Faces Of Israel

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Faces Of israel

“His dress told her nothing, but his face told her things which she was glad to know.” A.A. Mllne

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JAZ

 

 

 

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Humans Of Chile

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Humans Of Chile

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” Robert Frank

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I have to thank our Santiago, Valparaiso and Casablanca guide Carolina for everything. She is knowledgeable, kind, fun and has a great sense of humor.  We felt completely taken care of in Chile.  Our driver Victor was great and funny.

If you are going to South America, Gabriella at Vaya Adventures https://www.vayaadventures.com  is a the person to help you plan your trip. The trip was perfect. Thank you so much for this amazing adventure.

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JAZ

My Selfie, My Life or People Taking Selfies Around The World

My Selfie,My Life or People Taking Selfies Around The World

“I will go so far as to say without Instagram, there may never have been the word, ‘selfie.”

Ken Poirot

What happens when almost every phone has a built in camera?  There are a lot of people taking selfies. Is it a sign of being self absorbed or self reliant? Either way for some people, no day is complete until the selfie is posted.

Netherlands

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France

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South Africa

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USA

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Australia

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Brazil

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Japan

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England

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Turkey

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Norway

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South Korea

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North Korea

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JAZ

Things Not to Say To A Bad Photographer

Things Not To Say To A Bad Photographer

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

You are in charge of the photos.

Can you make me look thinner?

Did you get the motorbike whizzing by with pigs?

The camera you have can take amazing photos.

Take it again I was moving.

Take it now.

You missed the best shot.

You aren’t using an automatic flash are you?

Turn your flash off.

Can you make my hair longer?

I think you shot my bad side.

I wish I had that camera.

Did you get all the scenery?

I can take a better photo with my phone.

Can you make the background blurry?

Can you make me blurry and the background sharp?

I have the same camera.

Why is it blurry?

You forgot to take a photo of every course you are eating.

You forgot to take your food again.

Do you have a zoom lens?

Can you make me taller?

Can you Photoshop it?

Maybe you can get this in National Geographic.

Did you get it?

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JAZ

Travel Photos – Catching Yourself In The Act Of Becoming Something Good

Travel Photos – Catching Yourself in The Act of Becoming Something Good

At times the world can seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe us when we say that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may, in fact, be the first steps of a journey.” 
— Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events

Some good advice about raising kids is “ catch them in the act of doing something good.” Most of us don’t feel good about ourselves all the time and we need to be reminded of things we have done. We don’t usually take photos when we are helping a friend or family member, creating something or facing our fears. Those are usually done without any fanfare but I found a few times where I’ve done these things ( though not the best photos) and I thought I would put them up as a reminder that change and becoming who you  never thought you would be, is good.

Feeding kangaroos in Tasmania, Australia

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Practicing English in Kyoto, Japan

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Going On A Seaplane in Vancouver, Canada

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Hiking near Bogota, Colombia

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Making Jewelry in Toledo, Spain

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Meditating in Bangkok, Thailand

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Going on a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey

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Buying fried crickets  “chapulinas” for a snack in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Driving in the Atacama Desert on unpaved roads for hours to get toI the salt flats of Northern Argentina 14,000 feet above sea level.

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After school tutoring at 826LA

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Ultimately the lesson is simple and powerful. If we are eager to create a world where people do their best, we need to highlight and celebrate when we face our fears, create something we are proud of and act with kindness.

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JAZ

Touching Strangers

Touching Strangers

“On the late afternoon streets, everyone hurries along, going about their own business. Who is the person walking in front of you on the rain-drenched sidewalk? He is covered with an umbrella, and all you can see is a dark coat and the shoes striking the puddles. And yet this person is the hero of his own life story. He is the love of someone’s life and what he can do may change the world. Imagine being him for a moment. And then continue on your own way.” Vera Nazarian

There is this moment that happens when you are at a tourist attraction anywhere in the world. Someone asks you to take a picture of them in front of it. Sometimes they are alone, a couple , friends or a family. It is often in pantomime because they don’t speak English. Other times, they just hand you a camera and say something you don’t understand – but you do. I usually ask them to take one of me after. I can never have too many pictures in front of monuments or Unesco World Heritage Sites. You share this moment with a stranger who has decided to go to the same place at the same time that you did. You move on, but what if you didn’t?

What happens if you ask complete strangers to pose in a portrait together in ways that are usually reserved for close friends and loved ones?

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This is what New York photographer Richard Renaldi wanted to find out.

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He set up his camera on a street corner and asked people who passed by to pose as friends, lovers and families.

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Richard Renaldi has been working on this series of photographs since 2007.

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He creates spontaneous relationships between strangers and photographs them.

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The project is called “Touching Strangers.”

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The images are beautiful and strange and last only through the moment of the photograph.

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He has taken these photographs all over the United States.

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He raises many questions about positive human connection in a diverse society.

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What is it that separates us and what brings us together?

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I wonder what will happen the next time someone asks me to take a photo of them in front of something and I ask them to take one with me.

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Happy Holidays

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Fly Safe,

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JAZ