31 December 2017

Sharing Photos on Flickr in 2017

Flickr is a popular image hosting website for international users to share and embed personal photographs, and a successful online community. Its service is widely used by both amateur and professional photographers as well as photo researchers in order to host images that they embed in blogs, websites and social media. Yahoo-owned Flickr has a total of almost 100 million registered users who share about one million photos every day. Photos can be accessed from Flickr without the need to register an account but an account must be made to upload content onto their website. I’m an active member of the Flickr online community and have had an account since 2015: Matt Hahnewald - Facing the World.

Until the 31st of December 2017, the following Top Ten of my more than 2,000 uploaded portrait photographs were rated as the most interesting ones, according to the views, faves and comments from my Flickr friends and followers (and Flickr's interestingness algorithm). Thank you. Have a wonderful New Year; snap with passion!

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people; Chinese people; Chinese man; portrait; street portrait; headshot; South China; Guangxi province; Xingping; old man; Chinese beard; Li river; old fisherman; close up

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people; closeup; street portrait; headshot; Nepal; Kathmandu; sadhu; Hinduism; holy man; religious ascetic; yogī; mokṣa; double V sign

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double portrait; street portrait; people; Indonesia; South Sulawesi; Tana Toraja; folk costume; Toraja traditional garment; young women; young Toraja women; beautiful

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15 December 2017

Having a Nose for Indian Jewelry

Nose jewelry is most commonly associated, since ancient times, with women from the Indian subcontinent. The ornaments are attached through a piercing (i) on the (left) side of the nostril, or (ii) through the nasal septum which separates the left and right nostrils. Nose piercing is the second most common variety of piercing after earlobe piercing.

(i) In India, like any other jewelry, nostril piercings and nose jewelry (e.g. studs, loops) are regarded as a mark of beauty and social standing as well as a Hindu's honor to Parvati, the goddess of marriage. The piercings are often an integral part of the Indian wedding jewelry. As is the case with many areas of life, size matters...

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(ii) Septum piercing is popular in the countryside of the Indian subcontinent. In India such piercing is often called nathori and common with many Adivasi tribes. Generally, many types and sizes of jewelry and rings are worn in the septum piercing, such as a variety of ordinary metal rings (sometimes with attached gems), captive bead rings and circular or curved barbells. Septum piercings are often combined with nostril piercings, e.g. with many Adivasi tribes in Odisha.

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”...and will as tenderly be led by th' nose; as asses are...”
(acc. to William Shakespeare: Othello)

30 November 2017

Meeting Meithei Mothers at Their Market

Imphal, the capital city of the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur, is home to the Meithei people, who despite their own interesting version of Vaishnavism, remain resolutely independent in their thinking. Manipur’s matriarchal society means that women do most of the work and champion political causes. As Manipuri men were mostly fighting in wars with the Chinese and Burmese, Manipuri women shouldered the responsibility of supporting their families.

At the heart of Imphal, the fascinating Khwairamband Bazaar aka ima keithel (Engl.: Mother’s Market) is run by more than three thousand Meithei women, selling everything from edible insects, locally grown fruits and vegetables to colorful, traditionally crafted handloom and handmade jewelry, and making it the largest of its kind in Asia. Historic instances suggest that the all-women ima keithel has been part of Manipuri tradition since the 16th century CE. Established in a bygone era, the stalls, shops or arcades are handed down to the women of the family, generation by generation, and the inheriting mothers continue to follow the unwritten rules, thus, also making the marketplace traditionally stronger.

In January 2016, Manipur was hit by a severe earthquake which shattered some permanent structures in Imphal’s unique Mother’s Market. The quake had occurred at a time when the women hadn’t started their day yet. So, it did shake up their shops but their spirits stayed resilient to rebuild them.

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"A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away."
(Eudora Welty)

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More portrait photographs with exif data, geotags and other specs in Matt Hahnewald's

25 November 2017

Being Nosey in Ziro Valley

The Apatani, or Tanw, also known as Apa and Apa Tani, are an interesting tribal group of c. 60,000 people living in the Ziro Valley in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. Their language belongs to the Sino-Tibetian family (Tani languages).

The Apatani, one of the major ethnic groups of the Eastern Himalayas, are a distinct culture with systematic land-use practices and rich traditional ecological knowledge of natural-resources management and conservation, acquired over the centuries through informal experimentation. The tribe is known for its animistic sun-and-moon religion (Donyi-Polo), intricate handloom designs, skills in cane and bamboo crafts, vibrant traditional village councils called bulyañ, and facial tattoos (broad blue lines from the forehead to the tip of the nose and five vertical stripes under the lower lip on the chin) and black wooden nose plugs aka yaping hullo, lodged in the sides of their noses, of their elderly women. The tattooing procedure involved using thorns to cut the skin and soot mixed in animal fat to fill in the deep blue color. The wounds were then allowed to get infected so that the tattoos became larger, darker and clearer. That practice reportedly started because the women wanted to look unattractive to males from neighboring tribes. It’s a dying tradition, which has not been practiced since c. 1970 CE. Now it is only the elderly women of the tribe who bear the physical hallmarks of a bygone era, providing a hint at the fascinating history of the Apatani tribe...


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"This world is full of the most outrageous nonsense.
Sometimes things happen which you would hardly think possible."

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"In black and white there are more colors than color photography,
because you are not blocked by any colors
so you can use your experiences, your knowledge, and your fantasy,
to put colors into black and white."

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I usually do my photo tours solo. However, this time I was lucky to team up and play ball with Japanese photographer Rie Shiina who tremendously helped me to establish close rapport with the traditional Apatani women. Paya aro pacho, Rie!

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28 September 2017

Emancipating Hindu Spirituality

In Hinduism, a sādhu is a religious ascetic or holy person. The sādhu is solely dedicated to achieving spiritual liberation aka mokṣa, the fourth and final aśrama (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation of BrahmanSādhus often wear saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their renunciation aka sanyāsa (renunciation of worldly possessions).

A female mendicant in Hinduism is often called a sādhvī, or sometimes (especially in Jainism) an aryika. The Sanskrit term sādhvī ("good or virtuous woman") refers to female renouncers who have chosen to live lives apart from or on the edges of society to focus on their own spiritual practices. It is also thought that the austere practices of the sādhvī help to burn off their karma and that of the community at large.
Female sādhus aka sādhvīs exist in many sects and their lifestyles vary among the Hindu sects. In many cases, the women that take to the life of renunciation are widows, and these types of sādhvīs often live secluded lives in ascetic compounds. Others start following their spiritual path as teens or twens and follow the sadhana through organized groups. Women are said to make up c. 5 - 10 percent of those on the sādhu/sādhvī path. Sādhvīs, like their male counterparts, devote their lives to deep meditation, a particular god, yoga and spiritual discussion and other related practices. Sādhvīs may be yoginis (and often are), but yoginis are not necessarily sādhvīs.

Sādhvīs are sometimes regarded by some as manifestations or forms of a goddess, or devi, and are honoured as such. There have been a number of charismatic sādhvīs that have risen to fame as religious teachers in contemporary India (e.g. Anandamayi Ma, Sarada Devi, Mata Amritanandamayi). A few Hindu sects do not permit sādhvīs for fear the celibate sādhus would be corrupted. There are also cases of physical exploitation and sexual abuse of sādhvīs (e.g. India Today of Aug 26, 2017).

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"The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair;
but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved."
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Portrait photographs (with exif data, geotags and other specs) of male sādhus in Matt Hahnewald's

Portrait photographs (with exif data, geotags and other specs) of sādhus from Nepal in Matt Hahnewald's

Portrait photographs (with exif data, geotags and other specs) of sādhus from Varanasi in Matt Hahnewald's