COVID thoughts from an innate optimist:
With COVID-19 bringing life to a halt, I can’t help but think about the ways this experience might stimulate positive change at a global scale.
Paving the way for a world of global action.
Paving the way for a world that coalesces to solve issues that require global unity now more than ever, like the Climate Crisis or Human Rights Standards.
I feel a certain global kinship as we’ve transitioned from hearing stories of this virus in a far away land to something tangible and close to home.
I like to think this could stimulate a mindset shift for global leaders.
Setting a precedent where unity and radical action at a global scale can be a future reality, despite sociocultural and political differences.
That’s a world I’d like to live in!
All this talk about pandemic has me thinking about other things that are highly contagious, like kindness, compassion and positivity!
I’ll leave you with that.
Care for those at risk friends!
The good light just kept coming this morning! I'm so grateful for these moments.
Stay away from crowds 🚶🏻♂️
#hellofrom England, UK
It's surreal how much the World has changed in a matter of weeks.
If anything, I hope that the change that is taking place will help us grow stronger and wiser.
It will allow us to continue to slow down and remember that life is more then demand and power.
That we all have a short time here and to enjoy the simplicity of life.
It has definitely made me see things differently.
Stay safe everyone❤
The world is only bent. . . . not broken🌎✌
In looking back at photos, I've impressed myself with all the stupid things I did while preggo.
Six months in (and rather full bellied as seen in the second pic) we took the bikes with our camping gear into the backcountry.
We had waist deep icy creek crosses where we couldn't seen the bottom since the glacial run off was so thick, we passed bogs and quick mud, branches that scratched and a head wind that wouldn't relent.
At the end of it all was an additional hike to admire a glacier, on route to which Kieran and I actually ascended a blind ridge and walked into a grizzly.
Stupid, but memorable. I'd recommend almost all of it, but maybe not the grizzly part, or doing it 6 months preggo since I am pretty sure I struggled to walk after that weekend.
This is my last post on Instagram.
This platform has turned from an exciting, inspiring app that I met lots of amazing people from, into an ad machine for a company (Facebook) who sells our information & then uses that money to sow division & unrest in the world.
There used to be an amazing IG community in Chicago full of ridiculously talented artists, but how the fuck are you supposed to connect with people in an app when every other post is an ad, or some vapid reprobate of an “influencer” trying to sell you shite (hey guys!), or photographers STILL TRYING TO SELL PRESETS. The app’s functionality has barely evolved since 2011 (landscape mode? Being able to search for two different hashtags simultaneously? Don’t get me started on trying to report a copyright infringement when someone’s stealing your photos). For a long time I was attached to my follower count & I just KNEW that if I kept posting & hashtagging & commenting & liking & sharing & showing up on those feature pages, that I’d get more exposure & that would lead to gigs & opportunities and I’d be on my way to being a world-renowned photographer in no fucking time. 100% wrong. It just lead to me putting all of my art on a platform for free that I was enjoying less & less, & that wasn’t actually helping me grow as an artist.
People assume that having thousands of followers means you’re getting gigs left & right or people want to buy your work all the time. Yeah it genuinely doesn’t mean shit. 3% of my followers see what I post, and 90% of my followers are bots. I’ve essentially made $0 from Instagram in the 10 years I’ve been using it. But if you’ve known/followed me for a while you’ll know how little chasing every possible buck means to me anyway.
Not supporting the shady business practices of Instagram & its parent company, Facebook, outweighs the “benefits” of continuing to use their services & being a tiny mouthpiece for them.
Instagram is now just a portfolio for me. I’ll keep the page here as an archive of my work over the last decade, but I won’t be sharing new work here.
I’ll post new work on my website (frankbell.co) & on @vsco and Twitter (@12headedboy). It’s been real.✌️ #bernie2020
The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. ⚔️
Winter slowly fading into spring.
No handshakes, but can we still hug? 🥀#berlin
So #stayhome is big right now, places are closed, people self isolating, and practicing social distancing. I fully believe all this is necessary and a little sacrifice goes a long way for everyone in our communities. Not so long ago I was out at Alabama hills making this huge pano of 24 images. What an awesome morning!
Side note: So far what has been the hardest part of the covid situation for you? Oh and tell me where you’re located🙌🏻 stay safe and healthy everyone!
Let”s all take a moment and pray for all the healthcare workers taking risks and saving lives all around the world. You are amazing Thank you! #HelloFrom #LosAngeles #stayhome 🚑😷⛹🏻♀️
Social distancing from the Sahara desert, my new best friend is a camel and he has enough water for 2 more months.
City on the hill🏙
Find Momo in Italy.
What an amazing country to travel through. Folks took us in for a few nights in the countryside, new friends met up to show us around, I accidentally drove through the narrow pedestrian streets in the heart of Naples with my big camper van. 🇮🇹 Sending love to Italy and the beautiful people it represents. Left to right: Piazza del Duomo (Florence), Florence markets setting up, Amerigo Vespucci’s house, Florence, Colosseum (Rome), roadside shed, roadside oranges, Pompeii.
Find these shots and tons more in our book(s) which happen to be really good to read at home with people that live with you. 😉
We evolved in natural places and they are important to our mental health. That doesn't mean we need to seek out grand landscapes right now, the benefits of nature can be had taking a walknaround the block or enjoying the sun in your back yard. We need to stay safe but we dont want to all go crazy.
Disclaimer: Image taken prior to social distancing norms.
The temple of the Golden Mount – Wat Saket – is built on an 80-meter high man-made hill, which was once the highest point in all of #Bangkok. ✨