Kris Davidson@hellokrisdavidson

Sentient star dust reporting from planet Earth.

http://www.krisdavidson.com/

543 posts 8,920 followers 680 following

A tentative young reindeer weighs the pros and cons of the food offering in my hand (he eventually decided it was okay). I spent many days of my early childhood running around the Swedish Arctic forests, often encountering reindeer. With their beautiful antlers resembling branches I thought they came from trees. A few years ago I had the incredible opportunity to travel with Saami herders on an annual migration. #Sweden #reindeer #Laponia


5

Migrating reindeer dash (didn’t see any flying) across the top of Sáivovárri mountain in Laponia, Sweden. #Sweden #reindeer #Laponia


7

Two Saami brothers warm up by the fire after day 4 of the annual spring-winter reindeer migration in Laponia, Sweden. The Saami, who have been the reindeer keepers for thousands of years, care deeply for these beautiful animals. #saami #sami #sweden


1

Colorful calveras wearing papel picado inspired dresses dance down the Paseo de Reforma during the annual Dia de los Muertes parade in Mexico City last month. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel with the help of guide extraordinaire @ruben_encaladawith @visitmexico


10

The annual Mexico City Dia de los Muertos parade honors the holiday’s deep indigenous roots. A woman dressed in regalia walks down the Paseo de Reforma with a bowl of burning copal, quietly blessing the gathered crowds. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel with the help of guide extraordinaire @ruben_encalada with @visitmexico


4

A woman in Huaquechula, Mexico on her way to set up a mescal stand the day before Dia de los Muertos. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel with the help of guide extraordinaire @ruben_encalada with @visitmexico


0

The sense of being in the world’s 2nd largest city slips away when gliding through the Xochimilco canals in Mexico City. Locals rent out the colorful boats to spend time with friends and family, bringing food and drinks. Music can be attained on the spot with enterprising mariachi bands floating by, ready to play impromptu concerts. The canals were built by the Aztecs centuries ago. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel with the help of guide extraordinaire @ruben_encalada with @visitmexico.


0

A beautiful calvera (skeleton) sitting on a curb ahead of the impressive annual Dia de los Muertos parade in Mexico City. The prevalent face-painting tradition originates from zinc etching by illustrator José Guadalupe Posada titled “La Calavera Catrina” (Dapper Skeleton) created circa 1910. Imbued with a bit of acerbic cultural commentary, Posada’s image depicts a female skeleton dressed only in a hat, her “chapeau en attende,” a reference to European styles of the early 20th century. She is offered as a satirical portrait of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were aspiring to adopt European aristocratic traditions in the pre-revolution era. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel with the help of guide extraordinaire @ruben_encalada with @visitmexico.


7

Tender, new love (I think) underway backstage as actors slip into their characters at the La Llorona production in Xochimilco (located in Mexico City). Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel with the help of guide extraordinaire @ruben_encalada and @visitmexico


4

Happy Sunday, all! It seems like a good day for an aspirational Elvis gazing skywards. Here’s Chad Collins in character as Elvis near The Little Vegas Chapel on the Las Vegas strip, where he works as a wedding officiant. Shot on assignment for Lonely Planet a couple of years ago. #Elvis #LasVegas #Americana


4

Going into nature catapults us backwards, beautifully, towards the familiar ancestral touch-points: the comfort of a fire, the timeless stars in the night sky, even as planes soar past towards LAX #slightlysurreal #anzaborrego


1

Those cracks in the landscape you see when flying in to LAX or SAN? This is what they look like up close. Magical, slightly dangerous sand tunnels and caves. #slightlysurreal #anzaborrego #go


0

A stunning introduction to the magic of the Southern California desert, motorists driving the Gene Autry Trail last year encountered a series of billboards by artist Jessica Bolande featuring photographs of the very mountains towards which they are heading. Each photograph was unique to its position along this route and at a certain point as a driver approached each billboard, for a second, perfect alignment with the horizon would occur. This embodies the ephemeral magic of the Anza-Borrego desert perfectly. #slightlysurreal #anzaborrego #desertx


5

Every year, in the spring, the townspeople of Monroeville, Alabama put on a play, a re-enactment of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” set in the courtroom that inspired the book. I got to photograph it a few years ago for Lonely Planet Traveller, UK edition. It was a dream assignment in many ways. By chance, my family immigrated to Texas when I was 9, and the instructive childhood books that taught me the English language also imparted a certain moral sensibility that is distinctly southern. “To Kill A Mockingbird” addresses the depth of the American hubris in parallel with our young nation’s profound strengths. The people of Monroeville have been having this uncomfortable, unfolding conversation about race, the legacy of slavery, love and being American for many years. They act it out year after year with a Southern grace, tenacity and an overarching elegance that defies words.


4

City views go hand in hand with tenderness and heart-to-heart conversations at dusk at Mount Royal Park in Montreal. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel this past September, with @Montreal @mpromeo #mtlmoments


7

Montreal comes alive at night! We discovered Big in Japan, a high-end Japanese whiskey bar with an indescribably cool ambiance, tucked away behind a nondescript door in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighborhood. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel this past September, with @Montreal @mpromeo #mtlmoments


3

I ran into these friendly officers at the top of Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal, milling about before the unveiling of the new city flag incorporating the Canadian city’s indigenous legacy. There is always something going on at Place Jacques-Cartier, a gathering place for performance artists, street musicians and is surrounded by terrace restaurants. Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel this past September, with @Montreal @mpromeo #mtlmoments


0

Magical light over the Pacific Ocean in the late afternoon in Santa Monica, California. #CaliforniaDreaming #VisitCalifornia #surfsup


10

Let's bike down Venice, California. No fake news allowed on the beach #CaliforniaDreaming #VisitCalifornia #beachlife


0

Surfing between reality and fiction, here’s an energetic mural spotted between palm trees in Santa Monica, California. #CaliforniaDreaming #VisitCalifornia #surfsup


0

"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, where the sea is asleep and rivers dream, people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice and somewhere else the tea is getting cold. C'mon Ace, we've got work to do." — The Doctor, Doctor Who

Pictured here: Spanish poet Pedro Larrea on the MV Explorer with @semesteratsea somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, lost in thought a decade ago #sea #sailaway #semesteratsea


3

A midnight sun memory from the Arctic a couple of years ago — we made this image within days of the summer solstice — it’s close to midnight and my cousin David and his fiancee (now wife) whisper about their wedding, just days away at the time (only sun-filled, endless days, no nights at all for these dreamers). Photographed in a remote area located along the Torne River, in northern Sweden. #midnightsun #solstice


4

She fixed a steely gaze on me, never breaking character. A few years ago I photographed this woman dressed as Harriet Tubman at a Juneteenth event in Kentwood, Louisiana. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. #juneteenth


3

Matt Cooley and Olivia Laux watch a cork soar through the air after opening champagne for the the post-balloon flight breakfast created by Cloth and Flame, an adventure dining company in conjunction with Float. A common tradition among balloonists is to have a champagne toast upon landing. Legend has it that early French aeronauts carried champagne to appease angry or frightened spectators at the landing site. Made with @floatballoontours and @clothandflame while on assignment for National Geographic Traveler in Arizona.


0

A hot air balloon takes flight for a sunrise float over the Sonoran desert. It's a whimsical experience that requires a surrender of full control -- the journey is always determined by the wind. Made with @floatballoontours while on assignment for National Geographic Traveler in Arizona.


0

Viewed from within, a hot air balloon is prepped for a sunrise flight. Made with @floatballoontours while on assignment for National Geographic Traveler in Arizona.


1

With wolves everything is communicated through body language. The volunteers at W.O.L.F. told me: they will let you know when the visit is over. It was a beautiful thing to behold, the tenuous friendships and deep respect between these wild animals and their human caretakers. It’s an interaction that defies words. While the sanctuary is not open to the public, you can follow along on their IG account @wolfsanctuaryco. #wolf #wolves #conservation


8

Two wolves size me up at W.O.L.F., a sanctuary in northern Colorado that engages in saving captive-born wolves and wolf dogs who need sanctuary placement in order to survive. While the sanctuary is not open to the public, you can follow along on their IG account @wolfsanctuaryco. #wolf #wolves #conservation


1

I got to meet some wolves last month at W.O.L.F., a sanctuary in northern Colorado that engages in saving captive-born wolves and wolf dogs who need sanctuary placement in order to survive. It was a profound experience to be around these majestic animals and the people who care for them. While the sanctuary is not open to the public, you can follow along on their IG account @wolfsanctuaryco. #wolf #wolves #conservation


4

A corporate lawyer turned wolf activist/conservationist introduces me to Rewilding Our Hearts by Marc Bekoff. She tells me it's time to become reenchanted with the natural world. #anthropocene #Colorado


0