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How People in New York City Stay Cool in the Summer

Although it’s not always legal, for many, during a New York City summer there’s no purer joy than dancing in the street with the spray from an open fire hydrant.

Ruben Natal-San Miguel photographed this iconic symbol in his Harlem neighborhood in 2003. The simple pleasure of the hydrants stuck with him, and he has been photographing them, along with almost every other aspect of street life, ever since.

“Fire hydrant culture is one of the most endearing and beautiful ones remaining from the rich street life of New York City,” he said. “There is so much innocence, joy, fun, carelessness, and humanity in them.”

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A film that transcends societal norms, by sharing the journey of trans youth today, we watch as these individuals discover themselves and teach us all a lesson about being true to yourself.
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HEY GUYS~ This is an upcoming documentary that a good friend of mine, Sean, is in! It would mean the world to me if you could check it out and share it with others. This is really important for the trans community and I am so happy that it is being put together. Please, please, please just give this a reblog! Thank you so much <3

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Pastoral Italians | Giancarlo Rado

Around the world, rural life has almost been eclipsed by the promise of modern cities. By 2050, around 70% of people will live in urban environments. However, as these portraits attest, some shepherds and inhabitants of rural Italy hold tight to tradition. They represent the archetypal residents native to Veneto, Trento, and Friuli, symbolizing a way of life that has been passed down since ancient times, having spread across the Mediterranean, Central Asia, Africa, and the Arctic.

Pastoral Italians depicts the shepherds continuous search for grass to feed the herd, forcing them into a continuous loop of nomadism. Following a cyclical path from the mountain to the sea, and vice versa, the shepherds follow the path of four large rivers: the Piave, Livenza, Tagliamento, and Brenta.

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Outland | Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen’s photobook Outland caused a lot of controversy when it was first published in 2001. It was filled with bizarre staged scenes of poor, down-and-out people from the margins of South African society. The pictures are charged psychologically and socially, and seem intended to create unease around the ideas of racism, apartheid, poverty, exploitation and mental illness. 

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80 Blocks From Tiffany’s (Full Unedited Version)

80 Blocks from Tiffany’s is a 1979 documentary directed by Gary Weis. It depicted the daily life of gangs within the context of the South Bronx. It dealt primary with two African American and Puerto Rican gangs known as the “Savage Skulls” and the “Savage Nomads”.

I just saw this movie on Netflix. It’s a documentary about who produces big corporation clothing brands like H&M, Forever 21…

It gives you a glimpse into the awful working conditions some people (mostly women) go through to make less than 5 bucks a day. And opens up new options like buying from Fair Trade clothing brands who actually do research and partner with  garment factories from China, India, Africa, South America to produce better clothing that will last and better working conditions for their employees. I love fashion and clothes and I never realized how bad the people that made the clothes have it. The movie has inspired me to upcycle some of the clothes I already have and to buy from Fair Trade companies or American made brands.