Cory Richards @coryrichards avatarCory Richards

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Preparing a betel nut chew in Sri Lanka. Ever seen those deep red smiles? This is where it comes from. “Betel nut has a long history in South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin. In Guam and other Pacific islands, its use can be traced back as far as 2,000 years. A habit passed down through generations, chewing betel nut is a time-honored custom for 10–20 percent of the world’s population. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 600 million people use some form of betel nut. It is one of the most popular psychoactive substances in the world, in fourth place after nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine. But while betel nut is an important cultural and social tradition in many countries, growing evidence points to serious health effects from regular use as it’s classified as a carcinogen by the WHO. Many studies have shown a convincing link between betel nut use and cancer of the mouth and esophagus. A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association reports that betel nut users are at a higher risk for oral submucous fibrosis. This incurable condition can cause stiffness in the mouth and eventually the loss of jaw movement.@kristinkremers @natgeocreative


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Sand dredgers, Sri Lanka. @kristinkremers


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Big ups @adrianballinger @jimwmorrison @estebantopomena @nealbeidleman @pennkap @alpenglowexpeditions and the whole team for a massive effort! This team just sent Everest after Cho Oyu after a failed summit bid.....in three weeks. You guys are rockstars!!! Come home safe now, ya hear?! Photo of @adrianballinger on Everest 2016


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37 and all the baggage that comes with it. Thanks @jw_jenniferwang for the photo of me making friends...


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Oh good morning @treelinecoffee ... thanks for this. @jamesmnix pulling a shot before the rush.


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Harvey Hine @hineharvey , Architect. Boulder ICON


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Luanda, Angola shot on assignment for @natgeo My truest love in photography is with people...it’s a much more nuanced dance. I don’t want to say it’s harder than other forms, but it comes with it’s own unique challenges...like how do you find yourself into the intimacy of a home without intruding? How do you tell a story without exploiting? Do you? Is that possible? How do you get close without crossing boundaries? What is ‘okay’ to show and what’s too much? There is an enigmatic quality to it all and the answers are never the same. There are masters of this form of storytelling, and I’m not one of them...but I look to them and their work constantly for guidance and inspiration.


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@cedarwright treads lightly above the Black Sea on a climbing trip to Crimea several years ago, before the annexation.


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Windshield dirt, Cañon City, CO...


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@algore (that’s right...he’s on the grams now and you should give him a follow) photographed in DC earlier this week. Like many, I was introduced to Al Gore as the 45th Vice President of the United States. Long before that, Gore was an investigative reporter covering political corruption for the Tennessean as well as serving in Vietnam in the U.S. Army. His political career began in 1976 when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first person to hold hearings on global warming in Congress. An author, subject of the two-time Academy Award Winning documentary, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ (followed by the 2017 release of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’), he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. But that’s for the clipboard crowd. Gore also carries a burden. With his amplified voice comes amplified criticism and scrutiny. As a champion of clean/renewable energy amidst a world dominated by fossil fuel interests, this push back is to be expected. And while the ‘climate debate’ is all but a settled scientific fact the world over with 97-100% of climatologists in agreement, the politicization of the issue within America has perpetuated a divisiveness that exacts a toll. At 70 yrs old however, he shows no signs of slowing down and humorously quips, “70 is the new 69.” His non-profit Climate Reality Project has provided free seminars to over 14,000 individuals globally, offering education on the science behind global warming and how to speak to it within their communities. I had about 30 minutes with Gore in which the conversation bounced from his service, to his Instagram account, to religion and faith and the fourth evil of society, ‘Ecological Devastation’. What I was emphatically reminded of, and what I believe to be the most important aspect of all of us REGARDLESS OF OUR POLITICAL IDENTITIES, is our shared humanity and need to protect our shared home. Beyond the years of work, achievement and even the conversation, there was the earnestness of a human who’s life calling has demanded a unfathomable resolve that is worn as an expression of concern flirting with hope.


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You've heard that a picture is worth a thousand words - now hear the story behind it. Join me and @NatGeo staff writer @PeterGwin tonight at @NatGeoMuseum for a discussion of the true power of photography. Link for tickets in profile! Come join!!!!


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