Social Science Learning Portal

The man who stands by and says nothing, when the peril of his government is discussed, can not be misunderstood. If not hindered, he is sure to help the enemy.

Abraham Lincoln

President of the United States (1861-1865)

Snapshots of Life

from the Smithsonian


The collection of thoughts and the mystery of the human brain

La Merienda (The Tea Party)

This is a portrait of three women who regularly get together at each other's homes to share their secrets, their worries and their joys.

Anuja and Her Mother

Anuja, a 20-year-old girl from Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, has her mother help her put on a sari, a typical female garment, before attending a wedding ceremony in the city. In Nepal, most marriages are arranged between members of the same caste, but love marriages are becoming more ...More

Hungry Fox

I was in Wapusk National Park in Canada looking for polar bear cubs. One morning, while driving to the bears' denning area, we noticed this Arctic fox, very far away, coming in our direction across a frozen lake and carrying something huge and red in its mouth. When it got closer...More

Road to Ruin

Homs, Syria in January 2017. Large parts of the city were completely destroyed. Nevertheless, some residents came back to try to rebuild their homes. Roadblocks from broken vehicle wrecks were built.

Donut Smoking on a Balcony

This is a portrait of my friend Alina (we call her Donut) smoking in between the coloring and cutting of her hair by another friend of ours, who is a hairdresser. The light was so beautiful on her face. I loved the way the towel framed it. The colors and light gave this portrait ...More

Playing With the Wave

A baby humpback whale rolls and plays in the waters of Tonga. His energy was infinite. It was an unforgettable beauty.

Woman in Black

Inspired by classical arts, this is a modern translation of an antique fine art portraiture. Shot in natural light with a negative fill to achieve grater contrast. Plain and simple set, no distractions. This shot is about a woman who knows who she is, who has wisdom and a powerfu...More

Hang in There

A male weaver building his nest, trying to impress the female.

Alteration note: A small branch was removed from the background.

The Living Goddess of Nepal Putting on Makeup

The Living Goddess of Nepal applies some makeup in her home inside the Kumari Temple of Patan in Kathmandu Valley. The usual Goddess make up is a black eyeliner and a big red "tikka" on the forehead that is believed to awaken the 3rd eye and to give power.

Museum Break

A woman takes a break at the Denver Art Museum.

Horse Racing

A child is racing his horse and trying to overtake several horses that are his opponents on the Regent Cup trajectory on October 27, 2018 in Jeneponto Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Coconut Pickers Solar Portrait

Cristobal Cespedes Lorenzo (51) sits on his raft while carrying coconuts across the river to his home in Copala, Mexico. Cristobal and Francisco Manzanares Cagua (16) both work picking coconuts, which they then sell to a company that makes coconut butter and oil.

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Sea Snail Spawning

A female toothed top shell sea snail releases tiny greenish eggs that will be carried away with the currents, and will later be fertilized and develop into larvae in the open sea.

Ground Squirrel Love

Intimate moment with these amazing ground squirrels. They are hidden in holes in the ground.