| 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗥𝗶𝘆𝗮𝗱𝗵. It feels like the world is burning. But it’s not.
It seems like each month gets worse, but they don’t. It just feels that way.
I’m still living under mandatory curfew here in the capital of Saudi Arabia. This week it starts at 8pm, and lasts until 9am. During this time I don’t drive anywhere. I still walk though. Sometimes I walk around for hours. I’ll grab my camera as the sun begins to set, and just walk in a new direction. I don’t know where I’ll go before I leave. I just go. I need to move.
I want to burn off the edge I feel. I want to move, so I walk. As I do, I put my headphones and listen to podcasts. I find them extremely rewarding.
I took this picture a few days ago. Seeing this young man on his phone, I wondered if he had any idea what was happening right now in America.
Americans tend to think we’re the center of the universe. We’re not.
If not America, I wondered if he might be following the developments in Hong Kong instead. They’re autonomy is being stripped away, their pseudo independence destroyed. America doesn’t have the time or energy to care. No one does these days.
I wonder if he ever thinks about either of these places as he sits on his phone. Most likely he doesn’t. He’s probably just scrolling through Instagram or Facebook like you are. Maybe he’ll see this picture, and like it, without even knowing who it is.
The world is big, and our humanity is deep, even if it’s sometimes hard to see. But, I promise you, it’s there.
We will get through this. That’s what we do. We survive. It’s what we do best.
I know we will.
(📷: photo by me.) #Riyadh #SaudiArabia #MiddleEast #HongKong #BLM #BlackLivesMatter #Leica #LeicaCL #LeicaSociety