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Stepping into the Lives of Others with @rayyiuradzi

To see more photos and videos from Rayyiu Radzi’s travels, follow @rayyiuradzi on Instagram.

"I capture people and tell their stories," says Rayyiu Radzi (@rayyiuradzi), a 25-year-old photojournalist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His striking high-contrast photos are often candid portraits of strangers he’s stopped on the street. “In the work I do, the people who allow me into their lives is what makes the photograph.”

Rayyiu is currently Instagramming from Bangladesh where he says he’s “documenting the human condition and culture,” but his work has also taken him throughout Asia and the Middle East. While he’s traveled extensively, the place that has left the greatest impression on him was Rajasthan, India. “I’ve been there twice,” says Rayyiu, “Amazing light, good food, vivid buildings, overly-friendly people.” He’ll make a third trip in March to document the city’s Holi Festival.

For travelers that want to engage with locals through photography, Rayyiu offers these tips: “Knowing at least a small amount of the local language is important when attempting to shoot a portrait. And don’t be a tourist. Plan less. Go slowly.”

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