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      • Kid's Play
        Komárom, Hungary

        Yesterday I went with my friend Szilvia to photograph at her job in Komárom. She works at Gekko, which is focused around early childhood development and education. I spent the day with her as she took the children who stopped by through games and fun exercises designed to

      • A Winter Festival
        Sturovo. Slovakia

        Over the weekend I went to an interesting festival (Maskarázás) in Chlaba, nearby town. As it was explained to me the purpose was to banish Winter (which we all hate don’t we?) so that our friend Spring can come along and make us happy. It seemed like a good reason to d

      • A Winter Walk
        Esztergom, Hungary

        Winter has been visiting us quite a bit here in Eastern Europe. Now those who know me well understand I am not really in favor of this whole business of cold and snow but sadly until I get that villa in southern Spain I will no doubt be seeing a lot more snow. In the be

      • Photo of the Day #111
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        The European Union is perhaps the most perfectly imperfect of all multinational institutions. If it were a car, it would be held together by duct tape right about now. But that is not preventing the drivers, nearly thirty at this point, from trying to drive this metaphor

      • Photo of the Day #110
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        Kosovo just celebrated its first independence day this week. The country has come a long way in the past year but there are still many hurdles not least of which is the fact that most nations in the world, including several members of the European Union, do not yet recog

      • Photo of the Day #108
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        When a young child jumps up and down and screams do you:
        A.) ignore the child
        B.) hit the child
        C.) try to calmly reason with the child

        Well the saga of Geert Wilders, a Dutch right-wing politician continues. He was recently banned from enteri

      • Now Starring on Kodak's Homepage...
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        Just a quick update to let you know that one of my images is now being featured on Kodak’s homepage for professional photographers! When you have a chance, stop by and check it out…

        Kosovo 2005 © Damaso Reyes

      • Dance Nation
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        On Friday I went to the annual dance that the local high school puts on for its students. What was remarkable is how unremarkable it was. Girls were all dressed up and had their hair done; the boys looks uncomfortable in their suits and tuxedos. They danced to bad music

      • Photo of the Day #107
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        I thought I would end the week on a positive note, or at least as positive as I can manage given the state of the world at the moment. A new government has been formed in the storm battered nation of Iceland. At its head is Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, whom we

      • Photo of the Day #106
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        Life in Europe is very much dominated by history. Be it the monuments to those lost in war or the traditions which have been passed along down the centuries history is ever with us here. An interesting article from Der Spiegel in Germany talks about some recent history.<

      • Photo of the Day #105
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        Europe needs a constitution. And it certainly needs a first amendment as we learn in an article from the New York Times.

        “Four executives of Google begin trial Tuesday in Milan on criminal charges of defamation and privacy violation in regard to a video posted

      • Palinka Time!
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        So last weekend was not just about dancing, let me tell you! I also got to do some relaxing, which in this part of the world invariably involves drinking, and lots of it. Well, when in Hungary, do as the Hungarians do, I always say!

        Opening the taps! © D

      • Photo of the Day # 104
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        What’s truly ironic is that if America had treated the huge wave of 19th century Italian immigrants they way Rome is, and has proposed treating the African migrants who come to its shores every day I doubt there would be a pizza shop in Brooklyn. Italians, along with the

      • Dancing in Budapest

        I don’t know about you but I had a pretty busy weekend! There’s so many photos to share that I will have to break it up into two posts. On Friday I went with some friends to Budapest to take in some traditional Hungarian folk dancing.

        One moment. © Damaso Reyes
      • Photo of the Day #103
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        “Davide Boni, a councillor in Milan for the Northern League, which also opposes the building of mosques in Italian cities, said that kebab shop owners were prepared to work long hours, which was unfair competition.”

        This is just one paragraph from a great arti

      • Photo of the Day #102
        Štúrovo, Slovakia

        It looks like the economic downturn will give the protectionists in the U.K. we spoke about earlier in the week exactly what they want, as we read in The Guardian.

        Guess he won’t be coming to London after all. Cologne 2007 © Damaso Reyes


      • 100 Kids + Sugar = Lots of Fun!
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        So the other day I got invited to visit a carnival party that a local elementary school was having. Take 100+ kids under ten, add sugar and music and stir vigorously!

        Truth in advertising. © Damaso Reyes

        In truth it was actually a lot of fun,

      • Photo of the Day #101
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        If anyone thinks that immigration is a problem which will go away with enough enforcement is living in a fantasy world. Just take a look at Italy, which for years has used some of the harshest methods when dealing with illegal immigration. That doesn’t seem to be working

      • Photo of the Day #100
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        This is the 100th Photo of the Day! Exciting, isn’t it?

        Let the good times roll. Cologne 2007 © Damaso Reyes

        I started this series for a few different reasons. I wanted to be able to post every day but the day in and day out of shooting is far

      • Photo of the Day #99
        Sturovo, Slovakia

        The Brits have always been an island unto themselves if you will forgive a bad pun. The idea of Europe, and especially the E.U. has always been seen with a wary eye, although in fairness it was Winston Churchill who coined the phrase “United States of Europe.” Of course

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