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This photo essay is based on an assignment Idris produced for the MatadorU Travel Photography course.

UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES, the sound of iron rubbing together, rattling and screeching, would be irritating — like fingernails on a chalkboard. But like many New Yorkers, I find a surreal comfort in that sound. It means I’m one step closer — to home, to family, to happy hour. Just closer.

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Idris Talib Solomon

My name is Idris Talib Solomon. I create. I am a visual thinker. I am an art director, graphic designer, writer and photographer. I take pictures as a practice to help see life clearer. But I make photos to share my view of the world. My work can be viewed at

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  • Bob Peticolas

    Very good essay! Great shots, keep up the fantastic work.

  • Arti Agarwal

    Well captured!

The Kugrak is one dramatic valley among thousands.
It's described as one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
Being rock climbers, we travel the world seeking the best climbing.
I will always be drawn to the cold, vacant, and unpredictable places.
We expected to spend a few weeks here. We stayed a year and a half.
To experience South America, take the first turnoff and hit the countryside.
Bodysurfers seem to blend into the ocean's landscape.
There is a mad and incredibly photogenic atmosphere in the old town of Varanasi.
It is basically a class V paddling safari through Uganda’s largest national park.
It’s all one big story and it’s fascinating to explore the different ways of telling...
I find this part of the world wildly inviting, and I must not be alone.