✴️ صفية | Safiya👁‍🗨@_safiya11

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I bled the color from the photograph and through subtraction found truth. Life has a way of gently revealing the hidden beauty of our fears.
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“Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry.”― Leonard Koren
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#dreamy #poetic #zebra #otherworldly #surreal #ethereal #eerie #nature #beauty #vibegramz #unreal #sublime #wanderingsoul #openmyworld #sweetdreamsdlf #sheisnotlost #kenya #zebraprint #traveldiaries #wildlife #traveldeeper #bnw #essence #monoart_ #bnw_society #landscape_lover #bw_photooftheday #noir #instablackandwhite #noiretblanc

Hell's Gate National Park
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“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I'm gazing at a distant star. It's dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago. Maybe the star doesn't even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
― Haruki Murakami

Masterpiece: Amore e Psiche (Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss) by Antonio Canova










#harukimurakami #amoreepsiche #canova #sculpture #masterpiece #neoclassical #love #amore #psyche #cupid #kiss #mythology #metamorphosis #louvre #paris #soul #breathoflife #escultura #revival #art #museum #fineart #parisjetaime #instagood #quote #eros #desire #beautiful #star #light

Musée du Louvre
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“People talk about perfect timing, but I think everything is perfect in its moment; you just want to capture that.” -Eddie Huang {swipe left for full size pics}
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Caribbean Sea
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#tbt The Philippines is one of the only countries I know I’ll visit more than just once again. I won’t ruin it with more words - JUST GO to this happy, magical, special place ASAP 💖

I made a wish at the shore that day that the woman I was then wanted so badly she would have traded everything for it. The woman I am today is very, very grateful that her wish didn’t come true.

Whenever I experience disappointment or failure - neither of which I deal with well *at all*, my parents always quote a verse from the
Quran to reset my faith and my perspective:
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كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الْقِتَالُ وَهُوَ كُرْهٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تَكْرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ وَعَسَىٰ أَن تُحِبُّوا شَيْئًا وَهُوَ شَرٌّ لَّكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ - 2:216
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Translated: “Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”

It may take years to realize it, to be able to connect the dots and understand and maybe even appreciate why something shouldn’t have or couldn’t have worked out the way you wanted. But even when it’s bittersweet, these words have never, ever been wrong.






#philippines #itsmorefuninthephilippines #travelph #beach #passionpassport #faith #grammerph #beautiful #Quran #iphoneography #instagood #skyporn #sunsetlovers #sunsets #sunsetporn #skylovers #ppshadows #sea #vibegramz #moodygrams #sunsethunter #horizon #reflection #thinkpink #tramonto #shore #sunset_madness #sunsetsniper #silhouette

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
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Have you ever been around someone who is genuinely happy? Moments before this picture was taken our car was rear-ended. We were sorting things out on the side of the mountain road when this charming #goatherd with a cool #mustache showed up with his #tribe. His energy, zeal for life, and eagerness for an impromptu roadside photoshoot was so refreshing, I think I laughed the entire time and completely forgot about the accident. I see it over and over again - those who live #simple, #humble lives are overflowing with an infectious, palpable #love. Pursuing only what’s enough, life literally becomes a self-sustaining cycle of #joy. Enough is relative - but may we all be so #blessed to be so full……and may I someday own just as many #goats❣️#obsessed .
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Go ahead, follow the light... 🕯️

#Diwali, the Hindu-originated Festival of Lights celebrates light in all forms - the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair, knowledge over ignorance. Whatever your religion or belief, I think we can all embrace such a universal, deeply spiritual concept. And if you are so inclined, open your windows and doors tonight, as some believe that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity will visit. Happy Diwali! 🎇
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#light #peace #temple #candlelight #spirituality #love #good #knowledge #hope #belief #goodness #enlightenment #triumph #universal #luminous #wealth #prosperity #positiveenergy #love #goodvibes #luminescence #virtue #whpfindthelight #illumination #glow #brilliance #sacred #vibegramz #moodygrams @instagram

Bagan
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“How we experience memory sometimes, it’s not linear. We’re not telling the stories to ourselves, we know the story, we’re just seeing it in flashes overlaid.” - Frank Ocean








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Hell's Gate National Park
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There’s something about the desert that produces a profound tranquility but also a deep and hollow emptiness. It’s an imposing, intimidating, almost suffocating kind of beauty. I thought about my ancestors, and how only pure, blind faith and courage could inspire anyone to venture out on this harsh terrain. And how only God’s magnificent artwork could reveal such allegorical truth.🐫☀️🇦🇪









#desert #nakedplanet #desertlandscape #sand #dunes #offroad #uae #mydubai #inabudhabi #world_bestsky #دبي #colors #emirates #ابوظبي  #scenicsunset #sunsethunter #skyporn #sunsets #sunsetporn #writing #skylovers #sunset_pics  #sunset_hub #tramonto #spiritual #all_sunsets #sunsetsniper #offthebeatenpath #roamtheplanet #shinebright

Arabian Desert
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• International #DayOfTheGirl

Some moments, no matter how fleeting, just don't leave you. It was 109 degrees that day, the bumpy, miserable drive in our overcrowded Land Cruiser seemed to never end. The memory of my eyes locking with hers is so vivid I can recall every detail. The heat, the dust, the fluidity of her movement despite the assault of the Ethiopian sun, how vibrant her clothes were. And the fact that she was there, alone, doing the hard labor and bearing the weight of her home on her back in the most literal sense - gracefully, quietly, efficiently. Up until that point I was merely a passive observer, lost in my thoughts, but through her eyes I instantly connected to everything and nothing was the same. It was the single most powerfully humbling moment I have ever experienced to date.

I don’t know what happened to this girl and I couldn’t tell you, but the odds weren’t in her favor then and they aren’t in her favor now. She’s one of 1.1 billion girls in the world. Every 10 minutes a girl dies of violence. In humanitarian emergencies, which this area was at the center of, the violence, sexual and physical, increases exponentially, and so do rates of child marriage, human trafficking and exploitation.*

A buddhist monk once told me that the word hope connotes fear and doubt. I’ve had a problem with using that word since - questioning what I really mean when I hope for something or say things like “hoping for the best;” if I’m simply placating my doubts. So what I’ll say here is this: I believe that a young girl who could face the vicious sun and build a home with her bare hands as effortlessly as she did that day could not be anything other than one who beat every odd that was not in her favor. That’s not a hope, it’s a knowing.






#cradleofhumankind #connectedness #ethiopia #haunting #grace #africa #african #traditionalhouse #mudhouse #instagood #thatchedroof #humanrights #girls #worldcaptures #words #dailylife #theglobewanderer #storytelling #lensculture #writing #afrika #igs_africa #super_africa #ig_africa #life #unlimitedafrica #humanitarian #inspirational #ethiopia
*Facts source: @unwomen

Gambela, Ethiopia
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mood now, always, forever 😴💤💤

Mumbai, India 🇮🇳 | In this pic a Mumbaikar Dhobi is sleeping in the shade during a break from hard work. The Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat is the world's largest open-air laundromat. The washers are called Dhobis and work tirelessly to wash the clothes from Mumbai's hotels and hospitals. In the 1 hour or so I spent just observing, I saw so many unique moments - this is one of many.








#mumbai #india #mumbaidiaries #mymumbai #passionpassport #bombay #instagood #mumbai_uncensored #itz_mumbai #everydayasia #exploringtheglobe #everydaymumbai #igindia #travelindia #lensculture #explore #instatravel #_soimumbai #urbanphotography #textiles #maharashtra #everydayindia #openairlaundry #incredibleindia #theglobewanderer #magnumphotos #amazingindia #storiesofindia #lonelyplanet #mumbai_igers

Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat
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••👀double👀•• by: Jerkface

Post hair chop wandering around my original stomping grounds after a long absence and wondering why the hell it’s so hot and humid when it’s almost mid October, what inspired this (Andy Warhol’s double Mickey maybe?), and where I can find more double exposure style street art⁉️
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Houston Street
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▪️31 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France▫️ ▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️ ▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️ ▪️
You know I've been looking through these Paris albums and they bring me back to a time when I was going through a horrendous heartbreak. I was in this weird space where I knew everything around me was magic because...well, that's what Paris is...it's magic, but I wasn't actually *feeling* anything. I'd take these night walks and watch the city shut down because Paris, like most great cities, is so much more intense at night. I needed the rush to feel alive, and feeling the slow pulse of the city's heartbeat replaced my own. I didn't even do this consciously - but I often don't realize why I'm strongly compelled to do certain things until much later. Retrospect, and rumination, is loaded with discovery.
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And on another note, if you find yourself at this address, hang around for a bit after hours and watch the ritualistic shut down - the handsome men in suits moving around like graceful soldiers; it's really fascinating. I honestly believe that this is what the legendary Coco's energy was - not, what is, in my opinion, the leather-hungry tourist frenzy that dominates the daylight hours inside. ▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️▪️▫️
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On this #worldrhinoday I'm remembering Maxwell, the sweet, blind rhino living at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I was fortunate enough to share a quiet moment with him just before foster parent visiting hours ended. I will never forget the gentleness of his presence or how inspired I was by the extraordinary dedication of the people working there. Truly one of the most incredible days of my life 💓
















#DSWT #MaxwellDSWT #blackrhino #whiterhino #rhino #merurhinosanctuary #savetherhino  #saynotopoaching #racingextinction #jointheherd #extinction #DSWTat40 #worthmorealive #wild_net #AspinallFoundation #celebrate #endangered #WorldWildlifeFund #AfricanWidlifeFoundation #protection #naturelovers #rememberingrhinos
#whyilovekenya #kenya #nairobi #africa #magicalkenya

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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I'm not a planner, nor do I enjoy organized tours, so I insisted on dragging my colleagues on a day trip with a taxi driver I haggled with off the streets of Yerevan. As we drove up what looked like an abandoned road, and he just smiled when we asked where we were going, I could feel their eyes burning a hole into my skull from the back seat. The beat up old taxi was barely making it up the side of the mountain, but as we hugged a narrow, unbanked curve this scene started to unfold like a tapestry. We stopped at the lookout, got out of the car and just stood there - silent, grateful, humbled, breathing in clean autumn air. The driver was still smiling and describing the scene. I didn't understand much of what he said but he was so filled with pride, the kind of love for land and sense of home you don't come across often these days; the kind my father tries to keep alive in us. Armenia's highlands are some of the most magnificent and pristine I've ever seen. Mount Ararat (actually 2 dormant volcanoes, Little Ararat on the left and Greater Ararat on the right) is a wonder, and from this vantage point both look like clouds. It is widely agreed that this is the resting place of Noah's Ark, and so there is a sacredness and reverie. When I thanked the driver for bringing us here he looked at me and said "Thanks God," and so I did that too. That was the best day trip, tour and guide I have ever experienced and one of the most unforgettable days of my life. 😍🇦🇲🏔️









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Armenian Highlands
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#tbt to #fightnight I don't know about y'all - but this is the most attractive food truck I've ever seen. I spent more time admiring the hieroglyphic paint job and lashes than looking at the menu 😍 #longlashes #headlightlashes #hieroglyphics #hieroglyphicpaintjob #foodtruck #shebad #prettytruck #neonlights #brightcolors #foodwasgoodtoo #queens #astoria #steinwaystreet #hookahbar #faridgrill #halal #halalfood

Astoria, Queens
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#fbf A day of many firsts. First time away from the orphanage for most of the children pictured here. The first time at the beach for every single one. The first time some experienced real joy. For me, it was the first time I saw how to correctly eat a mango. The first time I think I *really* understood what simple, pure, unfiltered gratitude and happiness feels like. I will never be able to fully or properly articulate the profound impact these souls made on my life. All I know is that there was life before and life after and nothing was ever the same; they altered my trajectory, redefined my understanding of love and blew open my heart.
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Haiti
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