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reubenhernandez One of my favorite things about living in NYC is being in such close proximity to Storm King. If you ever visit me, there's a good chance that I'll bring you here. My friends pictured in this photo aren't complaining one bit, hence the fist pump. #WHPfeelslikehome 2d

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reubenhernandez \ HOME \

These are the colors of my youth
Shared with friends and lovers
They draw me back here
Where nostalgia finds me
And I learn to love more each time
This is where I discovered adventure
Uncovered hope
Dared to dream
And found my courage
Where my soul longed for the universe
Home is not where you grew up
But where you grow to find yourself

#reubenwrotethis
#WHPfeelslikehome
#nofilter
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reubenhernandez \ PHOTOGRAPHS \

Going through our analog family history with my brother today was a fascinating experience and a reminder of how precious and meaningful photographs are.
It's been said that if your house is burning down, one of the first material possessions you will grab are your photographs.
I hope you're having a beautiful day creating meaningful experiences and memories with your loved ones today

#apictureisworthathousandwords
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reubenhernandez Set your life on fire
Seek those who fan your flames - Rumi
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reubenhernandez This is Greg, who used to be my boss. Almost 5 years ago, I filmed myself tendering my resignation to Greg in a conference room, and here we are stand up paddling nearly 5 miles around Dana Point, my old stomping ground. The water is freakishly warm, and we're pretty happy to say the least

#adventuretillwedie #liveauthentic
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reubenhernandez \ summer's gone \

I dare you to leave everything behind
This is your chance to start all over
Hop on a plane
I want to know seasons
I want to feel things I've never felt before
We will believe tonight, tonight
Tonight
Tonight
Tonight
This is our chance to start all over

#reubenwrotethis

I've decided to reevaluate my relationship with time going into 2015...
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reubenhernandez This is life in motion 2w

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reubenhernandez "There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and being the noise." - Rumi

#WHPwordstoimages #wecantbreathe #EricGarnerEyes #millionsmarchNYC #insideoutproject
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reubenhernandez "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

#WHPwordstoimages #wecantbreathe #EricGarnerEyes #millionsmarchNYC #insideoutproject
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reubenhernandez "#Hellomynameis Siobhan and I reside in Shanghai, China. I have also lived with a Masai tribe on the outskirts of Amboseli NP, Kenya. Despite the language barrier, what really touched me was how humble and kind the Masai are, and it made me realise that travelling isn't just about scenery and wildlife, but also about understanding the diversity of human culture on our wonderful planet." #makemoreportraits #thisarcticlife 3w

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reubenhernandez Some of my polar essentials after returning to the ship from an Arctic expedition. I'm prepping to embark next month on a 2 month adventure and photo residency in Antarctica, which is my final continent to explore #thisarcticlife 3w

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reubenhernandez One of my favorite sculptures #WHPgeometry 3w

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reubenhernandez Giving thanks for a photo that changed me:

This is Cecilia, one of our patients at a vision care clinic in Salinas, Ecuador. I had the opportunity to film and photograph stories for @onesight, an organization dedicated to providing free vision care for underprivileged individuals around the world. After Cecilia received her glasses and the gift of sight, her disposition transformed instantaneously.
The stories we documented were life changing and heart breaking, and I realized I had found my calling - to tell meaningful, compelling human stories in the most creative and beautiful way possible. This was a pivotal moment in my life.
Less than six months after returning from Ecuador, I somehow found the courage to quit my job, moved out of my house, said a lot of goodbyes, and took a nine month soul-searching journey around the world. It was a difficult thing to do at the time, and took all the courage I could muster up, but it was one of the most fulfilling decisions I have ever made. At the end of my travels, I fulfilled my long time dream of moving to New York City, to pursue a creative career and make a living doing what I love. I actually drove nearly 16,000 miles across North America to NYC and sold my car upon arriving. I haven't looked back ever since.
#onesight #womenareheroes #thewayweseeit #liveauthentic
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  •   traceyloveschad Live your dreams!! 4w
  •   bdonthewing This is lovely. 4w
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  •   encoomer Beautiful pic 4w
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  •   rpshutup Awesome! Thank you for sharing this and other stories. So cool. 4w
  •   sunglass_hut_wdw Wow we love this!! @chepejose 4w
  •   deborahgorman Wow. Amazing. Giving the gift of sight is so special I went with my dad who's an eye Surgeon to Peru. He did 100s of cataract surgeries. When we took off the patches and grandparents saw they grandchildren for the first time. That was so special. It changed me too. 4w

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reubenhernandez "Only from the heart
Can you touch the sky."
- Rumi
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reubenhernandez 5 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

Nearly 5 years ago, I quit my job and relocated to NY from CA with hopes of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. Back then, the Holy Grail would have been to land an assignment for National Geographic, but I've since learned that I don't necessarily need to shoot for Nat Geo to do meaningful work and tell powerful stories. In fact, one of my favorite photographers told me that he actually turned down his first assignment for Nat Geo. To be perfectly honest, I'm not even entirely sure if I could handle the pressure of such an assignment, and the thought of shooting 40,000 - 60,000 images for a single assignment is a bit overwhelming... This year I had the incredible experience of being a photographer in residence onboard an expedition ship in the Arctic. I absolutely loved it because I got to explore such a beautiful and remote part of our planet doing what I love, and it was a meaningful and transformative experience because it helped me understand our fragile world a bit better and the importance of safeguarding the future of our earth.
I'm beyond excited to embark on the ship again in February for a month long residency in Antarctica, especially since Antarctica has been on my bucket list ever since I did a report on it in 4th grade. It is also my last and final continent to visit.

What kind of experiences transform and bring meaning to your life?

I nominate @andrewshepherd for the black and white challenge. I love working with Andrew not only because he is an overall wonderful human, but because his work is always unexpected, beautiful, and solid.

#thisarcticlife #neverstopexploring #NOTGEO
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reubenhernandez 4 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

Well I suppose they don't call it a challenge for nothing. A lot of images I thought would work well in black and white simply just don't work, and there's no point in forcing the issue. So I dug deep into the archives and found one of my favorite black and white images from Mt. Etna, Sicily. It was the middle of the winter, very cold, and there was so much snow on the roads I wasn't entirely sure if our car would make it up to base camp. We ended up making it and I looked up and saw this beautiful picture of 3 people hiking in perfect formation on a ridge line towards the summit of Mt. Etna, and the rest is history. This is one of my all time favorite images that I've ever captured, for so many reasons.

I'm breaking the rules and nominating both @miahklein and @waterproject for the black and white challenge. I owe a lot of thanks to Miah for his guidance and for helping me along the way when I decided that I wanted to pursue photography professionally. I wouldn't be where I am today had it not of been for people like Miah. I've since passed on some of that knowledge to @waterproject, who is part of the next generation of up and coming photographers

#payitforward
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reubenhernandez 3 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

This is a portrait I took of Neil onboard our expedition ship in the Arctic this past summer. I looked out the window and saw Neil smoking a pipe by himself, out in the cold, on the port side of the ship. I immediately knew I had to get a picture of him, so I ran outside and captured one of my favorite images from my residency. In the Arctic, often times the most memorable moments occur when you least expect it.

I nominate @leifography, a fellow New Yorker who I connected with onboard our ship in the Arctic
#thisarcticlife
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