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#worldrefugeeday - Ahmed cries out of fear after crossing into Turkey from Syria with his family, joining more than 200,000 refugees who fled into Turkey when ISIS took over Kobani, Syria. September 20, 2014 John Stanmeyer
June 20th is World Refugee Day. Join me over the next 24 hours as I publish photographs of my own, also by friends and colleagues, to raise awareness on this international day of observance to highlight the plight of refugees around our planet.
Was another of those days in China. We had left the hotel early. Mighty early. Going to a sports complex in Hangzhou where people run each morning. When we got there, it was me who wanted to run away...another moment when the idea of what was expected, wasn’t what you were there for. It’s the unexpected that appears, young cadets in larger than life shadows, making the painfulness of the uninteresting, a diversion in possibility.
Wandering off on what I believe was our final night in Hangzhou, I began slowly to realize I didn’t want to leave them. It was something I had often done on this assignment through China, walking off as a means to clear myself through distraction. Still in restlessness, I crossed over the bridge and got lost. Don’t know if I saw or even made any interesting images on this wandering, not even this of Hangzhou at dusk. But I did notice myself in the fellow sitting by the river bank, when in moments of solitude, we begin to see clearer, what is right before us.
Mystic Portal ~ While recently in China, I often asked, “What are we doing here?” Such an evening occurred on our second day in Shanghai. The wonderful Lingyi Chen (aka, @pasturewalker ) had recommended us to visit a painting class in a coffeehouse on the fourth floor of a nondescript building. Within minutes of arriving, I couldn’t figure out why we were here. It wasn’t Lingyi’s fault (she’s the best!) nor anyone else’s. It was me, always, who so easily becomes distracted, wandering off. In this instance towards the Mystic Portal, awakening...as happened later, in predestined reality - to why I was here.