Travel & Life Photographer

📸 Passionate Photographer 👉 @nionlife | @onkentravels 🌈 Sharing my multicoloured life 🌟More projects below🌟

http://nickonken.me/

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A little @pencilsofpromise student thinking about what she’s going to write on her notepad.
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We’ve been venturing out to various schools in the Luang Probang Province, driving the through the beautiful lush green countryside.
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It’s an inspiring experience meeting and interacting with these kids.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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A fave image fresh from today at an @pencilsofpromise school built by @lewishowes.
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I love the joy on these kids’ faces as they leave school for the day. This village was an hour trek down a dirt road out in the middle of the jungle.
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Education is a privilege that not everyone has access to.
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It was a sweltering day in the 107 degree heat and humidity. We got some great shots!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Feeling the love at the first ever @pencilsofpromise school.
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I thought these kids the “Yass” chant accompanied by my signature peace sign. .
It’s always a special moment, when you can break through with the kids.
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There is so much to be grateful for!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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I’ve been the veteran @pencilsofpromise photographer since the beginning, and I’ll be taking over the PoP IG for the next few days while I’m on the ground here in Laos. (PS. It’s sweltering here)
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Laos brings back so many memories as it’s the first photography trip I took with @itsadambraun back in 2009. On that trip, there was only 1 school fully built here and now there’s over 100 in just this country alone.
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I’m so proud to be a part of the PoP family, and to give my skills and talents back as a photographer to make the world a better place.
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Everyone has something to contribute to the world. It doesn’t always have to be money.
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What can you give back?
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📷 @patricelighter | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Some tranquility on a quick six hour layover in Bangkok before hopping a flight to Luang Probang.
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My peaceful breakfast scene this morning was a beautiful start to the day.
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I love nature in the mornings.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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This is probably one of my favorite photos I’ve taken on my first trip with @pencilsofpromise in Laos with @itsadambraun back in 2009.
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I’m about to embark on another journey to Laos to create more imagery with them. I have to say it’s one of the most incredible experiences to spend time with these kids at the schools.
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Last week at #SummitOfGreatness2017 that creating a life of giving back creates abundance in your own life. I’m excited to create more of that in my life.
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Shoot over to @pencilsofpromise as I’ll be doing an IG takeover of their account while I’m on the ground!
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I’m very excited to create magic this week.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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This piece is about opening the conversation of what’s inside of you.
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We wear so many masks that we’ve developed over the years, that it takes a lot of work to shed those and reveal our authentic selves. Especially in today world of social media.
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We have this pressure to appear perfect, but it’s really what’s on the inside that matters, so that you can give back and impact the world.
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I had a great time today collaborating with @breakouttoday & @zicococonut to create this art piece. It’s awesome to see it making an impact in it’s environment.
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#insideiseverything #breakout2bk
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Feeling blessed to create a community art piece for the #summitofgreatness2017.
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This piece to me was about three things: 1) creating your community of likeminded people that inspire you. 2) Living and creating from your heart and 3) taking that back to where you're from and making an impact there.
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Special thank to my boy @lewishowes for inviting me again this year.
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SoG has been an amazing and inspiring experience and I recommend you to come next year. -
So good to see all of my homies too!
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Remember, The longest journey is the journey between your head and your heart.
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📷 @alexshalman | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Surround yourself with people that inspire you.
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My good friend @lewishowes inspires the hell out of me. Especially going through a rough time, hanging out with positive people can help ground you. -
It's been a pleasure to create a community art piece for the #summitofgreatness2017 event that represents community.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Excited to unveil this painting I just did for Breakout and Zico. What's inside BK...
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Inside is everything is something I've come to really take to heart. The better we can become inside the bigger impact we can make on the outside. -
What have you learned about yourself lately?
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📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Keep the body moving.
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Practicing my stretching in one of the rooms over at super cool @29rooms event this past weekend. -
📷 @_jasonandrew | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Another one from @29rooms from this weekend.
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Love the colors in this room combined with the typography on the gloves and punching bags.
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Sometimes we’ve gotta fight for what we want in life.
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What are you fighting for?
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📷 @_jasonandrew | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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I love the fact that photographs take you places.
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This was a photo from a campaign I shot for my friend @satyatwena’s sun hat line with @naila.
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Bright blue waters are sounding pretty nice right about now. .
📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Sharable experiences is the name of the game these days.
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I had a great time yesterday over at @29rooms by @refinery29. They had 29 rooms of visual and auditory experience that everyone wanted to share. Made some fun boomerangs in my recent stories as there was a lot of interactivity to the exhibit.
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Since the online world has taken over, the brands that are creating experiences for people to experience and share socially are the ones that will succeed.
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This room was about the women’s movement. I love the rise of empowerment, especially when it raises the equality of our culture. I’m all for progression and am excited to see this movement grow.
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📷 @_jasonandrew | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Seize the day.
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Carpe Diem is one of my favorite excerpts from the movie, Dead Poet’s Society. Life is short, and I believe in making every effort to create as many beautiful moments as possible.
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If you’re feeling down, definitely leave time to feel all the feels that you’re going through, but we must also make the choice to go out and create a colorful life.
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Do things that make you happy and find your peace from within.
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This is an piece from my #onkendrawstype project over on @nionlife.
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Happy Sunday!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Got a chance to visit the latest exhibit of one of my favorite artist, @danielarsham
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Fun fact, He’s colorblind. Most of his work has been black and white sculptures casted with volcanic ash.
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He got a pair of glasses recently that help him to see color so he’s recently been experimenting with color in his work.
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If you want to hear more about his creative process which includes lucid dreaming, I interviewed him on my podcast. Listen here: nionradio.com/ep85
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I love experiencing other art. It inspires me to be more creative.
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📷 @_jasonandrew | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Another workday in the office arranging pics for a new portfolio book.
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This is the first time I’ve printed out all the pics to arrange, and it definitely helped see the overall picture and story.
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So much time is spent on the business of photography, procuring materials and getting your work out into the world.
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The hustle never stops!
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📷 @danrobinsonphoto | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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Welcome back to all the burners in the house.
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If you’re looking for a place to get creatively inspired, #BurningMan is quite the spectacle. It’s a whole world in and of itself.
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This pic is from a editorial project I did there a few years ago became one of the top pics in the burning man search results. Fun fact, @crystal__wuwu designed her costume here and started a line out of it. @wucreations
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I’ll make it back to the burn one of these days when the time and camp is right.
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Have you been?
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Some say, “Work hard, play hard.”
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I say, blend them together. Being a photographer has allowed me to fly around the world to some of the most exotic places. This was a job for @cntraveler, although it didn’t really seem like a job.
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If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
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Work hard, but allow yourself the time to rejuvenate.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Of all the cities I’ve been in the world, NYC is my favorite.
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You can roam the streets for days seeing new textures, art, and some of the most interesting people. The Lower East Side has a lot of great history.
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The serendipity of NYC is magical.
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This pic was created through the serendipity of NYC. We were shooting for @friedrice_nyc and these good looking kids stumbled up on us and we ended up photographing them.
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These are classic New York moments.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Do you ever find your inner critic raging at you?
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Inner peace can be one of the hardest things to create. Maybe it’s because I’m artist, or perhaps just human. My inner critic has been raging a lot lately.
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I grew up with a lot of silent judgement, and that has affected me throughout my life, shows up a lot these days.
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Between making relationships and making a living as an artist, it’s not always that easy.
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Finding inner peace is about quieting that inner critic.
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Stop judging yourself.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Inner peace is what we all aspire to, because that is where true happiness lives.
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This pic is from my travels through the northern jungles of Thailand. It’s a glimpse of a monk’s journey for inner peace. I love the colors and the look of peace on his face.
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Inner peace comes from letting go of the the things we hold on to and becoming free of our attachments with both mental and physical things.
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It’s a life long journey.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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Happy Labor Day!
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Sometimes photoshoots are run and gun.
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Yesterday I met up with my friends that have an awesome street style brand called Fried Rice and we did an off the cuff photoshoot yesterday.
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We found these good looking kids walking by, styled them up and made some beautiful images with them.
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I enjoy creating on the fly.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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caption: Happy Sunday to all of you!
How is your day going so far?
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I want to wish you all the best week possible.
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I hope that like in this photo you will be walking down an awesome path.
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What do you have planned for next week?
Are you going to #createyourmoments ?

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Summer days you are almost over... WILL YOU MISS THEM?
I will so much...
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This is a pic from my recent SS18 @jockey_europe_international campaign that was just launched.
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We cruised down to Miami with these beautiful people, @aldensteimle, @rachellegoulding, @tommy_clune, @chrisj.brooks, and @jeffkasser to film on the beach for 3 days.
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It was so much fun, being at the sea with beautiful people.
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Will have to wait next year for some more photoshoots like this!
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If you are planning a photoshoot in the summer make sure to contact me, I love those!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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I’m excited for the upcoming projects ahead.
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Just wrapped up being filmed for a fun photography lesson for @selfmademanofficial so stay tuned for more info.
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I’ve got a couple community art projects coming up and a fun trip to Laos for @pencilsofpromise
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Keep moving, keep creating!
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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This was from a fun shoot in LA with @natamals, @caitlinbarkerr, & @shannonbarkerr playing around in a beautiful downtown loft.
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I love it when girls bring fun energy to a photoshoot.
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❤ SHOW SOME LOVE ❤
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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What is your passion project?
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The Mekong river is breathtaking, and the small town where this was taken, Luang Probang is so charming.
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I’m looking forward to getting back there in a couple weeks to create beautiful imagery for @pencilsofpromise at their schools in Laos.
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Working with this charity has been such a delight and fulfilling passion project.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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This pup was running the show.
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This was from a test shoot we did in Keystone Colorado, and one of the locations was dog sleds. .
He was keeping watch and making sure everything was running smoothly.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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I love the ocean and the vibe of it’s waves.
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This is a pic from an assignment with @cntravler in #Barbados. We shot a story on Caribbean water sports, and it was quite an adventure. This girl was a 16 year old pro surfer and tore it up on the waves.
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The waves are a good place to find peace.
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📷 @nickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments
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