gypsy me.

apeacetreaty:

DATE NIGHT

If you’re looking for something sweet and and special to do with your boo this Valentine’s Day, please please please check out Hassan Hajjaj’s solo show at the Taymour Grahne Gallery. His series 'Kesh Angels gives us a glimpse into the world of Moroccan gals of Marrakesh and their motorbike gangs. These women are veiled, powerful, and adorably chic. The show is up until March 2, so get yourself there quick!

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Feb 13
virgu:

#Hipstamatic #Lowy #BlacKeysExtraFine
Nov 14

virgu:

#Hipstamatic #Lowy #BlacKeysExtraFine

Jun 16

behindhipstaland:

Slash :: A Musician. A Girl. A Beautiful Disaster. 

Photo Story by Chuck Arlund :: On Oggl @Chuckie

Sharing beautiful photos:
behindhipstaland:

Varanasi: Photo story by Nate Rabe
May 9

Sharing beautiful photos:

behindhipstaland:

Varanasi: Photo story by Nate Rabe

Apr 28

We’re welcoming a little bundle of love into this world in June.

We struggled with the decision to take pregnancy shots but, combine the eye of a boudoir photographer with the lens of Hipstamatic in my man’s hands, and we have some pretty incredible shots.

Thanks to Modern Love Photography for the wonderful photo session. And thanks to my amazing man for accompanying me as I stripped naked to get in all sorts of awkward poses and for standing near me every second to capture these amazing iPhone Hipstamatic shots. 

Sharing inspiration. Beautiful photojournalism.
benlowy:

Sana’a, Yemen | April 16, 2013 A group of Qat-chewing men sit on a stoop along a busy stretch of road in the market section of the old city of Sana’a. #photojournalism #picoftheday #photooftheday #documentary #reportage #iphoneography #mobilephotography #igers #qat #sana #yemen
Apr 28

Sharing inspiration. Beautiful photojournalism.

benlowy:

Sana’a, Yemen | April 16, 2013 A group of Qat-chewing men sit on a stoop along a busy stretch of road in the market section of the old city of Sana’a. #photojournalism #picoftheday #photooftheday #documentary #reportage #iphoneography #mobilephotography #igers #qat #sana #yemen

It’s been a few years, thousands of travel miles, a change in jobs, a move from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA - and a first baby on the way. 

Documenting the life of an expecting family that decides to move cross-country, find new jobs, furnish and decorate a place from scratch, and work up until baby - there’s some of that domestic mama goodness coming. But there’s a lot of other creative inspirations and flashbacks to our recent travels around the world: Paris, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Liberia, Ghana, and a whole lotta places in the U.S. 

Apr 27
Bringing back the gypsy me. [soon to be three]
The view from our hotel. Beyond the barbed wire, over the unpaved road, to the ocean.
Jun 29

The view from our hotel. Beyond the barbed wire, over the unpaved road, to the ocean.

Daily dinner. Rice. Plaintains. Grilled fish.
Jun 29

Daily dinner. Rice. Plaintains. Grilled fish.

Above: To bless and welcome us to the Liberian lands, the chief elder of the Besao Cultural Village cracked a Kola nut and spread the powder on our foreheads and chests.
Jun 29

Above: To bless and welcome us to the Liberian lands, the chief elder of the Besao Cultural Village cracked a Kola nut and spread the powder on our foreheads and chests.

Above: The children of Besao cultural village.
Jun 29

Above: The children of Besao cultural village.

Six months ago I was preparing to depart for West Africa. Six months ago I had the clever, ambitious idea to blog during my travels. And then I arrived back on the continent that I had missed so dearly - barely finding the time to sit and type my thoughts or search out reliable internet access.  But every encounter is as fresh in my mind today as though I was just there yesterday.

Jun 29
Six months ago

"That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun."

Apr 8
Above: The daily walk from our hotel to the embassy. Note the unpaved roads and barbed wire in a bustling part of Monrovia.
Jan 17

Above: The daily walk from our hotel to the embassy. Note the unpaved roads and barbed wire in a bustling part of Monrovia.

This is the greeting given to us from each person we encountered, “You are welcome in Liberia.” And each time, with a smile. The warm and overly hopeful encounters with people was astounding; considering that most of the country was tormented by civil war not long ago.  We know better than to directly ask about the impact of war on individuals; and, we didn’t need to. Evidence was all around.

Dilapidated structures holding on to memories of bombed buildings, dusty unpaved roads, a mere trickle of running water, tangled and low-laying electrical wires restricting the country from electricity. But that only describes the structural surroundings. Physical casualties of the cruel war were abundant. Arms, hands, legs missing; said to be punishment in the days of fighting.

It was required that we read ‘This Child Will be Great’ by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and I recommend it for others as well. Her memoir provides an insight into the history of Liberia that many people should be aware of; especially considering the close ties between the United States and Liberia. Liberia as we know it was founded by citizens of the United States as a free colony for freed African-American slaves.  The original inhabitants of the area held a hostility to the newcomers that were accustomed to a more developed Euro-American society. Social tensions continued to grow along with caste systems, leading to the unfortunate civil wars that continued for years. Did you learn this in U.S. History? Teach your children well.

Above: A view of the more developed and bustling Monrovia area.

Jan 14
You Are Welcome in Liberia