Friday Photo Inspiration (vol. 5)

Sometimes I insist that I’m not a people person because to be honest, other people can be pretty annoying. But deep down, I’ve always been fascinated by other people’s lives.

It’s one of the reasons I love traveling and why I’m usually drawn to stories from other cultures. While it’s always interesting to discover the ways in which we can be different – like the food we eat or the way we view marriage, for example – the real pleasure is discovering similarities, the things that make us all human no matter where we come from.

This week’s inspiration is all about people and the ways in which they can be beautiful, or vulnerable, or alike or sometimes, completely different from everything we know.

Photo: Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images

I love the the colors, and not to mention the sick afros, in this photo of two Harlem women taken in 1970. It was part of a photo series by Jack Garofalo for Paris Match magazine on the neighborhood after residents searching for a better quality of life moved out in droves – you can see the full set in this retrospective on Mashable.

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Photo: Freya Najade

I just want to know how this photo happened. This is from the series “Hidropark,” featuring the most adorable senior citizens and an old-timey Soviet entertainment complex in Ukraine where it looks like time has stood still. In the photographer’s own words, “I capture summertime on these islands in the middle of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev; summertime which ultimately talks as much about the place as it captures a slice of Ukrainian culture amidst political struggle and economic insecurity.”

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Photo: Nour el Rafai via VSCO

This is what breakfast in Southern Egypt looks like, at least on a wedding day. Here, relatives have prepared a feast for the groom and his friends to start the day.

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Photo: Nour el Rafai via VSCO

From the same photographer, I couldn’t ignore this shot of a shepherd at a market.


Photo: Jamie Beck for The Glamourai

I saw this photo weeks ago on The Glamourai, a digital fashion and lifestyle site, where it was part of a feature on body image and beauty. There’s something completely arresting about this image that for me straddled the line between celebration and exoticism, but was above all thought provoking. Click through for more photos and beautiful words, but warning this is NSFW.

What cultures fascinate you?

“Friday Photo Inspiration” is a weekly series featuring beautiful images that I’ve discovered around the Internet. The photos above were not taken by me, and are credited to the best of my knowledge. See more inspiration here



  1. May 17, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Love this. The stories behind the pictures. Even before I read the narratives, when I saw the beautiful afros, I thought this has got to be 1970’s, and the food, it must be some kind of feast.
    The last picture, naked, yet eloquently covered up and clothed with beauty and grace. A refreshing picture on body image and beauty.
    Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • May 23, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks, Carl. These photos really do speak for themselves and are a testament to the work of the photographers!

  2. May 13, 2015 / 11:32 am

    I loved reading this post! The Egyptian breakfast looks amazing and delicious. A great feast for a celebration or in my case, a weekday breakfast meal! The last photo of the woman who is featured is spectacular!

  3. May 9, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    Amazing how a simple photo can speak volumes. In the last photo, she’s channelling self-assurance, beauty at any size, all so effortlessly.

    • May 9, 2015 / 7:55 pm

      Agreed! She’s owning that photo, like a goddess.

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