Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (via larmoyante)


PHOTOGRAPHY: Nick Meek Photographs Costa Rica Covered in 8 Mil. Flowers Petals for Sony

Imagine a landscape swirling with millions of flower petals. This might sound like something out of a fairy tale, but it really happened.

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Karachi, 2013.


to mark world theatre day, held on march 27, one hundred young syrians from jordan’s zaatari refugee camp acted in an adapted production of king lear. the play — which tells a story of exile, of a ruler losing touch with reality, and of a land divided by rival groups — was directed was nawar bulbul (third photo), a popular syrian actor who fled his country after appearing in anti government protests.

"i wanted to show that these children are not worthless …that they have something real to contribute." he said. “the show is meant to bring back laughter, joy and humanity” and "help [the children] express themselves." the kids — all under the age of fifteen — were actively involved in the costuming, for example.

many of the children cried when they heard the applause of onlookers at the play’s end. said one child, “i do not feel lonely any more in this place.” their parents described the project as a rare point of light in a bleak camp existence. after the show, they boasted of their children’s talent.

the production, months in the planning, was also meant to help counteract the effects of a war that has caused young syrians to miss vital years of education. about 60,000 of the refugees at the zaatari camp are younger than eighteen, and fewer than a quarter regularly attend school. many fear the war is creating a lost generation of children.

photos are by warrick page for the new york times and jared kohler for unhcr. for more on syria’s refugee crisis, see #withsyria, care international, oxfam syria crisis appeal, human care syria and free syrian voices

(it’s interesting to note that shakespeare actually mentions the city of aleppo in mabeth, which serves as a reminder that syria is one of our oldest centers of civilization.)


A Restless Transplant

I left my design job in New York In August 2011 and bought a VW van. Since then, I have put 50000 miles driving around the west, surfing and camping.

Everything is by the will of God.

Everything is by the will of God.


Malaysian artist and architect Hong Yi makes incredible birds out of flowers.

Pair with Tamara Staples’s equally though very differently delightful portraits of championship chickens

(via Coudal)


these images were selected from canadian photojournalist lana slezic’s book, “forsaken,” which were shot over her two years in afghanistan. in a documentary for tvo (seen here), lana says she always gravitates towards photographing women, describing an unspoken language - a universal body language - which she feels exists between the women she photographs and herself regardless of locale or barriers in spoken language.

lana became quite close with malalai kakar, the first and only female police officer in kandahar, who can be seen in the last photo. a mother of six, malalai became a police officer prior to the taliban’s rise, and, once they were ousted, began working as the head of the city’s department for crimes against women. in september 2008, malalai was assissanted in front of her children at their home by the taliban. 

says lana, “she was killed so unjustly and why? because she was a woman with power, because she was helping other women.” that photo now hangs above her home computer. “my work represent a very emotional journey that has given me an insight into the lives of afghan women, which is largely horrific. i hope that [this] collection of photographs will  communicate, influence and inspire others to learn more about the plight of afghan women,” she says.

many of these women are better described as girls, like eleven year old gulsuma, seen in the third photo, who was found by lana in an orphanage. gulsuma was married off for 60 dollars when she was four, and was physically tortured for seven years before eventually running away. sixteen year old lida, seen hiding behind a door with her nails done in the eighth photo, was recently married off, and now no longer attends school (such as the one seen in the fourth photo, made from an abandoned, war torn building) or is permitted to see her own family.

the human rights commission in kandahar claims that 86% of women in afghanistan are clinically depressed. many who don’t run away instead attempt suicide by self immolation, like nineteen year old zaha seen in the fifth photo. as lana says, “most afghan women and girls understand all too well the concept of fear and subservience.”

she adds, “as human beings it is our responsibility to not only see and hear, but to listen and act.” for more on afghan women, see these posts