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.”




Don’t tell me that Gender Fluid is a lie.
Don’t tell me that Gender Fluid is just a phase.
Don’t tell me that Gender Fluid is childish.

I live and breath my gender fluidity. I proudly stand within the Gender Queers in support of a new, gender variant society.

Gender is the seed that has sprouted into the discriminatory, bigoted & bland society we live in. When you dig down deep into the issues surrounding the world right now it all comes back to one tiny little fuck up. The idea that biological sex somehow determines the gender roll of individuals is a lie. In fact, gender rolls is a lie. Just because I identify as gender fluid does not mean that I must uphold any societal expectation, associated with gender fluidity.

Plain and simple, I plan on having two children.
I will not teach my little boy to “be a man.”
I will not teach my little girl what it means to “be a woman.”
Instead, i’ll teach my children to just simply be good people.
Because a society full of good people makes for a better life than a society full of classified, judgmental, opinionated and shallow people.

Thank you,
Elliott Alexzander

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