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Vivienne Gucwa (Travelinglens)
Travel photographer and writer based in New York City.
Travel photographer and writer based in New York City.

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Excited to share this! My TOP five places to see (and photograph) in New York City!!!!

I get so many messages asking me this every week. Finally made a video of me explaining my top 5! (with TONS of photos)


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And here is Part 1 of my very, very weird story.

How I went from barely surviving and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day to becoming a successful artist (paying all her bills off her art!) in NYC!

It's a wild story - hope you enjoy it!!

(fun photos thrown in too!!!!!)

Say hi!


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Hi All!

Just adding my new videos here! This is the first in a series where I talk about being a full-time photographer and what I will be talking about on my channel!

Hope you all enjoy :)

Say hi!

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Hi all! Excited to share this with you! It's the first time I ever have shared this story about how I got a traditional book deal.

Hope you enjoy! It's a wild story! :)

Love, V

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Hi all! Newest video is ALL about how I got into photography.

It's a very wild story and involves...peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and dinner :)

Let me know what you think!!!!!

- V 

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Hello all!

Long time, no see. Here's a fun video update!!!!!

Let me know if you watch :)

Love, V

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The loudest silence. Near the North Pole.

Some Arctic thoughts at 81 degrees North.

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I went to the Arctic for 3 weeks with an astronaut on a Soviet-era icebreaker. This is the first of raw thoughts recorded during that journey.

All my pretty photos of the experience are on my Instagram:

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Off to the Arctic… (and some OTHER exciting news!!!!!)

The time has come. I am officially leaving on an expedition to the Arctic with an incredible group of artists, scientists, film-makers and writers including the astronaut Commander Hadfield (yes, the astronaut responsible for the cover of Bowie’s Space Oddity on the International Space Station)!

I will be aboard a Soviet-era icebreaker traveling for 3 weeks along the Northwest Passage from Western Greenland up into the Canadian High Arctic.

(full info:

The goal: to create art. Nothing less, nothing more.

And that brings me to some other very exciting news!

I signed my book deal contract for my 2nd book this week. It comes out at the end of 2017 and it will be a book of my New York City snow photography!

Great timing! :)

Photographing New York City in extreme snowstorms has been my passion project for the last 6 years.

The isolation of it all is something I am fascinated by, in fearful reverence of, and what makes me walk up to 8 miles at a time in blizzards with my cameras becoming one with my breath and mortality.

This Arctic expedition will be completely different. We will be enveloped by the midnight sun traveling through ice towards the story-filled landscapes of Greenland and Canadian’s High Arctic.

And yet, it feels like something I can’t wait to feel fully: a different kind of isolation of thought, and light, as life quivers along shores like a woodwind instrument lilting over a distant refrain.

I can’t wait to share it with you…

once I am back in mid-September.

Much love, V


*(this is the longest I will ever have gone without posting. While I was cut-off in Cuba for 10 days, I still had marginal brushes with the world. I am looking forward to getting to know my fellow adventurers and experiencing this expedition fully with no typical distractions).

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This is so amazing! +Daria Musk behind the scenes of the making of the beautiful music for one of our travel videos with our new project Adventuress.

Hope you enjoy!!!!
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