Gabriele Galimberti@gabrielegalimbertiphoto

Professional photographer, professional traveller, amateur biker - @woods_galimberti @river_boom @natgeo

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From my project FIRST JOB /// Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Silberth Ferrera, 26 - Silberth was born and raised in the state of Minas Gerais, in the central part of Brazil.When he was 15, he moved to Rio to find a job.“I’m from a really poor family. We always lived in a favela, and here in Rio I still live in a favela. My house is really small, but I have a nice view of Ipanema,” he says pointing towards Morro do Cantagalo, the favela that overlooks the beach. Silberth started selling caipirinhas on the beach a couple of weeks after his arrival in Rio, and now he’s been doing it every day for over 10 years.“This is not a legal job, but it’s my first and only job,” he says. He works 7 days a week, from 10 in the morning until sunset. He sells an average of 25 caipirinhas per day, at a price of 20 reais (BRL), or about USD 6, each. #firstjob #job #work #rio #riodejaneiro #brazil #ipanema #working #caipirinha


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Sometimes it's really hard to make a choice... this time it's necessary to make one though! Find the courage! #choice #find #courage #choose #moveforward


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Tavaris, 29, Zambia - Three hours on a propeller plane, eight hours on a bus, and one hour in a minivan. Finally, I found myself in a red-earth landscape around the village that is home of a Mission, a facility for the poor and sick located in Kalulushi. It's not a place that sees foreign visitors. The village has high percentages of malaria and HIV victims. It's not a tourist destination but a place for those who want to devote their lives to helping others. Tavaris, my host and the only couchsurfer in this part of Zambia is a doctor. He spends all of his days taking care of children, pregnant women and the sick. He grew up alone with his mother in conditions of poverty. "My most wonderful memory is of when my mother came home with my first pair of shoes. I still don't know how she managed to get them," he tells me. When she finally found a way to send her son to school, he promptly won a government scholarship. He studied until he obtained his medical degree, then practiced around rural Zambia before coming to this mission. In the austere clinic Tavaris spends his days doing what he can with the little he has at his disposal. Equipment and medicine are scarce, but patients abound. I spent hours watching him work, mesmerized by his patience and devotion. This room whre he works is similar to the mission room where I stayed, surrounded by the sisters. I discovered one Italian nun among their number and she and I spent a lot of time together, walking around the village while I tried to understand her life. During the day, while I waited for Tavaris to finish with his patients, I spent my time either with her or playing soccer with the children, with whom I communicated using signs and gestures. In the evenings, Tavaris and I ate together in the mission refectory. One night they had a party. Priests and nuns danced, arm-in-arm to the rhythm of local music, with a joy that was contagious. It seemed to me proof that happiness is, above all, a condition of the spirit. @couchsurfing #zambia #africa


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From May till November Legendary Cyphers meet every Friday night in New York’s Union Square Park. The cypher is the circle where rappers take turns at “spitting” lyrics that are improvised. There is small group of founders but more then 300 MC’s have rapped here. Crowds of regulars and visitors that reach in the hundreds come to see this unique mixture of poetry, music and improvisation. @natgeo @legendarycyphers360 #legendarycyphers #unionsquare #freestyle #mc #rap #hiphop #lyrics #newyork

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From my project FATHERS /// Me and my dad fishing at Trasimeno Lake - FathersIt’s a Saturday night in late February. The year is 1986. I am eight-and-a-half years old and I’m getting ready for bed. I’m very excited for the morning to arrive. That’s because, in just a few hours, something will happen that’s been happening almost every Sunday for the last year. I’ll feel my father’s hand on my shoulder, shaking me awake as his voice says, “Gabri, wake up! It’s six o’clock. We’re going fishing.”For over a year, ever since my mom gave my dad a little fishing boat, this has been our Sunday routine – my father and I, alone or sometimes with friends, head out to Lake Trasimeno.It’s a day just for us, a day of waiting, of talking, and of long silences. Luckily, the bursts of good cheer over the catch of a fish aren’t too few or far between.It’s been thirty years since those Sunday mornings, and the most vivid childhood memories I have with my father are, without a doubt, the ones connected to fishing.He still goes, almost every Sunday. As for me – maybe because I’m hardly ever home, perhaps because, when I am, I’m too lazy to get up at six in the morning – I haven’t gone with him for many years.Now it’s my brother-in-law and nephew’s turn to go fishing with him.Lately, I’ve been enjoying spending Sundays with my friends, often in the company of their children. Almost everyone around me has become a parent over the last few years. A couple of friends and I are the only ones in our group who still don’t have kids of our own. I naturally began to observe how the others were raising their children. I watch them playing together, hear the arguments and the kids’ complaints at mealtimes or at bedtime. I’ve often been the one in charge of the kids when those moments happen.Just maybe, all of these things are making me start to want to be a father. When I watch my closest friends, as well as all of the fathers that I meet around the world, and when I recall those memories from my childhood of the time spent with my dad, I feel like I’m preparing myself for my moment, if it ever arrives. #father #babbo #laketrasimeno #trasimenolake #trasimeno #fishing #dad


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From my project HAPPINESS IS… /// Ryan, 23 - New York City, USA - Filmmaking is one of the few popular arts that brings together so many people. Initially, there are those who create the film and then ultimately it engages many others as a viewing audience. This block in NYC’s West Village will always be fondly remembered by me not only for the hundreds of films I have seen inside the IFC Center with friends (including incredible midnight repertoires by favorite filmmakers such as Ozu, Kurosawa, Hitchcock, Lynch and Carpenter) but it is also the block where we shot key scenes for our Oscar-winning short film, GOD OF LOVE. I produced that film with friends from NYU and it would go on to premiere on the very same block of the IFC Center just a year later as part of the Oscar Nominated Shorts Program. The fact that the film’s journey had its genesis a few blocks away at NYU as writer/ director/star Luke Matheny’s graduate film thesis, coupled with the fact that it was created by a group of good friends is something that made the project truly stand out to me. So this location holds many special memories for me as we all moved together on the path from production to the finish-line, when the cast and crew were able to gather once again to share the film with NY audiences - just steps away from where we started!” - #happiness #newyork #movie #moviedirector #ny #nyc #godoflove #westvillage #ifc #ifccenter #usa


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Love is waiting at the crossroads #love #nyc #ny #crossroads #amore #waiting #itwillcome


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Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania - The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region. The 2009 Ngorogoro Wildlife Conservation Act placed new restrictions on human settlement and subsidence farming in the Crater, displacing Maasai pastoralists, most of whom had been relocated to Ngorongoro from their ancestral lands to the north when the British colonial government established Serengeti National Park in 1959. The construction of tourist hotels in the Conservation Area allows people to access "the unparalleled beauty of one of the world's most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries", according to a government brochure, even as thousands of Maasai have suffered forcible eviction and have been denied access to water sources for their livestock The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles) Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500 to 5,800 metres (14,800 to 19,000 feet) high. The elevation of the crater floor is 1,800 metres (5,900 feet) above sea level. The Crater was voted by Seven Natural Wonders as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa in Arusha, Tanzania in February 2013. #ngorongoro #crater #tanzania #africa #nature #wonder @silverseacruises #deeperonland


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Flying above ice. A week ago, on my way to the States... I didn't know I was going to get frozen! #ice #frozen #flying #cold #iceberg #defrosting #defrost


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What?! The Queen has millions in tax havens? Shocking!
THE HEAVENS had shown this already a couple of years ago. We are not amused... In the video the Queen graces the banknotes of Mauritius, Hong Kong, England, Bermuda, Isle of Man Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey. From THE HEAVENS, book available from Dewi Lewis. With Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti @woods_galimberti
http://www.theheavensllc.com

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/05/revealed-queen-private-estate-invested-offshore-paradise-papers #tax #taxhaven #queen #uk #money


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From my project TOY STORIES /// Ernesto, 4 - Firenze, Italy. #toy #toys #toystories #firenze #italy #play #child #kid


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Landed! In New York for the next 10 days... looking for somebody who owns a Picasso! Write me in private if you know somebody!
#picasso #newyork #usa #newyorkcity


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From my project ZOMPI! Alaska, 2012! #jump #jumping #jumps #alaska #cold - Jumping again tomorrow, next stop USA


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For the 4th time in my life I filled up my passport with stamps of many different countries. More then OTTO! #8 #otto #eight #passport #travel #stamps
I hope I can see your passport full of stamps too... soon.


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Tanzania, somewhere between Ngorongoro and Serengeti - A group of teenager Maasai newly circumcised. The Maasai of Tanzania and Kenya have a series of rites of passage that accompany boys into adulthood. Every 10 or 15 years a new warrior class will be initiated into the tribe. Boys between the ages of 10 and 20 are brought together from all across the country. Dozens of houses are built that will serve as the place of initiation. The night before the ceremony, the boys sleep outside in the forest. At dawn, they return to the little makeshift homestead for a day of singing and dancing. They drink a mixture of milk, cow’s blood, and alcohol and eat piles and piles of meat. After the festivities, boys who are of age (12-16) are ready to be circumcised. The Emuratare is the most important ceremony in the life of a Maasai boy. Once circumcised, the tribe will consider him a man, warrior, and protector of his village. As the young man makes his way to where the elders will circumcise him, friends and family members will taunt the boy by saying things like “If you flinch, we will disown you.” The Maasai value bravery of their warriors and the circumcision is a boy’s first way to prove his courage in the face of severe pain. It takes about 3 months for the circumcision to heal and during that time the young men wear black clothing and live in huts built by the women of the village. The Maasai boy is now warrior. #maasai #tanzania #child #rite #boys #serengeti #ngorongoro #adulthood
@silverseacruises #deeperonland


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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.” #father #fathers #india #mumbai #slum #dad #dads


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Firenze, Italy. Squares. Searching for balance! #balance #firenze #squares #tuscany


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From my project HAPPINESS IS... /// Liu, 25 - Shanghai, China - I must say this year has been really difficult for me. My grandfather died in March, and then my father had an accident and died after two days in hospital. I work in Shanghai, and most of my friends have already left the city. I was suddenly surrounded by loneliness. One day I went to pick up a friend from the airport. I saw Hugo – he was asking how much it would cost to go to school by taxi. They were going to charge him 500rmb. When I heard that, I was shocked. I walked up to him and said “Listen, that’s completely unreasonable! I know how to get there by metro, follow me. The taxi driver might have been annoyed with me for stealing a customer, but I think I did the right thing. Hugo trusted me and came with us. Now we are good friends. He is French, a student from Paris, my dream city. I’ve never been abroad. This summer I went to Hong Kong, but that’s in China. So my plan is to go to Europe next year to find out something about life. Perhaps French will be the next language I learn, although I already speak it a little bit. JS is Hugo’s closest friend at Fudan University. The first time Hugo took me to his school, I met JS, who’s from Belgium. He has a good temper and is really easy-going. He’s my “chief French teacher”, and Hugo is his deputy. We do a language exchange every week. My friends and I already organized language exchanges, and we asked them to join us. It’s not always easy for all three of us to meet at the same time, but we are always in contact. On Tuesdays, I share Chinese music with Hugo online, or sometimes he’ll write an essay in Chinese, and I’ll help him to correct it. These guys are my new friends for this year and the next. I know they won’t be here for long, so I cherish our friendship and the things we are learning together. You might lose something in your life but then something new will replace it. The same is true of friendships. What can you always take with you? Not money, not luxury goods, not your real estate. I’ll tell you – it’s the ability to find love and happiness, these relationships and emotions. Those are the real assets in life. #happiness #friends


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Goodnight Paris! View from my room. #paris #france #night #goodnight


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From my project TOY STORIES /// Noel, 4 - Dallas, Texas #toys #toy #toystories #airplane #flight #flying #plane


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Hong Kong, 2014. #hongkong #asia


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I wish I was dancing last night! #dance #dancing #music #lithuania #party


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From my project COUCHSURFING /// Ferdi Banda, 33 - Tirana, Albania - Of the many things Ferdi taught me, one really stuck in my mind: you don't have to be born somewhere wealthy to understand generosity. During the five days I spent in Tirana, Ferdi treated me with the utmost consideration. He found me excellent lodgings, which he believed more comfortable than his own home. He showed me all around the city, took me to see the most beautiful sites and wouldn't let me pay for a thing. He was born and raised in Tirana, in a very Catholic family. All his actions and life choices have, in one way or another, followed the teachings of his religion. He told me proudly about how he first served as an altar boy during Mass one day in 1990, after the fall of Communism. Once he'd grown up, he 'enlisted' in the society founded by Padre Monti, an Italian missionary, and has since done a lot of work in the refugee camps in his country. More recently, he began to work for an Italian humanitarian long-distance support organization that was setting up a project at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tirana. He is currently manages the office responsible for assisting visiting professors. It was in their lodgings that he hosted me (after having obtained the proper authorization, of course). Basically, instead of the couch in his simple but dignified home, he offered me the luxury of couchsurfing in a place very much like a hotel, with a room and private bath all to myself.We spent a lot of time together, talking about Albania. “I’ve never thought about leaving. My country is in the hands of the youth now, and we have to stay and build it." He also told me about the best things that have happened for Tirana. One of these was the election of an artist, Edi Rama, as mayor. During his tenure, he covered the city's big gray buildings with colorful original works. Ferdi is so enthusiastic about them that I took his picture on the façade of one of those repainted buildings. Choosing it as a backdrop seemed a proper tribute to a place he loves so much. #couchsurfing #tirana #albania #couch #traveling #travel #travels #edirama


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Photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto /// Three young Maasai photographed along the street A104 between Arusha and the Tarangire National Park. Traditional Maasai lifestyle centers around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food. Every morning the children are in charge of bringing the cattles outside of the village and then to bring them back inside before the sunset #tanzania #africa #maasai #children #cuttle #tradition #tarangire #arusha @silverseacruises #deeperonland


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Ngorongoro National Park, Tanzania - A group of Maasai children are playing outside of their village along the road B144 #tanzania #maasai #children #ngorongoro #nationalpark #africa #playing @silverseacruises #deeperonland


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From my project FIRST JOB /// Berlin, Germany - Jonas Hartlieb, 25 - Jonas was born and raised on Rügen, a small island in the north of Germany. Four years ago he moved to Berlin, to study pedagogy for 3 years. He wants to become an elementary school teacher, but he needs to study for five more years. He took a year off from school and he’s now working in a private kindergarten. He works from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every day, even if it’s really cold, he brings the kids outside to play. /// He works 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. He gets EUR 1,400 a month /// #firstjob #berlin #kids #job #kindergarten #school #teacher #teaching


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From my project HAPPINESS IS... /// Claude Baechtold, 42 - Aigle, Switzerland - I was born in Switzerland where I trained as a graphic designer. Like all self-respecting Swiss graphic designers, I wanted a nice orderly, organized world.
When I was 25 my parents died, and my country suddenly seemed terribly empty. So I left. I travelled for 15 years, to every corner of the globe, as a photographer then as a film maker, and the more chaotic my surroundings, the better I felt. I knew that I would find happiness through adventure, and there can be no adventure without chaos and unpredictability.
I think my favorite memory is Afghanistan, and its inextricable, incomprehensible, mind-bogglingly incoherent situations. But I also love China and Russia, which are also very strong in that department. Then my godmother fell ill, and was unable to continue living alone in her old house amid the sunny vineyards of the Rhône Valley. So I came back to Switzerland to look after her. She was a wonderful woman, extremely wise and lived to an incredible age. Her only fault was to surround herself with a very large number of objects, most of them useless. She died a few years later, at the ripe old age of 97, as impertinent as ever, undoubtedly satisfied with the mountain of objects she had amassed at the end of such a long life, and which she left to me.
Objects of all kinds, tens of thousands of them stuffed into her cellar, attic and above all in her barn. This barn is like an island where I can breathe in the middle of all that suffocating Swiss tidiness. Sometimes my friends can’t stand all the mess, and prefer to leave. As for me, I sit with my cheeky piles of stuff, defending my right to chaos and happiness. - #happiness #happy #switzerland #objects #collection #barn #chaos


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