Posts tagged “travel

Travel More: San Francisco

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Somewhere in Aspen

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein


Markets Around the World: Quito, Ecuador

Whenever I travel to far away lands, a main priority on my agenda is to stop at the local markets. Within each city of every country there are unique characteristics. These details are vivid as you walk through the stalls where vendors and locals gather and share their cherished and most used items: tropical fruits or coconut broom sticks, Mediterranean spices and lanterns, or wine, cheese, and paintings… My photo series of “Markets Around the World” are representations of the uniqueness of individual cultures and the basic need for human interaction, exchange and communion.

Living in corporate America where we stroll through mega supermarket chains, grocery carts in tow in search of the next best processed product of artificially preserved “goods” sealed in boxes or cans, has made me appreciate these places in which the natural, pure, hand crafted are still regarded with value and esteem. For me, shopping in supermarkets feels more like a chore compared to shopping in small markets where you can experience real human synergy instead of the mandatory “Here’s your receipt, Thank you.”

Here are some photos taken with my Iphone in Quito, Ecuador!

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Markets Around the World: Valencia, Spain

Whenever I travel to far away lands, a main priority on my agenda is to stop at the local markets. Within each city of every country there are unique characteristics. These details are vivid as you walk through the stalls where vendors and locals gather and share their cherished and most used items: tropical fruits or coconut broom sticks, Mediterranean spices and lanterns, or wine, cheese, and paintings… My photo series of “Markets Around the World” are representations of the uniqueness of individual cultures and the basic need for human interaction, exchange and communion.

Living in corporate America where we stroll through mega supermarket chains, grocery carts in tow in search of the next best processed product of artificially preserved “goods” sealed in boxes or cans, has made me appreciate these places in which the natural, pure, hand crafted are still regarded with value and esteem. For me, shopping in supermarkets feels more like a chore compared to shopping in small markets where you can experience real human synergy instead of the mandatory “Here’s your receipt, Thank you.”

Here is my Valencia, Spain edition of “Markets Around the World

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Markets Around the World: Georgetown, Guyana

Here is my Guyana edition of “Markets Around the World”.

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Segovia, Spain


Lifestyle, Guyana

Some more photos from our trip to Guyana this summer.

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Guyana, South America

This May, Jonathan Machado and I had the pleasure of working in Guyana, South America.  Neither one of us had ever been to this unique country located just north of Brazil and east of Venezuela. The most interesting part of this experience was immersing myself within the heterogeneous, mixed demographics. The ethnic groups are Indian, African, European, Chinese, and the Indigenous. The two largest are the Indo-Guyanese (from India) and Afro-Guyanese (from Africa).  So, you get to see beautiful Indian architecture and dance to Caribbean rhythms all in one place. We got to eat Creole and Curry dishes, share laughs with our new friends Ryan and Jermaine, and of course document the entire trip.  You can visit Jonathan’s photoblog to view his lovely stills from our travels.  The video we worked on will be up soon as well. Enjoy!

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Wanderlustin’

What inspired this video I created with the help of Nik Martinez was the simple thought of how powerful “Wanderlusting” truly is.  I constantly encourage all of my loved ones to wander through unknown lands because I truly feel as though it is the most powerful way to acquire knowledge. Traveling more brings us a different type of awareness, one that removes us from our stagnant comfort zones. One that makes us realize how connected human beings really are. It makes you see the fact that we are slowly moving away from the concept of collectivism, and being driven towards more individualistic ideals instead.

The concept of the video is related to the experience of traveling itself. One doesn’t really know how each part (or place visited) fits together until the very end of the journey, once it has been seen from the holistic perspective.

“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

-T.S. Elliot

PRESS PLAY & remember, TRAVEL MORE.

Wanderlustin’ from Natalie Edgar on Vimeo.


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Eat, Drink, and Be Married

 


Studio Photography in Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Argentine Passions in Madrid

 

June 2, 2012. Madrid, Spain. Argentine dancers perform tango during dinner at Pasiones Argentinas, a restaurant found on Leganitos Nº 28 Gran Via, near Madrid’s city center.

 


Spanish Tapas: Sobrasada Iberica y Miel

May 30, 2012. Alicante, Spain. “Tapas” are small servings of spanish dishes that are typically shared amongst the table. A popular tapa in Alicante is “Sobrasada Iberica y Miel”. Sobrasada is a typical Spanish Mediterranean sausage, one of the many ways to enjoy it is with bread and drizzled honey.

May 30, 2012. Alicante, Spain. One of the members from Snorkys, a musical band based in Alicante indulges in the Spanish tapa “Sobrasada Iberica y Miel”.


Street Shooting in Alicante

May 30, 2012. Alicante, Spain. Professor Jim Virga teaches University of Miami students photography techniques during their study abroad program in Alicante, Spain.


Winter Travels: Spain and France

Here is a collection of photos during my winter travels in Spain and France. All of these photographs were taken with my iPhone.

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Notre Dame, Paris

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Toledo, Spain

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Ancient Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain

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Yours Truly



Markets Around the World: Montmatre, The Art District of Paris

Photo by Natalie Edgar. December 31, 2011. Montmartre, Paris. Painters come together in the small community of Montmartre, a hill situated north of Paris. It is said that artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Salvador Dali worked in this area. This festive district is consumed with small restaurants, painters, and live instrumental music.

Photo by Natalie Edgar. December 31, 2011. Montmartre, Paris. Montmartre is currently known to be the most artistic center in Paris.

Photo by Natalie Edgar. December 31, 2011. Montmartre, Paris. Artists come together and celebrate New Years Eve by eating, drinking and dancing to the Amelie soundtrack.


Performance in Montmartre

Photo by Natalie Edgar. December 31, 2011. Montmartre, France. Performer shows off his tricks to the tourists visiting Montmartre, a hill situated north of Paris.


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Fireflies

Here I am, once again on another airplane. This time I’m headed towards a completely different direction: Central America. I was granted the opportunity to spend two months in Spain studying, traveling, and documenting of course. I’ve hopped aboard a different voyage now. This one won’t be surrounded by thousand year old basilicas or flower-filled balconies, though. There will be dirt roads, jocote trees and best of all, 34 bright smiles.  It’s my third summer going to Chacraseca, Nicaragua, I guess you can say that something about this country and its people sucked me right in.

With only two years of official existence, Imagination Federation has come a long way. This year alone, our non-profit organization raised over 20,000 dollars for Tengo Un Sueño and Escuela para los Niños. Both projects are geared towards the education of young people in Chacraseca. Tengo Un Sueño is dedicated to fund a 17 year education for 34 elementary school students known as The Dreamers.

With the help of volunteers, passionate leaders in Miami and Chacraseca, and generous donations, we were able to have an extremely successful year. We not only stay committed to our dreams in order to bring change to the Chacraseca community, but we also do it for ourselves. These trips create great shifts within us, remind us of our essence as human beings, and create a spark that continuously lights up, just like the fireflies that will surround us there.

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