International Photography

Japan Day 3: Ikebukuro and Nakano Broadway

Holy shit

Nakano Broadway breathed life into my existence. 

Vintage goods, Japanese and foreign.

Stores dedicated to the obscure and bizarre.

Too much to cover in one day, immediately knew a second visit would be mandatory.

Obligatory absurd ice cream order.

Meanwhile in the present the last few days have been hazy. 

As if that’s anything new. 

I sewed the patches I got in Japan and from Inner Decay on to my denim Jacket.


Celebrating Women in Science With @rachelignotofsky

For more tributes to female scientists, follow @rachelignotofsky on Instagram.

Growing up, Rachel Ignotofsky (@rachelignotofsky) knew she was going to become either a scientist or an illustrator. The Missouri resident chose art, but now she’s combining her two passions with a series of drawings celebrating groundbreaking and often unheralded women in science.

“I wanted to do my part and celebrate these women and their accomplishments and hopefully get a younger audience familiar with them,” Rachel says. “I think that a good way to fight gender bias is to show young girls and boys strong female role models.”

So far, she’s done seven drawings out of a planned 50, highlighting women such as 19th century paleontologist Mary Anning and pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper.

“A lot of these women are not very well known, even though their accomplishments have changed our world forever,” she says. “I want my illustrations to help spark an interest in learning more about these women. I want young girls and boys to see that no matter who they are, despite their gender, they can accomplish anything.”

When 11,000 people took to the streets in Celaya, Mexico this weekend to protest marriage equality, a 12-year-old boy stood in their way. 

Journalist Manuel Rodríguez took this stunning photo, which some people are saying is reminiscent of the famous Tiananmen Square “tank man” photo. The boy hasn’t been named, but he told Rodríguez that he has a gay uncle and hates that people hate him. Oof. (via USA Today)


In 1942, shortly after the U.S. entered World War II, President Roosevelt issued Executive order 9066, which declared areas of the country military zones. This led to the forced relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps. The U.S. War Relocation Authority hired photographer Dorothea Lange to document the relocation process in the Pacific Coast area.

Lange’s earlier work documenting displaced farm families and migrant workers during the Great Depression did not prepare her for the disturbing racial and civil rights issues raised by the Japanese internment. Lange quickly found herself at odds with her employer and her subjects’ persecutors, the United States government.

To capture the spirit of the camps, Lange created images that frequently juxtapose signs of human courage and dignity with physical evidence of the indignities of incarceration. Not surprisingly, many of Lange’s photographs were censored by the federal government, itself conflicted by the existence of the camps.

Over 100,000 Japanese American men, women, and children were relocated and detained at these camps. ( )… This internment is now recognized as a violation of their human and civil rights. In 1980, the US government officially apologized and reparations were paid to survivors.

The true impact of Lange’s work was not felt until 1972, when the Whitney Museum incorporated twenty-seven of her photographs into Executive Order 9066, an exhibit about the Japanese internment.

ASX Magazine


Dozens of brave Ugandans gathered this weekend to celebrate Pride, even in the face of rampant homophobia and the risk of violence from the community or even the government. 

At a secluded beach in Entebbe, on Lake Victoria just outside the capital Kampala, a group of about 70 people holding banners including “I have a relationship with Jesus and I’m gay”, marched a short distance as music blared out. […]

“We are here to send a message to the wider population that we do exist and we want rights like any other Ugandan,” said Moses Kimbugwe, one of the marchers. “We think this is a step moving forward.”

Every time someone in Uganda celebrates their LGBT identity in public, it’s an act of resilience, of defiance, of revolution. I am forever impressed and humbled by these individuals. (via the Huffington Post)

An image taken while orbiting the earth at 27,300 kilometres per hour.

Aboard the ISS, Don Pettit took this snap at over 380 km from the earth’s surface. This long exposure image fully illustrates human reliance on artificial lighting. 

(Via The Smithsonian)

New amazing supplies sponsored by the parents!
• Backpack from Cath Kidston {my fav brand}
• Monthly Planner via the Paper Stone
• Moleskine notebook {tbh this is a first for me (even though my parents have been using these for years) because I can’t seem to get myself to pay 30$ for a pack of 3. If this was not a gift I wouldn’t have gotten it even though I admire the finish}
• Cath Kidston small pouch for access cards and public transport cards💕

What should I do in my notebook? If you have any cool ideas send me a message☺️


Timothy Wong Helps Out a Rare San Francisco Beauty

To see more fauna and flora and learn about Timothy’s conservation efforts, follow @timtast1c on Instagram.

Timothy Wong (@timtast1c) is the champion of the “truly San Francisco butterfly,” the pipevine swallowtail. “People are surprised that it’s a native butterfly because it looks so tropical and exotic,” Timothy explains. “It’s actually a rare butterfly within the city limits because of all the habitat loss.” An aquarium biologist at the California Academy of Sciences (@calacademy), Timothy’s hobby of raising native butterflies at home has evolved into a successful conservation effort; his caterpillars and butterflies go to the San Francisco Botanical Garden, helping re-establish the population. “People get so jazzed when they hear it’s something they could be doing at home,” Timothy says. “That helps inspire people to start gardening and wildlife conservation in their very own backyard, much like I’ve done in my own.”



In mid-August, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his government began deporting local Roma residents, or Gypsies as they are known, to Romania and Bulgaria and demolishing their camps in response to clashes between the itinerant group and French police. This policy continues despite resistance by the international community and high-level French officials. Much of the background can be read in here and here, but what is lacking in most reports of this growing humanitarian crisis is the human portrait of the Roma people.