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Photo by Mathias Svold

This past October, Mathias Svold of the VII Mentor Program spent a week on the loneliest road in America on assignment for National Geographic.

“Where the state of Nevada folds in half—from the elbow on its western arm at Lake Tahoe across to its Utah border—you’ll find the most direct route across the state. It crosses several communities, a handful of mountain ranges, a national park, and one reservoir, where bobcats, foxes, and wild horses roam free. There’s life, yes, but not a familiar way of life for many. It’s a place where the lines between John Wayne Westerns and everyday life blur, where ghost towns bleed into living ones. This is Route 50, the Loneliest Road in America.”

Jocelyn Bain Hogg

While the photographer Jocelyn Bain Hogg was cleaning out his mother’s house after her death in 2014, he found a shoebox of old negatives from his time at Lancing College, an upper-class boarding school in West Sussex, England. Brushing aside decades of grime and dust, he found hundreds of frames taken between 1976 and 1981 that revealed forgotten friendships, crushes, and fights from his teenage years.

Click here to see what life was really like at one elite school — roughhousing, crushes, and spliffs included — in this feature story on TOPIC. 

Photo by Nichole Sobecki

On assignment for the National Audubon Society, Nichole Sobecki’s latest work takes a look at the illegal owl egg trade in Kenya. The raptors are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft — but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands of owls annually.

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