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Photos by Jade Deakin. Shot using Foxy Lens / W40 Film.

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Milan by Jose Martos Jose Martos Lopez.

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Photos and Words by Frederic Pauwels

Lisboa - You may want to loose your travel guide; in fact, you should, and welcome an invitation for getting lost and immerse yourself. 

Tune in to beat of the Seven Hills City. Slow yourself in the narrow streets of the Alfama - home of the Fado. Pick up the pace on a walk along the river Tagus to Belém. 

Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe; it has been torn to the ground and has gone up in flames. It is also the home of the greatest explorators, and yet everything here radiates humility and tenacity. 

Modern street art explodes, old facades and buildings wait for a new life, cobblestones beam everywhere, the yellow trams zoom by. It’s as if time decides to stop and go when it pleases here. 

Few are the places where you could spend two days, or a lifetime, and never get bored. Lisbon is one of them.

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Controlled Chaos HK:

A photo story by Jade Deakin.

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Teetering on War: Ukraine 

Photos by Ilya Turchanik.

"You know, from one side Kiev is a European city with modern architecture, and from the other side it is still a post-soviet union city. I’m just trying to show the world as Kiev looks in reality. It’s really beautiful, and scary at the same time… doing streets in Kiev is a bit of a challenge for me. I just keep my iPhone with Hipstamatic open and look for a candid moment."

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TAI O, HONG KONG

Photos and words by Cara Gallardo Weil

The fishing village of Tai O is located on the northwestern coast of Lantau Island, the largest island in Hong Kong. The village is a stark contrast to the modern architecture of the airport and the city metropolis, normally associated with Hong Kong.

Tai O is home to the Tanka, or boat people, a nomadic southern Chinese ethnic group who traditionally lived on junks. Their houses are built on stilts above the tidal flats. These structures are interconnected, forming a tightly-knit community that lives on the water. The stilt houses, or ‘pang uks’, were once common across Hong Kong – Tai O is the last remaining community of any scale.

Although Tai O’s fishing industry has shrunk considerably in recent years, fish is still a central part of village life, and one can catch a waft of the shrimp paste (a speciality of the village) and salted fish and scallops can be seen drying on verandas.

The village is unique in a city like Hong Kong and when observing village life, one feels a sense of stepping back in time. Getting there can be a bit of a trek, but well worth it – not only is the village a glimpse of Hong Kong’s past, but the journey there also offers a different view of Hong Kong that will surprise many who only know the skyscrapers and modern metropolis.

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Wanchai, Hong Kong

Photos and Words by Cara Gallardo Weil

Queen’s Road East is a street in Wanchai, on Hong Kong island. The settlement of Wanchai began as a small Chinese community in pre-British times and centered around the present Hung Shing Temple, which was built in 1847. This temple originally faced the shoreline, but is now surrounded by commercial and residential buildings, built on reclaimed land.

Near the beginning of Queen’s Road East is a Stone Nullah Lane, where the Blue House can be found. It’s a 4-story, balcony-type tenement block and is one of the few remaining examples of “Tong Lau,” tenement buildings built in the late 19th century to the 1960s designed for both residential and commercial use. The block still has residents despite the lack of modern conveniences like flushing toilets. No74 Stone Nullah Lane now houses the Hong Kong House of Stories, a community project which organizes exhibitions on local culture, and arranges “community classrooms” where traditional craftsmen, young artists, organic farmers and housewives act as instructors to pass on the culture and craft skills of the old community. 

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