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Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Change, Culture, Photos, Travel |

Northern Ireland in Photos

Northern Ireland in Photos

Northern Ireland is composed of 6 counties in the north of Ireland and is naturally a beautiful place with mountains, rivers, and rugged sea coast. Politically, Northern Ireland has been a contested site for centuries. The two dominant populations, Ulster Protestants and Irish Catholics have traditionally fought to either remain a part of the United Kingdom or be united with the Republic of Ireland. The region went through a period of violent turmoil known as “The Troubles” but came to a formal peace agreement in 1998. The society is rapidly undergoing a great deal of political, social, and economic...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Blog, Culture, Photos, Travel |

Backgammon in Nicosia, Cyprus

Backgammon in Nicosia, Cyprus

This photo was taken in the Old City of Nicosia, Cyprus, where backgammon is a game the old and young play in their spare time. The title is “East/West” as a reference to the contrast of old and new worlds– the traditional and modern. The poster and calendar display messages in English and one of the men is wearing a popular Western brand but all of the men in the picture are traditional Cypriots playing a game that originated in Persia (Iran) thousands of years ago in the last divided capitol of the world. I had permission to capture this moment on a Sunday afternoon in the Old City Nicosia and I have always enjoyed the subtle contrasts in this photo as well as the clear streams of light filtering in onto the scene. This photo is entered into a contest and you can vote for it by liking or sharing it from BarrelHopping’s website....

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