Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Prince Street Cafe is one of my favorite places to go to when I'm home. Lancaster City has the perfect amount of charm and reality. Is that too honest? The other day I went out to coffee with a friend and then popped into this cute blue record store I've never been inside. I love finding new haunts in old places, even if its just when I'm traveling home.
Photographs by me
Photographs by me
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Afghanistan – touch down in flight from Augustin Pictures on Vimeo.
As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan.
We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.
Ifon & Photos: Here
© by Lukas and Salome Augustin
All rights reserved
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
the middle east is falafel sandwiches. They are the easiest option for a meal, but are packed full with fresh veggies and protein. I was so desperate to taste one again that I bought a falafel from a side-street vendor in NYC last week. Of course I was disappointed (because nothing is like the real thing) but at least I could say the world falafel and someone understood what I meant. I'll take what I can get until I can get a ticket back.
Monday, December 19, 2011
our recent trip to New York. I've been to that place hundreds of times and still haven't gotten over the lights and buildings. It's simply magical during Christmas time : )
It's always been important to me to look at everyone the same. It's my fundamental belief that all humanity is equal. And I have always done my best to keep in mind a constant check of any presumptions or opinions I had of a place, a people or an experience. My own family has some diversity and I live in Philadelphia, so I'm used to encountering people with different customs than my own and a different kind of beauty, but I also found myself a little bit scared to be entering into a territory even more foreign than South Philly. I'd be lying to say that the media attention on Israel Palestine didn't affect my state of mind going there to stay for several months.
The college I attended even went out of their way to instill what they call a "healthy fear". Yes, it's smart to be aware of your surroundings in a city, but I do that in Philadelphia...why should I be more aware in Jerusalem? Yes, I'm a tourist, and yes I stick out with my distinct Western appearance, but I never felt overtly threatened or targeted.
My travels will once again take me to the Middle East. But this time I want to focus on writing down the stories I hear and documenting what I see. What's really going on in the lives of these people that matter a whole lot to God.
Friday, December 16, 2011
From January 2011 to August 2011 I lived a life I never thought possible. From January to May I studied at a University in Jerusalem, Israel. The rest of those months were spent volunteering at a local hostel and making friends with people who created my memories. Through that hostel I met people who are professional travelers (meaning they've travelled for more than 10 years). I've seen with my own eyes that's this life is possible.
And it's a life I don't really want to leave.
I don't have to fill my bank account. But I want to fill my life up.
I think the best way to learn is to leave where your life began. Broaden your horizons, reach for the fearful, learn a new way of thinking, and hope with your heart.
These pictures are from my travels in Israel and the time I spent in Jordan. I miss the Middle East. I miss the culture and the way of life, but most of all I miss the people. I never thought I'd find a home outside of good 'ole USA, but this time around I don't want to buy a plane ticket back. I want to live my life somewhere new.
It's December 16, 2011. By the time it reaches May 2012, I want to have saved up enough money, put my dreams into reality, and boarded a plane with a one way ticket to Europe. I want to pay off my debts, upgrade my SLR, simply my wardrobe, and realize what I want in life. And that is to travel abroad with my camera in hand and with love in my heart. This blog here will document everything.
And we're off.
And we're off.
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