"Same same, but different,” is an expression that circulates in large parts of South East Asia as a fun element of communication between locals and foreigners. It has a touristy and silly connotation, yet there is a profound and undeniable truth to it, if you apply it to people. After all, we are indeed exactly the same same humans, but entirely different persons. We experience the same human condition, and still every culture, region, socio-economic layer of society, and ultimately every single life is unlike any other. This collection is a blender, so watch out that you don’t end up in it one day.
glimpse: 4714 MONKEY | And just like the drizzle, oozing from the February mist, the people kept pouring in to flood the Great Wall. They had come to welcome the New Year – 4714, year of the monkey – but they had arrived without haste, elbows or stormy moods. The lack of space merely fostered solidarity and left no room for stampedes.
glimpse: BLACK NAZARENE CELEBRATION IN MANILA | During the annual celebration of the Black Nazarene (a black Christ statue) up to one million people flood the streets of Manila. The capital of the Philippines then becomes an ocean of hued dots, in some places so viscous that it feels impermeable. The procession takes place on the 9th of January and starts at Quiapo Church in the heart of Manila. I was lucky enough to get a shot from an overpass, just before the police told us to get going.
we all have one
...it isn’t just a tale; it is the very world we live in, inside our head, and as much as we can let others in, they will always see it with a different set of eyes. see more
That’s Funny – Humor Mirror
tickled by humor, genuineness surfaces
Only ever living in one head, our head, knowing what’s going on in another, is anyone’s guess. The best clue we’ll ever get is genuine emotion... see more
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
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
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
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 and distracts people from the underlying issues and inequities. read more
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