Tonight, I had drinks with someone who is here shooting for National Geographic tonight that was from TEXAS and went to Texas State.
— Jeff Brown (via cosmofilius)
Babies and puppies are small. So are dimes and Skittles. You’re a fucking woman. A woman! You are entitled to occupy as much fucking space as you like with your awesomeness, and you better be suspicious as fuck of anybody who tells you differently.
Why, ladies? Why must we continue to whittle ourselves down? Who is it for? What is it for? You can walk through a certain aisle at the pharmacy or at the grocery store and see the language of diminishment all over the packaging for weight loss aids of all kinds. “Shrink your waist.” “Lose inches off your thighs.” “Slim down.” “Get skinny.”
How about “Grow your mind.” “Increase your confidence and productivity.” “Beef up your knowledge.” “Enlarge your scope of asskicking.”
That’s a valid message for women and girls: grow, expand, branch out, open up, get bigger, wider, faster, stronger, better, smarter. Go up not down. Get strong, not skinny.
You are not here to get smaller. You are not here to have a thin waist and thighs. You are not here to disappear. You’re here to change the world! Change the fucking world, then! Forget about “losing a few pounds.” Think about what you could be gaining instead.
— Ladybud.com (via clearthatmindofcant)
Night shooting assignment in Patan Durbar Square.
"This tripod…is Nepal,” Bri exclaimed as we tried to understand how our supervisor, Ram, super-glued the legs of his two broken tripods. We ended up improvising and bumping up to our highest ISOs, but it was cool to experience life in Lalitpur at nighttime. Everything feels rich in the air, even when the sky is dark.
What I didn’t say on my photo blog is the instance, however seemingly brief, where we saw a young girl get physically abused by the male figures of her family. It’s the first case of any type of violence I’ve seen in Nepal so far, and the issues of domestic violence and violence against Nepali women is one I’ve been trying to explore the past few weeks as I’ve been covering a school for older women. However, it’s hard to understand this issue from the peaceful, gentle context that I have experienced this place and its people. I know I’m an outsider from this land and its culture, but Nepal is the only place I’ve ever been to where I haven’t experienced a single situation of sexual harassment or even been made to feel the slightest bit uncomfortable (through others’ actions, anyway). How, then, is an entire city hiding its maltreatment of women and young girls? My biggest wish as I begin the official one-week countdown to returning home is to stay longer and to work exhaustively in uncovering and documenting these things that matter. But, I realize that as I soon head back to the RGV, I’ll have other similar things to fight for. Home is my place to fight for.
— Curtis Sittenfeld (via wordsthat-speak)
Kintsugi: the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold as a means of adding value while bringing attention to the places where they are cracked.
Magnus Holm, from Denmark, stands six feet three inches tall. He has a mound of floppy blonde hair and a grin that can disarm the devil. It’s the latter that enables him to mask his size and draw his subjects in to capture memorable moments for his camera.
I first saw his photography when I was judging the 2013 College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) contest at the University of Missouri. His photographic style and unique stories were hard to miss, raising his work above his contemporaries. Magnus’s portfolio placed first. National Geographic magazine sponsors the contest and the winner receives an internship at the magazine—our only still photography internship.
After Magnus spent a few weeks in the office taking in other photographers’ shows, observing how we operate, and researching ideas, we decided on Igloolik, a small Inuit hamlet 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Nunavut, Canada. His mission was to document how the Inuit are trying to hold on to their culture and traditions while the modern world relentlessly presses in from all sides.