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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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The Carousel of Lights (London, United Kingdom 2018)

I composed this photograph during an evening walk along London's Southbank. Officially called the Queen's Walk, the path takes you from Westminster Bridge, along the south bank of the River Thames towards Tate Modern then back over the river on the Millennium footbridge to St Paul's Cathedral. Along the way, there are countless opportunities for street photography!

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Looking Up (London, United Kingdom 2017)

I started this project a couple of years ago, shortly after moving to London, titled “Looking Up”. It’s based on presenting a different point of view, finding creative compositions around the city’s modern architecture. This is still an ongoing project which I hope to complete by the end of next year.

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Pilgrimage at the Shinomiya Shrine (Miyajima, Japan 2015)

Two Japanese girls in traditional pilgrim dresses, make their way to the Shinomiya Shrine, under the brilliant canopy of autumn leaves in Momijidani park.

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The Hunter from Basha (Guizhou, China 2016)

Deep into mountains of southwest China's Guizhou province, lives a unique and ancient subgroup of the Miao tribe, named "Basha." Some 2,000 men and women of this tribe still live in wooden houses, practice centuries-old customs, and hold unique beliefs. The Basha people are the only group in China allowed to carry guns.
I shot this portrait in the home of one of their elders, taking advantage of the natural light seeping through an opening in the kitchen. This young man seemed to be pretty popular with the girls!

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The Angels of Regent Street (London, United Kingdom 2017)

I was really happy to see the angels return to Regent Street as part of the annual Christmas lighting, spreading their wings all along Regent Street, from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus.

I made this photograph without a tripod, holding the camera steady while standing in the median. I exposed at a higher ISO and a wider aperture which allowed me to keep the shutter speed above the threshold of long exposure - thus avoiding the need to use a tripod. It's important to understand the limits of your camera in order to quickly set yourself up for a shot in challenging lighting conditions.

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Looking Up (London, United Kingdom 2017)

I started this project a couple of years ago, shortly after moving to London, titled “Looking Up”. It’s based on presenting a different point of view, finding creative compositions around the city’s modern architecture. This is still an ongoing project which I hope to complete by the end of next year.

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Chasing Shadows (London, United Kingdom 2016)

A couple summers ago, I took advantage of the long, rain-free days to explore the streets of London. I captured this scene while discovering the area around St. James Park. Composing around this dark staircase at the end of an alley, its steps leading up to the soft sunset light, I waited for that special shadow to appear, thus completing my mise en scène.

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Ephemeral Moments (Alicante Spain (2010)

As the days get shorter, so do the number of leafs left hanging on the trees. They seem to fight an un-winnable battle against time, and nature. When the last leaf falls, winter will be upon us, repeating the yearly cycle we have grown accustomed to. With so much going on in our everyday lives, it's important to know when to take a step back, away from our modern complexities, and let nature take its course, for it has been around much longer than us.

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The Tea Ceremony (Miyajima, Japan)

Not too far away from the famous torii gate of Itsukushima, I witnessed a private, traditional tea serving ceremony, also called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. It was a very nice experience.

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