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CHINA TOWN, BOSTON – A cheerful crowd celebrates the 2016 Chinese New Year, at China Town in Boston city. Numerous groups performed the traditional Lion dance, an auspicious ritual in Chinese culture, to chase away ghosts and evil spirits, and since the monsters, ghosts, evil spirits and giants. Clashing cymbals, a gong and drums accompanied the lively scene, along with fire crackers. Photo by Shraddha Gupta.

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Chinese New Year 2016: China Town, Boston City

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“This is a story of Alicia O’Dell, a peek into the various facets of her personality, and her day to day life. She calls herself a nomad, and on a typical day, she is a loner, trying to understand her experiences, and turning them into jewelry designs in her studio. But once her products are ready, she is ready to stage as the Founder of AEO Designs, her self-starter jewelry brand. While she is absolutely focused in her studio, at home (which is another artistic expression of Alicia’s life), she is more of a thinker, and a cheerful, radiant personality to meet and hang around with. This is a synopsis of Alicia’s life, in 10 picture shots…”

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December 4, 2015, SOMERVILLE – Alicia O’Dell, Founder of AEO designs, a US based, metal jewelry brand, is working in an Artists Asylum in Somerville, handcrafting new pieces of jewelry for the busy holiday season. Taking inspiration from her personal travel experiences, which eventually became the reason for her to start the brand, she said, “I was born with nomadic heart. I’ve lived many places and constantly seek opportunities to travel, to explore. I am grateful for my journey, to connect profoundly with this strange yet familiar world. I process these experiences through my art, to find peace with the unanswered questions – a balance with the oppositions”. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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A NOMADIC kind of an ARTIST.

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November 15, 2015, BOSTON – Waheeda Saif, along with a group of other muslim women from the Boston area, dressed in black, gathered outside the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, to carry out a silent vigil, mourning the loss of all lives everywhere, due to senseless violence and hatred. “We mourn today to the loss of humanity, and that enough is enough, and specially to the whole anti-refugee sentiment that has in rising, specially in the last few days since the paris attacks. We just want to send the message that we are all human beings, and refugees don’t equal to terrorists, we mourn to loss of lives equally, from Beirut, to Burma, to Afghanistan, to Kabul to Yemen, to paris, and to anywhere else in the world, for the people who suffered daily due to this violence and attacks,” said, Edina Škaljić, the co-organizer of the event (not in the picture). Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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MUSLIM WOMEN IN BLACK

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November 15, 2015, BOSTON – A vigil took place at noon, on Sunday, on the Boston Common, in response to a night of terror in Paris, that killed more than 120 people and injured nearly 300 others. Adriana Harley, a former resident and student of France, expressed her feelings, stating, “I have friends back in France. Its very hard to actually speak about this incident, because one feels that there are no words to express the atrocity, the horror. Its an unspeakable barbaric act. It’s hard to believe that these things have actually happened, like 9/11, so how did we all get here? We think of ourselves as civilised, and having reached the 21st century, and then we go back into tribal actions, this barbaric behaviour that is unworthy of any human being in any period of history. I think even tribes from 3000 years ago would have hesitated before they would have taken the life of innocent people. For the people who did this, to draw the attention of the western world to their despair… I mean their despair might be true, but killing innocent people is not a way to communicate that to the western world”. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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‘People of PARIS’ – #PrayForParis

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November 8, 2015, CAMBRIDGE – Antonio Maycott, spray paint artist, originally from Mexico, giving a live spray paint performance outside the Harvard Square station, MA on Sunday. The artist makes his paintings on the spot, with some quirky music playing in the background to attract the passing by crowd, and sells his work for $10 per artwork. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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Spray Painting ‘Happiness’

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Oct. 24, 2015, BOSTON – Heather Wilde, 11, and her family participated in the Annual Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest, with their three cats, Milo (left), Lucky and Holly, being held at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, MA on Saturday. “These are all Heather’s cats, and it was totally her idea and concept that we are displaying here. We are all dressed up as pirates, and the cats are being carried around in the USS Constitution ship from the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean. We are hoping to win this one,” said Brenda Wilde, Heather’s mother. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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Pirates in the ‘Halloween Pet Parade’

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Oct. 18, 2015, BOSTON – An official HOCR volunteer is spotted in action at Dock 3, to help the launch of upcoming rowing teams for race, at the Finish Area Launch Site (FALS), located in Christian Herter Park, Allston, MA. As observed, the mood at the dock is often a mix of emotions, ranging from the energy of the volunteers, nervousness of about-to-launch rowers, to the happy and tired faces of teams which just finished the race and are ready to dock back after a hectic day. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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‘DOCK 3 TALES’ – Dock. Launch. Go. Park.

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