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Photo Of The Day: Traditional Dress Code For Unmarried Hamar Woman

Hamar Portrait Ethiopia

Image Source: National Geographic

The Hamar people, a tribe inhabiting southwestern Ethiopia, are recognized for their traditional leaping ceremony (bull-jumping) and are considered to be “masters” of body decoration. Men and women take pride in not only scarification, a tribal ritual that involves creating scars which represent courage and loyalty, but dress and accessories.

The traditional dress code for unmarried Hamar women includes elegant cowrie-shell collars, seeded or glass-beaded necklaces, and decorated goatskin clothing. The attire also represents women’s parentage and dowry to potential suitors.

What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXVII

Syrian Girl Ash Blood

Image Source: The Atlantic

Syria’s Children

Syrian Boy Girl Rubble

Image Source: The Atlantic

Over the course of four years of war in Syria, over 4 million refugees have fled the country. Naturally, many of those 4 million are children. If they’re lucky, they’ve left their homes, been literally thrown over or shoved through barbed border fences, crossed seas, and found safe haven in Europe. Of course, many of Syria’s children aren’t at all that lucky. Head to The Atlantic to visit the rubble, hospitals, battlefields, and refugee camps where Syria’s youngest are bearing the brunt of this war.

Syrian Mother Baby Tent

Image Source: The Atlantic

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You’ll Never Guess How Matt Molloy Creates These Smeared Skies

Bouquet Of Clouds

Source: Installation

Like many people, Matt Molloy likes to photograph his surroundings, but there’s just something different about his pieces, which he calls Smeared Skies. Though the images are created from time-lapse photos, each sunset looks as if it were painted with a series of colorful brush strokes. That brush-like effect of course doesn’t come from paint, but composes part of the photographer’s special photographic processing technique dubbed “time stacking.”

Matt Molloy Cosmic Umbilical Cord

Source: Matt Molloy

Photographic Pointillism

Source: Matt Molloy


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This Year’s Winning Washington Post Traveler Contest Photos Are Stunning

Didn’t get to travel much this summer? Pending your persuasion, the winners of this year’s Washington Post travel photo contest will ease — or encourage — your wanderlust. The national newspaper just announced this year’s winners, with judges selecting three winning photos, along with ten honorable mentions.

Dick Snyder captured what the Post considered to be the best travel photo, depicting Cannon Beach in greyscale (above). The black and white photography enthusiast had the award-winning photo printed on metal to make the landscape really pop. Second place went to Hadi Dimachkieh, who snapped a stunning shot of aquamarine glacier bits on a 10-day trip to Iceland (below).

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