I find it difficult to post as a travel photographer right now. A strength of travel is that it can be something which helps us grow. But it, and social media, have an ugly side right now that I wasn’t fully aware of till I began to have deep conversations with followers this week. . They pointed out that many creators are focusing heavily on traveling again someday when someday isn’t guaranteed since people are dying. Others are pivoting towards focusing on this as a great opportunity for massive productivity, coming from a place of unacknowledged privilege. It’s triggering, depressing. It’s causing struggles with suicide. Because a few are now trapped with domestic abusers. Or are staying home with multiple kids while having to continue to work demanding jobs on top of now homeschooling. Some send partners who work in healthcare out the door, not knowing if they’ll come home. I’ve cried alongside followers who have already lost loved ones. I’ve heard from those who could be evicted in a few days because of a lack of income directly related to this. They don’t think any of this is an opportunity. . These followers say it’s hurtful to read tips about working from a home they may lose, workouts in a room filled with toys/laptops/school supplies/pets/laundry that’s not yet done. Or recipes to make with only what’s in a pantry when they’ll be lucky to manage boxed mac n cheese. . Yes it helps others to cope, focusing on productivity. But when the primary focus of that message appears to be for more likes or site traffic… when it appears to disregard the desperate hardships people are facing… the thousands dead and millions that might still die… when it seems to be portrayed as a staycation not a fight for lives… the Q has been asked, are we doing something wrong? Is what people need right now, to feel they are valued no matter what? Irregardless of how much they accomplish. Even if they don’t get off the couch or wear pajamas for a week or their kids watch TV instead of finishing math lessons. . I’ve erred too. I can do better. I am starting with this post: to say if you’re struggling, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And it’s ok that you are struggling. You are loved anyway.
in Jardin des Tuileries
The season finale of Under The Influence comes to a dramatic head. Just when things between Nikki and Kevin are going great (sorry, Janet), a lie from Nikki's past threatens to f*ck everything up. Binge the whole hilarious series about an influencer support group at betches.co/uti ⭐️: @madelinegdefreece @nicolepellegrin0 @fatcarriebradshaw @jessiejolles @clairelbs @davidhyunsoopark @melvintaylorii
This is great news!! @MakingtheCutTV is premiering today and donating over $500,000 to @who and @FoodEducationFund !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! —join me to celebrate with a virtual IG Live after party DJ SET happening at 10pmEST/7pmPST right here! Let’s do this @HeidiKlum @TimGunn @Naomi @NicoleRichie @ChiaraFerragni @JosephAltuzarra @CarineRoitfeld @AmazonPrimeVideo @AmazonFashion #MakingTheCut Watch Me on IG Live (comment there) But the sound quality on @theRoots @youtube page is PRISTINE. Also you can click the link in my bio to donate $5 bucks or even $5,000,000 to @foodeducationfund (this is the organization who feeds NYC school kids the meals they are otherwise missing NOT being in school—-a lot of kids depend on school meals as their only meal of the day so no amount too small——I’m grateful Making The Cut made this generous donation but that doesn’t mean the fight is over—-we ALL need to pitch in. Thank you!!!!!)
I’ll be skating my ramp the next few days, which is my preferred form of exercise. Let me know if you want to see a specific trick and I’ll do my best to accommodate, or ask someone better suited to perform it if they happen to be skating. Nothing too tech (like THPS combos) or dangerous (like 900’s); just trying to have some fun together - while apart - and provide entertainment during these strange days.
This is my friend @amyblacktattoos . Amy is a tattoo artist (& founder of the @pinkinkfund , a charity that funds realistic nipple tattoos for women who have had mastectomies- it’s what she’s doing here.) Her tattoo shop has been closed since 3/13/2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean she has fallen idle. Amy has set up the online volunteer group @VAUnite here & on Facebook (link to Facebook page is IN MY BIO) to facilitate communication & connect donors & manufacturers of PPE (personal protective equipment- masks, gowns, gloves, etc.) to those who need it HERE IN VIRGINIA- health care professionals, first responders, assisted living facility staff, etc. @VAUnite does NOT accept donations- they are a new online infrastructure to help CONNECT people who have & can make PPE to those who need it. So if you have extra PPE (hello tattoo artists & spa owners- I’m looking at you), or have the ability to MAKE IT, or if you have extra MATERIALS that could be used to make this invaluable equipment right now, please contact @VAUnite here or via Facebook or email: VAUnite@gmail.com. Please DO NOT send useless messages if you are not one of these people- Amy is very understaffed right now, & just her & few other people are trying help out the best they can. Thanks @amyblacktattoos & thanks in advance to anyone who is pitching in to help out! #leicacamera #leicacamerausa #leicamtyp240 #summilux50mm #vaunite #pinkinkfund #amyblacktattoos
How stunning is this pull apart honey and butter bread from @maisonpickle ?😍🍴 Credit: @nycfoodinsta If you have the means to, please consider ordering takeout or delivery from your favorite restaurants, to continue to support them during this difficult time. If you’re looking for other ways to support, you can take a look at the COVID-19 highlights on our page to find out ways you can support local businesses, like buying Merch, gift cards, leaving positive Yelp reviews, etc. #newforkcity
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There Will Be No Boredom Here. At 6:30pm @GraceHarry will read @peterhreynolds ’ #BeYou for you 100 year old kids & you 1 year old adults (and all stops in between) —-not to mention scroll & see a full itinerary Yoga & Barre Sculpt Workout w @toneitup , tap dancing w #DebbieAllen @officialdadance Speed Dating w @handelgroup , Jazz Dance w/ @cassandrapsprings , community meditation from @karenadawn , Haitian Dance Class from @riva.nyri , Workout Programs from @aarmy @akiniko New Mommy discussion w @amomslifeunscripted , those w cycles: @redbikestudios —-not to mention @dnice #dnicehomeschool & if that don’t do ya I know of this other Sonic Shaman that DJ’s from 10pm til 3am. So...yeah...no boredom here!!
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The nighttime lights of cities & infrastructure are fingerprints of civilization. 💡 With @NASAEarth satellite data, scientists detected signs of the shutdown of business and transportation in central China in late Jan. in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. At night, satellite images such as these capture a uniquely human signal– artificial lighting. Remotely-sensing this light provides a new data source for improving our understanding of interactions between human systems and the environment. This imagery is part of a larger project at NASA called Black Marble, which is playing a vital role in research on light pollution, illegal fishing, fires, disaster impacts and recovery, and human settlements and associated energy infrastructures. Image Credit: NOAA/NASA #NASA #CityLights #SatelliteImagery #EarthPics #Science #BlackMarble
New morning ritual includes #whippedcoffee !! I made a cafe mocha version ☕️😍 Have you tried it before? ... Saw this trend going around and knew I had to try it (thanks @valegenta and @sweetportfolio ). Kinda regret it because it’s sooooo good now I can’t drink regular coffee 😂 recipe is super simple..see it below! ... 2 tbsp instant coffee 2 tbsp white sugar 2 tbsp hot water 1 tsp cocoa powder (optional if you want mocha flavor) Whisk together until firm (if you have beaters, use those. Mine wasn’t as firm as I wanted because my arm started hurting from whisking😂) Pour on top of milk. Mix together and there ya go!
in Home Sweet Home