Best friends, who kindly let me photograph them, near Petra, Jordan. If you’ve read my blog, you might already know that I wasn’t a huge fan of the ancient site, as I’ve found it overcrowded with tourists and very commercial. However, the town surrounding Petra turned out to be an absolute delight to me. @monpl and I took a sunset stroll through the town’s narrow streets the evening prior and encountered many wonderful people who not only wanted us to stop and chat, not only let me photograph them but also invited us into their homes for tea! I thought about how many people visit Petra every day (the numbers are staggering!) and how few of them venture anywhere beyond the main gates.
Why exactly do we travel? Why do we cross miles the world over leaving behind comforts of our homes and placing ourselves in unfamiliar environments? Perhaps to see the beautiful vistas, to break up our routines and to bring back beautiful photographs...All of these things are important, undoubtedly so, but to me, it has to be so much more than that. This photograph exemplifies one of the main reasons I travel, and that is, the human connection. It’s what makes it all worthwhile to me. What’s the best thing about travel to you? .
Cologne, Germany 🇩🇪 - Online vs. Offline 📡
Days like last thursday make us think about how much our world is dependent on the internet 💻 All major social media giants weren't working as they usually do and suddenly there is a problem - what are are we gonna do!? 😲
Of course all of us are able to use their time differently - that's without question but if you think about it... 💭
Our series and movies are streamed, our video chats and texting are online, our ebooks need to download new books, we order a lot of things via different online shops 📡⌨️👨🏼💻👩🏼💻
The internet is the place to be... we spend hours looking at pictures and videos via social media and when we suddenly can't or just decide not to do so, a day can be used in a very inspiring way ❣️
Let's never forget that life is what is outside of our phones and computers 🗺️
Spend your days worthy, happy and full of love ♥️
Have a beautiful day 🌅🌆 - Let's go! 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♂️
The tattooed women who smoke like a chimney - 9:30 am as I drove into the village and met all the women there I was shocked to see how every one of them had a peculiar pipe in their hand and the smoke that came out of it smelt like the harshest tobacco I ever experienced . In the Chin Hills, the traditional means of “smoking” is through the use of nicotine juice called Thibur. Thibur is primarily used by the elderly, who hold the juice in their mouths and eventually spit it out. In the Olden days smoking was a sign of wealth but I definitely think each and everyone in this village wished to be wealthy coz everyone no matter what age they were smoked .. the living conditions of this place shocked me as they were still living with no electricity on stilt houses on the mountains.
For me portraits often are reciprocal. There’s a mutual understanding that you’re both allowing an intimate and sometimes rare insight into each other.
A brief exchange of emotions deep in the heart of Rajasthan on assignment with @kamalantravels