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Bob Ramsak
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Attended Ohio University
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In the Solitude of Shadows

While plugging away a bit on my manuscript today I was reminded of this image, a nun enjoying the solitude of shadows just a few meters away from the frenzied activity of Quito’s central Plaza de la Independencia, or Plaza Grande.

I mostly remember how deliberate and graceful her walk was, in brilliant contrast to the commotion of commerce just a few feet away. If she noticed me, she hid it well.

It's also today's Pic du Jour on the blog, the site's 866th straight. If you'd like you can view it larger here:
http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/05/18/solitude-shadows-quito/

Quito, Ecuador, 19-Mar-2015

#‎StreetPhotography‬ #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #monochromephotography #travelphotography  
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I can oftentimes get very tired when working on the road but I’ll never tire of taking pictures at Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art, one of my favorite on the planet. Which brings me to today's Pic du Jour, the site's 855th straight.

If you so desire, you can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/05/07/museum-of-islamic-art-doha-revisited/

I’ll be back home late tomorrow night. Hope everyone’s in the midst of an enjoyable weekend.

Doha, Qatar, 07-May-2016
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When I spotted this piece on Armenia Street in Beirut's Mar Mikhael district, I remarked to a colleague that it belonged in a gallery, even though it felt quite at home on a wall on a hip central Beirut street. Turns out that Jean-Marc Nahas’s work can be found in several galleries around the world, as well as in the collections of the British Museum and Bank Audi.

For the Jean-Marc Nahas-curious, a few more street pieces I found and a brief introduction is here:  

#streetart  
A brief introduction to prolific Beirut artist Jean-Marc Nahas.
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Today's music to wash dishes to.
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A street shave in Nghia Lo, Vietnam. Have you ever had your beard trimmed on the street?

I followed this gentleman's lead and had my first street shave here, too. The water was cold and the breeze warm. And the headrest was much more comfortable than it looks.

Nghia Lo, Vietnam, 19 October 2010

You can see it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/03/19/street-shave-nghia-lo-vietnam/

#Travelphotography #streetphotography #streetpics #Vietnam  
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Ever seen a vicuna?

They're very much at home in the Andean highlands of western Bolivia, in the desolate landscapes that make up the vast region between San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, and the Salar de Uyuni, the planet's largest salt flat.

Here's a 23-image gallery highlighting some of what you'll encounter on the second day of three-day visit to the area, one of the most sublimely beautiful spots on the planet. Check it out!

http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/01/bolivian-highland-landscapes-laguna-honda-hedionda-and-canapa/

#travelphotography #travel #Bolivia #photography  
Images and notes from the Laguna Honda, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Canapa near Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni.
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More dispatches from the Age of Kali. :)

Anyone familiar with the book, “Authoritarianism goes Global: the challenge to Democracy", mentioned in the closing paragraph which I pasted below? Or with Larry Diamond's work in general?

"Democracy is on the wane…. Maybe we should oblige students to read “Authoritarianism goes Global: the challenge to Democracy’, written by Christopher Walker, Marc Plattner and Larry Diamond. They repeat what we know: that in times of crisis, the credibility of a strong man increases exponentially. But their analysis is updated and worrying.

And we have only to look at the past Presidential election in the Philippines, to see the winner as a cross between a strongman of the past, like Ferdinand Marcos, with a strident nationalist and xenophobe, like Trump. Rodrigo Duterte has won the elections by promising the execution of thousand of criminals, the expulsion of foreigners, and “not letting the niceties of democracy compromise the need for exceptional measures against corruption and crime”.

How is it possible that we hear the same language in so many different parts of the world? Should we agree that we are in a global economic, social and value crisis, that the present globalization is dying, and therefore we are in a time of transition to something of which we have no idea?"

http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/05/opinion-greece-the-punching-ball-of-germany/
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I can’t ever say no to a thoughtful representation of Mother Earth.

This massive work rests just outside the artisan market near the center of the Bariloche, Argentina, the popular outdoor destination that forms the northern border of Patagonia.

If you so desire, you can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/16/pachamama-the-earth-mother-in-bariloche/

#streetart #Bariloche #Argentina #EarthDay #pachamama
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Today's Pic du Jour, the site's 823rd (!!) straight? A simple but important warning. :)

http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/05/there-are-some-strange-people/

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An Afghan asylum seeker and his balloon at a demonstration in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

02-Apr-2016

You can view it larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/04/02/life-is-beautyful/

#Refugees #RefugeesWelcome #Ljubljana #Slovenia #migrants  
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Take a minute and check it out -- always a good selection. Cheers!
 
Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!

Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of  #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography !!

Do you want to be a part of this collection?  Share one of your best landscape photographs to the +Landscape Photography theme.  Add the names of some of the curators and get one of them to share your photo to the theme page!!  Each week we will share some of the profiles of those whose photos have been selected to be shared to the theme page!!  They’re picky so share only you’re very best!!  Good luck!!  Be sure to share and follow these great folks.  They’re the Best of the Week!

We have some wonderful new photographers this week!!  Congratulations on having your photographs selected for the +Landscape Photography page.  If you are receiving a notification, then at least one of your photographs was selected this week and featured on the +Landscape Photography page.  Please share the collection with your friends and circles!

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Journalist, editor and photographer. Founder of PiranCafe.com.
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Reporting, copy editing, photography and blogging. Mediation. I'm a peace maker.
Employment
  • Piran Cafe
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Previously
Cleveland, Ohio, UA
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I'm a reporter, editor, photographer and blogger with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.
Introduction
I'm a reporter, editor, photographer, blogger & roaming rambler with a lust for travel, art, culture and justice. I've visited 54 countries and counting.

Born in Slovenia (then Yugoslavia), I spent much of my life in the U.S. midwest before returning permanently to Slovenia in 2004.

I’m a long-time professional journalist with more than twenty-five years’ experience as a reporter, editor, copywriter and translator. I’ve reported and written extensively on culture, politics, development, travel and Olympic sport.

From 2000 through 2012, I focused almost exclusively on coverage of international track & field and distance running. I covered the last three summer Olympic Games, several World Championships and dozens of other international, continental and regional competitions on four continents. I worked closely with the IAAF, the international governing body for track and field, first as a chief correspondent and later as an associate website editor where I oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. I regularly reported for Reuters, The Press Association and dozens of newspapers, magazines, and news and specialist websites.

Founder of Piran Café.

I'm a frequent traveler and love sharing tips, insights and photos from the road. You'll find quite a bit of that on my G+ stream.

As a photographer, my work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Slovenia and the United States.

If you're looking to add me to a circle I would suggest topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
  • Travelers
  • Bloggers
  • Photographers
  • Writers
  • Expats
If confused, please ask. :)

Travelers, travel bloggers and other kindred spirits:
If you're planning to visit Ljubljana, and have any questions or are seeking suggestions, feel free to get in touch. I'm happy to help in any way I can, and will be delighted to meet up for a drink and even play tour guide for a bit if I'm in town and have the time.

Circling Policy (v 1.1):  :)
I enjoy connecting and engaging with people from all walks of life and all corners of the planet. Note however that I'm continually at or very near the G+ 5,000 limit, so as much as I'd like to I can't automatically follow everyone back. That said I regularly remove inactive G+ers, with 14 days of inactivity generally set as the cutoff, to make room for others I'd like to circle.

Rules? Just a few: I will not tolerate racism, hatred, religious extremism or bigotry in any form. Also know that I'm not a fan of cat GIFs or empty profiles.
Bragging rights
I've witnessed four of Usain Bolt's world records and I've had cholera. Not in that order.
Education
  • Ohio University
    Political Science, Journalism, 1988
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