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Nicole Gibson

Welcome to the Nicole Gibson Photography blog! Years ago, Nicole became captivated by the power of visual expression and storytelling, and today what she loves most is to create images about the world, about humanity, and about the human condition.

Nicole Gibson is an award-winning photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was awarded First Place in the 2010 International Photography Awards, in addition to 8 Honorable Mentions. She is also the winner of the 2008 Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence. Nicole’s work has been published in Photoshop User Magazine and B&W. Her work has also been sold to Bethany House Publishers, used by various non-profit organizations, and represented by India Picture stock agency. She is also a member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers

Recent events roundup: this week’s cultural diversity

Over the past week, I’ve been to two different events designed for the meeting of cultures.

The first was a multicultural expo held locally, and while, to be honest, I generally hate fairs, carnivals, or basically anything where there are “booths,” there was one thing about this day that absolutely blew me away.

It’s called Capoeira. Invented by African slaves in Brazil who were forbidden from practicing martial arts, Capoeira is actually a martial art disguised as a dance. These guys were sliding across the floor on their heads, standing on one hand while twirling their legs around above them, and doing flips in the air higher than seemed humanly possible. I’m officially a fan.

The other event was a meeting of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian leaders who gathered to sign a mutual document resolving to relate to one another without prejudice, hatred, or discrimination. Mosque leaders, rabbis, pastors, and a few common folk like me got together at a local mosque for dinner, conversation, and the signing of the document. This was a meeting for the books, and hopefully one of many that will serve to bring people of different faiths to work together for the common good.

This is the President of Peace Catalyst, Rick Love, with Usama Shami, the Imam of a local mosque.



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