Stepping into the Lives of Others with @rayyiuradzi
To see more photos and videos from Rayyiu Radzi’s travels, follow @rayyiuradzi on Instagram.
"I capture people and tell their stories," says Rayyiu Radzi (@rayyiuradzi), a 25-year-old photojournalist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His striking high-contrast photos are often candid portraits of strangers he’s stopped on the street. “In the work I do, the people who allow me into their lives is what makes the photograph.”
Rayyiu is currently Instagramming from Bangladesh where he says he’s “documenting the human condition and culture,” but his work has also taken him throughout Asia and the Middle East. While he’s traveled extensively, the place that has left the greatest impression on him was Rajasthan, India. “I’ve been there twice,” says Rayyiu, “Amazing light, good food, vivid buildings, overly-friendly people.” He’ll make a third trip in March to document the city’s Holi Festival.
For travelers that want to engage with locals through photography, Rayyiu offers these tips: “Knowing at least a small amount of the local language is important when attempting to shoot a portrait. And don’t be a tourist. Plan less. Go slowly.”
18-21 February had become dark days for my country we have lost approximately one hundred innocent citizens that were brutally murdered by their own government. They were named “Heaven’s Hundred” (ukr. Небесна сотня) by the people. Those tragic events have finally triggered parliament on more radical actions which include the comeback to parliamentary respublic constitution, impeachment to the president and more others that declare our country as democratic country without any chance of doubt. Though there’s still much to do and i’m sure this time we will show the world how strong and beautiful our country can be. This revolution have changed us but also left significant wound in our hearts. Those people have died on the streets of Kyiv, they were ordinary people who just wanted to live in a free country and had a courage to fight for it. They are the people who will always live in our hearts.
20th February, Kiev. 100+ deaths, more than 1000+ injured person.