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Kate Siobhan Mulligan
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The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls - Picasso

A man sweeps the grounds of a mosque at Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh.

India, 2013. ‪#‎thegivinglens‬  ‪#‎TGLindia‬
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We build temples in our minds to overcome the barren fields in our soul. (ReX  Dingler)
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On the streets of The Blue City | Jodhpur, India.

(October 2013)
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India commanded my attention and my heart. I had three fast-paced but illuminating weeks there in 2013, and I only put my camera down eat and sleep. I have the photo count to prove it: pushing 6000 images from the one trip. 

While many are probably throwaways, there are some serious gems in here, and I'm realizing the ratio of throwaways to keepers is substantially better than a lot of my other travels. It's reminding me that India is pretty much one of the greatest places on the planet, for all but especially as a photographer. 

This dapper young man was captured in the town of Pushkar, in Rajasthan, just after sunrise, maybe around 7am. I love everything about this image. 

November 2013. 

#india #travelstoke #travel #street   #streetphotography  
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Oh Ireland. My cup overfloweth. With joy, pride, and also Guinness.

‪#‎wildatlanticway‬ ‪#‎loveCork‬ ‪#‎ireland‬

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I was so stoked to see so many posts about amazing women around the world on International Women's Day. And then I was so bummed when all the posts eventually went away. 

So I decided I'm having a Women's Week. Or maybe month. Year? What can I say, I like to celebrate women. 

This young beauty was part of the tribe in Tanzania that I've been fortunate enough to visit several times with +The Giving Lens . One of the plusses - if you choose to see it that way - to staying in a Maasai boma (hut) is waking early to the sound of cattle and goats and donkeys on the move. As a photographer, this is good reason to haul out of "bed" (read: sticks and leather) and catch the good light. This girl was one of three on the move in the golden morning sun. Something about the poise of this tribe - the grace in how they moved, the swish of the blankets, shoulders thrown back. While it's by no means the world's most perfect culture - does one exist? - it's hard for me to deny the atmosphere of strength these women elude. 

Taken on my #sonyA6000, at the yummiest aperture, f/1.8. 

#internationalwomensday #allweeklong 
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Nice have the eye. I wish I had a great photographer to shoot my art work!..I do terrible pic's!...
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Hello. I am thirty years old. And this is my life. 

First, thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes this past week. It's been very special to feel the love after being away so long. I felt closer. You're all wonderful.

I am fulfilled, contented, and grateful for all my 20s were. I think I put at least half of those years to particularly good use, but all of them have propelled me toward who I am today. So have each and every one of you who have journeyed with me through the last decade (or even two, or, now, three). 

But I look forward to the next decade more anticipation than ever before in my short and beautiful life. I have, probably, as far the world would see it, completely unrealistic expectations of things to come, unattainable dreams, improbable goals. That's what makes them mine and that is what makes them so good. I don't want to chase mediocre things. I want to chase amazing things - even if i fail - and that means going beyond what even I think is possible. 

I probably need a reality check. But I don't care for one. I am simply not interested. The last ten years have proven to me that playing it safe is not for me. 

I sincerely hope you're all along for the ride. I really believe I could not do one single thing worth doing without you -  my family, my friends, my community, my church - cheering me on. I am the sum of all my mistakes and all my victories, and the result is exponentially compounded by all of your support and encouragement and those of you who come alongside me when I don't think I can do it, when I doubt, when I inevitably fail. 

So in honour of turning 30, I say, here's to 40. Let's see what's next. It'll take a lot of sweat, and tears, risks and chances, and a whole lot of leaping when I don't feel the slightest bit ready - and it'll take all of you alongside me. 

So thank you. Here's to 30, here's to new horizons. Let's go!
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Three Wise Men. 

Pushkar, India. 
(October 2013)

#india   #travel   #travelphotography  #portraits #street #streetphotography
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Intensely stormy skies over rural County Mayo, Ireland. 

This crucifixion scene was in a small graveyard next to the highway we were traveling along. Some powerful rains had just passed on our left, and sun broke out to set on our right, starting to set. The light and darkness mingled. 

#goodfriday   #easter   #ireland  
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+andrew MCLAIN thank you! it was some pretty dark and stormy skies for sure. 
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Cairo at Sundown. 

Taken from the top (I mean, seriously, like very tiny top ... borderline dizzyingly high) of one of the minarets at the Al Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo. As we set up (a bit surprised that we'd be allowed to climb so high) the Call to Prayer come on the speakers. That's normal ... except we were about 4 feet from the speakers at this point and thus it was so loud, and with such force that we were all stunned. The entire experience was completely surreal: the pinks and oranges going ablaze, the sheer height of it all, and the complete engulfment by the call to prayer. 

Luckily I had two good friends and fellow photographer there to assure me it wasn't a dream. And this photo smile emoticon

Taken April of 2014. 

#Egypt #sunset #cairo #travel
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I had the absolute pleasure of attending a Bedouin wedding in Morocco in February. Part of the three day festival included driving around in a long procession of cars, honking ceaselessly for two hours. (A more modern element to the otherwise traditional wedding, I'm sure).

It was at some stop during this procession that I met this young woman, all dressed up for the wedding. I cannot say I heard some moving story from her, or whether she's had an amazing or difficult life, because I wasn't even able to learn her name.

But look at that smile (i realize it's not in focus but still, you know it's there). I love the play and contrast of a child's laugh with the traditional wedding clothes. This girl stood out to me among the throng of girls she was with - a sort of quiet resilience, sizing me up but willing to give me a shot. Literally. Her friends squealed and giggled at her for allowing me to take this photo, but she withstood the ridicule (whether in good fun or not) to let me capture the moment. What a gift she gave me.

Continuing on with my ‪#‎weekofwomen‬ because I was sad that ‪#‎internationalwomensday‬ was over so fast :)

#trave   #morocco   #photography  
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Last year I spend International Women's Day in Thailand, leading a team of all-women all-amazing photographers. We spent an incredible weekend with the girls at COSA​, empowering them with photography. We learned so much about the obstacles these girls face and the very real threat of sex trafficking. At the same time, we saw their strength, poise, joy, and hope - not to mention their laughter. On top of this I got to meet and grow close to the incredible, admirable, beautiful women on our team - each with her own skills, her own journey, her own horizons. We laughed together, shed some tears together, crawled in the dirt/mud/rice fields together, woke up at dawn and sat late into the inky black night. It was about photography; it was about so much more than photography. 

Reflecting on this, I am just so thankful for all the women in my life, and honoured for all the women I have met along the way. Polish, Thai, Tanzanian, Moroccan, Irish, Indian, Canadian, Jordanian, Peruvian, Egyptian .... Race, creed, religion, nationality, age, orientation - I have been moved by so many women regardless of any or all of these things. Women around the world are so incredible, hard-working, strong, willing, hopeful, kind, joyful, resilient ... and so much more.  

Happy international Women's Day! Let's continue empowering woman right where we are, and around the globe!

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“Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him.” 

- Game of Thrones

#discoverireland  #cliffsofmoher #ireland #wildatlanticway
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I am a Writer and Photographer from Vancouver. I'm a traveller, a beatles expert, a bad poet, a believer, and a human rights advocate. I am Operations Manager of The Giving Lens, and Faculty and a Staff Writer for Matador Network, along with doing my own photography in my home city, Vancouver, Canada.
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