humansofnewyork:

"I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ll say it. I’ve had a really hard time finding work, so I’ve been living with my grandmother. And she’s told me recently that she doesn’t have the money to feed me. So I’ve been eating at my friend’s house. I go over there, and I’m too embarrassed to ask for anything, but his dad always insists. He says: ‘Why aren’t you eating? Please, eat!’ This has really caused my idea of ‘family’ to widen. I’ve learned that your family can be anyone."
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

humansofnewyork:

"I’m embarrassed to say this, but I’ll say it. I’ve had a really hard time finding work, so I’ve been living with my grandmother. And she’s told me recently that she doesn’t have the money to feed me. So I’ve been eating at my friend’s house. I go over there, and I’m too embarrassed to ask for anything, but his dad always insists. He says: ‘Why aren’t you eating? Please, eat!’ This has really caused my idea of ‘family’ to widen. I’ve learned that your family can be anyone."

(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)

vmagazine:

For his ‘Spring-Autumn' project, photographer Qozop explored the role of clothes in society from different Asian nations through a clever and playful juxtaposition of two generations.

"Basically, this idea for Spring-Autumn came about from a notion that though Asia has become westernized to a large degree, it is still possible to witness its traditions and cultures." 

"And as an Asian society, our cultural beliefs are often reflected in our dressing. Fashion (other than wrinkles) is one of the best tell tales of how old a person is, or what generation they hail from."

"Many of us grow up with the vague notion that as we get older, our wardrobe should be changing right there along with us. We’re taught to ‘dress our age,’ without knowing exactly what this even means."

"It was easy to get the kids to agree to be photographed; the older folks required a little coaxing but once they have been photographed, they were often curious and amused to see themselves in their son’s or grandson’s attire - some were so comfortable in their new getup that they joked that they wanted to remain in that attire for the rest of the day!"

  1. Malay grandfather and grandson
  2. Chinese mother and daughter
  3. Indian aunt and niece
  4. Malay mother and daughter
  5. Chinese grandmother and granddaughter
  6. Chinese grandfather and grandson
  7. Indian grandfather and grandson

credit: ©Qozop “There is nothing special about me. I am just an artist who has caught a picture-making sickness.”

In this world today, we shouldn’t forget that in the midst of conflict and killing, there are people like these — people who are focused on what can be built rather than what can be destroyed; people who are focused on how they can help people that they’ve never met; people who define themselves not by what makes them different from other people but by the humanity that we hold in common. It’s important for us to lift them up and to affirm their lives. And it’s time for us to heed their example.
Barack Obama, speaking about HIV/AIDS researchers on flight MH17 during a briefing from the whitehouse on Ukraine. — July 18, 2014

Tears Under a Microscope

Tears contain a variety of biological substances like oils and enzymes, which are suspended in water. The composition of substances in a tear is different depending on the trigger of the tear. When looked at under a microscope, a dried tear can look drastically different depending on the variables that caused the tear to be shed, or even the conditions in which it dried. Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher captured just some of these amazing differences using a microscope. 

Young Somali refugees living in the world’s largest refugee camp, in Kenya, have sent letters of encouragement to Syrian refugee children who have also had to flee their homeland. The young Somali students reside in the Dadaab refugee camp, in north-eastern Kenya. It is home to nearly 400,000 refugees, the majority of whom have fled conflict, drought and famine in Somalia over the last 23 years. Care International, the aid agency that provides many basic services at the camp, organised the pen pal exchange and delivered the handwritten letters to Syrian children at the Refugee Assistance Centre in Amman, Jordan.They offer messages of solidarity, encouragement and advice to their “dear brothers and sisters”.

-BBC “Syria crisis: Uplifting Letters of Hope”

Perhaps the best line: “Be the stars and the new presidents of Syria.”

People interviewing for the world’s toughest job (with a twist at the end):

"Director of Operations at Rehtom Inc.

• Standing up almost all the time
• Constantly exerting yourself
• Working from 135 to unlimited hours per week
• Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary
• No vacations
• The work load goes up on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays
• No time to sleep
• Salary = $0

Refugees queue to receive food supplies in the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in Syria. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in the district of Damascus. The call comes as the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, urged the Syrian government to authorise more humanitarian staff to work inside the country, devastated by its three-year-old conflict

Photographer: UNRWA/AP

Refugees queue to receive food supplies in the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in Syria. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in the district of Damascus. The call comes as the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, urged the Syrian government to authorise more humanitarian staff to work inside the country, devastated by its three-year-old conflict

Photographer: UNRWA/AP