Travel Photography

Adventures in Zanzibar - An Island Gem of the Indian Ocean

Images from an adventure to Zanzibar, an island with a rich history and complex culture off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar reminded me from a favorite story, the title selection from a favorite collection of short stories: “The Shell Collector,” by Idaho-based writer, Anthony Doerr.

“Why this lattice ornament? Why these fluted scales, those lumpy nodes? Ignorance was, in the end, and in so many ways, a privilege: to find a shell, to feel, it, to understand only on some unspeakable level why it bothered to be so lovely. What joy he found in that, what utter mystery.

Every six hours the tides plowed shelves of beauty onto the beaches of the world, and here he was, able to walk out into it, thrust his hands into it, spin of piece of it between his fingers. To gather up seashells - each one an amazement- to know their names, to drop them into a bucket: this was what filled his life, what overfilled it.”

© Greta Rybus

New Adventure // Senegal

 
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I spent the month of March in Saint Louis, Senegal (also called Ndar), as an artist in residence at Waaw Senegal working on a larger documentary project. It has become my favorite trip I’ve ever taken. I am absolutely fascinated by Western Africa: Senegal is a Wolof-speaking, predominantly Muslim former French colony and this cultural melange is revealed in food, music, architecture, etc. Being a visitor in a place like Senegal is exhilarating: every day provides new questions and answers and offers vibrant, intense and beautiful experiences. 

All images © Greta Rybus 

Taking a new route for Idaho Magazine

 
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“I turn West on 52: this is where the true adventure begins. I’ve never been on this road. It is new geography, but with the same ochre hills and blue, blue sky that I love Southern Idaho for. I take a photo of the hills and the sky and wonder if such a landscape feels as beautiful to someone who wasn’t raised in it.”

Fresh work for Idaho Magazine: a story I wrote and photographed about setting off to find new people and places in my home state.

Images © Greta Rybus

Nebo Lodge on North Haven

 
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Unless you know someone on North Haven Island, Nebo Lodge is the only place to stay on the beautiful and remote island. It’s woven into the tight-knit fabric of the island: furnished by treasures found in thrift stores by the inn’s gardener and the food supplied by the the thriving Turner Farm. The mainland isn’t so far away, but Nebo feels like a world of it’s own. 

Taken for Maine Magazine’s Hospitality Issue. 

All images © Greta Rybus