The people in this bus in Bogotá do not seem to be so amused about the "complementary" service the state is offering to its fellow countrymen. I visited Colombia last December, but as much as I was amazed by the people and the country in itself, I was devastated to listen to the stories about its past, present and future.
“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This photo was taken outside @dope in Dezember 2013. I wonder whether he had any intentions with his gesture - a person, group or situation? Maybe he was able to foresee the circumstances we are facing today?
Balance is key. "What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject-matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue." - Henry Matisse
"Nothing in the real world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness," says Haruki Murakami in his book "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running." I may not look like it, but I would say that I was still conscious at this moment. Those were the final meters before crossing the finish line @ultraksofficial in @zermatt.matterhorn.
This gentleman was selling vintage cameras at the street market in Usaquen. We were talking about photography and comparing cameras. I think the following quote by Dorothea Lange fits this discussion and photo well: "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
This happy fella was very excited when he saw me and my camera, and asked if I could take a photo of him. You notice his teeth that are stained in a reddish-black colour. It is very common for Burmese people to chew betel quids, which are little parcels consisting of areca nuts, lime and tobacco wrapped in a betel leaf. Like coffee or tea, they give users a buzz and are very popular amongst men.