Doug Linstedt @douglinstedt

http://rockfordhouse.co/

Photographer. Traveler. Brother. Son. © Rockford House Creative | e: doug@rockfordhouse.co

  • douglinstedt

    July 30th at 5:54pm

    And it was in that moment that I found myself more happy than I ever knew I could be.

    You said yes and my whole world changed.

    steveharpine

    7 months ago
    DUDE! Congrats!

    thekevingarcia

    7 months ago
    Oh my gawd

    alisonadams4

    7 months ago
    Congrats, Doug! 😀

    hmidgett

    7 months ago
    BLAH! What?! Oh my gosh! Congratulations!! ❤️

    jeremycearbaugh

    7 months ago
    Love this man! Love you guys!

    deb_song

    7 months ago
    Beautiful Doug! Your gift of sharing your heart in your words is captivating ! Kelly is blessed to have a man like you!!

    bexza

    7 months ago
    yayyyy!!!!

    shelbysawyers

    7 months ago
    I love this Doug! Congrats. I'm so happy for you two!!

    _amandainaustin

    7 months ago
    😍😍😍 what a gift Doug!! Crazy happy for you two.

    sara_smile831

    7 months ago
    I'm SOO happy for you, Doug!!!
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  • douglinstedt

    July 9th at 9:00pm

    On the streets of Lagos, the novelty has worn off and is replaced by a detached gaze out the window of the car. The movement beyond becomes a blur. How easy it is to overlook the subtleties in the din of traffic and street hawkers.
    And still, I remember.
    Patterns and colors saturate the dusty streets and dingy buildings. There is precision and rhythm to the interweaving vehicles, there is a striking beauty about the woman dressed in vibrant fabric, balancing a seemingly impossible load perfectly upon her head.
    Often times my pictures reveal what I may have missed. The light in a dark corner, the color of warmth and wisdom. I will always appreciate the details and strive to stay alert to the little wonders of the world.
    #nigeria #lagos #africa #after11n11 #natgeo #followme #travel

    deb_song

    8 months ago
    You always write so beautifully and descriptively- using your abilities well! 👍

    fathersjourney

    8 months ago
    😀

    djroc

    8 months ago
    Okay I see you Mr Poet !

    j_p_o_c_

    8 months ago
    Nice
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  • douglinstedt

    July 8th at 7:56pm

    Lagos, Nigeria -- Students follow along with a mathematics lesson in an open air classroom.
    We visited the school of a teacher we had interviewed yesterday and were welcomed by inquisitive faces and proud administrators.
    There are some things that never change regardless of where you are. The nervous flipping of pages at the beginning of an exam. The tentative muttering of an answer in class; the sigh of relief when it was the right one, snickering and nudging when it wasn't. Some truths withstand the test of distance. A parallel universe of childhood unfolding before my eyes.
    #nigeria #lagos #after11n11 #natgeo #followme #africa #school

  • douglinstedt

    July 7th at 7:55pm

    On the 4th of July I left the country once again. I landed in Lagos, Nigeria in one of the most vibrant cultures I've ever experienced.
    A broad spectrum of poverty and affluence, modernity and tradition, religion, education, and technology all seem to be found in extremes. But there is always beauty. There is always the wonder of seeing a place for the first time. It's good to be back on an adventure.
    #after11n11 #nigeria #lagos #womaningold #photooftheday #natgeo #followme

    philtuttlewtb

    8 months ago
    Great portrait! Please shoot as many of these as you can on this trip in between your 18 video interviews each day lol.
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  • douglinstedt

    January 28th at 9:48pm

    Since being here, I've wondered about the many variables that determine the number of refugees that cross the water from Turkey to Greece.

    I learned that the smugglers on the other side define the terms and the prices. If the weather is bad, the price is cheaper. Desperate and poor asylum seekers are forced to brave choppy and turbulent seas, crushing downpours, and frostbite because they simply cannot afford to travel on a better day.
    On days like today there were very few boats. It was a clear day, the waters were calm. You could see the Turkish coast clearly. I can only imagine the pain of being on the opposite shore and knowing that today wouldn't be the day that you reach freedom because it was too much money.
    In every crisis, war, and disaster, somewhere there is someone making money on it and wishing that it doesn't stop. My heart hurts for the people whose misery they are exploiting. ----
    #greece #lesvos #after11n11 #worldrace #refugeecrisis #advrefugeecrisis

    courtneywithcamera

    10 months ago
    Wonderful :)

    douglinstedt

    1 year ago
    @savage_supplyco - thanks so much. I appreciate it!

    savage_supplyco

    1 year ago
    Great stuff! 👌

    chatale_uk

    1 year ago
    Wonderful :)

    justinplusada

    1 year ago
    So sad... Keep up the good work Doug
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  • douglinstedt

    January 27th at 8:45pm

    Island life has its perks. The beautiful ocean vistas, snow capped mountains, rolling pastureland and terraced olive tree groves are breathtaking to say the least. The quaint village cafes and picturesque ports will woo any traveler with effortless charm. But just beneath the surface, in the corners and alleyways, there are signs of the struggle that has made the island beaches a destination for a very different reason.
    These signs, these items share a similarity with those who left them there; they're lost, they're forgotten. Before long, however, the traces are wiped away and the pristine facade of normalcy is restored, for a while at least.

    Despite various media spinning the story this way and that, this is really happening. These people and many others have found themselves in the corners and the alleyways of the world; lost and forgotten.

    You'll see them. All you have to do is look. ----
    #refugeecrisis #worldrace #after11n11 #lesvos #greece #advrefugeecrisis

  • douglinstedt

    January 26th at 9:41pm

    The face of a crowd. Thousands of stories colliding in that one moment on the crowded pier. A refugee boat was landing. My mind could only register snapshots of faces, colors, and sounds with activity building to a frantic level. The atmosphere was tense with anticipation. Rescue workers, volunteers, refugees, locals. We were altogether separate. Complete strangers yet, in that moment, we were wordlessly united.
    My days are filled with moments like these. A shutter snap, a pause in time, a glimpse, a face.
    Many nights I have laid in bed and replayed the day's events in my mind. The most fleeting moments are often the most vivid; deeply imprinted in my subconscious. A child's laugh, a woman's tears, the crunch of gravel beneath the tires of the refugee vans, or simply a face in the crowd.

    This is one of those glimpses. ----
    #greece #after11n11 #lesvos #worldrace #refugeecrisis #advrefugeecrisis

  • douglinstedt

    January 25th at 10:39pm

    In moments like these, I am reminded that the journey for these people is far from over. I cannot fool myself into believing that it'll be easy after this.
    Though they have endured much and finally reached Europe, the road to relocation and new life is one riddled with danger, fear, and despair.

    Refugees are being turned away at an increasing amount of borders. The freezing temperatures of the season claw at them with relentless vigor. Some have their belongings stolen by police or by gangs. Refugees, even families with children, are thrown into already overcrowded prisons without any way of getting out.
    They are not home. They are neither here nor there. They are the in between, the marginalized. Once great leaders, scientists, teachers, and tradesmen, find themselves on the very same beaches. Their clothing soaked and freezing to their skin. Doubt and uncertainty plague their thoughts. Where will they go, how will they afford it, will it even work?

    Their value, their worth, their very identity to the world has been rewritten by one word.

    Refugee. ----
    #refugeecrisis #worldrace #lesvos #after11n11 #greece #advrefugeecrisis

    djroc

    1 year ago
    Well said bro

    deb_song

    1 year ago
    Heart wrenching!!! Thrown into prisons????? God bless them & protect them.

    _amandainaustin

    1 year ago
    The pain on her face is too real. Doug you are getting some super precious intimate moments. Praying their true identity is realized.
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  • douglinstedt

    January 24th at 10:19pm

    (2/2) The walls of life vests rose on both sides of us and blocked the horizon from view. They were at least 20 feet high and spanned more space than I could truly comprehend.
    This was the "Life Jacket Graveyard". If you climbed up one of the sides you would only see more jackets.

    What will happen to these? I can't say. They may be reused at some point. However, it's become an all too common practice for smugglers to replace the flotation pieces with seat cushions and send the refugees out on the water. By the time the vests make it here, they have long since lost their usefulness. ---
    #greece #after11n11 #lesvos #refugees #worldrace #refugeecrisis #advrefugeecrisis

    rachel.enroute

    1 year ago
    Wow!
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  • douglinstedt

    January 24th at 10:07pm

    (1/2) As we came over the hill, the magnitude of this crisis was realized. Not by people, but by the vision of debris and refuse scattering the valley below. The heaps of boat skeletons and vessels once laden with lives seeking freedom now lay dashed on the rocks, doomed to live a life less free.

    The beauty of the mountains in the distance seemed shaded and dark. The topography of these hills bears witness to the chilling story of a changed land and changed lives. ---
    #refugee #refugees #lesvos #after11n11 #greece #worldrace #advrefugeecrisis

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