove. Still, it was probably there when the Colosseum was built…

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Feeling small and loving it.

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Tuolomne meadows in Yosemite. “The lake is good to swim in, right? It’s probably warm enough by now? Let’s feel.”

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Yosemite Falls, upper and lower. Standing in the middle of the valley with granite shooting up thousands of feet all around us.

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How we know we’re on the right road and we’ll be home soon. JLA is snowboarding.

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Well Travelled: South Korea

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Darrell Mathes is a well respected professional snowboarder and creative. Leading a generation of youth into street snowboarding, his eye for unique features and photography have brought him all around the globe. This year his travels led him to Korea to explore the cities for their unique architecture and opportunity. Take a moment to view Darrell’s photographs and words below:A trip I never thought I would get to go on – happened. I headed out with a crew to South Korea to do a story for Transworld Magazine and so it began…We landed right outside of Seoul and explored for a few days, seeing the sites and getting to know South Korea bit by bit. We then headed to the mountains to visit a few ski resorts to snowboard and to see what South Korea’s terrain had to offer. All of us were hoping to get a glimpse of the DMZ, so when it happened we were all timid but enthralled by this place that gives the few who dare, a glimpse of what North Korea appears to be. Being there gave all of us such an eery feeling, but a once in a lifetime experience that I’ll never forget. The people, the food, and the culture of South Korea truly enriched my life.

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A bus full of jet-lagged snowboarders finally made it to Seoul

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Taking in the sights

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Well monitored

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Morning view from Highland Resort

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A quiet moment in the hotel common area

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A well traveled backpack

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Chad Huff soaks in the sunrise

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Dammit – Arrived at the hill too early

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Pep talk

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Jake Kuzyk bunny hops after a day of snowboarding

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Tre-Flip

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Fascinating woman greets us at the DMZ

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Spotted- Korean Soldier

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Well armed from any trespassers

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I dare you

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On guard

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Holds all the goodies

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You can’t sit here

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Commuting

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Koreans fly kites in parking lots

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ZEN

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Slow and steady

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Well Travelled: Varanasi, India

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Rishad Daroo is a street photographer born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Now working for the Canadian Tourism Commission, Rishad shares his love of travel and imagery across all aspects of his career. Take a look at Rishad’s words and imagery from India below and stay tuned for another series with Rishad from Vietnam soon:

Although I’ve travelled to India several times before, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Ganges River and the sacred land of Varanasi. This city is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. I came here to capture a few portraits and create a short film with filmmaker Rohaan Daroo….who also required a visit to the hospital after a stray dog got the best of him (see below). The people of Varanasi and the local ‘Sadhus’ are the true soul of this city. Below are some images captured from my journey through Mumbai City and Varanasi.

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The vibrant colors of Mumbai.

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Friends

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The Bandra-Worli Sealink seen from Bandra.

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Abandoned vessels

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Canoes along the Ghats in Varanasi.

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Daily boat trips through the Ganges.

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Waiting for their next trip

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A Sadhu seated along the Kera Ghat

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Time for chai

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A stroll through the market. This man asked me to take his photograph which I gladly obliged.

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Daily practice along the River Ganga

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In search of light

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Toolbox

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A trip to a local hospital. Rohaan Daroo needs a rabies shot after being attacked and bitten by a stray dog. Not good….

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Prep work

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Rohaan Daroo gets his meds. Stray dogs are nothing to mess with in India.

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The log book

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Supplies

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Needle dispenser

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When providing the medication instructions there was a little bit of a language barrier. This took a while….

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A fresh shave: 8 Rupees

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Speaking with a local Sadhu. His eyes told most of the story.

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I really loved the raw vibrant colors of India.

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The only way to get around Varanasi is with one of these

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Taking a minute to review my shots. Photo by: Rohaan Daroo

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Delhi time zone. Time to go.

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Devoted Hindus bathing in the Ganga River. This practice is believed to purify their sins and cure illness.

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Shooting with photographer Jenny Friesen.

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In search of light in an abandoned cement yard.

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Well Travelled: Oaxaca, Mexico

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Adrian Morris is an artist and photographer currently traveling the world and creating beautiful imagery. Join him on a recent trip through Mexico as he captures his surroundings for Well Travelled…

This series of photos is the start of a journey I have begun in Mexico, that I will carry through to South America. Initially I just wanted to escape a cold and rainy London winter, but life on the road has been too great to stop now. The trip you see here is of me and a few friends adventuring along the Pacific Coast of Mexico and up through the mountains of Oaxaca. Enjoy!

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Planning the Journey under the shade of Palm Trees

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Playa de Mermejita

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Exploring Punta Cometa

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The guys trying to look like studs on Playa San Augustinillo

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Making use of my Herschel Tote bag in La Punta, Puerto Escondido

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Boat riding through Laguna Chacahua, Herschel luggage up the front

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Local kids fishing in Laguna Chacahua

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Lazy afternoon in Chacahua

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Local kids of Chacahua

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Back of a truck heading up the mountain backroads

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Climbing up to some mountain caves in Tepoztlan

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Looking over Tepoztlan

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Siesta with a view

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Mountain Caves, Tepozlan

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Mexicano local

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Looking over Oaxaca from Monte Alban

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Hierve el Agua – the most ridiculously beautiful place

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Swim time!

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Swim time part 2

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Back down the mountain – Back of a truck sunset style

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Back of the truck down the mountain camera in hand

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The lush life in San Jose Del Pacifico

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Mountain Shave

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Our Spot in San Jose

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Enjoying the late afternoon cloud show from the roof

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Cheesy San Jose Sunset shot

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Selected Sounds: The Vaccines

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Formed in 2010, indie rock group The Vaccines are no strangers to success. The band’s freshman album was the best-selling debut album of 2011 in the UK, propelling the group into the spotlight and drawing sound comparisons to The Ramones, Jesus Mary & Chain and The Strokes. Their second album landed them at #1 on the same charts and led to their first headlining tour in 2013. Taking time out from a busy tour schedule, guitarist Freddie Cowan shares an exclusive playlist inspired by his favorite artists for this week’s Selected Sounds.

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How do you find the music you listen to?

I like to find a starting point then work backwards to find the deeper roots of what I’m listening to – a lot of good stuff crops up like that. I guess that’s the old fashioned way to do it…

Mixcloud is a good one because you can see who is DJing what, which artists and other musicians are really into.

Another great way is to ask friends for mixtapes. You get all their hard trawling compacted into an hour’s worth of their own personal greatest hits. In fact compilations from friends or labels are usually where I find the most new music I like.

What is your favourite way to enjoy music?

I like walking around with my iPod on shuffle. I was in Hyde Park at dusk when an early Ray Charles recording came on. It really intensified all my senses and what I was seeing and hearing was made more beautiful by the pairing.

What excites you about finding new music?

It’s exciting to hear new innovations and people with bold ideas. I think hip hop is in such a healthy place and it’s attracting some of the best talent. It feels like its being pushed in a direction of ‘say what you want and do what you want’, rather than trying to adhere to any safe and tested structure, which I think is healthy and cultivates some of the most interesting music.

It’s similar to how jazz was in the 1950s. One person does something that totally changes the game and then somebody else takes that, rips it up and develops it into something else. It’s exciting to witness.

What tracks/and or artists comprise your personal soundtrack right now?

One artist I’m really into now is Robert Fripp. The guy is so heavy – the way he plays encapsulates everything I love about the guitar. He has great ideas and an enormous technical vocabulary, which he lends to the song, never overplays and fills the right space. All in aid of the song, rather than any kind of technical showmanship.

‘Heroes’ by David Bowie has Fripp on it – that wonderful soaring sound, totally from another world. In borrowed words, it makes the experience of listening to it almost transcendent.

Also, Paul White, a British hip hop producer who’s starting to break. What he does with his sound is amazing.

Who do you trust to give an honest evaluation of new tracks?

We trust each other really. I don’t think anyone is a harsher critic of what we do than ourselves. But we also welcome critique if it’s coming from the right place.

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