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glimpse: ARCHITECTURE OF THE ARBITRARY

 

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latest glimpses

one photo, one story

GOLDEN GREEN
MANMADE THORN
NOTHING LESS
LIVELIHOOD
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a world, a pen, a camera

photoprose / photopoetry / photojournalism

raw · immersive · authentic

In the end, the journey wasn't all that much about traveling.

My soles brought me places, but immersion taught me places, taught me people and lives.

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BLACK LIVES MATTER

people

Human Shake

travel

What You Perceive & What It Is: Volunteering Outlook & Actual Impact

Montenegro

Kotor / Cruise out of Control: Consumerism on Vacation,
Ethics Left at Home

 

 

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as seen on

As months became years and then yesteryears, the initial journey became a nomadic lifestyle.

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reads

read my mind

(words with the occasional photo)

hurling little answers at the big questions in life

tales from alongside the road, where the journey is not all about traveling

a stream of words and rattling trains of thoughts going just about nowhere 

a selection of very short very true stories

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selected

life

A Homage to Education

empowerer, character-builder, freedom fighter

...I think education empowers people to take agency, think critically, ask questions and have a choice in life. It is the key driver in a person’s intellectual development and, more importantly, character evolution... read more

travel

Volunteering vs. Voluntourism

 

self-organized engagement vs. vacation packages – structures, results and ethics

...organizing your grassroots engagement independently, might not only help your own experience and wallet, but also the community you work with. read more

life

Absolutely Relative: Colorful Matters between Black and White

 

Universal truth or elusive matter of perspective?

So can we find or define any indisputable truths then? I think we can, right at the intersection of reason and compassion.  read more

shortest stories

Gunpoint

 

They asked for water. When I turned back around, three shotgun muzzles were pointed at us. I would have cursed the map right then, but there was no time for clear thought now. read more

Why let any guidebook, travel blog or superficial advice shrink your leaps of discovery to baby steps in their footprints?

 

 

 

 

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photos

the world from my angle

(photos with the occasional word)

glimpses
one photo, one story
people
humans across the world
urban
cityscapes & street
landscapes
known marvels & chance discoveries
animals
from the wild to the stray
b/w
when inked in black & white
essays
curated collections with narratives
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selected

people

Outside Job

 

when your office isn’t anywhere near an office

 

...nobody robbed us of our freedom; it was an inside job we signed up for. Outside jobs, by contrast, are not always a deliberate choice and oftentimes the harder labor, but they come with a certain spatial freedom... see more

essays

That Candid Moment Before the Mask

perfect imperfection before the stage is set

Portrait candidness is the short lived obliviousness before the stage is set and it thrives on the imperfection of anticipating the "picture perfect" moment. see more

people

The Observer Effect: Momentary Momentum

in-between instants

 

...the camera’s skill to freeze the momentary momentum in-between scenes is nothing short of miraculous and reminds me of a quirky phenomenon in the quantum realm: the observer effect. see more

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glimpses

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UNSEEN, UNHEARD  | What if you were unseen, unheard? Where would you look for solace, whom would you call upon?  see more

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SHE  | Scars adorn her face aplenty. Gripping and remarkable. She keeps these tales to herself and ignores the skinny rumors, petty shots in a dark where they don’t belong, trespassing questions that don’t merit answers. She is pure in her imperfection. She is who she is. She is. see more

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NOT AHEAD | Walking down my road, the most intriguing angles unfold not ahead, but on the sides; not along the grand avenue, but in the back alleys. see more

LIVES I’VE NEVER LIVED  | When I see you and the place you call home so tenderly, it reminds me of a life I’ve never lived, a dream I’ve never dreamed; but my longing is painless, my melancholy sweet, my smile pure.   see more

Indeed, marvelous sights adorned the beaten path, but miles astray, between the guidebook lines, the beauty didn't vanish. And beyond beauty there was authenticity behind these touristy facades, there were challenging discoveries, unsung heroes and cultural normalities that were ever new, different and captivating.

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countries

glimpses of elsewhere intertwined with narratives & notions

(words & photos)

Albania
Argentina
Australia
Azerbaijan
Belize
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Cambodia
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Denmark
Ecuador
Ethiopia
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Guatemala
India
Indonesia
Italy
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Malaysia
Mexico
Montenegro
Morocco
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Rwanda
Singapore
South Korea
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Tonga
Turkey
UAE
Uganda
USA
Vietnam
Zambia
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selected places / stories

Africa | South Africa

Kamhlushwa / Humans Living Passions – Community Enrichment from Within

meet the extraordinary Imagine Scholars

 

As founder Corey Johnson puts it: “I’m incredibly proud of all the huge successes, but the real goal is to create good people." explore

South(east) Asia | Nepal

Himalayas / Hiking Alone, Astray & Everestless

when you set out to see Everest, but Everest doesn’t care

 

And after a while, seeing or not seeing Everest became a mere matter of perspective. explore

Europe | Spain

Barcelona / Revolution in the Air, But Where?

people carry on ordinarily while the political stage is in flames

 

...yet, between these societal lines, where the quintessence of our life as human beings dwells, our situation remains largely the same, despite political turmoil... explore

South America | Brazil

Rio de Janeiro / No Hard Feelings

distinguishing between place and experience

 

...my harshest criticism towards many travelers and especially the ones armed with blogs – that they don’t distinguish between a place and their experience there... explore

South(east) Asia| Indonesia

Jakarta / Beautifully Ugly

inner beauty & authentic travel - less pretty cities well worth the visit 

 

...you don’t wear makeup. You look run down. Your old town has seen much better days. And you don’t smell so nice either. But you have character. And soul. And true Javanese street scenes.. explore

Stark contrasts paved the road, but conspicuous similarities were underneath it all. Lives differed vastly from one place to another, but the more so within one nation, region or group. There were extroverts and introverts everywhere, clerks and bosses, dreamers and doers, dreaming doers. Our universal differences unite us as one species of monkey merely disguised in a human wardrobe. In the same breath our distinct experiences assemble unique minds, feelings and memories – our very own worlds.

"Are the people living there unhappy with their situation?” I asked upon looking at the huts. "Why? They have a roof and something to eat. It suffices them,” were the kid's exact words.

It's not so much the place itself that becomes special to one or a mere side note to another. It's your individual experience there, the people you meet, the little coincidences, which ultimately write the narrative.

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about

Inspired by a slow, immersive and messy journey around the world, MilesAstray is a mongrel of photography and writing.

But, as much as I believe that happiness is an individual pursuit, social ties seem like the one universal remedy for most worries in the world.

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