Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Surfing, by most accounts, is a rad pastime. Though a surfer may control his board, he’s subject to the whims of the sea; somewhere between the order and chaos is a realm of serenity where surfers thrive.When most people think of surfing, they imagine a warm climate — certainly warmer than Long Island, New York. Oddly enough, some surfers are so dedicated to their passion that they’re willing to brave the cold water and wind of the Northeast; in fact, they’re happy to do it.Professional photographer Matt Alberts recently took a trip to New York City and Long Island, where he photographed several passionate surfers who satisfy the definition of “LIFER.”What is a LIFER? There are many definitions throughout Alberts’ visual journey across the United States, but there’s a common thread: A person who is so passionate about something that he makes it his life’s work.The Seasons Collection is a project born from Matt Albert’s partnership with Cadillac, and an evolution of Alberts’ greater LIFERS project. The above video — a road update from The Seasons Collection — introduces several dedicated Northeastern surfers. Take professional surfer TJ Gumiela, who regularly surfs at Long Beach, NY: “We surf in any conditions; in the snow, if it’s sunny out — we’re just passionate about what we do.”Related: City Surfers: Q&A with Brooklyn’s Union SurfboardsIf you find the stories of New York surfers compelling, step back and glimpse The Seasons Collection at large. This year, Matt Alberts is touring the nation with a pair of handsome Escalades provided Cadillac and reaching out to LIFERS who are inspired by snow, sun, and water — including snowboarders, skiiers, skaters, cyclists, and, of course, surfers.Throughout the project, Alberts has captured images of LIFERS using wet plate photography, which was most popular in the latter half of the 19th century. Why use this archaic form of photography, you ask? Alberts explains: “Discouraged by the meaninglessness of most digital images, a desire grew inside of me to create something authentic. I wanted to be more involved with the process. I wanted to be back in the darkroom and working with my hands. I wanted to remove myself from the virtual world of digital photography.”Perhaps a more accessible byproduct of The Seasons Collection are the video updates uploaded to YouTube, in which we meet the LIFERS that Alberts photographs. Most notable is Klaus Obermeyer, founder of skiwear company Sport Obermeyer. At 95 years old, Obermeyer is still living his passion and skiing nearly every day, making him the quintessential LIFER.Throughout the video series, it becomes clear that Alberts is himself a LIFER whose passion is photography and skateboarding. Alberts project beckons his audience to join in the fun by finding their passion, then living it.Though Alberts’ subjects eat, drink, and breathe extreme sports, the term LIFER can apply to any human endeavor. Accounting, plumbing, and boat repair may not lend themselves to compelling YouTube videos, but they stir passion in some people, surely.The point is, life is short — if you’re not passionate about what you do, don’t waste your precious time. As one of Alberts’ subjects says, “Do what makes you happy and work your life around that.” Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn The New Fender Vintera Series Harkens Back to the Beginnings of Rock and Roll Editors’ Recommendations The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S.
Uniting government representatives, business leaders and academics, the meeting, the Task Force’s first in Europe, will focus mainly on its vital role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets adopted by world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 for development and poverty eradication by 2015.The broader aim of discussions will be to help develop approaches to providing content to the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva in December 2003, as well as to build alliances for action. The Task Force will follow up its previous meeting with a review of efforts to jump-start ICT-for-development in Africa.Tomorrow morning’s plenary will also examine the ICT’s advisory role to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and discuss how the Task Force can best assist in developing an ICT strategy for the UN system and help promote public-private partnerships for its implementation.The Secretary-General launched the ICT Task Force to bring together a variety of actors – from community leaders to captains of industry – united by the goal of using ICT to reduce the gap between the information-haves and have-nots.