Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Food Cart, Shanghai

Photo taken by contributor Thirdeyemom, who experienced severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. It was a terrifying, isolating experience for her, which included terrible insomnia and hallucinations. Thankfully with the help of doctors and family, one week after her son’s first birthday she was able to board a plane to South Africa, resuming her love of travel. Through traveling, writing, and photography she began to see the beauty of the world again.

About this photo: “My dad and I have been traveling together for years.  Last year, we went to China to experience a completely new and alien culture.  Every step we took was a photographic moment.  Everything was so different and fascinating.  In one short week, I took over 800 pictures of day to day life such as this picture of a food cart.  Street food is huge in China.  It is generally cheaper and fresher to eat out and the variety of street food is astounding.  I had seen lots of vendors selling their food at stalls but had never seen someone actually riding around town with his food on his bike!  I thought of all the work this man did each and every day and saw how proud he was of his business.  It warmed my heart and of course I had to take a picture.”

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