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23 December 2020

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at 2020, Mexican mansions, open water swimmers, Drew Smith, widowed penguins, the Great Conjunction and Christmas cards.

  • Jason Kottle compiles a list of sites presenting The Year in Photos 2020. It includes The Atlantic, CNN, Time, Reuters, the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Associated Press.
  • In Arquitectura Libre, Erin Lee presents "the fanciful freestyle structures that are built throughout rural Mexico without regard for building codes" photographed by Adam Wiseman. "Growing up in Mexico in a sort of privileged household, my upbringing taught me that the right aesthetic for beautiful Mexico was a European colonial version, a very Eurocentric view represented in the Pueblos Mágicos, the magical towns," Wiseman says.
  • Stefan Rousseau photographs Essex's Open Water Swimmers during the lockdown. "People walk along and take pictures or point at you and think you're mad," one of them says. "But it's not difficult and it's good fun."
  • Heidi Volpe interviews Drew Smith on his career, his approach and life in general. "When people are comfortable and doing what they love, that's when you'll catch genuine moments," he says. "I also think the more genuine and honest I am as the photographer, the more people give back that same level of authenticity: real gets real."
  • Tobias Baumgaertner saw Widowed Penguins Hug and caught the moment. "A volunteer approached me and told me that the white one was an elderly lady who had lost her partner and apparently so did the younger male to the left," he says. The image won Oceanographic magazine's Ocean Photograph Awards.
  • In ISS Moving Between Jupiter and Saturn, Grace Ebert presents an unusual image of the Great Conjunction by Jason De Freitas showing the trail of the space station in a 10-second exposure.
  • In Not Your Average Christmas Card, Gilmar Smith shows off a few of the favorite cards he created with his clients this year.

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