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Seeing a World Through a Lens of an African-American Traveler

Hello there! I’m Erick Prince – photographer, philanthropist, and universe traveler and we run my possess blog Minority Nomad. I’m on a query to turn a initial African American to revisit each nation in a universe and I’ve ticked off 92 so far! This African-American History Month, I’m blissful to be means to share my viewpoint — and viewpoints — of a universe and a people, by my lens.

 


Haitian Girl, Dominican Republic
This is a best mural I’ve ever taken, and simply my favorite picture of my career. we shot this a few years ago in a Dominican Republic during a tiny propagandize for Haitian orphans. Unfortunately, only like how orphans are marginalized in a lot of societies around a world, this propagandize was no exception. I’m not certain what ever happened to this immature lady and wish to find her again someday. She was 11 years aged during a time and wanted to be a propagandize teacher.


Asian Drag Queen during Copenhagen Pride, Denmark
It’s an hapless law that many immature African-American group are lifted to be homophobic, myself included. My whole life, we was told that homosexuality was wrong. While portion in a military, my brothers and sisters in arms had to censor their sexuality (before Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed). But my travels over a final 5 years have non-stop my eyes and heart to a LGBTQ community. we was invited to Europe for several Gay Pride events as an fan – a life-changing experience.


Chinese New Year Candle Lighting, Taipei
Coming from a Baptist background, eremite traditions outward of Christianity intruigued me. During my time in Asia, we was unprotected to a sheer contrariety charity by Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, and Confucianism. Each charity aspects that truly appealed to my personal sensibilities. we shot this during a tiny church in Taipei on Chengdu Road.


Street Musician during Brick Lane, London
I’ve listened people explain that New York City is a world’s many opposite city. we suspicion a same until we visited London. London, in my opinion, is a loyal melting pot. As a black man, it’s extraordinary to see people of tone openly communing with other races from around a world. It feels as if competition is hardly a cause in people’s amicable interactions. we shot this during a Brick Lane Markets, where this unequivocally cold musician plays 5 days a week.


Monks on Their Phones during Siem Reap, Cambodia
Walking by Angkor Wat, we saw this priest regulating a smartphone. It led me to consider how globalization and connectivity has reached roughly each partial of a world, even those places we consider will still sojourn digitally inexperienced for a small while longer. Cambodia binds some truly good opportunities for photographers, though this sold image, that to me felt like record invading a lives of those who select siege and meditation, threw me off and indeed done me a bit sad.


Taksim Trolley in Istanbul
I grew adult in Cleveland, Ohio, when steel mills and automobile plants were a “future” for many immature men. we remember jumping a sight marks and hopping on a slow-moving trains with friends. As we strolled by Istanbul, we saw these Turkish children doing a same. From one side of a universe to a next, those of us with small means are a same in so many ways. You can see this stage day and night from Taksim square, down Istiklal street, and finishing during Tunel.


Floating Market Vendor Smiling in Bangkok
I’ve been entrance to Bangkok for roughly 10 years now. I’ve lived there off and on for 5 of those ten. we had never taken a waterway debate until a day we took this shot. It showed me such a smashing and opposite side of Bangkok. While roving in a private prolonged tail boat, we saw this small lady paddle towards us out of nowhere. She was on her approach to a circuitously floating marketplace from her home on a river, that we after satisfied was about 20 mins of rowing away. She was offered small trinkets for cheap. we would have paid her triple only for a bid she put in!


Painting Merchant in Krakow, Poland
I shot this picture a day after visiting Auschwitz Concentration Camp. And to be honest, we wasn’t in a best support of mind. The dark of a stay unequivocally expel a shade over me, and done me consider a lot about a hardship and agonise felt by my possess competition over a centuries. However, once we stumbled on this stage we was reminded of a beauty that’s still in a world. How we live, learn, and pierce brazen together, all shades and colors.


Café in Paris
Paris is only absurd in a resources of print opportunities. While exploring with a transport blogger crony of mine, we came on this typically Parisian scene: A café in a upheld of fall. we grew adult reading about places like Paris and a representations always seemed fantastical to me. After visiting 92 countries, we can contend though any reservation, a beauty of Paris wasn’t overstated. Although it has all a same issues as many large cities, there’s a singular attract to it. This was shot outward Le Palais-Royal Gardens.


BBQ in Budapest, Hungary
I transport for food. That’s unequivocally not a joke. I’ve drastically practiced my transport report on several occasions to knowledge food culture. There’s no improved approach to learn about people and their etiquette than carrying a dish with them. we adore a morality of a Hungarian barbecue. Coming from Texas, where grill is scientific, it’s a acquire knowledge to see zero though hunks of pork, fire, and a few vegetables for crunch. If you’re ever inspired in Hungary, try Fatányéros, a normal mixed-grill specialty from Transylvania. You’ll get beef, veal, pig chops, and of course…a thick cut of bacon.


Homeless Woman Sits in Times Square, NYC
I spend around 11 months a year outward of a US, visiting over 15 countries during that time on average. My notice of misery has altered drastically due to my travels. When we see misery in India, Haiti, and Cambodia, it’s formidable to review it to misery here in a US … until we see it again. As we walked by Times Square, this lady held my eye, and it pennyless my heart. There was such additional and luxury all around her, though people upheld as if she didn’t exist. Travel has private a rose-colored eyeglasses we once wore.


Monk in Moldova
There have been a few countries that agreeably astounded me – Romania, Cambodia, and Chile to name a few. But nothing of them confused me like Moldova. It’s beauty, affordability, and people make it a good transport destination. Yet, they onslaught to attract visitors. we shot this during Orheiul Vechi, a nunnery built into a side of a cliff. This priest indeed lives inside a cavern a same approach monks have given a 12th century. we sneakily shot this right after he had slapped my crony upside a conduct for smoking and creation sound outward a nunnery door. Moral of a story: Don’t disaster with a monks in Moldova! Also reminded me of a comparison ladies during Southern Baptist churches.


Basilica Cistern in Istanbul
I’m never during a detriment as to since Istanbul is deliberate one of a world’s many pleasing cities. It has endured many in a prolonged and colorful story of being a assembly place for both East and West, though it continues to enthuse my photography and pushes me to try new styles, gear, and techniques.


Canal Ride in Venice, Italy
I’m a singular male that travels a universe alone. While some might find this sad, we suffer it only fine. Well, that’s until we revisit places that are delicately curated and marketed towards couples, and a iconic city of Venice is one of those places. It’s fundamentally a final place a singular male should ever revisit since it’ll have we seeking yourself some unequivocally tough questions!


I was unequivocally propitious that a continue wasn’t positively terrible and we was means to try a city and get some fun shots. I’ve always been preoccupied by a tone red in London. It’s such a sheer contrariety to a ubiquitous tasteless tones a city tends to have. Grey’s and browns figure prominently in a pattern intrigue there. This counter was shot outward The British Museum.


Lee Beng Chuan Making Sandalwood Joss Sticks in George Town Penang, Malaysia
Meet Lee Beng Chuan. One of a many inspirational people I’ve ever met. This male is 89 years aged and still gets adult early each morning to make sandalwood joss sticks – something he’s been doing for over 60 years to feed his family. One aspect of Asian cultures that seems utterly common is how prolonged people work. It seems that in Asia, retirement is only a suggestion. One that’s not too ordinarily taken. Seeing his appetite and passion unequivocally put things in viewpoint for me. What are we truly ardent about that you’ll use for 60 years?

 

These are a colorful, vibrant, happy, sad, calm, and thought-provoking moments I’ve managed to constraint on a road, and we wish they make you take a second demeanour during a far-reaching universe outward your window!

 

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