Monthly Archive for December, 2013

A warm fire

A warm fire to light the beginning of something new – Cairo, Egypt 12/31/2013 photo by @laura_eltantawy / VII Photo Mentor @viiphoto @everydayafrica #cairo #egypt #middleeast #northafrica #newyear #goodbye2013 #welcome2014 #abstract #artistic #instagood #instamood #مصر

Cairo, Egypt

On the last day of this year, I looked out my window to find dark clouds full of fear. Then a row of winged beauties circled the sky .. high. As I watched them fly, I silently bid the year’s memories goodbye and made room for new ones to come by – Cairo, Egypt 31/12/2013 Photo & Text by @laura_eltantawy / VII Photo Mentor @viiphoto @everydayafrica #egypt #cairo #middleeast #northafrica #newyear #goodbye2013 #nature #instagood #instamood #abstract #artistic #photography

Winter light #outerbanks

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This road can be evocatively surreal

This road can be evocatively surreal … One evening long ago I ran into an elderly man named Time .. He took me by the hand and told me he would show me the way to life’s ultimate foray … We walked a long road in silence, my eyes wide open as I struggled on my two feet to stay … At the end of a 33-minute walk, he turned and looked me in the eye, in a way my emotions had to obey … A trickling glint down his cheek hinted at what he was to say … “My Child … Now you walk this road alone. Tuck your cold hands between your courage, muster up your strength and go where your heart skips a beat for joy not pain.” … “But Time, will we meet again?” … “Yes” he said softly, “I’ll be with you every step of the way, but remember to stay alert and gentle as you sway, on this long road away into the night where all dreams are possible no matter what others say.”

Photo & Text by @laura_eltantawy / VII Photo Mentor

#egypt #cairo #middleeast #northafrica #lifeisaroad #instagood #instamood #photography @viiphoto @everydayafrica

week 24 – laura el-tantawy


Old Portrait

Last Photo from my Peruvian week on BURNdiary. This is an old portrait of a real friend that I met in Lima and I do like it as the last pic.. Thanks to David, Diego n Kaya, it was nice to share my adventure n to have the opportunity to do it. Bless. Matteo

Alicia Vera – Eden

Alicia Vera




I met Eden while working on a project about strippers in San Francisco, CA. She had just flown into the city to live out her fantasy of becoming an exotic dancer. Baby, a slightly older dancer and prostitute, was one of the first people Eden met at the strip club and after two years of friendship, decided to put herself in Baby’s hands. She became her pimp and taught her the ins and outs of escorting. Eden was eventually caught by an undercover task force. It was her third arrest in the state and was now facing jail time. The recent events had shaken her up but she felt she had learned enough “game” to become independent and left Baby. Before her court date, I accompanied Eden to Lancaster, VA where she visited her mother and for the first time openly discussed her work as an escort.



For hours she questioned her motivations, safety, and her over all well being but ultimately she disapproved of her daughter’s choice. Her court hearing was in Annapolis, MA and despite her previous arrests, the judge let her off with a $300 fine. A few hours later, we found ourselves in an undisclosed hotel room. Candles lit, curtains shut, clothes off. With the grant, I’d like to continue to tell Eden’s story by photographing her every day life. This would be in collaboration with Eden using her journal entries to create a more dynamic story. While I began this project to document the world of prostitution and to initiate dialogue on issues that apply to every women such as self-identity and female chauvinism, I feel that this project is ultimately about a woman’s struggle to find herself.

“Nobody IS what they DO, but whatever we do becomes a part of us. I am a woman, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an artist, and a provider of sex in exchange for money. Although I set aside pieces of myself to protect them, I do not disappear. The daughter, sister, friend, and artist that I am outside of work will always carry around the memories and lessons I’ve gained.” – Eden, 21




Alicia Vera is a documentary photographer based in Mexico City. She studied at the Academy of Art University, attended the VII workshop taught by Ashley Gilbertson in Queretaro, Mexico, Day of the Dead Workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico taught by David Alan Harvey, and is an Eddie Adams Workshop XXIII alumni.


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It is these crosscurrents that move the sand around and constantly change the shape of the barrier islands along the whole eastern U.S. seacoast. These currents along with surprise high winds and sandy shallow shoals have sunk at least 3,000 ships on Cape Hatteras alone. #outerbanks

Fighting in Chumbivilcas

Xmas Fighting. Chumbivilcas, Perù.  matteo armellini for Burndiary


Legs. Cuzco. BURNdiary@ sam_grin. Photo by matteo armellini