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The Road Less Traveled
Amboseli National Park, Kenya
By MediaMikeDC
10 Mar 2011

Deserted road with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. Amboseli National Park, Kenya

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

They are washing the soil, day and night, hoping that it hides gold. Seventy to eighty percent of all prospectors arrive illegally from the neighboring country of Zimbabwe. The nuggets, belonging to the state, end up in the hands of Nigerian, Somalian, Zimbabwean, Israeli and Lebanese merchants. The state is left with the ground and river water no more suitable for drinking nor watering, along with the treatment of the gold diggers' damaged health. Gold rush in Manica, in the heart of Mozambique.

They are digging at a depth of 15 to 20 meters under the ground, in an extensive tunnel system.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

They are washing the soil, day and night, hoping that it hides gold. Seventy to eighty percent of all prospectors arrive illegally from the neighboring country of Zimbabwe. The nuggets, belonging to the state, end up in the hands of Nigerian, Somalian, Zimbabwean, Israeli and Lebanese merchants. The state is left with the ground and river water no more suitable for drinking nor watering, along with the treatment of the gold diggers' damaged health. Gold rush in Manica, in the heart of Mozambique.

Those who carry the sacks from the mine to the river bank walk sometimes up to 1000 meters with the bag on their head. They get 15 meticals (half of an American dollar) per sack they deliver to the river. On average, they deliver 48 to 50 sacks a day

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

They are washing the soil, day and night, hoping that it hides gold. Seventy to eighty percent of all prospectors arrive illegally from the neighboring country of Zimbabwe. The nuggets, belonging to the state, end up in the hands of Nigerian, Somalian, Zimbabwean, Israeli and Lebanese merchants. The state is left with the ground and river water no more suitable for drinking nor watering, along with the treatment of the gold diggers' damaged health. Gold rush in Manica, in the heart of Mozambique.

They build artificial bases and dams at the river bank where they wash the soil day and night to find the gold.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

They are washing the soil, day and night, hoping that it hides gold. Seventy to eighty percent of all prospectors arrive illegally from the neighboring country of Zimbabwe. The nuggets, belonging to the state, end up in the hands of Nigerian, Somalian, Zimbabwean, Israeli and Lebanese merchants. The state is left with the ground and river water no more suitable for drinking nor watering, along with the treatment of the gold diggers' damaged health. Gold rush in Manica, in the heart of Mozambique.

Today's lunch is xima, an inexpensive and popular food of many African countries, made of cassava.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

They are washing the soil, day and night, hoping that it hides gold. Seventy to eighty percent of all prospectors arrive illegally from the neighboring country of Zimbabwe. The nuggets, belonging to the state, end up in the hands of Nigerian, Somalian, Zimbabwean, Israeli and Lebanese merchants. The state is left with the ground and river water no more suitable for drinking nor watering, along with the treatment of the gold diggers' damaged health. Gold rush in Manica, in the heart of Mozambique.

The river becomes heavily polluted for they use mercury to extract the gold. The mercury comes mostly from Spain. In many cases, mercury poisoning was found in fish caught in the local rivers and sometimes even in human beings.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

Most of the gold diggers have a nomadic life with there families and keep traveling along the river where they suspect gold then set up housing and work the rivers until the next location. Mozambique 2013.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

Women are often sitting at the river side with a young children in their laps.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

The gold rush in Manica, the heart of Mozambique, has attracted the attention of workers from surrounding countries with rumors of a foreign merchants paying up to 1200 to 1300 meticals (44 to 48 American dollars) for one gram of gold. Mozambique 2013.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

The gold diggers work all day shifts and produce on average 2 to 3 grams of gold a day. On more productive days, they produce up to 15-30 grams. The work is demanding when the gold diggers get their break it is well spent usually on a quick sleep. Mozambique 2013.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

Those who carry the sacks from the mine to the river bank walk up to 1000 meters with the bags on their head. They get 15 meticals (half of an American dollar) per sack they deliver to the river. On average, they deliver 48 to 50 sacks a day Mozambique 2013.

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Gold rush in the heart of Mozambique ...
Manica, Mozambique
By palyizsofi
24 Jan 2011

The gold diggers wash the soil during the day and all night, hoping that it reveals the precious metal. The majority of prospectors arrive illegally from neighboring countries like Zimbabwe. The gold nuggets, belonging to the state, end up in the hands of Nigerian, Somalian, Zimbabwean, Israeli and Lebanese merchants. A Lebanese merchant usually pays up to 1200 to 1300 meticals (44 to 48 American dollars) for one gram of gold. Mozambique 2013.

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Penguin
Antarctica
By joannacyprys
08 Dec 2010

An Adelie Penguin at a field camp in Antarctica.

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Iceberg
Antarctica
By joannacyprys
08 Oct 2010

A scientist looks at an iceberg on the McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Concrete "Yurt...
Inner Mongolia
By Eleanor Moseman
28 Jun 2010

A modern yurt of concrete on a Mongolian ranch for 30RMB near Hulun Lake, Inner Mongolia, China. June 28, 2010.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: The Place of t...
Inner Mongolia
By Eleanor Moseman
26 Jun 2010

A 25RMB room where a young Mongolian man threatened murder for hours that eventually lead to an unwanted sexual advance. Near Wulan Huadui, Inner Mongolia, China. June 26, 2010

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Passing Along ...
Jiangsu
By Eleanor Moseman
18 May 2010

A room for 45RMB along the Grand Canal where the odor of natural gas took over the room throughout the night. Jiangsu Province, China, May 18, 2010.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: Simple Chinese...
Jiangsu
By Eleanor Moseman
15 May 2010

A traditional Chinese room in a family's home near the Grand Canal for 15RMB, Jiangsu, China. May 15, 2010.

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The Nomad's Chrysalis
TIbet, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Jiangsu
By Eleanor Moseman
07 May 2010

Home of the traveler represents more than a temporary place of rest but a private space for daily reflection and personal exploration. It's a sanctuary where a wanderer allows the stress and worries that come with surviving unknown lands and among strange, yet extraordinary, cultures. A personal temple where the devotee of a path can meditate among their reticent thoughts and boundless emotions with revelations of personal growth, like that of a blooming lotus. The modest space of a nomad that is only decorated with essential possessions and esoteric tools for continuing and planning the migration onward. It's a room of respite that is essential to the personal evolution that occurs during a pilgrimage through the world and life.

This body of work, entitled “The Nomad's Chrysalis”, began in 2010 during a solo bicycle tour around Asia that spanned 2 years. I had begun documenting the rooms as a way to visually record my travel in hopes to draw upon that day's events and emotions. At the time, I was also beginning to develop my profession as an architecture and interior photographer. This compelled me to capture the interesting and unique spaces I lived in. As time passed, there was the realization that this imagery evoked strong and complex emotions while cuing buried memories. The quickly growing collection of spaces developed into an ongoing project that physically identifies my travel while providing a concept for viewers to examine and contemplate.

Revealing little about the personal thoughts and emotions of the artist, this allows an individual interpretation and reaction from the audience. The observer can question what the traveler may have been feeling and thinking: curious of the previous day's events and how the next was anticipated and to be prepared for.

Each room represents a vital stage in development of a travelers as chrysalis is to the world of insects. The room is a habitation where cleaning and recovery occurs while the slow and continuous transformation transpires. These rooms contained a nomad's physical presence and material possessions while also providing a place of solitude to safely discover and meticulously explore her psyche.

(Additional information can be granted per image, upon request.)

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The Nomad's Chrysalis: A Place of Lon...
Zhenjiang
By Eleanor Moseman
07 May 2010

An 80RMB hostel room in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China. May 7, 2010.

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Lebanon – From North to South (20 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (19 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (18 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (16 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon - From North to South (15 to 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (14 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (13 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (11 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (10 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (9 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (8 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (2 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (17 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (12 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Lebanon – From North to South (1 of 20)
Lebanon
By Matias & Jorgo
04 Apr 2010

From Walk of Causes – the web series where we walked across Lebanon. Previously published on the blog 2famous.TV

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Tunisian landscapes
Tunisia
By Sarah Mersch
27 Mar 2010

Pictures from various regions of the country, from traditional housings in the South over Roman ruins and Mediterranean landscapes to every day life in the old cities. Throughout the Tunisian history, many civilisations have passed through the country, from the original Berber population, Phenicians and Romans, to Arabs and Maures, Ottomans, Italians, Maltese and French, each of them leaving their traces that today built the modern Tunisia.

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Internal Outskirts
Lima, Perú
By quechuafilms
15 Aug 2009

A city when looked at from exile turns into an object of yearning, nostalgia. Winter is the best time to paint a portrait of Lima, an ideal moment to see its grey sky and walk through the mist in the middle of a large Latin-American city.
In the historic core of reconstruction/restructuring, the aristocratic past coexists with those inhabitants that emigrated to the capital in search of the “Lima dream”.

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Glass
Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands
By MediaMikeDC
19 May 2009

Perfect wave caught breaking on the beach of Trunk Bay in St. John, USVI.

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White Sand Beaches
St. John, US Virgin Islands
By MediaMikeDC
19 May 2009

A gentle wave rolling up onto the shores of Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI.