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  • This Week In Books – 19th February 2020 #ThisWeekInBooks

    Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words. What have I recently finished? What am I Currently reading? What will I be reading next? If someone was in your house, you’d know.Wouldn’t you?But the […]

    The post This Week In Books – 19th February 2020 #ThisWeekInBooks appeared first on ✮ Zooloo's Book Diary ✮.


    With a two-week vacation so close he can feel it, Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger Timothy Grayson McIntyre is torn away from fantasies about how much fly-fishing he can fit in when he’s roped into using his free time for an informal investigation as a favor to a friend. That’s fine with McIntyre, because the friend is FBI secretary Vi Coteau, and investigating at his sweetheart’s behest makes it likely that he’ll be spending time in close quarters with her. And no quarters could be closer than exploring Colorado’s labyrinthine mines, where upper-crust undergraduate Richard Leup and two fraternity brothers have been exploring in search of that well-known buried treasure, the Dunraven Hoard. One of the boys has been killed during the explorations, and the other two seem the most likely suspects if the death turns out to be murder and not misadventure. Richard’s father, William, a friend of Vi’s, asks McIntyre and Vi to investigate, if only to keep Richard in the clear, though McIntyre needs no excuse to spend time with Vi outside the confines of her society set. McIntyre ponders motive and opportunity in putting together the pieces of the puzzle as the college boys, who’ve been given little individual personality of their own, are cut down one by one. He doesn’t seem to realize that he’d probably solve the mystery faster if he spent more time tracking the killer and less considering where Vi stores her gun.


    Ramey's novel begins with a few lines of almost-illegible handwriting followed by a pair of sentences that set out the images that will recur throughout the book: “The handwriting didn’t look like his. Neither did the hand.” Protagonist Raymond sits in solitude, looking back over his life, from going off to fight in World War II to his relationships with the people closest to him. Complicating matters is Raymond’s mind, which is slipping into dementia. Ramey’s evocation of Raymond’s loss of language and fragmented mental state makes for some of the book’s most unsettling segments: “Though he couldn’t always call the numbers for the hour anymore or even the name for the—the moon...that is, the mano—the...first part of the day.” Later, Ramey illustrates his protagonist's distress more straightforwardly: “the sudden wonder that all his memories were just half-seen things and that words had become accidents he suffered.” Raymond’s is a life beset with heartache; in passing, Ramey reveals that his mother died in childbirth. His father, Vic, and son, David, both loom large in the proceedings, but most of his thoughts are occupied with his relationships with two women, Clara and Ellen—and his regrets over how he treated them both. “Raymond had fooled himself. Or lied, really. Told himself it was a thing a good man could do—hold two women separate like stones without hurting anybody.” The blend of fractured memories and long-held regrets doesn’t always come together neatly, but the book’s cyclical structure makes for an affecting conclusion.

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19 February 2020

  • 10 Top Ramadan and Eid Video Templates for After Effects
    19 February 2020

    In this round-up, we've collected resources to help you create videos to share with friends, family, or clients for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, including ten project templates for Adobe After Effects.

    10 Top Templates for Ramadan and Eid
    In Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslim people from all over the world celebrate the 610 CE revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. During this time Muslims fast, pray, and practice acts of charity; it's a time for spiritual reflection and community. The Eid al-Fitr holiday celebration marks the end of Ramadan, and the beginning of the next lunar month.
    Templates from Envato Elements

    The first five templates are from Envato Elements, where you can download as many templates and assets as you like for a monthly subscription.

    1. Ramadan Cinematic Titles

    These richly coloured titles will add a touch of glamour to your Ramadan or Eid video project. Liberally sprinkled with bokeh and particles, it’s easy to edit and there’s a tutorial included with the download.

    2. EID Mubarak Opener

    Say Eid Mubarak and wish the very best to your friends and family, or clients and social followers, with this stylish opener for After Effects.

    3. Ramadan Animation

    Simple in style but beautifully animated, this After Effects opener will help you tell a Ramadan story that will connect with your audience.

    Ramadan Animation4. Ramadan Instagram Stories

    Ramadan Instagram Stories offers you 10 designs themed around Ramadan and Eid. Share your event details, a sale, or just wish your followers Eid Mubarak.

    Ramadan Instagram Stories5. Ramadan Kareem Title

    Gently spinning lamps, bokeh, and vivid colours await you in this title template for After Effects. It’s easy to use, but there’s a tutorial with it in case you get stuck.

    Ramadan Kareem TitleTop Templates from Envato Market

    The next five templates are from Envato Market, where you can pay for templates and assets as you go, depending on what you need.

    6. Ramadan

    Ramadan is a very sweet animated opener for After Effects, designed in pinks and purples. Send a special message to those closest to you this Ramadan.

    Ramadan7. Ramadan Story

    Try a special logo sting that tells a story this Ramadan. We zoom out from a boat lit by lamplight, to a star decorating a tree, to your logo.

    8. Ramadan Intro

    A cute intro or slightly longer logo reveal, Ramadan Intro is luxurious and sophisticated, and it’s easy to change out the colours to suit your event or brand.

    Ramadan Intro9. Ramadan Package

    A classy and subtle design, Ramadan Package for After Effects has everything you could need if you’re broadcasting over this special time. The pack includes an opener, lower thirds, logo animation and much more.

    Ramadan Package10. Ramadan Package

    This comprehensive package is a great all-in-one for your Ramadan or Eid video. As well as the usual lower thirds, openers and so on, it also includes two animated backgrounds. There’s a link to the free font included.

    Ramadan PackageMore Resrouces from Envato After Effects Inspiration

    Keep making great video projects with these resources from Envato Tuts+:

    Download Free Video Footage From Mixkit

    For a great mix of royalty-free videos, check out Mixkit, a site from Envato for high-quality footage that you can use whenever you want, wherever you want, free of charge.

    Make a Motion Graphics Video With PlaceIt

    You don't need professional software to create visually-appealing videos, you can make them right in your browser: PlaceIt's video maker uses professionally-designed motion graphics templates.

  • loopOut Expressions Explained: A Journey in After Effects
    19 February 2020

    We’ll go over some simple loopOut expressions — from different types of loops to argument modifiers — opening up a new world of animations in After Effects.

    It always fascinated me that letters, numbers, and symbols can create such cool things on a computer. I am definitely guilty of this, but many motion designers don’t dive into the world of expressions. We all need to look at this side for two reasons. It can save you A TON of time, and it can unlock animations that we otherwise never would have considered.

    Some of this might look scary, but no worries. I’ll break it down.

    To start things off, you need to know that there are four loop types:

    • loopOut(“pingpong”);
    • loopOut(“offset”);
    • loopOut(“continue”);
    • and loopOut(); or loopOut(“cycle”);

    The last thing we can throw in there is an argument modifier, which we’ll talk about later.

    Ping Pong This expression infinitely loops the first and last key frame.

    First off, let’s talk about loopOut(“ping pong”);. This expression infinitely loops between the first and last key frame, seamlessly. I love using this expression for making objects bounce.

    Offset This expression starts the next loop where the loop ended.

    Next is loopOut(“offset”); — one of my favorites. What this expression does is start the next loop at the same spot the loop ended in. If that’s hard to visualize, check out the example above.

    Continue This expression “continues” the last key frame’s movement.

    I don’t use the loopOut(“continue”); expression very often, but it’s really helpful. This expression continues the last key frame’s movement. So, if you animate a shape across half your screen and it takes five seconds, the shape will take five more seconds to cross the second half of your screen.

    Cycle This expression enables you to create a constant loop from first to last key frame.

    Finally, we have the standard loopOut(); expression. You will also see this written out as loopOut(“cycle”);. With this loop type, you get a constant loop from the first and last key frame, but it’s a hard cut.

    Argument Modifier Argument modifiers tell After Effects which key frame segments to loop.

    The final thing we can add into this expression is an argument modifier. These modifiers tell After Effects what key frame segments to loop. Check out the example above to get a better explanation of it.

    Learning new animations can get you out of that creative rut.

    If you find yourself in a creative rut, learning some expressions can help you get out of it. They’ll let you move on with more advanced animations, while also saving time. If you’re looking to set yourself apart from other designers, beefing up your expression toolbox will be the way to go. Good luck on your After Effects journey, and remember to always keep exploring new territory.

    Interested in the tracks we used to make the video?

    Looking for more insight on editing your video projects? Check these out.

    The post loopOut Expressions Explained: A Journey in After Effects appeared first on The Shutterstock Blog.

  • The legacy of our photographs
    19 February 2020

    This isn’t necessarily something any of us really like to talk about. Because I’m dealing with it personally and creeping up there in age, I’m seeing and hearing more and more of this subject come up in conversations. What do we do with all of these photos? I know I’m not the only one who […]

    The post The legacy of our photographs appeared first on Photofocus.

  • Airport scanners will destroy your unexposed film, says Fuji
    19 February 2020

    In October 2019, it was announced that some US airports would start using new Computer Tomography (CT) scanners. After a recent warning from Kodak, Fujifilm has also issued an advisory for its customers regarding these changes. The company warns photographers not to expose their unprocessed Instax and other film to new airport scanners. Along with […]

    The post Airport scanners will destroy your unexposed film, says Fuji appeared first on DIY Photography.

  • 5 Tips for Using Color to Improve Your Photography
    19 February 2020

    The post 5 Tips for Using Color to Improve Your Photography appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

    In this article, I’m going to give you five tips for using color.

    Tips that will immediately take your photos to the next level.

    Because here’s the thing:

    Color is one of the most commonly neglected aspects of photography.

    It’s also one of the most useful.

    So, if you can learn to master color…

    …your photos will instantly improve.

    Let’s get started.

    50mm | f/6.3 | 1/400s | ISO 250

    1. Keep colors simple for the best compositions

    When it comes to tips for using color, this is a big one.

    Because colors are like compositional elements of their own.

    And if you add too many compositional elements, you’ll overwhelm the viewer and cause them to turn away.

    The trick is to keep the colors simple. Try to photograph scenes that only have a few obvious colors.

    Three colors are okay, especially if one of them is dominant. In the photo below, you’ll notice strong blues and greens, with a slight orange on the building.

    24mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO 400

    Two colors are even better.

    And one color can work, too, such as when framed against a white backdrop.

    In fact, when in doubt, reduce the number of colors. As you approach a potential composition, think about how you can simplify the colors.

    That way, your composition will turn out looking beautiful: strong, simple, and artistic.

    2. Use contrasting colors to add pop to your shots

    Now that you know the most fundamental tip for using color in your photography, it’s time to look at specific combinations of colors that work really, really well.

    The most popular color combination (and my absolutely favorite) is contrasting colors, like this:

    400mm, f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO 250

    You see, contrasting colors are colors that sit opposite one another on the color wheel.

    (These are also known as complementary colors.)

    And they look great together because they can create powerful tension in your photos. Plus, each complementary color works to make the other pop.

    Some common contrasting color pairs are:

    • Green and red
    • Blue and orange
    • Purple and yellow

    Now, the more equal the amounts of each contrasting color, the greater the tension in your photo.

    This color wheel shows the opposing (contrasting/complementary colors).

    So you can play with the extent to which both colors are featured in order to create different looks.

    A lot of green and a lot of red creates an obvious clash.

    But a lot of green with a few spots of red feels much more balanced (though the red will still pop powerfully off the screen). That’s what I did in the photo above; I combined the red of the spoonbill with the green of the background, for a balanced image.

    Make sense?

    Note that you don’t have to be super precise about choosing complementary colors. Color contrast is a spectrum, not an absolute. So if you end up with a green and purple pair as opposed to a green and red pair, you’ll still get a sense of tension.

    It just won’t be quite as strong as the true complementary colors.

    3. Use analogous colors to add harmony to your images

    As I explained in the tip for using color above:

    Color contrast is good.

    But sometimes you’re not looking to create tension in your photos. Sometimes you’re not looking to make aspects of your photo really stand out.

    Instead, you might want to keep things looking peaceful throughout your image. Like this:

    50mm, f/3.2, 1/400s, ISO 250

    In cases like the one above, you should avoid contrasting colors, and instead use analogous colors.

    These are colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel.

    Some common analogous color pairs are:

    • Green and yellow
    • Purple and blue
    • Red and orange
    • Green and blue
    • Red and purple

    And see what happens when you put some analogous colors together:

    They convey a sense of harmony. Rather than clashing with one another, analogous colors keep the peace.

    105mm, f/7.1, 1/250s, ISO 320

    That’s why analogous colors are perfect for more subdued scenes, such as yellow and green trees standing together in autumn, or a blue flower resting alone in a field. The harmonious color combination will maintain that wonderfully serene feeling (as long as the rest of the composition is aimed at producing serenity, that is!).

    Oh, and don’t be afraid of using three analogous colors together. You can always use combinations such as green, blue, and purple or green, yellow, and blue to create especially peaceful scenes!

    So whenever you’re trying to capture a more subdued photo, look for analogous colors.

    4. Keep your subject more colorful than the background to focus the viewer

    If you’re capturing a photo with a clear subject, then you often want to make the subject pop off the background.

    In other words, you want to focus the viewer. You want to keep their attention on the subject of the photo.

    And you can do that by using color. You just have to make sure your subject features much more powerful colors than the background.

    100mm, f/5, 1/125, ISO 250

    Here’s how it works:

    Start by finding a colorful subject. The colors should be bold and saturated. For instance, a red flower, a blue building, a yellow car, etc.

    And make sure it’s positioned in front of a boring background. Something with less color, even something that’s all white or all black.

    The lack of color from the background, combined with the powerful color from your subject, will ensure that it’s the subject that catches the viewer’s eye.

    This is one of my favorite tips for using colors, simply because it creates such powerful images. Whenever I see photos that use a colorful subject on a plain background, my eyes immediately go to the subject; everything is clear and simple.

    Bottom line:

    Don’t always feel like you need a colorful background to complement a colorful subject.

    It often pays to keep the background much less interesting!

    5. Include colorless areas to add a sense of balance

    Here’s your final tip for using color in photography:

    Don’t always feel like you need lots of color in your photos.

    Instead, feel free to add in colorless areas: areas of black, areas of white, areas of gray.


    Because colorless areas act like negative space in images that are full of color. They give the viewer a chance to rest. They balance out the overall composition.

    Sure, a shot with areas of black or white often won’t look quite as eye-catching as a photo full of color contrasts.

    But it’ll feel more balanced, which is what composition is often about.

    For instance, a photo like this feels just right with a white background:

    50mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 250

    And if the background were, say, red, the photo would be overwhelming.

    So don’t be afraid to include colorless areas in your photos. Put your subject on black. Put your subject on white.

    Because even though color is a powerful tool to use, it’s also one that you need to tone down on occasion.

    5 Tips for using color to improve your photography: Conclusion

    Now that you’ve finished this article on tips for using color, you should feel confident incorporating different colors into your photos and using color combinations for stunning results.

    So all that’s left to do?

    Get out and start practicing. Try to find different color combinations. Experiment with different options, and carefully evaluate the results.

    As long as you follow these five tips for using color…

    …you’ll be capturing some stunning images in no time!

    Do you have any other tips for using color that you’d like to share with us? Perhaps you’d like to share some of the images you take after reading this article? If so, please share them with us in the comments.

    24mm, f/4, 1/500, ISO 250

    The post 5 Tips for Using Color to Improve Your Photography appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

  • Review: ONA Monterey Camera Bag (A Surprisingly Great Rucksack)
    19 February 2020
    My story with the ONA Monterey is one that involves the search for a bag that I can call my companion bag. In the same way that a photographer has a companion camera, I've never really found the truly perfect camera bag. While the ONA Monterey comes close in many ways, it's required that I break it in. And in the long run, it's going to simply just end up being a victim of the abuse that I throw at my gear. Though I doubt it's going to survive like a Tenba, WANDRD, or Billingham bag will, I sincerely hope that I'm wrong. Able to accommodate a 13-inch laptop and every mirrorless camera system that doesn't rival the size of DSLRs, the ONA Monterey isn't perfect. But it's pretty close.
  • Santiago Vanegas: UN TE ST ES O AM R CA
    19 February 2020
    The work of Santiago Vanegas addresses mankind’s most challenging issues. Following a visit to Antarctica he created a major body of work concerning climate change. So it is no surprise that his latest project, UN TEST ES O AM R CA reflects the damage being done to traditional American values in today’s polarizing political climate.
  • A Bird’s Eye View of Children’s Diets Around the Globe
    19 February 2020
    Kawakanih Yawalapiti, 9, Upper Xingu region of Mato Grosso, Brazil, photographed August 19, 2018 in Brasilia. Kawakanih, whose last name comes from her tribe, the Yawalapiti, lives in Xingu National Park, a preserve in the Amazonian Basin of Brazil that can be seen from space. The park is encircled by cattle ranches and soybean crops. In the past six months alone, nearly 100 million trees have been destroyed by illegal logging and expanding agrobusiness. The Yawalapiti and other Xingu tribes collect seeds to preserve species unique to their ecosystem, which lies between the rain forest and savannah. The Yawalapiti’s language is threatened, too. When Kawakanih was born, only seven speakers of Arawaki remained. Determined to keep the language from going extinct, Kawakanih’s mother, Watatakalu, isolated her daughter from those who didn’t speak Arawaki. Kawakanih is the first child to be raised speaking Arawaki since the 1940’s and her mother says it’s up to her children now to keep the language alive. Kawakanih has also learned her father’s dialect as well as Portuguese. She loves to read history books, especially ones about the Egyptians. Her days are spent playing in the river, fishing, helping with chores, harvesting manioc, making beiju (cassava flatbread) and beading necklaces worn during tribal rituals. Every couple months, Kawakanih travels to Canarana for school where she learns computer skills, though no one in her village owns a computer; there is no electricity or running water. To get to the studio in Brasilia, Kawakanih and her mother traveled 31 hours from their village by boat, bus and car. Kawakanih’s body paint protects her from bad spirits and energy. Black paint is made from jenipapo fruit and red is made from ground urucum seeds (a pod of seeds lies to the left of her head). Rainforest tribes have used the entire Urucum plant as medicine for centuries. Kawakanih’s diet is very simple, consisting mainly of fish, cassava, porridge, fruit and nuts. “It takes five minutes to catch dinner,” says Kawakanih. “When you’re hungry, you just go to the river with your net.”Meissa Ndiaye, 11, Dakar, Senegal, photographed August 30, 2017 (African boy in blue dress). Meissa shares a single room with his dad, mum and brother in the heart of Parcelles Assainies, which means “sanitized plots.” A treeless, sandy suburb of Dakar, Parcelles Assainies was developed in the 1970’s to house the poor overflowing from the city. Meissa lives opposite the futbol stadium and open-air market, hundreds of stalls selling everything from fresh fish to wedding dresses. In late August, tethered goats line the streets before Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice. Meissa, a devout Muslim and student at Quran School, loves goat meat and sweet foods like porridge, though in the week he kept a diary of his meals, he ate very little meat. More often, he filled up on French bread stuffed with spaghetti, peas or fried potatoes. Meissa’s mum and anties prepare his meals though once or twice a week they get take out. Meissa loves futbol most of all and hopes to be a star player like Messi or Ronaldo. If he had enough money, he’d buy a nice little sports car. He wishes his mum and dad, a refrigerator technician, could immigrate to France so that they can earn enough money.Rosalie Durand, 10, Nice, France, photographed August 18, 2017 (girl in kickboxing outfit). Since her parents split up, Rosalie has lived part time with her mom, and part time with her dad, which allows her to see both the Mediterranean Sea and the French Alps from home. She has a healthy diet (which includes lots of fresh fish, like sardines) thanks in part to her father, a restaurateur, who has taught her to make crepes, salads and lentils with sausage, her favorite dish. The only foods she won’t eat are ratatouille, spinach and cucumber. Rosalie gets her sense of style from her mother, a fashion designer, and plans to be an interior designer. Rosalie is into Thai kickboxing, rock climbing, gymnastics and performs magic tricks. She’s a fan of actors Cole Sprouse and Emma Watson and in her free time goes to the cinema. She notices she’s getting older because she has a phone. There’s nothing missing in Rosalie’s life, though she’d like to go to Los Angeles and explore Hollywood Boulevard. If she had enough money, she’d buy a sailboat or maybe even a yacht.

    It’s been said, You are what you eat” though few may remember what they had for lunch last Tuesday. Our diets, like our identities, may be formed by nature and nurture but one thing is clear: habit is what creates our sense of reality.

    In our present day and age, one force has risen above all: the corporate drive to erase indigenous traditions and practices, replacing them with an artificial version that exacts the highest profit margin. Under the banner of globalization, neoliberal capitalist practices push us towards the brink of crisis at every turn.

    It’s easy to see the correlation between diet and health in so-called “first world” economies like the United States where chronic disease is affecting vast swatch of the population at younger and younger ages every year as the public is steadily fed a diet of misinformation packaged in marketing-speak and backed by scientific “claims.”

    In the mew book, Daily Bread: What Kids Eat Around the World, American photographer Gregg Segal has created a snapshot of the relationship between diet, culture, and location in a series of stunning portraits wherein the children are photographed surrounded by one-weeks forth of food.

    If you’ve ever kept a food diary, you know how easy it is to be shocked, not only by how much you may consume, but by what and when you eat. It’s easy to forget about a late night snack until you see a different one written down every night of the week, or start to notice how few fruits and vegetables you may actually consume, until you spell it out in ink. Now imagine if you assembled every single item on that list into a glorious still life — what emotions would that make you feel?

    Segal notes that in 2015, Cambridge University conducted an exhaustive study ranking diets around the world from most to least nutritional. Unsurprisingly 9 of 10 of the healthiest countries are in Africa, a testament to the ability of the cradle of humanity to endure against centuries of imperialism. Segal surmises this is because they are poor so the multinational food corporations have not decided to infiltrate them on the consumer side.

    Segal’s portraits are deeply revealing meditations of the relationship between environment, culture and identity, and the way it is formed and forged in the developmental years of childhood. Photographed from above the images are both portraits and inforgraphics about not only the children’s culture but their families as well. Through what they consume and its frequency, we are given a snapshot not only into family mealtimes and what adults consider acceptable for a growing child.

    Within the luxurious still life, each child poses knowingly, perhaps a bit precocious in the age of overexposure, but with a clear sense of self and identity. Brief profiles accompany each portrait, giving us a snapshot of who and how old there are, where they are from, what they enjoy doing, and the role food plays in their lives.

    The glorious spectrum of humanity in these photographs is beautifully expressed in both the specificity of each portrait and the universal nature of childhood. The whole world lies before them, the building blocks essential to their quality of life. Few may ever know the world that Kawakinah Yawalapiti, 9, enjoys as a member of the Yawalapiti people of the Amazonian Basin of Brazil. “It takes five minutes to catch dinner,” she says. “When you are hungry, you just got to the river with your net.”

    Anchal Sahani, Chembur, Mumbai, India (10 yrs old) photographed March 11, 2017 (girl wearing pink dress) Anchal lives in a tiny tin shack on a construction site in a suburb of Mumbai with her parents and two siblings. Her father makes less than $5 a day, just enough for her mother to prepare okra & cauliflower curry, lentils and roti from scratch. Anchal would like to return to the farm where she was born in Bihar, go to school like other kids and eventually become a teacher, but she’s kept busy with household chores and looking after her baby brother. When she has time, she dresses up and leaves the construction site to enjoy the fragrance of jasmine and lotus and to watch the neighborhood kids playing cricket and running free. While on her walks, Anchal collects brightly colored chocolate wrappers she finds along the road by the grocery store. Anchal wishes her mother would love her the way she loves her baby brother.Beryl Oh Jynn, 8, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, photographed March 25, 2017 (Chinese girl in school uniform). Beryl lives in a quiet condominium with her parents and two brothers. She goes to S. J. K. Han Ming Puchong, a national Chinese school walking distance from home. Beryl’s dad is an engineer and her mother runs a day care. Beryl’s earliest memory of food is porridge and cake. Her favorite dish is spaghetti with carbonara sauce. Beryl grows bok choy and spinach in her balcony garden, is not permitted to drink sodas and refuses to eat ginger. She would like to be a cheerleader.Greta Moeller, Hamburg, Germany, 7, photographed August 11, 2017 (girl wearing red headphones) Greta lives with her mother and younger sister in Hamburg, but spends quite a bit of time with her grandparents, too. On the path to her grandparents home is a great big chestnut tree and in autumn, Greta searches in the foliage for chestnuts with her little sister. Greta’s favorite food is fish sticks with mashed potatoes and applesauce. She can’t stand rice pudding. One thing Greta is really good at is snapping her fingers, both hands at the same time. At night, while falling asleep, Greta thinks mostly about her mother, who is usually in the next room watching TV.Altaf Rabbal DLove Bin Roni, 6, Gombak, Malaysia, photographed March 26, 2017 (boy in striped blue shirt holding his chin). Altaf and his family live in Kampung Kerdas, a small village of about 30 families on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. There are many children Altaf’s age. They chase each other around the neighborhood almost every evening and pick fruit from the trees: mango, rambutan and mangosteen. If it’s raining, they’ll play marbles. Often, Altaf visits his grandparents who live five minutes away. Altaf’s father makes and sells satay sticks at his own stand and runs delivery for a Malaysian on-line platform part-time while his mom takes care of the house and kids; she’s expecting her 4 th soon. Altaf’s favorite food is his father’s chicken and beef satay. It’s seasoned with ginger and herbs, roasted over a charcoal fire and served with sliced, cold cucumber. Altaf dips his satays in a tangy sauce made with roasted ground peanuts, chili paste, garlic and lemongrass. Altaf will eat any “tasteful” food (made with a lot of ingredients and flavors) and likes raw, leafy greens like Ulam-Ulam, a salad eaten with anchovies, cincalok (a condiment made from fermented krill) and sambal (hot sauce). The only foods Altaf avoids are pickles and other sour things. Altaf collects parcel stickers, big, colorful ones, and likes to discover new things. He loves science because to him it is magic. When he grows up, he wants to be a pilot. He loves to fly like birds while watching the skies and clouds. As he falls asleep, Altaf thinks of what he’ll do tomorrow: catch fish, climb a tall fruit tree, or cycle far from his village.

    All images: © Gregg Segal

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  • New Strategic Partnership Aims to Enhance Real Estate Marketing
    19 February 2020
    Given the seemingly increasing numbers in our community offering tours and floor plans as part of their service offering mix, I thought you might be interested in a recent announcement stating the partnership between RICOH Tours and CubiCasa. Some of you may know that RICOH Tours offers “mobile-first” virtual tours and that Cubicasa is a […]
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    19 February 2020

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