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My grandfather

I went back to my aunt and grandfather’s today to run a few errands, so took some more pictures there. Before his dementia set in, my aunt and mother would take my grandfather out for walks or meals when the weather was nice. However, now because of both his illness and the onset of the harsh Beijing winter, he cannot leave the apartment anymore. @zhaosheila for @burndiary

Winter’s grip

Since I’ve been back, Beijing has also slipped into winter’s grip… @zhaosheila for @burndiary

sheila zhao – komorebi

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Sheila Zhao


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To be completely honest, I don’t believe that I lead a life particularly out of the ordinary. Most days are a series of self-prescribed routines and social interactions with a self-prescribed group of people that passes peacefully and quietly. I recognize that I have been bestowed many blessings in my life, of course, and have the privilege of calling many wonderful people my friend, both of which I’m tremendously grateful for. However, I am also aware that day-to-day or month-to-month, there are not many happenings or stories that I can tell which are of marked interest to anyone other than those who know me. I think it is because of that, consciously or subconsciously, life’s smaller moments have always interested me more. The French author, Georges Bernanos, was quoted to have said: “Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.”

Komorebi is a personal series that I have been photographing since 2011, exploring these small moments of life, which are continuously at play around us. Seemingly mundane moments are for me tiny seconds-long scenes to be appreciated. They are seconds of mystery, longing, love, flight, humor, whimsy – they are the scenes of life. Komorebi is a Japanese word, which means sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees. Like the soft patches of light that comes through the leaves above, this series is my own meditation and subsequent collection of the quieter moments of life that has made my otherwise ordinary life quite extraordinary.



Sheila Zhao is a photographer based in between Shanghai and Beijing, China. She has worked on documentary and reporting projects around Asia. Her work has appeared in publications such as BusinessWeek, GlobalPost, and Globe and Mail.


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Virgencita de Guadalupe

According to the tradition, the “Patroness of Mexico” appeared four times to the Indian Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac. The last of these miraculous encounters took place on December 12, 1531. I had to leave this urban “mexicuban” diary with la Virgencita de Guadalupe. I took this photo because the first time I met @davidalanharvey I was in Madrid, doing my Documentary Master at EFTI and he came to give us a workshop with other photographers like @diegorlando and @aliciavera; and I remember I was in the documentary workshop and all I could photograph was kinda minimalistic and conceptual projects (as they like to call it). So, after drinking a few beers and say good night to them, my roomie lend me a 50mm 2.5 and I started photographing of focus photos st night and that has shaped my work till now. So I drove 18km to take this shot today, kinda free, kinda melted of the Virgencita de Guadalupe and I promised to Diego I wasn’t going to post about political issues, but I would like to dedicate my last words, to the 43 murdered students of #Ayotzinapa and all the people around the world that has a missing “someone” because of a corrupt government. Thank you for all your LOVE and thanks again to David and Diego. @wondercuban for @burndiary project. NAMASTÉ.

Periferico ring

Tonight is a very cold night, my fingers were hurting as hell while I was here trying to capture some night mood. I always wanted to stop and take a picture here on the 2nd floor of Periférico ring, but you are not supposed to stop in the middle of a highway, so the hour and the project were the perfect excuses to at least try it without getting caught. @wondercuban for @burndiary. Buenas noches Mexico City!

Polanco Jazz Festival

Polanco Jazz Festival, México City right now. @wondercuban for @burndiary

Christmas Tree

I absolutetly love christmas. In Cuba, we use to celebrate christmas, but it wasn’t very common. In fact, my father who worked for the government his whole life, (as a part of the intelligence) was not very happy about it. We did not believe in Jesus, I’m not even baptised, but we (or I) believed in the spirit that christmas has to offer. I came to Mexico and we didn’t have a tree, I bought one and I’m the one at home who decorates with lights and warm things and I like to buy some little presents for everybody, even Botón. I hate the idea that we have to buy many things to be happy, it isn’t rich who has more, but who ned less. This season everybody is nicer, is more human, is like everybody believes in love again, in magic. I think that if we could unite for something else, not in a religious way, we have the power to change the world. Merry christmas for you all! @wondercuban for @burndiary. Mexico City, Mexico.

pierfrances cocelada – japan i wish i knew your name

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Pierfrancesco Celada

Japan I wish I knew your name

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During a brief visit to Japan I was soon fascinated by the isolation and loneliness I was feeling in the streets. It started as a personal journey, a foreigner traveling in an alien environment. However, while observing people, it was clear that even locals were not able to interact successfully.

The Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka Megalopolis, also called Taiheiyō Belt is a unique example of urban agglomeration with an estimated population of over 80 million people. Despite this incredibly high number of chances to interact, it seems that society is moving in the opposite direction. If, in small societies, people have more of an active social role, with multiple connections and greater effect on the community; in a larger society some people struggle to communicate, or tend to maintain close contact with only a small number of the closest friends or family members. Some people tend to privilege other communicative systems offered by modern media and tools; others have an even more extreme approach.

“Nobody is ‘together’ in his work.” Ueyama Kazuki

The purpose of this investigation was to create awareness and highlight the problems that modernization and the rapid changes in the environment create in our lives. Is it still important to be, or feel, part of a group? Do we feel part of the environment? Are we alone in the crowd?

I am currently crowd-funding to produce the photobook Hitoride (Literally by Yourself; Alone) based on the project.



Pierfrancesco Celada (b.1979, Italy), after completing a PhD in Biomechanics is now concentrating his attention on a long-term project on life in Modern Megalopolis.In 2011 he won the Ideastap and MagnumPhoto Photographic Award and interned at Magnum Photo.  His work has been exhibited internationally and his projects published on Newsweek, Times Lightbox, Amica, D-LaRepubblica among others. He is currently working on the second chapter of Modern Megalopolis: “People Mountain People Sea” exploring life in Chinese Megacities.


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The graffiti community is growing very fast in Mexico City. The first time I came to Distrito Federal, around 15 years ago, the walls were covered with advertising and it wasn’t that easy to see awesome art on the streets, graffiti festivals or galleries showing that kind of work. Today, if you know who to talk and you are good, the city is your canvas. I dedicate this post to all graffiti artists that I admire and know, thank you for your LOVE!

Christophe viseux- camel race

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Christophe Viseux

Camel Race

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This ongoing essay shot at the Al Wathba race track near Abu Dhabi during the finale week of the racing season in March 2014 aims to depict one of the oldest, yet very active parts of the Emirati and Arab tradition: the camel race. A flourishing industry, camel races serve as a social gathering for many locals and curious visitors. While betting is illegal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in accordance to the Islamic texts, significant money prizes and endowments, such as brand new SUVs are given away to the winning owners as incentives.

Underage, lightweight jockeys traditionally mounted the finest racing camels, in order to achieve a top speed. The rise in popularity of this prosperous industry had a perverse effect, by increasing child trafficking, originating from South Asia and Africa. Following the international strain stemming from human rights activists, the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan signed in 2005 the Law No.15, banning the employment of underage camel jockeys. As a substitute, small and inexpensive remote controlled robots can now be found mounted on the humps of the camels. According tp the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), more than a thousand children received assistance from local authorities and organizations before being repatriated to their home countries.



Christophe Viseux is a freelance photographer based between Paris and Dubai.


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Last post from Rio

The week past too quickly. This is the last posting of my @burndiary assignment. After several months in Rio, my actual hosting city, I would like to encourage you all to have a deeper look into this wonderful city full of history, culture, habits, marvelous people and contrasts; no words can express more than a personal visit.Thank you all for following me over the week. My special thanks to @burndairy , @davidalanharvey , @diegorlando and its team. @peterbauza for @burndiary It was very inspiring for some future proyects. Cheers | See you next time @peterbauza


Right at the beginning, I mentioned that this assignment about Rio would be without the traditional and known beach photos. During the last shootings in the afternoon I decided to represent Rio´s beach life also with those happy community youngsters on their way to surf. The weather is always good for a late afternoon surf. @peterbauza for @burndiary


“Borderline”@peterbauza for @burndiary

Funk party

Rio´s peripheries hide amazing party opportunities. Late night shootings at Funk party.@peterbauza for @burndiary

Rush in the Rain

“Rush in the rain | Rio”@peterbauza for @burnmagazine

On Patrol

“In the busy and loud night of Rio, the police makes its patrol“. Reviewing my shootings from last night I thought I should post especially this one. Behind photographers you find relevant friends and collaborators. It is the moment to mention and to say thank you toNanda, always taking care while I am shooting. @peterbauza for @burndiary

Transvestites in Rio

When nights start, city is still in rush and the “He’s” get active… Transvestites in Rio @peterbauza for @burndiary