glimpse: PAPER THIN
one photo, one story
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.
as seen on
As months became years and then yesteryears, the initial journey became a nomadic lifestyle.
read my mind
(words with the occasional photo)
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
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
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
Why let any guidebook, travel blog or superficial advice shrink your leaps of discovery to baby steps in their footprints?
the world from my angle
(photos with the occasional word)
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
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
UNSEEN, UNHEARD | What if you were unseen, unheard? Where would you look for solace, whom would you call upon? see more
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
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.
glimpses of elsewhere intertwined with narratives & notions
(words & photos)
selected places / stories
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
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
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
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