littlecoal There’s no place that we can’t find peace. 16h

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littlecoal This...is truly a magical place that we live near. #oakopenings 1d

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littlecoal "So, what did you do over spring break?", was the question one of my 4th graders asked me this morning. Well...I was blessed with the chance to do this... (Thank you to the amazing team at @nyonair for allowing me the opportunity to share these views with a classroom of 10 year-olds, that today learned to dream a little higher.) 2d

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littlecoal When we are young we seem to soak up the joy and beauty in every moment, but as we get older and take on more responsibilities we seem to begin to overlook the opportunity to fine joy in the simplest of things. @Instagram continues to inspire me to not only look for those moments, but to fully live within them. (This was shot last week during my trip to NYC. If you'd like to see photos that many if the amazing NY/NJ IGers that showed me around check out the tag that @sittingingodspalm created for the trip #BigCityLittleCoal They are great people who are amazing photographic talents, so stopping by their pages will be worth your time!) 2d

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littlecoal Be still and know that I am with you. 2d

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littlecoal Yesterday, 4/19, the entire Northwest Ohio region celebrated "419 Day" and our @igers_toledo group hosted one of the most incredible all-day Instameet's I've ever seen. With people attending from all over Ohio and Michigan, we were able to help "change usernames into first names" for almost a hundred people. Starting before sunrise at #oakopenings to visit The Spot, then moving to the @toledomuseum, where they worked in partnership with us to offer activities and lunch. We then broke off into several groups and traveled all over the city to capture our own vision of Toledo. Finally, in the evening, @igers_toledo hosted the "Shutter Down" after party for 100 people with music, a Faux-to booth by @marywyarphoto and amazing food donated by @balancegrille. A raffle raised funds to purchase a camera for Shared Lives Studio which employs artists with developmental disabilities and I can say, without a doubt, it was an incredible day for everyone involved. Thank you to @Instagram for giving us all the forum to change people's perspective of this city and at the same time, change our own lives by bringing us together through this platform of mobile photography. To see images from the day, checkout the tag #ig419day I'm incredibly proud of everyone involved in the planning. 3d

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littlecoal How you view your community is all about perspective and, as @igers_toledo, we love flipping people's perspective on the city. Come join us and let's allow people the see the area through our lens. #ig419day #tfp419 #419day #toledoohio 4d

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littlecoal The Spot at #oakopenings never looked better than it did a few minutes ago when shared with about 25 other IGers from @igers_toledo If you are in the area come join us at 10:15 at the @toledomuseum for our next event! Meet on steps at the Monroe St. entrance and let's turn a few more usernames into first names. #ig419day #419day #tfp419 #igerstoledo 4d

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littlecoal This happened 5 minutes ago out at #oakopenings. What are you waiting for? If you're in#NWOhio you really do need to join the @igers_toledo to celebrate #419day. Check their page for a schedule of events throughout the day. #toledoohio #tfp419 4d

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littlecoal Witnessing this with the guys of @nyonair was unforgettable. ( #WhoNeedsDoors when you have... @jasonmpeterson @parkerday35 @futuradosmil @13thwitness ) 4d

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littlecoal The Standoff (Late night exploring last night in NYC with @jasonmpeterson @k_mustafa and @jnsilva ) 4d

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littlecoal NYC/NJ...you were amazing! Between taking in as much of the city possible in two days and driving from Ohio and now back to Ohio, I haven't been able to comment back to people as much as I'd like, but please realize that I appreciate all the kind words and support the last several days! Check out the tag #bigcityLittleCoal if you want to see more photos from several of the people that I was able to meet up with, they are amazingly talented. I couldn't resist adding this #nofilter #noedit shot of the Brooklyn Bridge to my #viewfindersofthepast series. 5d

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littlecoal So, with the sun setting on my last night in NYC, I found out that my friend @jasonmpeterson, in the city on business from Chicago, had one last surprise in store. After being shown around by my one of NY's greats, @jnsilva, Jason and I were picked up by @13thwitness and his father, @futuradosmil. Destination...the incredible crew of @nyonair. Jason has worked with these guys for months now, and I've enjoyed the unbelievable views that their photographers and many of the IGers they have taken up have captured flying above this incredible city with the doors open or off. This photo, shot with my iPhone(a bit scary), was courtesy of @nyonair. Thank you to all of the people there, including their own talented student photographer @parkerday35 and the guys I was lucky enough to ride with @jasonmpeterson @13thwitness and @futuradosmil. I'll never forget it. 5d
  •   aracaera Awesome! 5d
  •   penden5 what a great surprise for you! love the pic!! 4d
  •   d_hazem @n0na_k Nice 4d
  •   amysreflections Now that would be a dream come true! 4d
  •   ehsan_san @saba_issaba migam lahzeie ghable marg ghashangtarin lahze ensane,lahzee ke hame chio mizario miri lahzeie ke mifami del kandano raftan o azad shodan oonghadram sakht niis... Man migam in view ye level paeen tar az oone 4d
  •   saba_issaba @ehsan_san vaaay daqiiqan 4d
  •   plantmoregrowmore Great to see you again today Eric! Thanks for sharing your story with us of this event, makes this photo even more special. See you in Ann Arbor soon @littlecoal ! 4d
  •   5antos11 Look at Madison Square Garden! #NY 3d

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littlecoal I've had the pleasure of watching this brilliant street photographer do his thing in NYC for the last two days and I can't tell you how much respect I have for both his work and him as a man. This is... @omarzrobles Thank you for all your hospitality and inspiration. 6d

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littlecoal Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn Bridge Park. It was great to add to my #viewfindersofthepast series with a shot of this incredible city. Let's do it again today. 6d

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littlecoal There are times when I get a bit lengthy in my captions in attempt to capture my thoughts, but there simply are not words for how incredible this city is and how amazing the people have been. I had an opportunity to meet 18-20 IGers that I've admired for quite some time and as my friend @hobbes2485 would say, there is nothing better than being able to change user names into first names. Thank you, @grandcentralnyc #grandcentral 6d
  •   littlecoal @fliickman Heading to WTC path station now. 11;00 6d
  •   littlecoal @ohsnapjeff As high as you can get...we got a crazy tour through the catwalks! They had to call the police below to let them know we were going to be up there. Crazy! 6d
  •   leifography Ahhmazing wish I knew about this! Enjoy your visit Eric! 6d
  •   whyilovenewyorkcity Perfectly shot!!! I just heard about u! Your shots are incredible!!! @littlecoal 6d
  •   susanblanda Thanks for taking us with you Eric. I've never been to New York and it's beautiful to see it through your eyes <3 5d
  •   gmp3 Awesome dude! How long are you in town for?? 5d
  •   lilmissylilmissy That's awesome, your experience. Thank you for sharing. I find often that lengthy captions means passionate people. ;) (Take some of mine, for example, lol). Cheers! 5d

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littlecoal "Ok, Joe...go stand in front of the George Washington bridge in the freezing cold rain so I can get a shot. Oh, and by the way, don't let the umbrella wiggle...at all, because the exposure is 64 seconds on my iPhone. Hold it, hold it, hold..." Thanks, Joe. 7d

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littlecoal Although it was a cold and rainy welcome to NY/NJ tonight, this crew couldn't have made it any more enjoyable. #NJisAllGood 1w

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littlecoal Time to go 1w

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