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Alex Stoen
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World traveler, explorer & photographer
World traveler, explorer & photographer

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The Silk Weaver (Varanasi, India 2015)

Most weavers in Varanasi are Momin Ansari Muslims. Their craft has been passed on from father to son for generations, hand-weaving silk on room-sized foot-powered looms, making the very fashionable Banarasi silk Saree, which many Indian girls dream of wearing for their wedding day.
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Bridge of the Rising Sun (Hanoi, Vietnam 2009)

Hoan Kiem Lake translates as “Lake of the Returned Sword.” It’s based on a legend of a turtle stealing –or, more accurately, reclaiming– a sword from Emperor Le Loi. The story goes that the emperor had been given a magical sword by the Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) to smite the Chinese Ming Dynasty. After successfully fending off the invaders, the emperor was boating on Hoan Kiem Lake when a giant turtle rose up and snatched the sword from him and disappeared into the depths, never to be found again. The legend says it was the Golden Turtle God reclaiming the magical sword. I visited the lake at sunrise, the time chosen by hundreds of Hanoi residents to practice tai chi and prepare for the long day ahead.
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Keeping it cool (London, United Kingdom 2017)

Cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. Today my boy turned 14. He's growing up so fast! I'm so looking forward to seeing him soon :-)

Happy Birthday buddy!
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The Smile (Takamatsu, Japan 2015)

As I boarded the ferry in Takamatsu, bound for Naoshima Island, I captured this shot my driver before heading topside. He was very professional and respectful but I still managed to capture a smile when no one else was looking. Today was a pretty chaotic day and reflecting back to this moment, I can feel a soothing smile, deep inside my soul...
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The Passage (London, United Kingdom 2017)

I captured this candid shot while discovering the Regent's Canals in Paddington, another charming area of London, full of street photography opportunities. Half way through this passage, I felt a visual path, created by the light, leading me from the darkness of the tunnel to the bright yellow space at the end. The contrasting light, the colors, the silhouetted family, along with their reflections, all made for an interesting shot, composed in a manner to give depth and direction.
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The Porthole (London, United Kingdom 2017)

One of the things I love about London is its maritime history. Having been a mariner myself, I am always on the lookout for small details such as this porthole on a barge at Millwall Docks. The old, worn, imperfect look added character and made the shot interesting. Details can be found all around, rain or shine, and it's always fun to keep an eye out for them!
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Fly me away (Beijing, China 2016)

My little girl has been stuck in Havana for almost 6 days, waiting to fly home. The airport has just re-opened today, and we're hoping it won't be too long before the airlines get the thousands of passengers home... I captured this in Beijing Airport while waiting for my flight to Guiyang, on my way to explore the ethnic tribes of southern China. Being stuck in far away places is never fun...
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Never Forget...(September 2001)

Today is a day remembrance for so many of us. We reflect on all the lives lost on that September day, and how it marked each and every one of us. I'd like to share a powerful quote, which is just as relevant today as it was 16 years ago. It's from Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl:

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
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Through the Streets of Havana (Havana, Cuba 2012)

I've been thinking a lot about all those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Carribean and in Florida. My wife is actually stuck in Havana at the moment, waiting for a flight out. I made this photograph of the Capitolio a few years ago, shortly after Tropical Storm Debby had passed. The night was calm, and street life was getting back to normal as I captured this reflection while an old classic car was passing by. The area around the Capitolio is just fascinating and full of life, day or night, from the old "maquinas" parked in front of the building to the surrounding lush parks and their amazing storytellers. It's my favorite place in the city!
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The People's March for Europe (London, United Kindgom 2017)

Carrying the message “unite, rethink and reject Brexit”, tens of thousands of anti-Brexit activists marched to Parliament today as part of a mass wave of protests dubbed "the Autumn of discontent". The mood was of general frustration at the government, and demand for a new referendum before the March 2019 Brexit date. The lack of progress in the current negotiations combined with the Prime Minister's poor leadership is causing many here to worry about what the future holds for the country and its residents.

#PeoplesMarch4EU
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