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National Geographic for Free

I was raised on Nat. Geo.’s as a child. I bounced back and forth between my mom and dad’s house since I was 11 years old. My mom’s house was a bit on the sterile side- no TV- but she always had stacks of Nat. Geo’s. I used to love combing through them and studying the pics: the lighting, composition, angles, perspectives, subject matter and so on. I have no doubt that years of doing that has carved a sharper eye into me and probably is the sole reason I’m a photographer today.

When browsing their website just now (because I have a 10 page experimental psychology report to revise- due by midnight- and what better time to explore the National Geographic website, right?) I came upon their archive section. I discovered that they’re offering FREE digital National Geographics through years 2005-2014. All of the pics, features and other articles are all included. It’s the complete magazine, just virtually presented. Who could pass up free National Geographics? I used to have a subscription but that stopped several years ago, so I’m elated that I’ll be able to catch up on the most recent ones.

If you want to check them out, you can here: Nat. Geo. Archives

I’m currently reading about Sugar from the December 2014 issue. It’s incredible to know that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. That’s insane!

I have 3 weeks of school left and I know that when I’m finished and take my two year hiatus, I’ll be starving for education. I’m like a human sponge and I research everything. (Heroin junkies, prisons, the Illuminati and old film studios are of particular interest to me.) After I’m out of school, Nat. Geo. will be a good source to please my eye aesthetically, while simultaneously replenishing my thirsty mind.

Currently in my schooling, I’m at 2 A’s and 2 B’s. I’ve been slagging lately. If I really fought for it, I could end up with 3 A’s and 1 B and make the Dean’s list at my 3rd college. (That is sooooo tempting. Alas, I’m a beat puppy at this point and too tired to fight for it.)

So, I’ll end up with 2 A’s and 2 B’s. All I can think about is photography and it’s semi-obsessive. I’m probably going to open up an Etsy shop and sell my prints so that they’re affordable. The going rate for an 8×10 (from most photographers and artists) is $30. Most of my (large) prints are sold for $160+ at Redbubble, but I want to give the average consumer a chance to purchase my work without breaking the bank! So, I’ll start working on that once I finish up with school. I won’t be offering any previous work for sale, because every few years my style changes, and so I want to create an entirely new body of work. It’s part of a healing process as well. As an artist, it’s healthy to wipe the slate clean and start anew.

So I’m off to read National Geographic get started on my psychology report.

Great day all!

My daughter Heidi’s cat, Numa/Helios 44-2 film lens/Canon Rebel XSI/natural lighting


4 responses

  1. Yay!! Thank you for sharing this! I love National Geographic. I used to peruse it regularly to find inspiration for drawing. I can also understand looking at it when I have a paper due! Best, bester, and bestest to you!!!

    November 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    • Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂 I’m pivoting back and forth between the sugar article and Cleopatra’s mystery and revising my (5 page) literature review. My professor’s striking out my favourite words and writing “thus” in their places, THUS, turning it into a major snoozer.

      Back to my snoozefest…heheh.

      November 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  2. How many of us have had our world views shaped by National Geographic? I still pore over a bag of old N.G. maps I’ve saved forever. What does it take to be a photographer for National Geographic Magazine?

    November 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    • I do too, Al. There’s nothing more I enjoy that to have a cup of tea, a rainy day, and a while stack of Nat. Geo’s! THE BEST. The requirement to be a Nat. Geo. photog are about 10 years of education + an equal amount of training as a journalist (pretty much).

      November 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm


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