glimpse: ROI

 

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latest glimpses

one photo, one story

INVISIBILITY BLANKET
LUCID DREAM
COMMUNAL COMMUTE
TRUE BLUE HUE
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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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Nepal

Himalayas / Hiking Alone, Astray & Everestless

b/w

when inked in black & white

work on the ground & online

Spain

Barcelona / Revolution in the Air, But Where?

 

 

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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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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

travel

Who Is That White Savior With the Complex?

 

Are Westerners trying to save the world on their terms?

...development assistance can be viable; unless it feeds into an individual or systemic White Savior Complex that results in the idea of one side helping the other... 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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essays

Disposable Nature

 

human agency in the enslavement of nature

 

...equipped with consciousness we are quite possibly the only animal around that has a notion of tomorrow and certainly the only one capable of actively shaping our future days together... see more

people

Not Pity Poor: Grace of the Life Lottery's Runner Ups

fortitude and perseverance forged in a hard place

 

...Pity is misplaced here; awareness is welcome and so is action. There are many ways to even out the chances of a slanted life lottery... see more

essays

The Street Next Door

stumbling upon the grandeur of normality in everyday streets 

 

...the grandeur of the streets compiled herein lies in their utter normality... these streets are the subtle voice of the mundane; they are the streets next door... 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 between the guidebook lines, miles astray the planned out route, the beauty didn't vanish. And beyond beauty there was authenticity behind the touristy facades, there were challenging discoveries, unsung heroes and cultural normalities that were ever new, different and captivating.

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countries

a glimpse of what it's like 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

Central America | Belize

Caye Caulker / Inflate-Burst-Flux of a Clichéd Island Bubble

the bond of a moment’s fun

 

...not much of you or anybody else can stay there, too little the ripple, too constant the stream. A moment’s fun is the bond and doesn’t ask for any more or less... 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 and settings 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 the individual experience you live or suffer through there, the people you meet, the little coincidences, which ultimately write the narrative.

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about

A world, a pen, a camera. MilesAstray emerged at the intersection of writing, photography and travel, manifested as photoprose/-poetry/-journalism.

These kids are poor, but they aren't “pity-poor”; they oughtn’t to be thought of as “aww these poor children”. It doesn’t do their strength and fortitude and grace any justice. It denies them the agency to make the best of a hard lot. They have lives. They play, they laugh. Having less is not a problem in this world. But having fewer opportunities and limited access to resources like education or healthcare, is an injustice considering how easily it all comes to others. Pity doesn’t help these kids. Awareness and action does. There is little merit in most of us being where we are and a false sense of entitlement keeps us from redistributing resources and opportunities in this world more evenly, from the life lottery winners to these kids, the runner ups.

And many strive for a Western lifestyle. All I can tell them is that they seem much happier than the ones who have more possessions, but fewer moments in their lives.

The less money I had, the more interesting my life on the road became. Everybody I met went home, once they ran out of money. When I was broke, I figured there were ways to not go home.

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

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Nepal

Himalayas / Hiking Alone, Astray & Everestless

b/w

when inked in black & white

work on the ground & online

Spain

Barcelona / Revolution in the Air, But Where?