Electric candles illuminate a private cemetery in Prato, Italy, on Jan. 23, 2017. This cemetery, next to a small church, personalizes each grave with photographs and belongings of the deceased, making for an enchantingly emotional experience for mourners.
Victor Caulfield from Melbourne, Australia, strolls through Piazza Santo Spirito in Florence, Italy, on his way to meet some friends. Caulfield, who has lived in Italy for the past few years, had just finished meeting with a local Florentine artist who had painted his portrait.
A woman performs Garba, a traditional dance popular in some regions of India, at a festival in Cleveland on Oct. 8, 2016. This dance is typically performed during Navratri, a nine day long Hindu festival in October. Cleveland hosts a large community of immigrants and international exchange students who enjoy coming together to celebrate their cultures.
The Destination Imagination 2017 Globals Finals begin with a large welcome celebration, including music, a light show, confetti canons and beach balls, held at the University of Tennessee Thompson Bolling Arena. Kids all around the world spend months writing scripts, designing sets and building gadgets in order to make their way through regional and state competitions, all the way to Globals.
Sheila George enjoys a joke with her husband Douglas (left) and son Jason (right) before Thanksgiving Dinner.
Dorris Lee of Elkhorn City, Ky., adapts to life without her husband, Robert Lee. “It’s really hard to live without him,” she said after running errands in town on Nov. 18, 2016. “I knew the little fellow all his life.” Her husband died Oct. 1, 2016.
Following their triumphs in their successive matches in Cleveland on Nov. 5, 2016, boxers Tony Lichtenberger (left) and Nick Csonka (right) embrace and celebrate. The pair both train together at Unique Fitness, a locally owned gym in Akron, Ohio.
Tony Lichtenberger cheers after his friend Nick Csonka claimed his first victory in an amateur boxing match at the Historic Slovenian National Ballroom in Cleveland. Lichtenberger won his own match at the same event, claiming his third victory in his amateur boxing career.
Scoppio del Carro is a centuries old Florentine tradition that takes place every year on Easter Sunday. As the tradition goes, a two-story exploding cart, or brindellone, arrives in front of the Duomo at precisely 10 a.m. After about an hour of song, dance and religious ceremony, a rocket is launched toward the cart, and the firework display begins.
Flag throwers wave their flags, marked with Florence, Italy’s symbolic lily, leading The Scoppio del Carro toward the Duomo. The brindellone, or the nine-meter-high cart filled with fireworks, makes its way from its home on Porta al Prato to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, better known as the Duomo, where it explodes for crowds of excited locals and tourists.
Though beautiful, The Scoppio del Carro is a loud and bold show of explosions and fireworks. Many onlookers plug their ears out of discomfort.
Because she handles so many pills at one time, Joyce George must wear gloves so her skin does not absorb the medicine. Too much exposure to pills she does not need could lead to health problems.
John Beresford, cable technician,carries his father’s rifle with a carnation stuck in the barrel as a symbol of peace during the open-carry rally that took place on Kent State’s main campus on Sept. 24, 2016. Beresford sported the carnation as a tribute to the flower power movement of the 1960s. “It’s become my signature item,” he said. The rally was organized to start a peaceful dialogue about the right to open-carry firearms on college campuses.
After winning the Ripken Little League World Series, Team Japan makes its victory run around Cal Sr.’s Yard on the grounds of The Ripken Experience, a little league baseball camp in Aberdeen, Maryland. Team Japan concluded their series with a perfect record after its victory over Team America by a score of 7-0.
The Blue Collar Bulldogs storm the field in celebration of their tournament championship victory against Team Gallagher. After spending most of the game trailing their opponents on the scoreboard, the Bulldogs came back in the sixth inning to tie the game, then scored the winning run in the first overtime inning.
Bowtie Bob Nelson attends the first official night of Baltimore’s Miracle on 34th street Christmas light event on Nov. 26, 2016. Nelson, a self-employed resident of Mt. Vernon, says he does not believe there’s such thing as an ugly Christmas sweater. This so-called Baltimore icon can be found at most city events sporting vintage attire.
At Kent State University, couple Karen and Kenny Shane read about the May Fourth tragedy and its aftermath in the May Fourth Visitor’s Center on the 46th anniversary of the infamous Kent State shooting. Kenny Shane was a freshman at Kent State when the national Guard opened fire on protesting students in 1970.
Brian Wright, a chemical engineer from Bel Air, Md., practices flag twirling at a local park one evening in June, 2016. What once was a high school hobby became a form of self-expression for Wright, who said he was brushing up on his flag twirling skills to march in the Baltimore Pride parade in July.
Thomas Goodman, a bubble artist and street performer based in Florence, Italy, performs hand tricks in the Giardino dell’Orticultura. Goodman’s favorite bubble tricks are the less-showy but more-intricate hand tricks in which he dips his hands in the bubble fluid, thus abandoning his colorful tools and relying on his own coordination and carefulness. Goodman has been a bubble artist for seven years now. Four years ago, he left his job as a receptionist in order to be a full time performer.
Goodman adjusts one of his hand made instruments before using it in his performance. He must take extra care before using his tools so that they do not tangle or break.
Goodman’s biggest fans during his performances are always children. Goodman chose to become a full time bubble artist in order to share with the world the joy that he feels from seeing beautiful bubble displays.
Washed in light and optimistic for what’s to come in their lives, Brian Keh and Regan Connaire wake up to a new year with their neighbor’s dog, Rhetta, on Jan. 1, 2017.