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Dark Isolation: Tokyo

Tokyo Salvi-Danes photography

There is an undeniable nucleus of initial interest, a question that from the occidental perspective is easy to think about. How does a society really live, each of its members, in a human and social organization which is apparently exemplary and with an enviable lifestyle? There is a feeling that despite enjoying all the comforts of a modern society, the inhabitants of Tokyo are far away from what was, conventionally, understood as an ideal of happiness.

It is easy to find oneself isolated and alone among a crowd. Enjoying the comfort and economic safety is not a synonym of complete personal realization. A frenetic pace of life can ruin any personal initiative and any possibility of creative life.

Inside the Bizarre World of Group Tours

Lindsay-Mackenzie photography

Lindsay Mackenzie is a photojournalist currently based in Tunisia.  She has spent the last two years in the Arab world documenting the revolutions and aftermath. However, her interest in the world was fueled by first working as a tour guide.

Intimate and Beautiful Photographs of an Amish Farm in Northern Maine

lottie hedley photography

A little over a year ago, after exchanging letters, I spent my first stint on the Hilty farm in Smyrna Mills, Northern Maine. This is a work in progress which I hope to expand to include other farms and businesses which operate in a way so as to encourage stewardship and sustainability.

In the Hilty household life works in circles. Food at meals is passed around the table in a clockwise circle; while questions regarding the morning’s bible reading come around the table in an anti-clockwise direction. The seasons impress their own circular influence on the family’s market gardening business and their method of farming cycles the soil through a process to ensure the soil is enriched rather than stripped. Perhaps most importantly, the family’s philosophy on farming for the future generations speaks to an over-arching cycle.

The Bolivian Mennonite Lifestyle as Photographed by Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Bolivian Mennonites Jordi Ruiz Cirera

They arrived in Bolivia during the fifties, coming from Canada, Mexico or Belize, where their lifestyle was being threatened. In Canada the young people wasn’t taking the right path, and then the government banned their education system. That was enough for leaving the country, and so a group of them went to Bolivia invited by the government with the promise of land and religious freedom. Nowadays in Bolivia, there are more than fifty thousand Mennonites, or Menonos, as they are called here, although the exact number is difficult to know as many of them are living unregistered or with foreign passports. They still live as their ancestors did on the S.XVI Germany, without cars, electricity, telephone, and extremely isolated from the local community.—Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Jordi Ruiz Cirera is a Spanish documentary photographer based in London. Featured is a selection of work from his long term project documenting the lifestyle Bolivian Mennonites.

Bolivian Mennonites Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Places of Prayer Photographed in Singapore’s Red-Light District

Aujin-Rew photography

South Korean street photographer Aujin Rew initially studied architecture. While attending graduate school in the US, she bought a small digital camera and started to immerse herself in taking photos. Her series Where We Pray examines places of worship in and the environment surrounding them. Most of the images shown were taken in Singapore’s red-light district.