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Healers come in all forms and from all walks of life. MD’s, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Medicine Men, Spiritual Healers, this list can go on and on. I’m a strong believer that the healing depends more on the person being healed, rather than the form in which the healer is using. During some time spent in Morocco, I came across this man who, humbly enough, called himself a Medicine Man. He would sell his potions, remedies and charms to locals and foreigners alike. He would say, “whoever believes, can be healed”. This man brought a magical energy to Djeema El-Fna square in Marrakech.
I’m currently covering the Occupy Madrid protests here in the city. Protesters from Spain’s Indignado movement plan to continue this protest on May 15, marking the movements one year anniversary. I wanted to post a few photos from the opening day on May 12, 2012. I will be posting more as this movement continues to escalate.
On March 29th, Madrid took part in a nation wide strike to protest the new labour reform laws that are being implemented by the government. The downtown core was transformed into a living wave of Spaniards, marching their detoured path through the narrow streets from Banco de Espana to Puerta del Sol. Sporadically, pockets within the immense group would stop and demand the immediate closure of any stores that were unwilling to join in on the strike. These shops would either give in and close, or see their doors turned into police barricades.
As I spent the better part of my day photographing from within the crowd, the optimistic side of me would want nothing more than to have the voices of these people heard. Although, as a journalist -and a realist-, I am able to see that even though these laws will inevitably push the already alarming unemployment rate that much higher, they will also become a Spanish reality. This will either save Spain from bankruptcy, or spiral it’s frustrated people into a string of riots -maybe even both-. We all know that it is darkest before the dawn, so let us hope -for Spain and Europe’s sake-, that the dawn arrives before it is too late.
Since relocating myself, my career and my life to Madrid, Spain, I found myself wondering what I would publish as the FIRST official blog entry…
Walking through these streets photographing just to clear my mind and become used to this city, I find myself attracted (as usual) to the locals that are doing just about anything and everything they can to make a not-so-easy dollar, or in this case, Euro. Madrid seems to have the most impressive, innovative and creative street performers around. From a levitating Jesus to the adult babies that are somehow annoying and amusing at the same time, these street performers are in their glory in and around the center of the Madrid Universe, the Sol Metro Station.
It seems that even Jesus needs a much deserved break every now and again…