These photos were taken by the Daily Lobo staff as they traveled across the country and across the world. Irene Allen shot photos of her travels in Japan and Taiwan and Kevin Maestas shot life on the pier in Newport Beach, CA. Colton Newman photographed the mesmerizing architecture of New York City, NY, and Celia Raney photographed street artists and performers in San Diego, CA. More photographs can be found on the Daily Lobo website.
From protests that turned Albuquerque’s downtown into an array of smoke and fire to UNM students developing alternatives to President Donald Trump’s border wall, the amount of community involvement around political issues has increased dramatically since Trump’s campaign. This photo project came as a culmination of photos collected from nearly a year of photographing protests and community efforts in response to our current political climate.
“The experience taught us that getting lost isn’t something to avoid, but to embrace.”- The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
Traveling around the nations and some countries teaches people to become creative and keep the mind active. It challenges yourself and build resilience, while realizing who you are. If I could give one piece of advice to all students, it would to travel. This place might change your life or not, but you will experience an adventure that you never have before.
Thousands of UNM students and Albuquerque locals attended the annual UNM Fiestas this year. People came out to see the headliners Skizzy Mars and Gramatik, along with a whole slew of other musical artists. Almost everyone who attended the music festival only saw the shows from the perspective of looking up from the crowd; I wanted to give people a more personal and close-up look at the people who were playing on stage, and their perspective of the audience.
It all started with one shelf of spices and Middle Eastern goods. The need for Middle Eastern products in Albuquerque is what inspired the Aggad family to open Cafe Istanbul. Originally from Palestine, the Aggad’s moved to Columbus, Ohio before making their way to Albuquerque. Since the market’s opening, Cafe Istanbul has been an important part of the community. Customers have shown tremendous support to the Aggad family by bringing them flowers, thank you cards and hugs. “It’s really a blessing,” cafe owner Itadel Aggad said. “We are really blessed to know that people come and they care. We share stories, we share laughs, we share hugs in hard times like Trump’s (election). People would come and say ‘Can I have a hug?’ It means the world. Anytime you communicate with people, it’s the best feeling...and it makes you feel good that they are happy.”
This was quite the experience for myself and my friends — going to an unknown music festival that is relatively small but well known for having the best atmosphere and great people. The Desert Hearts Music Festival is tucked deep in the hills of Southern California on a Native American reservation called Los Coyotes. The music festival lasted a full weekend, with the music playing nonstop from Friday at 10 a.m. until Monday at 4 p.m. This experience was like no other, and I knew I wanted to share some photos of it. So many unique people from around the world came together to experience the four-day event just to dance the winter night away. I would recommend this music festival for easy-going techno lovers and for those looking for a culture-based event where complete strangers become family overnight. And for those wondering, it is a 21-and-up event, so it was the party of a lifetime. Please enjoy these photos and others under my Instagram (@itschiddy) and my website somethingchiddy.com