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Bob Ramsak
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From the mural 'Unknown Numbers', a 60-meter-long tribute to and celebration of freedom of speech that appears on the Peace Wall outside of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. Central among the stark, sometimes brutal imagery are portraits of eight free speech champions, some of whom have paid for their fight with their lives. It's a collaboration between artists Shwan Dler Qaradaki and Johannes Hoie created over the span of four weeks in May and June 2016, and officially opened on June 9, the day I visited.

Much more here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/07/13/unknown-numbers-oslo-free-speech-mural/

#Oslo #StreetArt
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Just a blue passionflower. Happy summer, y'all :)
Grožnjan, Istria, Croatia, 20-Jun-2016

You can view it larger here:
http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/06/20/blue-passionflower/

#croatia #flowerphotography #Istria  
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In case you missed some, a rundown of the most visited posts on the blog in the month of May.

Bloggers: What was your most visited blog post published in May? Feel free to drop the link in the comments, both here and on the post. Would love to check them out, too.
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A Woman and her Dog, La Paz.

Like her owner, the dog was wrapped in a cape, fastened by two buttons just below his neck. Both were begging.

On the Avenida 16 de Julio, La Paz, Bolivia, 18-Apr-2013. For the record, the site's 883rd straight Pic du Jour.

If you wish, you can view the images larger here: http://www.pirancafe.com/2016/06/04/woman-dog-la-paz/

#streetphotography #Bolivia #StreetArt #Mural  
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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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So, create work that matters.

Great investment of 8min of your time. :)
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Before it fades quickly from the public discourse –as mass killings in the US, as horrendous as they are, always do- some rambling thoughts on Sunday morning’s slaughter at a nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed and another 53 wounded by a psychopath with typically easy access to a military grade assault weapon..

Was Omar Mateen really so calculating in his brutality that he purposely directed his carnage to a place whose name defines life? Or did he choose the Pulse night club simply because it was known primarily as a Saturday night meeting place for Orlando’s LGTBQ community?

Was he an actual ISIS operative or just an unhinged homophobe? Or maybe a bit of both, the perfect storm/lone wolf the organization seeks, attracts and finds in the US where a powerful gun lobby conveniently helps ensure that weapons designed specifically to kill can easily get into the hands of those willing to kill in their name?

Did someone in a tent in Libya order a direct hit on Pulse or did he act on his own? And if he did, was it ISIS's ideology and strong hatred of homosexuals that triggered his actions? Or was it a decree typically issued by some right-wing Christian who openly and regularly foments violence against the LGTBQ community and whose words Mateen may have heard on talk radio as he drove by a billboard directing him to the next gun shop? Either one of those makes as much sense as the other. Neither should be discounted. Different books, same kind of hatred.

#Pulse #Orlando #OrlandoShooting
Before everyone's attention returns to cat pictures on Facebook, some rambling thoughts on Sunday morning’s slaughter in Orlando.
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A new street photography resource and community is getting off the ground, it would be great to see it grow. Check in, contribute, ask questions or just listen in if you can.
 
This week on Streetchat, we're talking street portraits. We'll look at this interesting sub genre of #streetphotography  share some insights and tips and then end with a couple of #streettogs to check out and our photo challenge for the week (can you guess what the theme will be?)

Leave any questions, tips, or comments in the chat and we'll make sure to mention them. Also if you have some images to show off, share them on the event page before hand and we may feature yours.

Hope to see you on Tuesday
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I hope I can make it; your last few coincided with travel. So does this one. :)
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If you have at least a passing interest in photojournalism, you almost certainly have already read about the charges, all verified, that noted photojournalist Steve McCurry of Afghan Girl fame had manipulated and altered many of his photos –apparently with troubling regularity.

PetaPixel broke the story early last month after Italian photographer Paolo Viglione discovered a badly-botched image on McCurry’s blog from the Magnum photographer’s recent trip to Cuba that showed remnants of a street sign sticking out of a pedestrian’s leg. Dozens of images have since been exposed, some with altered settings and backgrounds and others with people removed entirely from the frame.

The discoveries put into question not only McCurry’s integrity as a photojournalist, but also that of an expansive body of work that has spanned four decades.

To me, the trust is gone.
McCurry’s work has been most notable for the people he’s brought into our lives. We see now that he’s also removed them and decided not to tell us.
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That lack of transparency is part of the problem here +Babette Plana. His work from the road has always been associated with his work as a photojournalist, which is a reasonable expectation given the reputation he’s built. Calling it art as an attempt to lessen ethical responsibility only after being discovered doesn’t cut it. His lack of transparency doesn’t either.
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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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Journalist, editor and photographer. Founder of PiranCafe.com.
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Reporting, copy editing, photography and blogging. Mediation. I'm a peace maker.
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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.
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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:
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  • Bloggers
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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.
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I've witnessed four of Usain Bolt's world records and I've had cholera. Not in that order.
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  • Ohio University
    Political Science, Journalism, 1988
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