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queerical:

hyuuganejiesthe differences in zuko’s firebending from book 1, book 2, and book 3.

ugh i’m sorry to latch on but i just have to talk about this okay

in season 1, zuko is skilled but obviously still learning. his bending is very sharp and harsh. he has a lot of anger, but he doesn’t know how to control it and i think that distracts him regarding his bending. his desperation to learn more advanced techniques and be stronger shows in his aggression with his firebending.

in season 2, zuko has gotten more skilled, but he’s also very confused. his firebending is more explosive, even excessive, and a little less well-controlled, despite zuko’s clear grasp of technique.

in season 3, zuko is finally coming into his own. he understands his destiny now and while he’s still angry, it has subdued and he’s able to control the anger so that it ENHANCES his bending instead of destabilizing it like it did in the past. in accordance, his bending has gotten more fluid and less aggressive. he shows, especially after the dragon adventure, to have massive amounts power and an adeptness in handling it.

i think, when watching the show, it’s hard to see the subtle shifting of the changes in his firebending, but in this gifset it’s more obvious. ugh i just have a lot of zuko feels okay

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wired:

mymodernmet:

Iranian photographer Hossein Fatemi, offers a glimpse of an entirely different side to Iran than the image usually broadcasted by domestic and foreign media. In his photo series An Iranian Journey, many of the photographs reveal an Iran that most people never see, presenting an eye-opening look at the amazing diversity and contrasts that exist in the country.

Just beautiful.

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radtasticly-anomalous:

sirdexrjones:

You often feature Black people in a positive, stylish and sometimes provocative light. Is there a specific reason for this?

"I don’t know when it all started, but for a years, I’ve been very color-conscious. I’ve been very race-conscious, and I’m very aware that I’m not just an artist, but a black artist. And I have no problem with that. I’m very careful about how we are portrayed. I know that if you google the word ‘beauty’ right now, 99.9 percent of the faces that come up will be a white women’s face, and that’s a bit astonishing. And, I don’t know, I just feel like images speak volumes, and when I speak to people through my images, I just want to make sure I’m saying something positive when it comes to the issue of black women or black men.

I also tell negative stories, I can show an ugly side or tell an ugly truth, but at the end of it all I want the message to be something beautiful and positive that not just Black people can relate to but everyone can relate to, and I want everyone to understand it. But that’s not always going to happen. Not everyone is going to look at my work and see beautiful, stylized, somewhat provocative photos. I guess some people will just see ‘ugly naked bodies’ or ‘pornographic images’; ‘uncombed afros’ or long ‘unkempt dreadlocks’. But that’s kind of why the image is out there, to expose people to those images more, and desensitize them to it.  Black power is still scary to a lot of people.  It shouldn’t be something to be afraid of.  Black Power is a necessity.”

- Dexter Ryan Jones (artist/photographer)

yes!

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