Unmapped i — 05 December 2013, #3


Unmapped tells hidden stories from around the world: ideas, events, places and people that have been left off the map.

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When the whole world has been mapped, what is left to explore? This issue, we’ll show you.

Lizzie Porter took a trip south from Agadir to discover the Sous Massa national park. Gorgeous and deserted, The lost coastline is proof that you don’t have to look hard to find places that have been left off the map.

Kaire Kalam visited West Papua, Indonesia, to see how access to the rest of the world is changing the former cannibal tribes of the Baliem Valley. Through her photography and storytelling in Changing Times, Changing Tribes, Kaire has managed to bring to life a part of the world that few of us will get the chance to visit. Although I think a chance to see penis gourds before they disappear forever would make the trip worthwhile no matter where you are in the world.

In Brazil’s art Eden, Tony Perrottet travels to a remote state of Brazil to speak to a former mining magnate turned art collector, a man in the process of building a garden wonderland for generations of art lovers and explorers to come. The scale of the venture is almost unbelievable, as is the love of the locals for the man who transformed their region. A larger than life character, the interview with Bernardo Paz, the man behind the Inhotim Institute, is one of the most entertaining I have read in a long time.

In The Sixtieth Parallel North, Karina Briski recounts throwing herself well out of her comfort zone, into the bottom of a salmon fishing boat in Alaska with her boyfriend and his father.

In No Vacation, Eric Dreger wonderfully captures the life of a tree planter in Canada, a job that many Canadian students do each year to pay off their tuition: it’s gruelling by all accounts, but the money and the beautiful scenery act as compensation.

We’ve still got a lot of exploring to do with Unmapped. It will definitely be a theme we will return to in the future with other articles, but on the business side, we are charting untested waters to a certain extent: without ads, we rely on you, the reader, to support the magazine through subscription. Which is why, if you are a non-subscriber and you enjoy what we do, we would really appreciate your support through either an annual or monthly subscription. If you are a subscriber, then please, spread the word about Unmapped to your friends and enemies – it’s only through getting the word out that we can hope to succeed.

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