Field Mag Editor's 5 Favorite Features of 2018
From heart felt personal essays on adventure and family to adrenaline inducing recounts of climbing Denali, these features struck a cord
Though our bread and butter here at Field Mag is visual storytelling through photography, our feature length article efforts are certainly worth keeping an eye out for too. From personal op-eds that full at your heart strings to lengthy recounts of adventures in the truest sense of the word, the following five features really deserve more air time.
So dig in, and find even more worth exploring here.
5. Braving Record Col Temps to Surf Slurpee Waves on a Human-Powered Road Trip Through Rural New England
"How the heck are we supposed to surf if the ocean itself is frozen solid?"
4. Why This Professional Photographer Ditched Digital to Embrace Film Photography Halfway Through Her Career
“I decided to pick up my father's old Nikon point-and-shoot for the sake of trying something new. After a few rolls of disastrous mistakes and other happy accidentals, I found a strange love for the peculiar feeling my photography gained through film—the colorful light leaks, vibrant colors, and natural grain unforced by digital manipulation. There was effortless ease that came through my visual storytelling, something I so desperately longed for that digital would never gift. Each composited shot becomes more and more intentional, allowing myself as the photographer to live fully in the present moment.”
3. A Father and Daughter Photographer Travel to the End of the Earth to Find a Rare Moment of Magic
“The Antarctic thunder (glacial calving) pulsed the night’s soundtrack, along with the distant conversational growls of neighboring crabeater seals. Antarctic fire revealed itself, too, marking the first sunset I was able to see on the trip. It was unlike any other sunset I had seen before: soft, luminous, multi-dimensional, everlasting. At one point, a sliver of light crested the glacier across the bay like a highlighter to a page. I couldn’t stop staring, as it if was telling me, ‘remember this, it’s important.’”
2. Why This Two-Time Olympic Marathoner Trains for City Races on Mountain Trails
“There may be a million other factors, and correlation doesn't necessarily prove causation, but I believe in these runs and the power of these landscapes. And I know they have a positive influence on my being and what I am capable of.”
1. What It's Like to Climb Denali, North America's Highest Peak
"It was a blur of pain, turmoil, and beautiful views... the days and nights began to blend together, with an average temperature of around -30˚F... I couldn’t help feeling like I was in space or at least on some uninhabitable planet."