#LocalLens: Time Travel through Luanda with @notflavio

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. To see more photos of Luanda, Angola, through Flávio’s eyes, follow @notflavio on Instagram.

Flávio Cardoso (@notflavio) is an experienced time traveler, simultaneously capturing Angola’s past and present. Through his camera, the 27-year-old information technology advisor from Luanda records nostalgic relics, like aging walls and shattered windows, scattered amid shiny new architectural designs in his southern African hometown. “People just let go of things they once treasured. There’s a lot you can tell from the past when it’s left abandoned,” he says. Flávio’s fascination with old objects is very much a result of his surroundings. “You get all sorts of contrasts around here; from the richest people in Africa to very poor people struggling to survive in the streets to expensive luxury cars parked right next to rotting, used commuters,” he explains.

Lucky for Flávio, there are many nearby places to explore Luanda’s history and make new memories for himself. “One of my favorite places is certainly Santiago Beach, also known as Ship’s Graveyard, where several decomposing ships were left abandoned. This is also where Natalia Vieira (@nat_rvieira), Rui Jorge (@ruyjorgee) and I had our first InstaMeet, and it inspired many photo adventures here in Angola.” Hotel Panorama, a decaying hotel with mesmerizing views of the city and sea, is also among Flávio’s favorite photo locations. Although his photos capture scenes of destruction, they also bring the past back to life, in hopes that these places and objects may be valued again.


Rare Nautilus Makes First Appearance in 30 Years

University of Washington biologist Peter Ward ran into an old friend of sorts in July 2015, while exploring the waters off Papua New Guinea.

During an expedition to survey nautilus populations, the scientist was thrilled to spot Allonautilus scrobiculatus, a species of nautilus not seen since before “Back to the Future” hit theaters.

“Before this, two humans had seen Allonautilus scrobiculatus,” said Ward in a press release. “My colleague Bruce Saunders from Bryn Mawr College found Allonautilus first, and I saw them a few weeks later.”

Indeed that was back in 1984, off of Ndrova Island in Papua New Guinea. The creature had otherwise vanished from public view.

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Discovering who you really are and what you want to be is a little like painting a picture. You can have this idea in your head of how it’s all going to look in the end, but ultimately, it’s best you just put your paintbrush to the canvas and let your intuition guide you.
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“It’s a poverty of our culture that we ask one another, "What do you do?” as if that were the sum of a person. Rather than sizing each other up like this, we would do well to learn the art of courtship. Courtship is to sit close to the other and try gently, patiently and respectfully to discover what they love.“ - 2014 © Dreamwork with Toko-pa | Artwork by Toni Demuro