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Photographer Joe Ness Brings Scenes From Around the World

RGJ | Nora Tarte | July 2018

Fourteen years, $35 million and more than 100 countries on seven continents later, Ness’ photo project, dubbed “Windows of the World” — high-definition video of exotic lands, local scenery, nature, wildlife and fashion — has become the signature of the Peppermill, the single detail that most sets the family of hotels apart from the competition.

“It’s the best job anyone could ever dream of getting paid to do,” Ness said.

Everyone who visits a Peppermill Resort can enjoy Ness’ works — thousands of photos taken across the globe — played in a random order. Every room has its own picture library and no two screens are the same. The goal is to create the largest library of moving pictures in the world.

Most of the photos Ness takes are scenic — the night sky in Chile, small towns in Nepal, coastal buildings in Morocco — but some of his favorites are urban glimpses of city life: abandoned alleys in Harlem in New York, or Kathmandu, Nepal, after an earthquake.

“I love going into those gritty places because that’s where the soul is,” Ness said. “But you can’t be stupid. Everything you do is risk/reward.”

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