maxime the stylite monk has lived in a monastery atop georgia’s 131 foot katskhi pillar for twenty years. maxime, who at 59 needs twenty minutes to make the climb down (third photo), said, “since i was a child i dreamed of settling on the top of this pillar as other hermits did in ancient times.” as a young man, maxime led a life of crime, but decided with his release from prison to start a new life, take his monastic vows and climb the pillar, which he has lived on since 1993.
though no one knows exactly how or why, the monastery was built sometime between the sixth and eight century. the pillar had sat idly since the 15th century when the ottomans invaded georgia. no one had even been to the top for centuries until an alpinist climbed it and found the skeleton of a monk in 1944.
Whenever your faith in people is lost, remember these pictures.
What I’ve been missing :-(
at the very city limits of lahore, some of the most polluted land in pakistan is unofficially home to approximately 17,000 afghan refugees. evicted over a decade ago from then official camps on the frontier, their status and rights as refugees have become increasingly eroded.
a marginalized community who escaped war in eastern afghanistan, they now eat, sleep and pray on the landfill site, bordered by water blackened with effluent from the factories upriver. that said, life here is still considered a better option than their home country.
those born in the camp have little hope of ever escaping the filth and poverty of their circumstance. whenever a child reaches the age when they can sling a sack over their shoulder, they start work in the dump collecting garbage. when they get a little older they are promoted to separating glass or laboring in the depots.
their infections and insect bites concealed under a layer of dirt, most of the children go days without washing. with just a few points from which to access the unsafe ground water supply, no latrines and their shacks full of the rubbish they bring home each evening, treatable diseases at the refugee camp are rampant and deadly.
photos and (edited) text by alixandra fazzina
a hatchling loggerhead sea turtle in turkey’s dalyan delta emerges from under the sand and its shell, and makes its way to the sea. photos by solvin zankl
Looking at these photos, hmm I wonder how’s little Mick doing now. Believe he’ll be fine!
photos by yaman ibrahim of pulau maiga, off the northern sabah coast of borneo
Beautifully captured :-) #home
Billabong Pro Tahiti. Photo: ASP
Majestic view. #bucketlist
"bereba is a rural village in the small west african country of burkina faso. i have been living and working there for two months every year since 2007. each morning my friends and neighbors travel to their farms outside the village on foot, bicycles, motor cycles or in carts drawn by mules or oxen.
"in the evening they return along a dirt path that passes beside my front door. at twilight, as the harsh equatorial sun softens, i linger on the roadside. the villagers stop and proudly pose for portraits as they make their way home. the stark, sub-saharan landscape provides a simple backdrop in the fading light.
"in the western media, africa is often portrayed either as a continent of war, famine, corruption and disease, or as an exotic place for safaris and tribal rituals. the simple beauty of everyday life is seldom seen. [these photos] present contemporary village life in a positive and realistic light, and emphasizes the strength and dignity of the people of bereba." - photos and text by david pace
(according to a 2012 gallup survey, burkina faso is the most optimistic country in the world)