“Cold feet never take you to your desired destination.” – gao

Bevrijdingsdag

“I am free!” You say.
But how sweet is your freedom if others are not free? 
With liberty, 
with freedom, comes responsibility. 
And one of those responsibilities is to not condone the lack of freedom of another.
Speak up against injustice.
Start with what you have. Your so called freedom, your voice.
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Liberation Day Netherlands or Bevrijdingsdag (as we call it) is celebrated each year on May the 5th to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. In 1990 the day was declared a national holiday when liberation would be remembered and celebrated every year. Souce: wikepedia

The art work above were displayed at the Bevrijdingsfestival (freedom festival in Westerpark Amsterdam). They remind us to never take whatever freedom we have for granted. With freedom comes responsibly. We fight to hold on to it, battling everything we perceive as a threat to our ‘freedom’. Sometimes, standing still for just a moment to enjoy it. But while we bask in our so called freedom, we mustn’t forget that  there are others that aren’t free.

 

 

Wynwood, Miami

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Usually when I visit Miami, it’s about sun, sea, shopping and the Winter Music Conference
but this time I wanted to see more. So when someone whispered ‘Wynwood’, I thought, why not; I love art, I love fashion, I love food, dance and music.  
The vibrant murals on just about every wall or building made me feel as if I were in fantasy land. And there is a relaxing energy that comes with being surrounded by everything arts and crafts. What an inspiring experience. One I’d definitely recommend. 

 

 

 

 

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Wynwood, 2017

 

 

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“Katherine Johnson had an oscar moment.” they said.
But these kinds of stories must not be limited to ‘moments’. They should be. Always.

 

 

 

“We,
like clouds,
always moving,
ever changing…” -gao

Where There Are Scars…There is Healing

The SCAR Project Blog

[Today’s guest post is from my beautiful friend/SCAR sister Jocelyn. I met Jocelyn while producing and promoting The SCAR Project Cincinnati Exhibition. Jocelyn’s stunningly beautiful SCAR portrait, taken with her stunningly beautiful daughter, Nayilah. The cool thing about this portrait, is that it was actually taken during the Cincinnati exhibition, in one of the gallery, which we walled off and turned into a photo shoot area.]

Guest Post by Jocelyn Whitfield Banks

This blog is in tribute to The Scar Project and to that frightening, but awe-inspiring moment when I took off my clothes for fashion photographer David Jay, allowing him to photograph my scars from mulitple battles with breast cancer. In 2002 a diagnosis of an aggressive breast cancer prompted the decision for a bilateral mastectomy just 30 days after my 25th birthday had come and gone.

After a second diagnosis, seven reconstruction surgeries later, and hundreds of thousands of…

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“She embraced the dark; she believed it was her time to shine…”