In a closet-sized darkroom in the back of Photobooth , a tintype portrait studio in San Francisco’s Mission District, Michael Shindler carefully holds a shiny 3-by-5–inch black aluminum plate on the fingertips of one hand. Glass bottles containing yellow- and amber-colored collodion — a mixture of liquid nitrocellulose, ether, and alcohol — are clustered on the countertop.
“Watch your step,” Nick Saraceni tells me right before he stops and looks at the bottom of his black Nikes. The 24-year-old graffiti hunter and I are standing along the side of a brick warehouse in an industrial part of Berkeley, California. Below our feet lies an uneven pile of plastic sheeting, loose wooden planks, and, as Saraceni has discovered, nails.
When my mom took me shopping for my first bra, I was terrified that a classmate might see me. I kept my head low as she guided me through the dense jungle of satin straps and cups, and I nearly died of humiliation when she asked where the training bras were located. Nearly 20 years later, in July 2006, Mom and I are again standing in front of a cashier island in the middle of the sea of lingerie at the San Jose Nordstrom.
Affectionately referred to as “the Town” by residents, Oakland has a surprisingly communal vibe despite being home to some 400,000 people. Diversity is one of the port city’s strengths, as evidenced in its stellar international cuisine, eclectic local bands and vibrant arts scene.
"The blue ice is like nothing you’ve ever seen before," says Connie Cooley, co-owner of Glacier City Snowmobile Tours, which leads trips from Girdwood, Alaska, 40 miles southeast of Anchorage, to the aquamarine ice caves, tunnels, and slides at Spencer Glacier. “We had one formation a few years ago shaped like a big wave.
For decades, busloads of guitar-toting dreamers
have disembarked in Nashville, Tennessee. Today,
makers of all stripes are migrating to the creative capital, reinventing everything from moonshine to blue jeans. Jack White, with his Third Man Records studio and shop (above), is just one new voice in a changing Music City.
When captured beautifully, people are relatable—
they are you and me. The more local and specific a story is, the more universal it becomes. Cinema taps into that human connection more powerfully
and more entertainingly than any other medium. So see films from other countries, and don’t think of them as foreign.
When the days get long, Copenhagen’s cobblestone streets blossom with bicycles, café tables, and jazz bands. Check out the lively music scene during the annual Copenhagen Jazz Festival. In between gigs, explore this compact capital on foot or bike, taking in the local shops and cultivating a deci...