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Erasing Borders with @kimbadawi

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As a teenager, Kim Badawi (@kimbadawi) ran away from his loving home in Paris to find adventure on the road. Hoping to escape the impending dullness of adulthood, Kim slept on virgin beaches and even shared a trailer with Andalusian circus clowns. Then in his late 20s, he found himself suffering at a traditional desk job, again searching for an out — a way to explore his curiosity about the world. It was then that Kim discovered photography as a way to meet people he would otherwise not approach. “Photography is an excuse to put myself into certain situations, for better or worse,” says Kim. “The more open you are to being vulnerable, the more your subjects do the same. I really love people, so all I feel I’m doing at times is pointing a lens at the appropriate moment between us.” Now based in Brazil, the 34-year-old photojournalist travels the world documenting cultures in regions as far flung as Georgia and Egypt. Holding no less than four different passports, the self-described “cultural mutt” always feels at home. “I don’t see borders between people, because after all, we are all from the same planet,” says Kim. “Borders don’t define where a culture ends or where family begins, and photography is a unifying language for those who share this sensibility.”

There’s nothing wrong with working hard, but there’s something very wrong when work is forced to be the lone priority in people’s lives. Among other things, it is a stupid way to operate a business. Overwork is, in fact, a business liability. Numerous studies have indicated that people who put in too many hours at their jobs, either by choice or by requirement, become inefficient. With rare exceptions, they burn out and lose their creative edge.

In a 2014 survey, American workers ranked third in productivity in the world. Does that mean all that extra work is paying off? Not really. German workers are No. 1 in productivity even though their government has a policy encouraging shorter working hours so that work can be spread around to more people. Those who get a kick out of dissing the French will be shocked to learn that the No. 2 country in productivity is France, where workers enjoy long annual vacations and plenty of off hours to enjoy life’s less laborious pleasures.
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The actress Audrey Hepburn photographed with her husband Mel Ferrer (actor, dialogue coach and film director) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (France), during the French premiere of her new movie “My Fair Lady”, on December 22, 1964.

Audrey was wearing:

  • Evening gown: Givenchy (sleeveless, of brocade silk in a shade of sky-blue, embroidered with a beautiful motif with silk threads in shades of blue and silver, and decorated with crystals, detail in back of a slightly deep oval neckline, part of an ensemble with a short cape, both pieces lined with silk taffeta in the same shade, of his haute couture collection for the Autumn/Winter 1964/65).
  • Earrings: Cartier (of diamonds, purchased by Audrey in 1959).