Tuesday, July 28, 2015

“An inmate with his dog at Coffee Correctional Facility,...



“An inmate with his dog at Coffee Correctional Facility, which houses men serving sentences of up to 25 years. The #prison, in #Nicholls, Georgia, participates in a training program for #dogs that helps teach them to use their powerful sense of smell to keep people safe. Each puppy is assigned to an inmate, who acts as its main handler and trainer. They live together in a dedicated dorm, where the dogs’ crates nestle against their trainers’ bunks. After a year, many dogs will be placed with a government agency or a private security firm to sniff out bombs, narcotics or other threats. Meanwhile, for the inmates, the work tends to speed up the rehabilitation process. Bryan Meltz photographed the training program at Coffee on #nytassignment.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica via NASA



Milky Way and Aurora over Antarctica via NASA



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Monday, July 27, 2015

“Surf pictures are usually about motion. But @jstersurf,...



“Surf pictures are usually about motion. But @jstersurf, who has spent the last nine years making large-format #tintype photos of #surfers on beaches all over the world, is out to capture stillness. Shooting with a big, old-fashioned camera draws people in, she said, and encourages them to participate. “There’s a little bit of spectacle and performance involved in what I’m doing because I’m working in public. I’m kind of under observation at all times,” @jstersurf said. “It’s this curious combination of artistry, technique, puppet show and performance, all on the beach.” Which, it turns out, is a lot like surfing itself. Follow @jstersurf and visit her website to see more photos of surfers, like Mark and Emily, pictured here. #lensblog” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“Fans of Pedro Martinez waved flags of the...



“Fans of Pedro Martinez waved flags of the #DominicanRepublic and chanted “Pe-dro! Pe-dro!” with little prompting on Sunday at the @baseballhall induction ceremony in #Cooperstown, New York. Pedro is the second Dominican #baseball player to enter the Hall of Fame, 32 years after Juan Marichal became the first. @nathaniel_brooks_photo captured Nathaly Garcia, from the Bronx, rallying with fellow supporters. “Don’t look at me as numbers, as baseball, as achievements,” Pedro said when he spoke to the crowd. “I’d like you to see me as a sign of hope for a third world country, for Latin America, someone you can look up to to say, ‘I’m proud of you.’” Follow @nathaniel_brooks_photo to see more photos.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“Today the Figure 1 team moved into a new home - with lots...



“Today the Figure 1 team moved into a new home - with lots of space to grow.” By figure1 on Instagram



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“A restaurant worker added trash bags to a giant pile of...



“A restaurant worker added trash bags to a giant pile of garbage outside of a bar in #Beirut. “Lebanon’s trash crisis is steadily spiraling out of control,” writes @bdentonphoto, who took this photo in a nightlife district where trash has been baking in the summer sun for more than a week. “Massive piles like this one are growing so large that they’re starting to block traffic,” he writes. The mounting trash crisis is the most recent example of an issue for which the Lebanese government has failed to find a long-term solution. Many Lebanese see the spreading garbage crisis as a new, more pungent manifestation of the country’s often impotent political system. #regram from @bdentonphoto.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“Welcoming President @barackobama in Addis Ababa,...



“Welcoming President @barackobama in Addis Ababa, #Ethiopia, where he and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn took part in a news conference earlier today. As #Obama began his trip, which human rights groups say legitimizes an oppressive government, he urged Ethiopia’s leaders to curb crackdowns on press freedom and political openness. "When all voices are being heard, when people know they are being included in the political process, that makes a country more successful,” he said. This is the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited Ethiopia. @nytmills has been photographing the president’s trip, which started with a stop in Kenya. Follow @nytmills to see more. #AddisAbaba" By nytimes on Instagram.



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“The Sky” via xkcd.com



“The Sky” via xkcd.com



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The Sombrero Galaxy from Hubble via NASA



The Sombrero Galaxy from Hubble via NASA



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Sunday, July 26, 2015

“Men played #football on the beach in Manta, a port city...



“Men played #football on the beach in Manta, a port city in #Ecuador. After Ecuador was shut out from borrowing in traditional markets, the country turned to #China to fill the void. It is increasingly the trading partner of choice for many countries, taking the mantle from Western nations. China’s foreign direct investment — the money it spends overseas annually on land, factories and other business operations — is second only to the United States’, having passed Japan last year. This #nytweekender, we have been sharing photos by @ivankphoto for a series called #thechinafactor, which explores China’s global ambitions — as well as the loans and strings attached.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“A new road leads to an entrance to the Refineria del...



“A new road leads to an entrance to the Refineria del Pacifico, where workers are busy laying Chinese-made pipe. #Ecuador is depending on Chinese banks to finance $7 billion for the project, which is expected to cost roughly $10 billion. For the Ecuadorean government, the refinery is central to making the country self-sufficient in energy. For Beijing, it could mean more gasoline and other petroleum products shipped directly to #China, without depending on the American refineries that now process them. This #nytweekender, we’re sharing photos by @ivankphoto for #thechinafactor series.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“Chinese men in #Ecuador for the Coca Codo Sinclair...



“Chinese men in #Ecuador for the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric project, in their room in a camp for workers. Few of the Chinese workers speak Spanish, and they live apart from their Ecuadorean counterparts. When the workers leave their camp at noon for lunch, they walk down the main street in separate groups. And when the workers visit the local brothel, they walk up the hill in separate groups. This #nytweekender, we’re sharing photos by @ivankphoto for a series called #thechinafactor, which explores China’s global ambitions — as well as the loans and strings attached.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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Infrared Trifid via NASA



Infrared Trifid via NASA



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Saturday, July 25, 2015

“Water pipes outside the port of Manta, an area where...



“Water pipes outside the port of Manta, an area where #Ecuador wants a Chinese oil company to build a giant refinery. From Cameroon to Canada, energy projects have been a significant portion of China’s $630 billion of overseas investments in the last decade. Confident that #China will support the project, Ecuador has been moving aggressively on the refinery project. But the Chinese banks have not officially agreed to finance $7 billion of the project, which is expected to cost about $10 billion total. The prospects now look hazy. This #nytweekender, we’re sharing photos by @ivankphoto for our series, #thechinafactor.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“José Tixi, right, with his family in their home in San...



“José Tixi, right, with his family in their home in San Luis, Ecuador. José works at a hydroelectric plant project run by a Chinese engineering company and financed by the Chinese Export-Import Bank. Many of the Ecuadoreans working alongside José have repeatedly protested about working conditions on the project, which was supposed to be ready late last year, but has been plagued by issues. In December, 11 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed and a dozen were hurt when an underground river burst into the tunnel and flooded the powerhouse. @ivankphoto photographed a number of sites where #China is spreading its wealth in Ecuador. We’ll share more of his photos from the series #thechinafactor for #nytweekender.” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“The San Rafael falls, the tallest #waterfall in Ecuador....



“The San Rafael falls, the tallest #waterfall in Ecuador. The Coca River vaults down the 480-foot waterfall and cascades through steep canyons toward the Amazon. But in recent years, nearly 1,000 #Chinese engineers and workers have been pouring concrete for a dam and a 15-mile underground tunnel that is part of a $2.2 billion hydroelectric plant project a few miles away. When the dam is complete, it will divert water to produce electricity, nearly drying up a 40-mile stretch of the river — including the falls — for several months of the year. According to the executive director of the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute, “it would be like leaving Niagara Falls without water.” This #nytweekender, we’re sharing photos from #Ecuador by @ivankphoto, a photographer based in Quito who worked on a story about China’s investments in Ecuador and elsewhere. #thechinafactor” By nytimes on Instagram.



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Ultraviolet Rings of M31 via NASA



Ultraviolet Rings of M31 via NASA



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Friday, July 24, 2015

“Dancers at the Vogue Knights party at @escuelita in New...



“Dancers at the Vogue Knights party at @escuelita in New York. It has been years since @madonna and Jennie Livingston’s documentary “Paris is Burning,” but #vogueing is still burning up the #dancefloor in the city. Part communal tradition, part competition and part personal statement, the dance began as an imitation of models in fashion magazines and on runways. But occasionally it surfaces as a mainstream pop-culture phenomenon. (Just ask @channingtatum.) On Saturday, the #LatexBall — which honors the pioneers of vogueing and shows how much the dance has evolved — celebrates its 25th anniversary at @terminal5nyc in Hell’s Kitchen. Follow @kristaschlueter to see more #vogueing photos. #letyourbodygroovetothemusic” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“Top Withins, the ruined farmhouse believed to be the...



“Top Withins, the ruined farmhouse believed to be the inspiration for Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.” To make it there, a @nytimestravel writer took a long hike across the West #Yorkshire moors, passing over hills peppered with scrubby grass, through fields of heather and over jagged rocks and gurgling stream. The literary monument was a pit stop on a six-day trip exploring the renowned beer culture of the northern English county. Photo by @andyhaslamphoto for @nytimestravel. #wutheringheights” By nytimes on Instagram.



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“@miguel at the @boweryhotel in New York, where...



“@miguel at the @boweryhotel in New York, where @malinfezehai photographed him earlier this month. @miguel’s first headlining tour — for his new album #Wildheart — will bring him back to the city in August. On his first two albums, @miguel, 29, presented himself as a typical R&B figure. Now, he’s claiming his own more specific identity: a songwriter who finds his hometown — Hollywood, beaches, the suburbs, the ghettos — both around and within himself. “I really am #LosAngeles,” he said. “Not only in the sense that I’m Mexican and black, and they’re the dominating ethnicities in this city, but in the energy of Los Angeles, and how everywhere you go there’s this weird juxtaposition of hope and desperation. And that’s my life, that’s who I am.”” By nytimes on Instagram.



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