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Daniel Dart  They call me a dreamer. • Capturing images with a @leica_camera 🔴 •

#throwback • 3 years ago a group of us got together to launch #Enough in response to the horrific gun violence epidemic we have in the United States. At the time we had no idea how bad it would continue to become. We also had no idea that a group of amazing young leaders from Parkland would take #Enough and turn it into a national battle cry for change and gun law reform. Every time I see someone call for change using this hashtag and unifier I’m overwhelmed by the collective power of people who seek to improve things and are willing to work for it. I’m even more impressed by the young people leading the way, doing things that our older generation is afraid to do. I know things seem wild right now, and that’s because they are. But, it isn’t over and we’re not going to give up, no matter what. Who knows what movements are being spawned at this exact moment? Great things are possible. (📸: @tyliner) #Enough #StopGunViolence

I sometimes feel like an outsider in my own land, the arguments of my fellows no longer making sense to me. This picture taken by my brother @hamahinho reminds me how much my life, and my perception of things, has changed. I used to stand on the inside looking out. Now when I look back at my past I see a fish bowl, one that I’m glad I got out of. The world is a big place, and even if you can’t travel, you can still learn. Books are like airplane tickets, just a lot more affordable. Let your curiosity guide you, and go chase the sunset. Start by learning about the Africa’s last colony, the Western Sahara. #FreeWesternSahara#Leica #LeicaCL

Standing in the Sahara desert waiting for their fellow refugees to begin a ceremony, Sahrawi women prepare to capture the moment on cellphones. In a world that is so connected, it’s hard to comprehend why so many voices are still unheard. As I was first writing the caption for this picture, someone asked me “what does this photo represent?” My answer to that is a serious one. It represents something I work on and think about every single day: How can we get the Sahrawi people the right to self determination they deserve? To begin to achieve that I’ve been working on a campaign to communicate the vast injustice the Sahrawi face everyday, one that’s been ongoing since 1975. But, that’s not all it represents. It also represents the power, resilience, and beauty of the Sahrawi people, especially the women, who continue to move forward day after day in the face of all odds. They inspire me. It reminds me that “the man who plants a tree knowing he may not live to enjoy its shade, knows the meaning of life.” (📷: photo by me.) #FreeWesternSahara #Tindouf #Algeria #Leica #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook

I saw this photo tonight going through the pictures of my recent trip to the Sahrawi refugee camps. Seeing these faces reminded me how excited I am to put this exhibit together, and how grateful I am to @leica_camera for supporting the project and providing me with Sofort instant cameras and film. It’s going to be something very special, because the story of the Sahrawi is one we should all know, and I’m humbled to be a part of it. I’ll be heading back to the camps shortly to continue my work, and I can’t wait to show you what the final vision will look like. But until then, just take a moment and appreciate how amazing photography is, especially instant photos. I really believe it’s magic. It’s capturing a moment in time, and being able to go back there whenever you look at it. Go out and see the world, and just for the photo people: my camera of choice is the Leica CL with a 23mm or 35mm lens. #DreamBigPackSmall #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook #Leica (📷 @hamahinho) #Tindouf #Algeria #Sahrawi

Over the past few weeks and months I’ve been working on a project that covers an issue that was a big part of my personal journey. As many of my close friends know, I lived on the streets for a few years in my late teens and early twenties. Even though I’m much older now, and those times are seemingly light years behind me, the days and memories of that part of my life are still very much a piece of who I am today. This picture was taken by my dear friend Devon as I prepared to head out on Skid Row in DTLA with my cameras and a notebook. I look forward to sharing the project with you. I think it is an important one. (📷: @devon.wick) #ComingSoon #Leica #DTLA

Sahrawi women prepare to walk into Dakhla during the celebration marking their annual film festival. Taken in December, 2018 in the Dakhla Refugee Camp outside of Tindouf, Algeria. (📷: photo by me.) #Sahrawi #Tindouf #Algeria #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook

Ten years is a long time. In 2009 I was touring around the world in @wearetimeagain like a madman, because that’s pretty much what I was. I just wanted to play music and party. And I was doing a lot of both. In the ten years since though, so much has happened. I went through a divorce that shattered my heart, especially painful because I know I made so many mistakes with that I still regret. When I thought things couldn’t get worse, I got arrested and sent to prison for a bit over three years - luckily I won an appeal or it would’ve been six years. I got out and worked as a maid changing sheets at vacation rentals - and wow was that nasty sometimes. So in those few years, I lost it all - my wife, a house, my recording studio and everything I owned, and with that, all that was left of my self-esteem. But, I got out of prison in 2014, and with a lot of hard work (and after cleaning a lot of sheets) I started a company I absolutely love and this year I’m starting one that I love even more. It goes to show how much things can change. I loved music so much I can’t explain it, the feeling of singing in front of 10,000 people and the ego fulfillment of signing autographs is unreal. But, I love working in refugee camps more. It’s not even close. I love working every day on things that have a purpose bigger than myself, it’s better than any band - at least it is for me. It’s been the most difficult ten year stretch of my life, but it’s also been the best. I’m grateful, proud, excited, and prepared to make the next ten years even better. More than anything though, I’m grateful to all the people who were there to pick me up whenever I fell, and I fell a lot. Just know that I love you guys. Here’s to ten more years and countless more memories. #10yearchallenge

Under the vast blue sky of the Sahara desert in southwest Algeria, a group of Sahrawi boys and girls prepare to walk in a parade in Dakhla refugee camp. The ceremonial blue attire worn by Sahrawi men (and boys) is called a “Daraa” and is worn during special events like weddings, cultural festivals, naming ceremonies, or the end of Ramadan. (📷: photo by me.) #Tindouf #Algeria #Sahrawi #Leica #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook

Sometimes we need to look at each other a little closer. This is in Dakhla camp, taken as I joined a crowd of women as a Sahrawi festival ceremony started. I want to share a moment with you that this shot reminds me of. It’s the power of our eyes. I’ve heard many times that as we get older, our faces and bodies change, but our eyes always stay the same. I believe that. I’ve heard that the eyes are the window to our soul, and I believe that too. I love this picture because when I took it, all I could see was her eyes peeking through the small break in her head wrap, and barely so. Yet, as I smiled after the picture, I could see them uplift, the corners creasing, and it was obvious she was smiling back. I felt love - and I believe she felt love too. That is the power of our eyes. They’re our silent communicators, and sometimes they’re all we need. (📷: photo by me.) #Tindouf #Algeria #Sahrawi #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook

Sometimes photos I take really grab me. It could be the balance, or the colors, or they subconsciously spark something that makes me say to myself, “Wow, I really love this.” They resonate with me, and I don’t always know why. This is one of those pictures. I took it in the Dakhla refugee camp in Algeria, at the beginning of a ceremonial parade celebrating the annual Sahrawi film festival. Young people were taking their positions with phones up, cameras ready, and they didn’t want to miss a thing. It was a scene you’d see in New York, or Paris, or any western city if young people were waiting for a parade. It’s a reminder that we’re a lot more similar than we are different. So, maybe I do know why I love this picture so much. It’s the symbolism; our shared humanity, and it’s beautiful. (📷: photo by me.) #Tindouf #Algeria #Sahrawi #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to think of these guys whenever I face a small inconsequential obstacle and feel like beating up on myself, to remind me to keep things in perspective. 2018 was a life changing year for me in more ways than I can define. I don’t always understand how much things have changed because it’s hard for me to step back sometimes and really see everything when I’m in it. But, I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon. I love it, and I’m hoping 2019 will be twice as big and brave; filled with more of my brazen audacity to search for ways to do things better. I am here for the marathon. Whether you love me or hate me, I won’t stop. I know I’m strong. I know I can take a beating and keep moving forward, and in 2019 I’m going to charge into the fight to make things better with every ounce of energy I have. My only request is that you charge in alongside me, because we’re twice as strong together as we are apart, and I’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with you for the long haul. I promise you. So let’s get it! Let’s make every day count! And for all of you that rocked 2018 with me, thank you. I love y’all so damn much. ❤️ (📷: photo by me.) #LetsGo #2019 #NYE#SyrianRefugees #Lebanon #WithRefugees #Leica #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook

A Sahrawi woman walking as a group of children prepare to walk in the opening ceremony of the Sahara Desert Film Festival, held annually in the Dakhla Refugee Camp located outside nearby Tindouf, Algeria. Sahrawi women are known for their vibrant attire, and being surrounded by them is a magical experience of color and warmth. It’s a celebration of a beauty and individuality that is often overlooked by those in societies who wear primarily blacks, dark blues, or grays. I love it. It’s says to the world, “I’m here! And I’ll shine.” I feel like it’s a reminder of life and a celebration of the moment, telling us to enjoy this big huge world and all of the colors inside it. It’s reminds us to stand up straight and be seen, to dive into the world instead of just stare at it. (📷: photo by me.) #Tindouf #Algeria #LeicaCL #TheLeicaLook #ShineBright #Color

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