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Photo by @tamaramerino_photography Self-portrait with my son during quarantine. Santiago, Chile, has been in strict lockdown for over 100 days. It wasn't the first time I've quarantined—I did it after my son was born last year. For some reason, I feel the same way I felt postpartum, since the context and the emotions are very similar. But confinement feels stronger and more overwhelming when someone imposes it on you. When we have freedom over our actions, and we decide to stay home, we still feel free. Not anymore. Deep down I see the quarantine a bit like new motherhood: emotions of loneliness, isolation, unanswered questions, anxiety, reflections, and illusions ... I'm trying to think of these as neutral feelings, not negative or positive ... just new. #coronavirus #covid19 #lockdown
Photo by @renan_ozturk The vibrant San Juan region of the Rockies in the heat of summer. Our family tested negative for COVID-19, so we felt comfortable going out for a hike this past weekend. This is one of the most popular trails in the region, and we passed about 150 people en route. About 5 percent had masks. It's hard to be diligent these days, especially during this season, but I hope folks here in the U.S. can keep working to stop the spread of the virus. See @renan_ozturk for more from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Photo by @moisessaman Bedouin children social distance on the roof of a family home in the village of Um Sayhoun, in Jordan. It's near Wadi Musa, which means Valley of Moses in Arabic. It's said that the prophet passed through the valley and struck water from rock for his followers at the site of Ain Musa ("Moses's Well"). The Nabateans built channels that carried water from this spring to the city of Petra. The tomb of Aaron, the supposed burial site of the biblical Aaron, brother of Moses, is on nearby Mount Hor. I am not a very religious person, but it seems appropriate to reference the biblical quality of the proportion of this pandemic. Not unlike the plagues described in the Old Testament, the coronavirus has decimated everything in its path, reminding us how small and fragile we are, and what an end of civilization might look like. Inspired by these parallels, I found myself photographing some of the ancient biblical sites in Jordan, searching for allegories that could help make sense of the anxious times we are all living through.
Photo by @renaeffendiphoto An elderly woman prays in the courtyard, and in a secluded area reserved for communal meals and offerings, a family feasts on local delicacies at Baha-ud-din Naqshband Bokhari Memorial Complex and Sufi shrine in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. This historic monument includes the tomb of the 14th-century philosopher Bahauddin Naqshbandi, the founder of one the largest Sunni spiritual orders of Sufism. The tomb has been turned into a mausoleum and has since become a place of pilgrimage. For more stories of culture around the globe please #followme @renaeffendiphoto #uzbekistan #bukhara #history #religion #culture
Photo by @johnstanmeyer Gaziza Zhubanova prepares a meal at her home in Zhynghyldy, Kazakhstan, while her daughter, Laura Kybakaly, awakens from a nap under the table. Gaziza's husband works in the oil-rich region of Mangystau. #kazakhstan #mangystau #zhynghyldy #mother #child
Photo by @lynseyaddario As part of a project to cover the pandemic, I've been following the work/plight of several funeral homes in southern England. Loved ones attend a funeral for a COVID-19 victim, naval veteran Leonard Noel Steer, who passed away in a nursing home, at the Taunton Deane Crematorium in Somerset, England. While limitations on the number of mourners permitted varies region to region in the U.K., the Taunton Deane location is large enough to accommodate 25 people while allowing for social distancing; even so, many mourners still choose not to attend funeral services for fear of being exposed to the novel coronavirus. The United Kingdom was one of the last in Europe to call for a nationwide lockdown to prevent large-scale deaths and illness from the virus. To see more of my work follow @lynseyaddario.
Photo by @lucalocatelliphoto Steam clouds rise from geothermal wells at Hellisheidi Power Station in Iceland. Being one of the world's most nature-oriented countries, Iceland gets approximately 87% of its hot water for households from geothermal energy. During my latest assignment for the magazine, I had the chance to visit this geothermal power station, Iceland's largest and the third largest in the world. It has been designed to blend in—pipes were painted green to minimize the visual impact on the landscape, and a circular water system extracts and returns water underground. With energy production driving the climate crisis, finding a way to produce cleaner energy around the globe is one of the main challenges for the future. Geothermal energy could be an option in countries that can tap volcanic activity instead of coal or oil. Please follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to find out more about the new solutions the world is adopting to power ourselves. #energy #waste #environment #iceland #lucalocatelliphoto Check out Nat Geo's link in bio for more on this story.
Photo by Prasenjeet Yadav @prasen.yadav Late one evening, in India's Spiti Valley, a message arrived with news that one of the free-ranging horses had delivered a foal. The horse's owner was pleased, but I could see that his joy was tempered. He explained that the horse was 10 kilometers away, in the far reaches of the higher Himalaya, and it had begun snowing. If the foal could not be brought back to the village, it would die—either from cold or from predation by wolves, snow leopards, or dogs. So we all set out into the blizzard in search of the horse. After hours of walking and yelling, we found the horse, and it took a few hours more to restrain and leash it with a rope. This picture was taken on our way back to the village. The foal survived, and I managed to photograph it again a few days later. This photograph was taken while working on a snow leopards project supported by @insidenatgeo and @snowleopardtrust. Follow me @prasen.yadav for more photos from the diverse states of India and parts of Central Asia.
Photo by @joelsartore I As the largest mammal on land, the African elephant is hard to overlook, but much of the attention they've received in the last few decades has been catastrophic, with poachers hunting them relentlessly for their tusks. The habitat of African elephants is also shrinking, which means they come into contact with humans more frequently–encounters that don't often end well for the elephants. Ultimately, the survival of this species will depend on humans learning how to peacefully coexist alongside their wild neighbors. @indianapoliszoo, where this elephant resides, supports projects in West Africa, where thousands of children and teachers living near elephants learn about local elephant herds and are empowered to share the importance of protecting these iconic animals with their communities, saving this species in the wild. To see more species featured in the Photo Ark, follow me @joelsartore. #PhotoArk #savetogether
Photo by @carltonward A red-winged blackbird harasses an Everglades snail kite above Lake Okeechobee in central Florida. Blackbirds are known to mob much larger birds to defend their nesting territories. As many as two million snail kites live throughout the species' range in South and Central America. But fewer than 1,000 survive in South Florida, where management of water levels is critical to their nesting and foraging success. Snail kites are highly specialized, with curved beaks designed for eating apple snails. There was great concern for Florida populations in the early 2000s, when native apple snails were replaced by larger invasive apple snails. But new research shows that snail kites were able to adapt faster than expected -- evolving larger beaks and growing larger overall in as few as two generations. #bird #evolution #kite #Everglades @pathofthepanther @fl_wildcorridor @insidenatgeo #KeepFLWild.
Photo by @isadorakosofsky At an assisted living facility in Los Angeles, Bianca prepares to move into a new unit on a lower floor due to vertigo. Born in Chicago, Bianca was named Blanche but changed her name for her flamenco dance career. After 20 years of dance, she became a costume seamstress. Bianca has been estranged from her daughter for 15 years and has no other family. After she was diagnosed with early-stage dementia in 2008, she moved into a retirement community. I have been photographing Bianca for years, spending hours on her couch, having long discussions and watching her dance in a blue nightgown to Billie Holiday. When I was 13, Bianca approached me at a coffee shop and asked me, “Honey, what do you want to do with your life?” I replied, “I want to be a documentary photographer.” She responded, “Oh good. You will never be lonely." My 13-year photographic series on Bianca is not only a document of her life but an intergenerational conversation about change, loss, remoteness, and womanhood. For more follow @isadorakosofsky.
Photo by @paulnicklen One of the greatest privileges—and one of the greatest honors—of my life is that I've found myself in a position where I get to inspire action and make a difference with my art. Every creator dreams of people responding to something in their work–even if it is just one person. Knowing that one of my favorite images, "Ice Waterfall," will reach a completely new audience as the cover of Gigaton, Pearl Jam's first album in seven years, is a crazy feeling, and not something that I take for granted. Working with the band and its record label on this project was a fantastic experience–a testament to what can be achieved through the power of art and collaboration. Follow me @PaulNicklen where I try to inspire everyone to feel more connected to the natural world, whether it's through #OceanSchool lessons with @SeaLegacy or stories about the years I've spent in the field. #Inspire #Gratitude #Art #Compassion