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NYC eats its young. Chomp, chomp! Street art. East Village, New York City.


This is my weekly mobile photography post. I hit my one month anniversary of when I first started using Instagram and dabbling in the world of mobile photography a week or so ago. I really never expected to have so much fun with mobile photography!

The community(ies) on Instagram is/are wonderful if you know where to look. I have found so many truly talented artists on there (lots of people involved in surrealism which has blown my mind) and it’s probably one of the most interactive and engaging photography hubs currently (aside from some of the other larger traditional social networks). If you stay away from the popular page (although there are some gems to be found there at times), and really explore, you can find real treasures there.

Prior to a month or so ago, I didn’t really understand mobile photography. I thought that people were just taking photos and applying the pre-made Instagram filters and that was that. However, I have learned that there are so many quality photo-editing mobile apps out there and an infinite amount of ways you can add your own style to mobile photography just like ‘regular’ photography. I have also noticed that there is a rather active and stunning world of street photography and documentary photography out there that I would have never come across had I not ventured into mobile photography. And it’s so much more than just Instagram. With other photo-sharing networks like EyeEm, StreamZoo and Facebook’s venture into its own camera app, the future seems bright for mobile photography.

I am @newyorklens on Instagram (view my feed here). You can check out some of my Instagram photos on Flickr here. Additionally, you can view my phone photography for sale here.


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Islamist threat forces Lady Gaga to cancel Jakarta concert

The decision came after a group called the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), which has described the pop diva as a “devil’s messenger” wearing nothing but a bra and panties, threatened to cause “chaos” if she entered the secular but mainly Muslim country.

The Islamic group reacted to the news with satisfaction.

“FPI is grateful that she has decided not to come. Indonesians will be protected from sin brought about by this Mother Monster, the destroyer of morals,” Habib Salim Alatas, the head of the Jakarta branch of the Islamic group told the AFP news agency.

“Lady Gaga fans, stop complaining. Repent and stop worshipping the devil,” he added, referring to thousands of messages on the website Twitter pleading with her to go ahead with the concert.

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life…It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four a.m. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went, we saw, we laughed, we felt. The hats.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Yale Daily News columnist Marina Keegan for the class of 2012 commencement.

She died in a car accident several days later at age 22.

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If we did have a word for that, the word for unloneliness, it would include the opposite of tragedy and loss. Never having to lose people who have words like these, who have potential. Go read the whole thing. I remember feeling this way at 22, feeling like I was leaving the incredible world I’d built and not knowing if I’d ever get it back. I didn’t, but I’ve built many more worlds since then, and I hope I keep remembering that the best days aren’t gone. I hope I keep finding worlds full of people who will laugh heartily and sit around campfires and talk and sing late into the night. I hope that sense of belonging to a tribe never leaves my life. Even if the tribe is just two or three of us. Even if it’s only the one that I create myself.

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If you are a meditator, as your meditation goes on becoming more and more luminous, your intelligence will be growing to the last breath of your life. Not only that, even after the last breath your intelligence will continue to grow — because you are not going to die, only your body will be dying. And the body has nothing to do with intelligence, mind has nothing to do with intelligence. Intelligence is the quality of your awareness — more aware, more intelligent. And if you are totally aware, you are as intelligent as this whole existence is.
Osho (via lazyyogi)
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