A VIEW OF THE WORLD THROUGH MY CAMERA LENS

Portrait

Quick photo tour of Souq Waqif

The watchmaker

The perfume seller

The craftsman of music

The craftsmen of local fashion

The artist of the sand bottle


Fifth day in Nepal

Wearing different clothes and preaching different words doesn’t change the money-making, manipulative, evil and mischievous institution that every organized religion is!

A holy men day!

- Another day at work dude - Yes dude, I think we need a holiday !

– Another day at work dude
- Yes dude, I think we need a holiday !

- Hey dude, I think my makeup is running ! - Told you not to buy the cheap stuff, but don't worry , you still look like a holy man to me. - I love you dude!

– Hey dude, I think my makeup is running !
- Told you not to buy the cheap stuff, but don’t worry , you still look like a holy man to me.
- I love you dude!

- Hello crazy tourists ! Look at us, we look funny and wear lots of makeup

– Hello crazy tourists ! Look at us, we look funny and wear lots of makeup

- Look at my beard , I can split it in two, one half going one side and the other half going the other side ! Don't I look funny?!

– Look at my beard , I can split it in two, one half going one side and the other half going the other side ! Don’t I look funny?!

- Hey tall lady behind me , photo cost money, 1000 rupee for new tourist and for experienced tourist , no photo cose he don't pay !

– Hey tall lady behind me , photo cost money, 1000 rupee for new tourist and for experienced tourist , no photo cose he don’t pay !

- I am tired dude - We work too hard dude. We need to ask for medical. The camera flash is killing me dude!

– I am tired dude
- We work too hard dude. We need to ask for medical. The camera flash is killing me dude!

- How much did we make dude? - Enough to go get me those holy man Timberland boots to go with my holy man Timerland jacket.

– How much did we make dude?
- Enough to go get me those holy man Timberland boots to go with my holy man Timerland jacket.

- Hey dude, I am going to buy me some golden socks to go with my golden clothes and new waterproof makeup.  - I'm off too, I had enough for today. We work too hard dude, we need a holiday. - See you tomorrow dude. Don't be late !

– Hey dude, I am going to buy me some golden socks to go with my golden clothes and new waterproof makeup.
- I’m off too, I had enough for today. We work too hard dude, we need a holiday.
- See you tomorrow dude. Don’t be late !


Third day in Nepal

Made my third day about people, to go in tune with my morning meeting with the Nepali blind women cricket team (yes, the team exists and they are some kick ass cricketers).

I occupied a small corner of a ledge by bullying a local away with my cigarette smoke, and sat there for a while just people watching. Children running around, women listening to a live band chanting some song (that I can only guess had something to do with spirituality as I kept asking what was going on and the only answer I got was “it is festival, festival…you know, festival”), and men discussing politics and the news of the day and giving me some competition at trying to catch in my sight as many passers by as I could.

The two children in the photo were amazing. I played with them for twenty minutes or so and took few photos until the mother, probably guided by her instincts and after realizing I enjoy her kids company a bit too much, called them away with a grave tone. (I was just probably feeling a bit lonely in the middle of the buzzing crowd).

And then more people watching till the darkness of the night slowly descended upon the beautiful Patan Durbar Square.


Second day in Nepal

I was always attracted by the peacefulness that most travel guides characterize Nepal with. And there might very well be some on a high mountain peak or isolated valley in the Himalayas. But the city…!! let me tell you it is not as peaceful. Don’t get me wrong, it is beautiful and it has a wired calm, but it is not at all as you would imagine (hard to explain , but I will try).

The calm seems to radiate from the crowds. While the narrow streets are full with people , cars and motorcycles that constantly sound their horns (which I find very irritating), everybody minds his own business. They barely take notice of the constant loud beeps or even of me taking a photo and when they do, they smile kindly and they carry on with whatever keeps them busy.

The narrow streets are like a wired computer game for a first time visitor, where you have to dodge people and those crazy bikers. Your reflexes must be sharp and you must be quick on your feet, otherwise you are bound to have a mirror from some kind of motorized vehicle caressing you behind (like I already experienced). And I am yet to see an accident worst than a scratch on some rundown paint-job (to me a bit unusual, but it is only my second day).

So the peacefulness proves hard to find , so far. But I was almost forced to feel the people’s calm that seems to be more like a necessity in this corner of the world. Otherwise the buzz of the streets, the crazy driving, the narrow roads can drive somebody insane.


Portrait of a refugee !

18 months of horrific bloodshed in Central African Republic (CAR) left more than 400,000 people internally displaced and some 200,000 fleeing into neighboring countries. In February 2014 there were more than 62,000 people from CAR registered as refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with almost 90% of them living in three refugee camps located in the Province of Equateur, North-Western DRC – Mole camp in the town of Zongo, Inke camp in Gbadolite and Boyabu camp in Libenge.

Boyabu camp.One of the refugees carrying a sac with maze flower to the distribution center.

Boyabu camp. One of the refugees carrying a sac with maze flower to the food distribution center.

Few hundred refugees queuing up to receive their rations - maze flour , cooking oil, salt and soap.

Few hundreds refugees queuing up to receive their rations – maze flour , cooking oil, salt and soap.

More than 12,000 refugees from Central African Republic found refuge in Boyabu refugee camp.

More than 12,000 refugees from Central African Republic found refuge in Boyabu refugee camp.

Food assistance was a challenge (in Mar 2014) with quantities distributed as monthly rations being insufficient.

Food assistance was a challenge (in Mar 2014) with quantities distributed as monthly rations being insufficient.

Isolation of the areas also considerably hindered the movement and delivery of humanitarian aid.

Isolation of the areas also considerably hindered the movement and delivery of humanitarian aid.

18 months of horrific violence in Central African Republic has left thousands dead and almost a quarter of the country's population homeless and displaced within CAR or in the neighboring. countries

18 months of horrific violence in Central African Republic has left thousands dead and almost a quarter of the country’s population homeless and displaced within CAR or in the neighboring countries.


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