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The Recommender: Leslie Dela Vega, Fast Company’s Director of Photography

Name: Leslie Dela Vega
Role at Fast Company: Director of Photography
Twitter: @leslied_v
Titillating fact: Since she was a teenager, she has often dreamt of flying. “Flying through the air, free, happy. It’s a drug-free high. I look forward to falling asleep to do just that.” So this Saturday, Leslie is going on her first tandem skydiving jump, “hoping to re-create that feeling in real life.”

Things she’s loving:

1. Talia Herman’s photography

On Tuesday, I met with Talia Herman, a photographer from Guerneville, California. I told my partner I’d love to retire in this small town. It has just one intersection, but has redwood trees and the Russian River at its feet. Silence. Herman’s portfolio was similar: quiet, thoughtful. So after meeting her, I went on her blog, where there is so much eye candy. Her project of following Guerneville residents was raw, deep, personal at times. Her color palette, muted for some, gives me an antiquated, inside feel of these lives.

2. The Greenpoint, Brooklyn Nazi skinhead project

I received a book from Adam Krause, a photographer whose personal projects were intriguing and inviting. He covers subjects that are honed and minutely specific. You can see an example of these subjects in the Greenpoint, Brooklyn Nazi skinheads project. Another? Alligator hunting + commerce. Beautifully lit, nicely composed portraits of alligators and their hunters.

3. Life On Sundays

I have to admit, this isn’t a new find. But I go to this site as often as possible. It’s nice to scroll down FOREVER and look at photos, but not just any photos. These photos are of design, architecture, people, sex, all of which totally work together in this layout. Graphic lines, colors, shapes, text, and men’s clothing, which I myself as a woman prefer half the time.

[Image: Flickr user Horia Varlan]

The Recommender: Cia Bernales, Web Producer and owner of Atticus, the giant Rottweiler

Name: Cia Bernales
Role at Fast Company: Web producer
WebsiteWriting with My Mouth Full
Instagram@ext212
Twitter@ciaEATS
Titillating fact: Cia has crossed 37 countries off her bucket list. She isn’t leaving the country this year, but she just started planning her trip to Glacier National Park, in Montana. Does anyone who’s been there have travel advice for her?

Things she’s loving:

1. Sports and women
Say what you will about NYC’s new bike share program and the Bloomberg administration, but I think transportation chief Janette Sadik-Khan has done so much good for the city since she started her job. If we live in the world-class city we claim to, we need to enjoy our own public spaces and have different ways to get from Point A to Point B.

I’m still a chicken when it comes to biking around New York City, but Evelyn Stevens is the person to watch in a sport that’s gotten so much bad press recently. She quit her Wall Street job to become a pro cyclist and is now winning important races, even after landing on her face and breaking her teeth this season. She can really lean in! 

I’m also excited to cheer for a new sports team and ogle the beautiful legs that will be participating in the new New York City Football Club! I feel as though I haven’t had a New York team to cheer for in a long time!

2. The Farmstand App
Farmstand is a mobile guide to a lot of the farmers’ markets nationwide, but I use it for the photos of local produce uploaded by users. I change my location to California a lot just to get a peek at what Angelenos are currently buying.

I also can’t wait to start replicating recipes from British chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new book, River Cottage Veg. I’m a fan of his Meat Book, so it’s awesome to see a meat lover make vegetable-focused dishes more exciting.

3. Atticus A Day
And how can I not shamelessly promote my Rottweiler’s blog, Atticus A Day? I adopted Atticus from a New Jersey shelter four months ago, and he has made me a softie, both in my wallet and out. Even my parents didn’t think I had it in me to make room for another living thing in my life. His rust-colored eyebrows are so expressive, I can’t help but squeal whenever he pouts. He is too goddamn cute! Of course, he has his own hashtag on Instagram, too: #ciaheartsatticus.

The Recommender: Matt Mankins, Fast Company’s Chief Technology Officer
Name: Matt MankinsRole at Fast Company: Chief Technology OfficerTwitter: @mankinsTitillating fact: Matt used to be “really really really” into mail art. He lived in Miami and would find coconuts in his yard, paint them, and send them to people. He also sent fossils, a puzzle, leaves, and other objects. If you get a random painted coconut in the mail, you know who it’s from.
Things he’s loving:
1. The Mumbai New York Scranton FAQ page
When I finished reading Tamara Shopsin’s book, Mumbai New York Scranton, I wanted more. So I Googled and found this site that reminded me of the best parts of the early web. I found myself clicking all the links. By the end I was satiated, and felt okay that the book was over. (No spoilers, so feel free to click)
2. Memrise
I’ve been trying to brush up on my Spanish, and find this site amazingly fun and effective. Memrise “grows” your memory through planting the concepts, watering them, and harvesting them at just the right time. I’m pretty excited about how the educational system is evolving and adapting to new scientific studies.
3. Brooklyn Problems
My wife has a side project illustrating “Brooklyn Problems”—things she’s overheard or experienced on the streets of our borough. She recently coined “the Gauntlet of Charity,” which makes me miss sniglet calendars that I used to have in the ’90s.
4. Mameshiba 
An extra recommendation, because this was the link that got the most laughs when it was shared around the office this week.
 
[Images & Post by Jessica Hullinger]

The Recommender: Matt Mankins, Fast Company’s Chief Technology Officer

Name: Matt Mankins
Role at Fast CompanyChief Technology Officer
Twitter@mankins
Titillating fact: Matt used to be “really really really” into mail art. He lived in Miami and would find coconuts in his yard, paint them, and send them to people. He also sent fossils, a puzzle, leaves, and other objects. If you get a random painted coconut in the mail, you know who it’s from.

Things he’s loving:

1. The Mumbai New York Scranton FAQ page

When I finished reading Tamara Shopsin’s book, Mumbai New York Scranton, I wanted more. So I Googled and found this site that reminded me of the best parts of the early web. I found myself clicking all the links. By the end I was satiated, and felt okay that the book was over. (No spoilers, so feel free to click)

2. Memrise

I’ve been trying to brush up on my Spanish, and find this site amazingly fun and effective. Memrise “grows” your memory through planting the concepts, watering them, and harvesting them at just the right time. I’m pretty excited about how the educational system is evolving and adapting to new scientific studies.

3. Brooklyn Problems

My wife has a side project illustrating “Brooklyn Problems”—things she’s overheard or experienced on the streets of our borough. She recently coined “the Gauntlet of Charity,” which makes me miss sniglet calendars that I used to have in the ’90s.

4. Mameshiba 

An extra recommendation, because this was the link that got the most laughs when it was shared around the office this week.

 

[Images & Post by Jessica Hullinger]

Meet Joel Arabaje, Fast Company’s Online Photo Editor and the King of Selfies. Joel originally wanted to be a veterinarian. For a while he was a Rat Laboratory Technician at Queens College, where he tended to the needs of the tiny rodents. In high school, he was a pet groomer. These days, he’s a photographer, illustrator, and designer. For his latest project, Joel is taking a selfie every day for a year, and posting each photo to Instagram. 
Here, the 3 best things Joel found on the Internet this week.

Meet Joel Arabaje, Fast Company’s Online Photo Editor and the King of Selfies. Joel originally wanted to be a veterinarian. For a while he was a Rat Laboratory Technician at Queens College, where he tended to the needs of the tiny rodents. In high school, he was a pet groomer. These days, he’s a photographer, illustrator, and designer. For his latest project, Joel is taking a selfie every day for a year, and posting each photo to Instagram. 

Here, the 3 best things Joel found on the Internet this week.