Lazarus - As you walk the streets in Havana you will notice many cuban families have taken to setting up shop in their homes. As grandmother talks about the gifts they are selling in the hope to make a little extra cash to support their family, Lazarus rushes out to greet his mother and watches us with great curiosity in the safety of her arms.
Is a series of protests held at desecrated burial sites around the greater San Francisco, Ca. Bay area. On Black Friday, 2015. Representatives of many indigenous tribal nations, including Ohlone, Apache, Tongan, and local activists all races, gathered in protest at The Bay Street shopping mall, in Emeryville, Ca. As is done there annually in their continued resistance to the theft of their lands, pollution of theirs waters and environments, and the continued desecration of ancient burial grounds, and monuments.
Sharing Reality through People’s Stories with @churrito
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(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)
Luis Cobelo (@churrito), a documentary photographer from Venezuela, wants to share his own take on reality. The result is intimate and powerful.
Currently based in Mexico City, portraits are a constant in his work. “I like people very much. I’ve always thought that even if you are anonymous, you still have a story,” he says.
Luis’s aim is for his subjects – and anyone who views his pictures – is to be more open to their surroundings. He says, “It’s fine to talk about yourself, but we need to talk more about what’s happening in the world. Through that I’ve learned to be a better person. By connecting with others, I’ve been able to know who I am.”
Akwuke in Enugu, Nigeria is called a beach. Over the years, the government and companies have stripped the land for development purposes. Trucks leave piled with sand that have been excavated with bulldozers and shovels. It has created a shallow gorge where on either side, Fulani families have settled.
Our drone flew across their homes and the children, girls leading, approached us unafraid and curious. They were open and unmoved by our presence, carrying through their day and their chores as though we weren’t present after all, we came to them.
- Captured during Invisible Borders: Borders Within
“Yakuba (16) emerges from a 50m deep hole after another gruelling 14-hours work day underneath the panorama of western Burkino Faso. Last year his uncle and two of his friends died when a mine near by collapsed. News? Not at all, it is daily life in this part of Burkina Faso and was just another day in the “office” for the miners - a rather unsuccessful day.
Unfortunately, no gold for him and his team today. Sometimes it can take up to two weeks to find just the equivalent amount of gold used in one smartphone. .Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, but ranks fourth in Africa’s production of gold. Much of the gold comes from small-scale mines, where children work alongside parents from dawn to dusk. They only get paid for the amount of gold they find, and sometimes they won’t make any money for weeks, even months. The work is hazardous; mines collapse frequently, and the working environment is intoxicated with dangerous chemicals like mercury, used in the process of extracting gold.”