Who is she, this mythical creature, cradle of civilizations whose political blood pulses deeply in her people and rushes through her plains, hills and mountains? Who is she, the mother of a people who still possess a curious light in their eyes, a reflection of secrets from the dawn of time?
Scarred from years of conflict, she holds a key, the potential of a sacred balance, a solemn unity in diversity, but which forces will impact her mind and soul? Which decisions will be made in her the centre of her being? Her journey will be challenging, but when she rises, it will be with grace, and the world will feel her presence and again listen to the echo of her ancient heartbeat. (Liwang, Nepal, 2013)
I think I fall in love with anyone who shows me their soul. People who have chosen the path of the hero's journey. People who have chosen to live in the light. I capture what they let me see.. of their authenticity and vulnerable wildness.
"You have this extraordinary energy about you that consumes and calms me all at once. And the way you dismantle my defences and challenge me at every turn helps me to become a stronger and more passionate person. I feel capable of anything around you — you bring out my best self."
- B e a u Ta p l i n // B e s t S e l f
Nonviolent resistance (NVR or nonviolent action) is the practice of achieving goals such as social change through symbolic protests, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation, satyagraha, or other methods, without using violence.
"Since the camera was invented in 1826, it has been used to document everything from social injustice, inequality, famine, war, and human rights abuses to uplifting scenes of humanity, brotherhood, victory, love, and hope. Because photography has the power to visually reveal the truth, throughout history photographs have made huge impacts on social consciousness and ultimately shaped public opinion on many destructive government policies. Through the power of imagery, we are pushed to question our core beliefs and our responsibilities to each other as international citizens."
- Ismail Ferdou, Harvard International Review
Lebanon.. ⭐️ Roadtrips through the hea(r)t of the Middle East.. Every morning the sun covers Beirut in a soft golden mist over prayers and bells chiming from the mosques and churches. An hours drive outside of the capital city takes you to green valleys such as Qadeesha, where monasteries and fruit gardens lay scattered in the hillsides and the cedar trees cast their ancient shade.. The dry, arid earth has been turned since the beginning of civilization, wars have been fought between people of different truths about the meaning of our existence, and nature continues to progress and nurture itself through cracks in both pavements and minds. Today, the Lebanese people are still thriving with so much wisdom and passion, delicately coexisting in a society in great need of a shared narrative of the past and a common vision of the future. Coming back for you.. (Qadeesha Valley, 2015)
The Moroccan outskirts emit a different sense of wild. Argan desert kingdom wild. Cactus and indigo-dye wild. Berber hooded cloaks wild... Terracotta-coloured, wet mud has made its way from the mountains and blended with glacier water before delicately seeping into my white linen sandals. Here's to digging our bare feet deep into fertile soil and our internal wilderness. To a forgotten inheritance running latently through our veins, waiting to be remembered... As I run my fingers through the arid desert sand it feels as if an ancient connection is reestablished. A recognition which immediately bursts into a chemical dance between the stardust particles we were both made of.. (Atlas Mountain Road, 2014)