Professional photographer, professional traveller, amateur biker - @river_boom /// Contributor for National Geographic @natgeo
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GRANDMAS ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO COOK - Suggestion for a spicy recipe /// Grace, 82 years old - Mumbai, India - Grace was born in Goa, in the south of India, 82 years ago and she grew up there, in between the sea and the jungle. However, she has lived her last 10 years in a new building made of concrete and glass in the northern quarter of Mumbai, with the family of one of her two sons. She is of Portuguese origin, like the majority of Indians in Goa, and as a result her cooking has got that same influence. Some years ago, for the first time in her life, she left India with her younger son to visit Lisbon. “It was a long journey, I didn’t like sitting on a plane for so long. But I was lucky and more than happy to see the city where my parents had been born. I had always thought it as similar to Goa, but, in fact, it wasn’t”. /// Chicken vindaloo /// Ingredients for 6 people: one boneless and chunked chicken - two red onions - 10 dried red chillies and two fresh green ones - two sticks of cinnamon - 10 cloves of garlic - a piece of ginger - ground cumin, 10 cloves and 10 grains of black pepper - one spoon of turmeric, one of tamarind paste and one of sugar - vegetable fat /// Typical of the Indian cooking, chicken vindaloo is a hot dish, which was originally introduced to Goa by the Portuguese. Often served in special occasions, this dish is traditionally prepared with pork, but I am sure you will be fully satisfied by this version with chicken. The first thing to prepare is the masala sauce. It is very easy to make: put all the ingredients, apart from the chicken and the vegetable fat, in the blender until you get a red smooth paste; then, add a glass of water and blend again. The masala sauce is already made! Extremely easy, isn’t it? Now, in a large pan fry some vegetable fats with an onion, chopped in small pieces. Heat the onion until it becomes golden and then add the masala sauce. When everything is hot enough, add the chunks of chicken. Cook for about 25 minutes and your dish is ready! #india #food #spicy #recipe #grandmother #cook #mumbai #vindaloo #chicken
Sunset light in Mumbai, India - The Bandra–Worli Sea Link is the main bridge of the city. It links the Western Suburbs to Nariman Point in Mumbai's main business district. The sea-link reduces travel time between Bandra and Worli during peak hours from 60–90 minutes to 10 minutes - Picture taken from the Bandstand Fort /// #mumbai #india #sunset #sealink #bridge #traffic
From the project "Fathers" /// Jan Huygens (41) and Roos Eline (5), from Belgium (photo taken in the Red Sea, Egypt) Jan was born and raised in Belgium, where he lives, in Lummen, with his wife and daughter.He works for the government and, more specifically, he manages a company that works on the maintenance of the water canals. In the past, Jan was a scuba diving instructor, and he worked for a few years in Greece. This year, for the first time, he came on vacation to the Red Sea, in Egypt, because he wants to start teaching his daughter, Roos Eline, how to dive. “She seems to be super comfortable in the water. It is something that comes naturally to her. I’m sure she’ll be a fantastic diver,” he says. #father #fathers #dad #redsea #egypt #family
Mumbai, India - A cow walking freely in the little streets of the center of Mumbai. Millions of Hindus revere and worship cows. Hinduism is a religion that raises the status of Mother to the level of Goddess. Therefore, the cow is considered a sacred animal, as it provides us life sustaining milk. The cow is seen as a maternal figure, a care taker of her people. The cow is a symbol of the divine bounty of earth. #cow #india #holycow #mumbai #cattle #hinduism #hindu
From my project HAPPINESS IS… /// Religions promise it, advertisers sell it and self-help books explain it, but happiness remains elusive and the subject of much speculation. Hemingway famously quipped, “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” Gabriele Galimberti has set out to pursue happiness, not his own but that of the people he has met in his globetrotting travels. He has asked his subjects what it is – what gives them joy, pleasure, bliss – and he has tri- ed to translate it into images. What we nd out is that happiness is intimately bound to memory and that makes photography particularly well-equipped for probing it. However, we also discover that happiness is very dif cult to measure. When we try to see it, it tends to escape, almost as if it obeyed Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, which tells us that the things we observe are necessarily altered by the very act of measuring them. What I did, therefore, was ask the sitters to write a short text about happiness, which he then used to create the scenario for photographing them. The result is a series of images that have an intrinsically cinematographic feel, composed of the atmosphere of dreams and the stuff of memories. While it is true that happiness, unlike pain, leaves no scars, at least we can have photographs. /// Berenice, 19 - Las Vegnas, Nevada - I was in North Carolina competing for the National Jr. Olympics. It was a very beautiful experience. Getting to meet a place I never dreamed of visiting. When I was fighting for the finals I had stopped my opponent twice, giving her two standing eight counts. I ended up getting the highest score out of the whole tournament thus winning the gold metal. After attaining the medal I felt like my passion for boxing was finally being acknowledged, so much so that I received recognition from the United States senator, John Ensign. This moment of happiness has to be one of my greatest accomplishments. #happiness #lasvegas #boxe #nevada #accomplishments
Night scene from Serengeti Nation Park, Tanzania. The Serengeti National Park is a protected area that covers thousands of square kilometers and it is the habitat of several species of acacia trees. #serengeti #tanzania #africa #tree #moonlight #night #nationalpark #noom #stars #acacia #acaciatree
From my project G.I. JANE’S OTHER WAR - Sandra Lee, 37 - NEW YORK CITY /// One out of every three american women soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan has been the victim of sexual abuse on the part of male U.S. soldiers and between 71% to 90% say they were the object of harassment by their male comrades-in-arms, subjected to constant denigration, insults and vulgar slurs.’ So writes Helen Benedict, Columbia University professor, in her book, The Lonely Soldier, the private war of women serving in Iraq, which has already unleashed fierce debate in the United States. In war zones, the ratio of woman soldiers is one to every ten men. “feeling as though you are a target 24 hours a day is not easy,’ Helen Benedict explains. ‘the message the men are sending is ‘we don’t respect you. we don’t want you here.’ then comes the physical assault, and finally rape.’ According to army statistics, ‘only’ 0.83 out of every thousand women in war zones have been the victims of sexual abuse. However, the army also makes it clear that those are just the reported cases, and that 90% of rapes are kept quiet. Usually, the aggressors are the women’s superiors, and most often they are never brought to trial. In addition to all of this, it is also more difficult for women to gain access to health care, as only 14% of military clinics have departments dedicated to women’s health issues. With the assistance of American associations that provide help and psychological support to female veterans suffering from MST (military sexual trauma), I carried out extensive research for this project. I was able to establish contact with many of these women, veterans of the latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also of earlier wars, all of them with stories to tell of rape and sexual abuse. I met with these women, interviewed them, and photographed them. #war #mst #abuse #sexualabuse #trauma #military #army
From the project FATHERS /// Maniche, Haiti – Jhonny Labossière (32) and Jiounelca (2) - Jhonny was born in Maniche, a small village in the jungle in the south of Haiti, and that’s where he has always lived. His daughter Jiounela was born 2 years ago. He lives with his daughter and his wife in a tiny house near the river, in the middle of the forest, completely disconnected from every modern comfort, including electricity. Jhonny raises animals and grows fruits and vegetables. Everything he produces goes towards feeding his family. Sometimes he goes fishing on the river, even though, to hear him tell it, he's not very good at it. He spends a lot of time with his daughter. Their favorite activity is playing in the water. #father #fathers #haiti #maniche #daughter #river #jungle #caribe @natgeo
Grandmas always know how to cook! /// Hiroko Horie, 66 years old – Tokyo, Japan - Chirashizushi - Time: 1 hour - Ingredients for 6 people: 450 gr rice - 2 fried or sauté slices of tofu - 1 root of burdock - 3 big dried mushrooms - “shitake”- ½ carrot- 3 eggs- 1 leaf of Japanese seaweed - 4 fuki (Japanese herb)- salt, sugar, sesame, ginger - soya sauce, rice vinegar, sake /// 1- Soak the dried mushrooms in some water for 5 hours. 2- Put the rice in a rice cooker with 600 ml of water, two spoons of salt and a leaf of Japanese seaweeds. Let it cook for about half an hour. 3- Clean well the burdock root and cut it into thin slices about 4 cm long. 4- Do the same with the mushrooms and the fried tofu. 5- Place all the vegetables and the tofu in a pot, then pour in a glass of water, cover with a silicon lid and cook on a medium heat. 6- After 3 minutes, add 20gr of sugar, 30ml of sake and 30 ml of soya sauce to the vegetables. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes, without stirring. 7- Now prepare the sauce for the rice: in a bowl, mix 30gr of sugar, 7gr of salt and 70ml of rice vinegar. Blend everything together until sugar and salt melt. 8- As soon as the rice is ready, take it out of the cooker and mix it with the sauce when it is still very hot. Stir everything. 9- Slice thinly the seaweeds leaf, which was cooking with the rice, the carrot and the fuki. 10- Crack the eggs and beat them in a separate bowl, adding a pinch of salt and 10 gr of sugar. Make the eggs into small very thin omelettes using a non-stick pan. Do not make one large thick omelette, but make many thin ones. Then, slice the omelette into very thin strips. 11- Add the carrot, fuki and seaweeds to the other vegetables and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Then, take them off the heat. 12- Drain the vegetables in a colander and squeeze them if necessary. Make sure you eliminate almost all the liquid. 13- Pour the drained vegetables on top of the rice, together with a sprinkle of 20gr sesame. Blend everything together and prevent the rice from rolling up into balls. 14- Place the omelette strips and some sweet-and-sour ginger on top of the rice and serve the dish.
Happy Valentine’s day - From my project COUCHSURFING /// Carlos and Prieto - Madrid, Spain - Indignados and happy. Carlos and Inma, 34 and 35 respectively when I stayed in their guest room in Madrid, are two of the founders of the Indignados, the movement that sent tremors through Spain's political system in 2011. Back then, his long blog posts were being read by thousands of people and he and Inma were coordinating and organizing all the activities in their neighborhood. When I arrived at their home in Spain, the protests were over – or temporarily on hold, at least – so we were able to spend a lot of time together. Carlos is a computer engineer and Inma is an English teacher. Before settling in Madrid, they both led very full lives and traveled extensively. They met in a bar one evening, when Inma was showing around a couchsurfer she was hosting at the time. Two months later, she had a new home in which to host her visitors – the one she and Carlos had moved into together. It's a pleasant apartment in the city center, with large, bright rooms and a guest room with its own private bath, quite a luxury for a couchsurfer. The oddest objects in the house are the World War I-era radio and transmitter parts that Carlos loves to restore. He is passionate about them works with maniacal patience to bring them back to life. Inma, Carlos and I shared many long conversations and some meals that bordered on feasts. They introduced me to their friends and together we sampled Madrid's tapas and the best of local nightlife. I asked them if, after all the politics and protests, they had a message they wanted to share with the world. It was Inma who replied: "Everyone, please be a little kinder and more aware of our planet. We don't have another one.” #couchsurfing #spain #madrid #love #kiss #valentinesday #indignados #happy #couple #lovers
From the project “Mirror and windows” @river_boom /// “Getting to see girls’ bedrooms must have been a teenage obsession for the members of the all-male photographic collective Riverboom. Now that they have more or less grown up, they have decided to transform that dream into a reality. Riverboom’s photographer traveling the five continents to see where women, between the ages of 18 and 30, sleep. They have discovered that girls’ bedrooms are much more then just places where they lay down their heads – they are the places where girls read, love, dream, work and play” ///
Mickayla, 23 - London, U.K. - Mickayla's father is one of the guards of the Tower of London, so, Mickayla and her family live there.
There are 37 families living inside the Tower of London.
Mickayla was a singer. Until few years ago she was singing in a jazz band but then she decided to stop singing because she sais that she's shy. She now works in the sells department of "charlotte olympia" and thanks to her job, Mickayla has a big collection of shoes. "Living in the Tower of London is magic and special, even if you are not completely free when you live here. There are some restrictions for the time you can go out and come back in, and when you have guests at home, they have to leave before 12:00 am, or after 6:00 am. So, sometimes my friends sleeps here because they always want to stay until late here!" she says.
#girl #girls #bedroom #london #uk #toweroflondon #olympia #shoes #shoe
From my project FATHERS /// Wadala slum, Mumbai, India – Rizwan Shaikh (24), Zafinah (3) and Zeenath (3 months) - Rizwan was born and raised in the Wadala Slum in Mumbai. He met his wife, Sana, at her older sister's wedding. Her family was not very happy about them getting married, because they don't believe in marriage for love. The couple didn’t care and got married anyway. Once it was done, the family had no choice but to accept it.He works directly from home, as a local internet provider for the areas of Wadala and Sewree. He's been doing this job for 2 years. He used to work at a local cable provider, but then, as he saw the demand for Internet access increasing more and more, he got the idea of starting his own business. He currently has 600 customers. Business is good and he wants to expand.Rizwan loves his daughters. His family were the only ones at the hospital who were happy about having girls. Unlike most people where he is from, he feels girls are gifts from God. “Everybody want to have boys. They think they may support you and your family!I would like my older one to become a doctor. For the little one, I’d like her to get into something related to Islam, but I’m open to whatever she may want to do in life.” #family #father #fathers #dad #india #mumbai #slum #children #child
Couchsurfing stories /// Homer, Alaska. Michael – There are two things you have to know. First, there are waves in Alaska. Second, there are men who surf those waves. They do it in below-zero weather, amidst the ice, alone with nature and themselves, testing their own limits, day after day. Michael is one of those men. He's also a couchsurfer. "My soul is called by wild and remote places, far from the things of man. As a young man, I fell in love with whitewater rivers, sailboats, my wife and the sea. In that order. So we found a boat." In 2006, he, his wife and their dog were living on a boat in San Diego when they weighed anchor and set sail, heading north. They stopped when they reached Alaska. It's a place of ice and exploration – of both nature and one's soul – where the first question you ask in the morning is, "What's the weather like today?" At these latitudes, it can make all the difference, even if Michael does break out his surfboard even when the thermometer reads well below zero. He dives in among the floating ice, his long strokes taking him away from the land until there’s nothing around him but icebergs and snow-capped peaks that seem to belong to another universe. He comes back with a frozen beard and veins full of adrenalin. "Success lies in the application of knowledge," he explains when asked how he started – which means that he, too, feels the cold and might even be afraid. Nevertheless, as he loves to repeat, "Every day is unique. There will never be another." The confidence it requires to open up your home to a stranger is the same kind of confidence it takes to try something new every day, until you master it. When I went to visit him, having read his blog about surfing amidst the ice, Michael tried to convince me join him in the water. It was winter and the temperature was -13 F. I didn't have the courage to do it. I've since come to regret that decision a little, especially when I remember something he told me over a beer at the end of the day, when I asked him his idea of happiness. "Variety and a bit of adventure," he answered, "and the opportunity to try something new.” #couchsurfing #alaska #ice @couchsurfing
Do migrants have a past? Do migrants have a future? Or are they forever locked in the images of man on sinking boats, of women, babies in their arms, of families waiting in line, stranded in the shadow of borders we thought had forever vanished? I have tried to see things differently. I have learned that these people actually had a job where they come from. I decided to show them as they would have liked to be shown. Dembo as a baker, Osman as a bus driver, Noreen as a nurse. These are just some of works they are used to do and skilled in. But Dembo, Osman, Noreen and many others are now living in tents, camping out in a small park in squalid conditions. These photos are their CV’s translated in images. These photographs are not real. But they should be. /// Alhagie Gaye, 19, Shop Assistant from the Gambia “Don’t come here” My uncle had a clothes shop in the Gambia. It was an honour for me to work there. Selling beautiful things, advising the ladies – I liked that. But my uncle is old, he had to sell the shop. I couldn’t find another job, that’s why I’m here. My brother wanted to follow me. “Don’t come here,” I told him. Europe is not how we’ve imagined it. I don’t even have a tent to sleep in, let alone a job. #migrant #migrants #job #jobs #future #cv #europe #borders
From my project HAPPINESS IS… /// Sun, 31 - Shanghai, China - “ What is happiness? Depending on your time of life, happiness might mean very different things. When I was young, what made me happy was going on a trip, playing with my friends, wearing new clothes, winning first prize in a sports competition, performing in a dance show or wearing crazy make-up. Even just an ice-cream. Happiness was more about an object – if I got it, I would be happy. But as I grew up, I wanted more. Happiness was about doing the things I liked, being successful, gaining pride and respect. Traveling, exploring the world, being carefree. Being loved and spoiled by the person I loved. But then, all of a sudden it felt as though nothing would satisfy me. I started questioning everything around me. I even went to a monastery to find myself, I had no desires. There was a void. I had to start learning who I was, to be reborn. After that I changed, and became “emptier”, somehow. It was like my mind was starting over. Things I used to ignore were somehow winning me back. I was like a soldier returning home from a distant country. At last I realized the ultimate happiness was to cherish what I have here and now – my family, my piano and little jobs that keep me busy. One day I hope to lie in my garden with my children running around, and watch them playing with my parents as my husband prepares the dinner. That to me will be the perfect happiness. “ #happiness #happy #china #shanghai #respect #travel #storytelling #storyteller #hereandnow #here #now
Rio's sports seen from above ///
The Flamengo synchronized swimming team is the current champion of Brazil. The girls on the team go to train at the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. This picture was taken there on one of their training days.
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From the project En Plein Air @river_boom #drone #dronestagram #drones #dronepanorama #rio #riodejaneiro #swim #pool #flamengo
From my project COUCHSURFING /// Caroline & Ellen, 24 and 20 – Blue Mountains, Australia - Seeing how many of them are gathered around the table, the first thing that springs to an Italian's mind is that their family could form its own soccer team. Sisters Caroline and Ellen, the Australian couchsurfers I spent a few days with in Katoomba, in Australia's Blue Mountains, have five sisters and two brothers.That makes nine siblings in all, plus their mother, a grandson and, of course, the various boyfriends and husbands. Those numbers give an idea of how big their house is. It is here that they come when the entire family –give or take a member or two – wants to spend a weekend together, the occasional couchsurfer, like me, in tow.Fortunately, there's room enough for everyone. The wooden house has three floors, the top one with enough bedrooms for all of the groups that form this extended family to have one of their own. I slept down below, on a couch in the ‘basement’, a room with a view that belies its name, looking out onto the garden and the magnificent mountains that are such a popular destination for tourists visiting Australia.I was invited here by Caroline and Ellen, whom I had met a number of years earlier. They had been traveling around Europe and spent a few pleasant days couchsurfing in my home in Tuscany. We stayed in touch and, once I was in Australia, I decided to call them up and see if we could do something together. That's how I ended up in the middle of this gigantic family reunion, surrounded by brothers, sisters and their menfolk, all gathered around the table or busy filling each other in on recent events in their lives while they waited for breakfast. Some of the most momentous updates came from my personal hosts, who had just moved to Sydney: Caroline to study art and photography and Ellen to study economics.It was the beginning of a new life and, as Ellen once told me, "What scares me most is the thought of reaching the end of my life and realizing I haven't done the things I wanted to do." @couchsurfing #australia #travel #family
From my project FATHERS /// Taichung, Taiwan – Chung Mang Che (40), Chung Jui Han (9), Chung Kai Eing (8) and Chung Jia Ying (6) /// Mang Che was born and raised in Yulin, a city in the central part of the island of Taiwan. At the age of 25 he was already working as a firefighter. He met his wife one day when she had a car accident and he was the one on the scene. After he helped her, they realized they liked each other. They became a couple and it wasn’t long before they got married. Over the years, they've had 3 daughters. “We moved to Taichung not long ago, to give priority to our daughters’ education. Here, the schools are better.” When Mang Che has a day off, he loves taking his daughters to play basketball, but “unfortunately,” he says, their favorite pastime is watching TV together every evening. #father #fathers #dad #dads #family #child #children #padre #padri #taiwan #taichung
France, Camargue - Gypsies, horseman and tourists attending the pilgrimage in honor of Saint Sarah at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, enter the sea carrying the statue of the saint. /// From the assignment done with @river_boom for @mazazinegeo #camargue #saintesmariesdelamer #france #gypsies #gypsy #horse #horseman #saintsarah #drone #dronephoto #dronephotograhy #dronestagram #drones #dronefly @djiglobal