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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 πŸ™‚ 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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ButΒ 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 πŸ™‚ 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!?

Talk to me, yo!