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Photo Essay: Beautiful Faces of Nicaragua

  • October 17, 2016
  • By Cynthia
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Photo Essay: Beautiful Faces of Nicaragua

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say.
And who can argue with ancient cliches?
Well, me, I guess 🙂 Being argumentative is kinda one of my skills, so I might as well just work with what I’ve got, no?
Because I’d argue that beauty is in the eyes. Full stop.
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I started snapping photos of the life around me in Nicaragua almost from the moment I arrived. I wanted to record the people I was meeting, the things I was seeing, and the friends I knew I’d want to remember.
I wasn’t giving much thought to beauty. I was just making memories and trying to record them.
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ButB looking back through all of these photos – none of them poised, or planned, or even “high quality” shots (some of them not even taken by me, but snapped in glee by the kids in the community) – it hit me like a ton of bricks:
Nicaraguans are freaking beautiful people.
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Speaking in generalities, Nicaraguans don’t often hide their thoughts. Their eyes shine through with their intentions, feelings, and – more often than not – joy.
There’s such a generosity in that, in being willing to share your soul without hiding it and without shame. It’s reflected in the way they live – there’s not a lot of shame in this culture, for better or worse, so people do what they feel like doing regardless of who is around to see, hear, or care.
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And as much as I want to show you a variety of Nicaraguan faces, I have to admit that the large majority of these just happen to be the faces of the Nicaraguans that I love 🙂 So sue me!
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It makes sense that those are largely the pictures that I took, no? All of the faces I never want to forget.
It also makes sense that a ton of them are kids, in no small part because those tiny humans are the ones I always bonded with so quickly.
But as it also turns out, kids are kind of amazing to photograph – their vulnerability and truth just shines right through and straight into your heart.
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Oh Nicaragua. It’s almost time for me to go and I’m ready. But oh how I will miss you so.
Which beautiful face is your favourite!? And where do look to find beauty!?

By Cynthia, October 17, 2016
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