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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.
Body image is something that almost everyone deals with. Whether male or female, young or old, it is hard to escape the mainstream ideals on what is defined as the perfect body. The problem that today’s generation faces is that we are absolutely saturated in beauty. With almost every turn, on almost every channel, you are confronted with this idea of beauty and what it means or takes to achieve the ideal body. You no longer see yourself as you are, but as you hope to be. And you are not alone. We all deal with this need, this desire to be better; shinier hair, whiter teeth, slimmer waist, longer legs, more tanned, more toned, six pack (or is it now an eight pack?), bigger biceps, smaller nose, smoother skin…should I continue?
Yes, these ads and music videos with ‘perfect bodied’ people are definitely not hard to look at. They are sexy and fun, they transport us into another life, another world where we can (no, we are!) just like them. And that is all good, for the moment. Until we close the magazine, change the channel or walk past that larger than life poster; we are then left with ourselves, obsessing over what we could be. All I’m trying to say is that we all have the ability to start accepting who we are, as we are. Granted, the ‘want to’ may always be there…let’s just try and get ourselves away from the ‘need to’.
I always love photographing the people that ride the public transport systems. There is never a lack of interesting photo ops. Here are a couple from a growing collection of mine.
Two people from very different walks of life ride the Metro side by side.
Three friends joke with each other as they wait for the next train where they will hopefully earn some extra money playing their music for the other riders.