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Beirut: Impressions on the Run

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the certain nature of uncertainty
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when the mask drops
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The urban spirit
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when you have seen more than your share
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tales of fading glory
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on the road for handouts
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a page from the Beirut sketchbook
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sleepless nights and random sketches
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some stories are best left vague
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his imaginary girlfriend
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time to leave
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opening act
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non-stop protest
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Beirut nights

Beirut, beautiful, sophisticated, artsy, dirty, confused, decadent, mismanaged and always pulls on my every hidden emotion.

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children contemplations LEBANON life Photography Scotland

Searching for home~

searching for home~ Edinburgh
searching for home~ Edinburgh

Ask me where I am from, where home is, and I find myself thinking before I answer you. This is the case for so many of us these days. We come from mixed race marriages, we leave our home countries, we live in a new place, we move again, we marry from yet another country and our children are left with a number of origins to choose from and call home. Recently someone asked my 7 year old niece where she was from, and she answered: “I am a Swiss/Lebanese/New Zealander and I live in UAE”, whereas my 9 year old daughter is a German/American/Lebanese who lives in China. Is this the face of new world citizenship and the age of planetary close connections and integration? I wonder…

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CHINA contemplations human rights life Photography shanghai street time

The future is not waiting

worker in a Shanghai old alley
worker in a Shanghai old alley

The thing about the future is that is seems to happen on time and not wait for us to be ready to receive it. And always things appear to be later than we think, don’t they?

Today I was with a friend on a photo walk in an old Shanghai neighborhood condemned to demolition and we saw that from week to week homes were being demolished leaving in the rubble, shoes, clothing, old furniture, toys… ¬†It would seem that people had very little time to pack up and leave their homes before they were destroyed and we wondered at the levels of stress this must have caused a family that lived there possibly all their lives. ¬†Change is often associated with pain, even if it was a change were seeking all along.

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CHINA contemplations Guilin history Photography

Day 28~ December 28th~ Guilin

idolized by the people
idolized by the people

What is it that makes us humans want to idolize someone and hold them high, look up to them, attribute super powers to them and be completely subjective about the whole affair? We do it with sports teams, with movie stars, with religious leaders and with politicians. Or do we sometimes do it from a sense of obligation or pier pressure?

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CHINA contemplations Guilin life Photography street

Day 19~ December 19th~ Guilin

home is where you laundry hangs
home is where you laundry hangs~ Yanghsuo~ Guilin

No matter where we go, how far we travel, there will always be a tug to go back home, to a place where we can close our door to the world and be safely alone for a moment, a place where we can hang our laundry to dry.

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art inspiration life New York Photography

Day 1~ November 1st~ New York

the high line~ NYC

This month’s images will present a stark contrast to those of last month. During the month of November I will revisit the magnificent city I called home for more than 15 years, the place where I began to independently refashion my life to who I am today. Once you have lived in New York, any New Yorker will tell you, the city tends to haunt you forever. To the city that never sleeps then…

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inspiration life parenting Photography Yunnan

Day 21~ October 21st~ Yunnan

tribal~ mushroom village~ yunnan ~ china

Happiness is finding yourself as a child living in the midst of a tribe, because as it has been wisely said: “it takes a village to raise a child.”

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inspiration life Photography Yunnan

Day 3~ October 3rd~ Yunnan

girl with sticks~ yunnan

Have you ever been scrutinized by innocence? Has a child ever looked straight through you, cutting through the layers of your assumed identity to strip you down to the bare truth of who you really are? Children are not yet trained in our adult games of hiding behind borrowed personalities and when they look at us they ‘see’ us.

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inspiration life Photography Yunnan

Day 2~ October 2nd~ Yunnan

Hani child in door~ Mushroom village~Yunnan

Please meet one of the Hani minority children from the rice terraces of beautiful Yunnan. This child lives in a charming little house called “mushroom house” because his people were inspired by mushrooms to design these homes after many years of living in caves. In his home he has pigs, a water buffalo, chicken, ducks, cats, dogs, generations of family members and many colorful dried seeds and pumpkins. To go to school everyday, the children must walk down a valley and up a mountain, the journey takes more than an hour each way. Their smiles are guaranteed to melt your heart!

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history inspiration life Photography street Vietnam

Day 5~ July 5th~ Vietnam

To trust again

Somewhere along the way during human history, the essence of trust was forced to retreat.

In a country like Vietnam where people had to suffer one occupation after another, and one war followed by the next, seeing a foreigner does not call out the essence of trust as a first principle. Warmth has to be won, encouraged out of people especially if you were like me armed with a camera. It is always a wonderful gift when a smile appears after a frown, and when trust is allowed to soften a human dealing.