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NYC Marathon collection of photos. Nov.5, 2017
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Nov 9, 2017 11:05 PM (UTC)
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I got to witness the power of people. A lot of people. Over 50,000 people!
They ran for many different reasons; some ran just because they can. Others for health and prestige. Some ran for charities and in remembrance of someone. Some ran the marathon to prove to themselves they could do something they never thought possible. Many marathoners didn't have the luxury of running, instead they rolled, hopped, hobbled, or limped their way towards the finish line.
People of all shapes and sizes from all over the world came to NYC to complete something together. I saw them suffering together, rejoicing together and encouraging each other along the way. Strangers called out to runners that had their names proudly displayed. Some Runners wore costumes, silly running outfits or their country's flag to stand out in the pack. Some were all smiles and appreciative of the encouragement from a stranger. Some runners were stoic and taking it very seriously.
You could see pain and struggle in some of their eyes, pure determination and focus in others.
Some marathoners floated over the asphalt effortlessly. Many used crutches, wheelchairs, a supportive shoulder or a tether to a sighted guide to accomplish the 26.2 mile feat.
124 countries were represented. Cheered on by 2.5 million spectators throughout the 5 boroughs. $36 million was raised for charities by runners.
I didn't think much of what was happening at first. I met someone the night before that had come in from Belgium. He was running his first marathon w/ his father who would be running his last.
I was inspired and I thought I'd check it out. I was fully sucked into the event immediately and surprised at the emotion I felt witnessing so many people's unique experience as they passed by me.
No matter your reason for running, I'm inspired by you. Keep doing what you're doing. It's a beautiful thing.

With @laurenweissler
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Nov 6, 2017 10:39 PM (UTC)
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I got to witness the power of people yesterday. A lot of people. Over 50,000 people!
They ran for many different reasons; some ran just because they can. Others for health and prestige. Some ran for charities and in remembrance of someone. Some ran the marathon to prove to themselves they could do something they never thought possible. Many marathoners didn't have the luxury of running, instead they rolled, hopped, hobbled, or limped their way towards the finish line.
People of all shapes and sizes from all over the world came to NYC to complete something together. I saw them suffering together, rejoicing together and encouraging each other along the way. Strangers called out to runners that had their names proudly displayed. Some Runners wore costumes, silly running outfits or their country's flag to stand out in the pack. Some were all smiles and appreciative of the encouragement from a stranger. Some runners were stoic and taking it very seriously.
You could see pain and struggle in some of their eyes, pure determination and focus in others.
Some marathoners floated over the asphalt effortlessly. Many used crutches, wheelchairs, a supportive shoulder or a tether to a sighted guide to accomplish the 26.2 mile feat.
124 countries were represented. Cheered on by 2.5 million spectators throughout the 5 boroughs. $36 million was raised for charities by runners.
I didn't think much of what was happening at first. I met someone the night before that had come in from Belgium. He was running his first marathon w/ his father who would be running his last.
I was inspired and I thought I'd check it out. I was fully sucked into the event immediately and surprised at the emotion I felt witnessing so many people's unique experience as they passed by me.
No matter your reason for running, I'm inspired by you. Keep doing what you're doing. It's a beautiful thing.

With @laurenweissler
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 26, 2017 4:40 PM (UTC)
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User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 22, 2017 4:45 PM (UTC)
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Sky Worship
The Universe at my fingertips
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 21, 2017 2:28 PM (UTC)
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Oh Boy, that giant orange sure was hard to roll.
Not photoshopped.
Bolivian Salt Flats. The largest, flattest place on earth. Over 4,000 sq. miles.
12,000ft above sea level. The average elevation varies less than a meter over the entire Salar. It contains the world's largest lithium reserves. Satellites use it for calibrating their altimeters.
It's also a breeding ground for several species of flamingos. Plus there's a really cool island completely covered in cacti 🌵!
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 20, 2017 4:30 PM (UTC)
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I spent two days in an active silver mine. This is the entrance to one of the 500 mines in Cerro Rico "Rich Mountain". The largest silver deposit in the world. It bankrolled the entire Spanish Empire. The mining town of Potosí was founded in 1545. On any given day there are 15,000 miners working hard to break up the granite rock in order to extract silver and other semi precious metals from the mountain. It is extremely difficult work.
This mountain has a long history of slave labor and a high death rate.
This is now a cooperative mine. Expert miners can put their own teams together and go work for themselves, paying a portion of profit for maintenance of the mine and tracks. After a week of drilling and dynamiting, the master miner hires some day laborers to haul all the rock to the surface. They get paid a flat fee equivalent to about $20 for 10 loads. Each trolley load weighs 1.5 tons. Not an easy task. Deeper into the mines where there are no trolley tracks we had to crawl through spaces on our hands and knees. The rock from there has to be carried long distances in backpacks loaded w/ 50-80lbs of stone to the trolley cars.
The average life expectancy of anyone working in the mines plummets due to lung disease and possible mine accidents. Every morning the miners take offerings of cigarettes, strong alcohol and coca leaves to "El Tio" (the uncle) god of the underworld.
It was an intense and truly eye opening experience. I think there is such a huge disconnect from understanding the origin of things that are vital to our everyday lives.
I believe it is important to recognize the hard working men and women that make it possible for the conveniences and everyday comforts we take for granted.

More photos to come of miners at work
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 19, 2017 2:50 PM (UTC)
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King of the Mountain.
20 km. 9hrs of hiking. Last 1/3 was in snow, sometimes up past our knees. 2hr drive each direction. Always worth it.
@riauttridge + Gavin made for great trail companions. We ended up traveling to Patagonia together the next day and had a mind blowing experience watching the glacier.
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 18, 2017 6:19 PM (UTC)
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Glorious Terraces of Peru
Those terrace walls may look small from a distance, but they're 8-10 feet high.
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 17, 2017 3:35 PM (UTC)
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User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 16, 2017 5:04 PM (UTC)
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Morning calm.
Reflection at Sunrise.
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Sep 15, 2017 6:18 PM (UTC)
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Torres Del Paine, Chile
iPhone shot
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Aug 20, 2017 4:08 PM (UTC)
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My sunset from Santiago last night. Beautiful watching how the rays hit the remaining post rain haze and filled the sky w/ fire. iPhone. No filter necessary.
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Aug 6, 2017 8:04 PM (UTC)
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Here's the first part in case you didn't watch the whole thing. -
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Link above in bio for Entire video w/ better resolution -
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Finally got something together to showcase some of what I've shot in a number of the locations I've traveled to over the last year or two. ----------------------------------------
It's been done for a bit. Held off posting because I was waiting to launch my new website. Well, I've been traveling the last few months and that hasn't happened yet... Hopefully soon
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Link to full video above in bio.
https://vimeo.com/228508989
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Thanks for watching. Enjoy!
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LOCATIONS:
Iceland
New Zealand
Canada
Faroe Islands
California --------------------------------------
Filmed & Directed: Benjamin Maddox
@bensofbrooklyn
bensofbrooklyn@gmail.com
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Lead Editor: Benjamin Heller
@benjaminhellerart
benjaminhellerart@gmail.com
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assistant editor: Benjamin Maddox -
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@pray.for.pizza as the Abominable snowman / Yeti
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Rainbow Umbrella twirler: Carmel Maddox
@carmelem -------------------------------------
Music: Emerald Sound
https://audiojungle.net/user/emeraldsound
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Polarpro filters #captureperfection --------------------------------------
*Give credit where credit is owed: Feel free to share. Please credit me. Please don't ever edit, add filters, or alter my footage in any way. Thank you.
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All rights reserved: ©Benjamin Maddox 2017
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Aug 5, 2017 10:54 PM (UTC)
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Watch the whole thing. Link above in bio (Also better resolution on Vimeo)
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Finally got something together to showcase some of what I've shot in a number of the locations I've traveled to over the last year or two. ----------------------------------------
It's been done for a bit. Held off posting because I was waiting to launch my new website. Well, I've been traveling the last few months and that hasn't happened yet... Hopefully soon. ----------------------------------------
See more ice, snow and waterfalls by watching the whole video.
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Link to full video above in bio.
https://vimeo.com/228508989
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Thanks for watching. Enjoy!
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LOCATIONS:
Iceland
New Zealand
Canada
Faroe Islands
California --------------------------------------
Filmed & Directed: Benjamin Maddox
@bensofbrooklyn
bensofbrooklyn@gmail.com
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Lead Editor: Benjamin Heller
@benjaminhellerart
benjaminhellerart@gmail.com
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assistant editor: Benjamin Maddox -
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@pray.for.pizza as the Abominable snowman/ Yeti
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Music: Emerald Sound
https://audiojungle.net/user/emeraldsound
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Polarpro filters #captureperfection --------------------------------------
*Give credit where credit is owed: Feel free to share. Please credit me. Please don't ever edit, add filters, or alter my footage in any way. Thank you.
__________________________________________
All rights reserved: ©Benjamin Maddox 2017
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Aug 4, 2017 7:41 PM (UTC)
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19,974 ft. Sunrise from the Summit of Huayna Potosí outside of La Paz, Bolivia. Incredibly challenging and down right scary at times.
Amazing to be that high above the clouds
I don't usually post photos of myself, but I'm pretty damn proud of this accomplishment. In the same week I climbed this mountain, hiked two beautiful canyons and went spelunking several kilometers underground. Pretty active week. Now I need to rest my achy knee. 😕
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Aug 3, 2017 3:27 PM (UTC)
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Ancient fern forest. Based on the rate of growth, it's estimated that these ferns that stand 12-15ft tall are approximately 800 years old. Several days hike into the forest you can find some over 100 ft tall. What appears to be the trunk is actually a giant root. The center of the root is hollow and filled w/ a gelatinous substance that dissolves any insects or leaves that fall into it and uses the nutrients. It is one of several ways this plant feeds. Very resilient. Very interesting. This beautiful cloud forest holds a documented 3,000 plant species, although based on the rugged terrain the majority of the park has not been surveyed.
This park is where the tropical Amazon lowlands and pampas to the north and southeast, the subantarctic high Andes and altiplano to the west and southwest, the subtropical Tucumano-Boliviano forests converge.
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Jul 15, 2017 6:53 PM (UTC)
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20,000 teachers on strike completely shut down the city of Cusco for several days while I was there. The protests have been going on for weeks demanding much deserved pay raises. We had experienced some of the early road blockages a week before while traveling w/ my family. Wednesday & Thursday was the apex of the protests energy building for several weeks. Over 1,000 riot police were sent to the region as the protests continued.
The protesters blocked the trains to Machu Picchu, stranding thousands of tourists both directions. They barricaded the roads w/ rocks, sand, trash and burning tires. People weren't able to leave by bus, train or plane for several days. Once the protesters worked their way to the main square on Wednesday, the rest of the city felt like a ghost town. People were riding bikes care free w/o threat of traffic down the barricaded highways. I was trying to get my visa for Bolivia and get out of town. I managed to find one taxi driver who was daring enough to navigate the streets to get me to the consulate and wait for me to have my travel visa processed. The photos of the burning tires were shot by his friend earlier that morning w/ what appears to be a low-res flip phone.
The next morning as I was headed to the airport while the teachers were still sleeping. I witnessed police lining the streets surrounding the airport and serious squads of military soldiers in face masks guarding the front gates.
I'm in La Paz, Bolivia now.
Bye Peru it's been REAL!
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Jul 13, 2017 5:26 PM (UTC)
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The Cheese Ladies of Cusco. Queso Blanco
User Image bensofbrooklyn Posted: Jul 12, 2017 2:07 PM (UTC)
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I love all the street venders and markets here.