The Rise Of Pakistan’s Makeshift Amusement Parks

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A motorcycle acrobat thrills the crowd at an amusement park set up outside a shrine in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. IMAGE: MUHAMMED MUHEISEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Source: Mashable

Embroiled in conflict since at least 1947, when Great Britain partitioned British India to create the independent nations of India and Pakistan, the latter can hardly be considered the world’s happiest place. And yet, these photos by Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen present a photographic foil to such a grim reality.

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Food vendors set up shop to keep visitors fed at a park in Islamabad, Pakistan. IMAGE: MUHAMMED MUHEISEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Source: Mashable

Over the past several years, people living in the outskirts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have come up with a way to temporarily break the fear and add some joy to the lives of Pakistani children, and their parents: makeshift amusement parks.

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A boy walking his horse while he checks out a Rawalpindi park. IMAGE: MUHAMMED MUHEISEN/ASSOCIATED PRESS Source: Mashable

Over 400 amusement parks dot the United States landscape, and another 300 are scattered across Europe. In Pakistan, however, most children do not have the luxury of visiting such parks. In the Middle East and Southeast Asia, amusement parks are scarce, and the ones that do exist are far too expensive for most families to enjoy.

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Kasper Kowalski’s Unexpected Aerial Photography

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Although Kasper Kowalski is a trained architect, it is his unexpected aerial photography that will thrill you most. Born in 1977, the Polish photographer captures the intersections, patterns and shapes that arise in our multifaceted world. When Kowalski photographs these instances and locations where nature and society collide, his images uncover “disorder in harmony,” and an “emergence of new forms”.

Unbelievable Aerial Photography of Poland

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Kasper Kowalski Aerial Photograpahy

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Before Brunch, There Were Riots: 1970s Harlem

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Source: Mashable” (Photo by Jack Garofalo/Paris Match via Getty Images) The popular afro style was everywhere.

French photographer Jack Garofalo’s photos of an iconic New York neighborhood have been making some impressive rounds on the Internet lately, catapulting viewers back to a time before it was a brunch destination; when those who lived there did so primarily because they couldn’t afford to move away.

Harlem’s history in the 1960s and 70s was one of violence and loss: the Harlem Riot of 1964 claimed the life of an unarmed black teenager; Nation of Islam members assassinated Malcolm X, and riots again rocked Harlem’s streets following Martin Luther King Jr.’s death in 1968. Many in Harlem responded by moving out in droves – in what some would call an exodus.

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29 Swoon-Worthy Photos Of Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Nothing beats the simple beauty of a cherry blossom in full bloom. While most varieties of the tree do not produce fruit, their pinkish-white flowers are admired by people all across the world.

In Japan, cherry blossoms represent the beauty and fragility of life, a symbolic notion that has existed for centuries, as seen in ancient Japanese paintings and mythology. When the flowers bloom—creating a dreamy scene of white and pink petals—people gather together to celebrate and remind themselves that while life is a blessing, it is also tragically short. Called “Sakura,” the cherry blossom is Japan’s national flower, playing a role in both political and cultural traditions. During World War II, the blooms were used to promote nationalism.

Check out these incredible images of cherry blossoms before spring’s blooms submit to the summer heat.

The cherry blossom’s transformation from bud to bloom is short and sweet. Check it out in this time-lapse video:

Feel like your part of scenery in this clip of Sakura blooming throughout Japan:

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