New York’s Got Legs

New York’s Got Legs via Time, đź“·: Stacey Baker

New York’s Got Legs

“When Stacey Baker spots a good pair of legs, she has to move quickly,” writes Kathy Ryan, the director of photography at the New York Times Magazine in the introduction of the book NY Legs. Baker is a photo editor at the magazine but, on her spare time – often during lunch hours – she’s also a photographer, using her iPhone to photograph the legs of New York women in front of “gritty, textured” walls. 📷: Stacey Baker


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Announcing the 2016 Getty Images Instagram…

See the incredible images by the Getty Images Instagram Grant winners…

Announcing the 2016 Getty Images Instagram…

This year, the grant expanded to include videographers and visual artists telling local stories on Instagram. Each recipient will receive a grant of $10,000 and will have their work exhibited to the public at photography festival Photoville in New York from September 21-25. đź“·: Girma Berta


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WeeklyPhoto Challenge: Afloat

MMMhh not so easy because I added a  great (in my opinion) floaty picture to last weeks challenge (Blur) as an extra and when I got the mail for this week, I was like: “OOhhh nooooo, I used mine already!”.

But I’m over that now lol. You can read about the challenge here: Afloat.

The first picture is part of a painting I own, painted by a sweet friend as a weddinggift. The marriage is a distant memory, but the waterlilies are still happily afloat in my livingroom….

The second picture brings us to the fountain, where the water gets shot up, keeps ascending to a certain point and then stays afloat in the wind, just for a while.

And the third photo I took some time ago when the sight of a sunny lemon afloat in my tea on a grey day made me feel a lot chirpier!

By Toshi

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blur


Below you will find the blurred version of the picture.
If you want you can take a minute to think about what it is.

Any idea?

WK1


WK2

Above you’re looking at the sharp picture, maybe you can see what it is now? It still looks quite different from it’s original state. It’s a “dried” fig in water kefir :-).

It’s sugars feed the kefir grains so that in return they can produce healthy probiotics. I think it looks quite funky, floaty, foggy and extra terrestrial, that’s why I did a little extra collage below.

WK gallery

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

Horizon

The St. Petersburg (Florida) downtown horizon, as seen from it’s Pier

Surviving illiteracy in Europe

As my dad & I are sitting in a special branch of a bank, created to help foreigners open and manage their bank accounts, the clerk shoots a glance at me when I grab the papers she’s handing to him. “I’ll do it dad.” I say and I offer no further explanation to her, for I sense that she has understood that my dad can’t read or write.

Even though he hasn’t lived in Belgium for a long time, we are on a quest to making sure he can now, at age 65, get his pension for the 18 years he worked here. Not a full pension, but every penny counts in Africa, especially as he’s getting older.

As an illiterate person, you have to put to so much trust in others, it’s insane! Luckily I’m here to help him set up his bank account and to make sure that whatever little amount he’s supposed to get will actually make it to him in Senegal, because there’s no way that he can get on a computer and set-up money-transfers.

When he travels he has to ask random people to point him in the right direction of terminals, buses & trains. Try renting a place or doing your daily paperwork…He is so charming & such a great people person that he always gets the help he needs (never mind a few detours sometimes), but I personally can’t imagine living in an unreadable world even though my eyes can see.

He was never able to move up from being a manual laborer, doing heavy duty work, like cleaning out tankers with chemicals and working in various factories, to a job a little easier on the body. Eventually, because of a misunderstanding in administration (which most likely would not have occurred had he been literate), he got thrown out of the country having to leave a 12-year old daughter (me) behind. Illiteracy has very big consequences for families, especially in these fast paced ” get on board or get left behind” days.

As the only provider for his near family in Senegal, he resorted to selling bags and accessories on the street. It’s getting tough for him, but he’s such a survivor. He found a nice Romanian family where he can store his bags so he doesn’t have to drag his goods back home every day. Through it all he never lost his sense of humor, his faith and his belief in the goodness of mankind. He’s always telling me how such & such are so nice to him, introducing him to new clients, giving him a little extra money when they can, buying him coffee or a meal.

You might ask why he never took the steps to learn how to read and write as an adult? I think he was always too busy trying to just scrape by, having been sent to Europe to take care of the family that stayed behind, in a still semi-industrial age. Courses weren’t as widely available as they are these days and jobs were easy to find. If you weren’t afraid to get your hands dirty, you got hired on the spot.

He’s always showing everyone, whether they care to look or not, the pictures of his 5 daughters and grand-kids, beaming with pride. And while he does, he never forgets to mention how smart they are. They can all read and write.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

This is a self-portrait that I edited a while ago.

I was just having fun, playing around with it and in the end I thought the brown/black hue fit perfectly with the statuesque or quite haughty (as some might find) pose.

What this reveals about me, is how I am perceived by some people…until they take a chance on getting to know me better ;-).

 

The hue of me

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