I post what interests and inspires me, and I hope to inspire you in the process.
I blog about Photography, Art, Music, Coffee, Craft Beer,Food, & Politics,
Plus a bunch of random nonsense I find entertaining on the web.
Follow my photography blog
I also run "Take a Photo, Pass it On" as well as several other Tumblr blogs
An advocacy group concerned with the issue of campaign finance reform recently managed to capture some footage that has never been captured before: video from inside the Supreme Court.
The footage was filmed and subsequently uploaded to YouTube by a group called 99Rise, who took to the court room last Wednesday during one of the court’s public sessions in order to denounce an earlier decision by the court. It shows that the group was able to sneak a camera into the room not once, but twice over the past several months.
Flames engulfed the main anti-government protest camp on Kiev’s Independence Square as riot police tried to force demonstrators out following the bloodiest clashes in three months of protests. The iconic square turned into a war zone as riot police moved slowly through opposition barricades, hurling stun grenades and using water cannon to clear protestors. At least thirteen people were killed and scores injured today, as protestors took back control of Kiev’s city hall just two days after vacating the building.
Also, see: Ukraine’s Revolution Is Being Broadcast Live.
In 2010 John Moore began photographing immigration and border-security issues in Arizona after the state passed law S.B. 1070, one of the strongest pieces of anti-immigrant legislation ever passed in the United States. The law, among other restrictions, also allows law enforcement to stop anyone who, within reasonable suspicion, might be undocumented, something opponents of the law feel is a free pass for racial profiling. “The basic intent of the law was to make life so difficult for undocumented immigrants in the state that they would ‘self deport’ either to other states or back to their home countries,” Moore said.
Moore has covered Mexico and Nicaragua as a photographer for Getty Images since 2005. His experience working in those areas and his ability to speak Spanish were essential when he first started covering immigration. He had also worked for both the Associated Press and Getty Images in Iraq and Afghanistan documenting the U.S. military, which introduced him to a culture and language that were applicable to law enforcement. Both of those experiences gave Moore the structure to photograph the highly sensitive issue of immigration from both sides.
Call it insult to injury as the White House press secretary takes over the official Instagram site the day before the State of the Union address. In the shadow of the media boycott of White House–generated imagery, the White House seems determined to see how many different ways it can mock the press for seeking more access. First there was “here’s your access.” Then there was the AirForceOne filibuster. Next came a spray availability to the otherwise private lunch held weekly between POTUS and VPOTUS.
“This is part of our effort to make good on our promise to provide more access to photographers who cover the White House,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
– via Politico
The state of being a refugee is temporary, in theory, but without a place to go back to — a nation, a city, a home — limbo begins to look permanent, a designated space carved out of someone else’s country, where the basic needs of physical survival might be provided, but the rights of citizenship are forfeit, and human aspirations lose both their means and their direction.
In “Going the Distance,” in this week’s issue of the magazine, David Remnick writes about the complexities of President Obama’s second term. The President agreed to sit for our staff photographer, Pari Dukovic, at the White House, for a portrait to accompany the article.
Dukovic learned the location of the shoot a day in advance: the Diplomatic Reception Room, in the East Wing, where foreign ambassadors and visiting heads of state are often greeted. The most striking feature of the oval parlor, a former furnace room, is the “Vue de l’Amérique du Nord,” a panoramic wallpaper illustrating thirty-two scenes from American history: steamboats in the spray of Niagara Falls, merchant ships unloading in Boston Harbor, and horse-drawn carriages traversing New York’s Palisades, along with, throughout, the intermingling of a white, black, and Native American populace. The wallpaper was produced, in 1834, by Zuber & Cie, a French company that still manufactures block-printed wallpaper and upholstery fabric; it was installed in the Diplomatic Room during John F. Kennedy’s Presidency. (Jacqueline Kennedy salvaged several panels of the wallpaper from a Federal-period house in Maryland that was demolished to make way for a grocery store.)
99.999% of new peer-reviewed articles agree humans causing climate change (up from 99.998%. See here.).
by James Lawrence Powell
I have brought my previous study (see here and here) up-to-date by reviewing peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals over the period from Nov. 12, 2012 through December 31, 2013. I found 2,258 articles, written by a total of 9,136 authors. (Download the chart above here.) Only one article, by a single author in the Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences, rejected man-made global warming. I discuss that article here.
My previous study, of the peer-reviewed literature from 1991 through Nov. 12, 2012, found 13,950 articles on “global warming” or “global climate change.” Of those, I judged that only 24 explicitly rejected the theory of man-made global warming. The methodology and details for the original and the new study are described here.
Anyone can repeat as much of the new study as they wish—all of it if they like. Download an Excel database of the 2,258 articles here. It includes the title, document number, and Web of Science accession number. Scan the titles to identify articles that might reject man-made global warming. Then use the DOI or WoS accession number to find and read the abstracts of those articles, and where necessary, the entire article. If you find any candidates that I missed using the search criteria described here, please email me here.
For his series “Ghosts,” South African artist Ralph Ziman photographed Zimbabwean street vendors yielding handmade replicas of AK-47s, adorned in traditional Shona style beading. The vibrant multimedia project, though beautiful, shines a light on the ugly truth that brings danger and suffering to many African citizens — the unrelenting domination of international arms dealing.
Ziman, a street artist who now resides in Venice Beach, California, attacks Africa’s dominant gun culture with piercing colors and images that don’t fade from memory. With knitted masks and beaded weapons, Ziman paints Africa’s obsession with guns and the power they provide as so bizarre and overwhelming it’s nearly surreal. Both worshipped and feared, Ziman’s guns appear like dangerous totems from an unknown ritual, somewhat removed from the gun culture we’ve heard so much about. The vendors who star in Ziman’s photos were not at all directed in how to pose with the weapon replicas. Yet the viewer can sense the additional status and swagger pulsing through the subjects as they hold their powerful instruments, even if only for the duration of a photograph.
thalamtnafsee asked: your post on the bosnian "civil war" is problematic in that it was not a civil war, but an ethnic cleansing of a group of people -- it was a genocide. please feel obliged to make that change, as it is very offensive to the Bosnian people on this website.
I in no way mean to offend anyone with anything I post. That is far from my intention. I know many things that I do post are of topics that may offend or make people uncomfortable discussing. I can’t make everyone happy and this is the internet so someone is bound to take offense to something. I’m not here to coddle people. If there is anything I’m here for it’s to help educate people on a number of topics that first and foremost, I myself, find interesting and educational, so I choose to share it with all of you. If it starts a dialog then all the better. I’m here to learn and educate myself as well, So receiving any sort of positive input or constructive criticism is helpful.
So in reference to your specific request, I respectfully must decline. I am not changing the wording of that post. Not because I disagree with your sentiment, but they are not my words to change. They are the words of photographer Ole Elfenkämper who is the photographer represented in my post, originally taken from this article, which I sourced.
In his defense, if you read the whole thing he writes how ethnicity and the ethnic divide was and still is a major issue in the country and how the war crimes committed during the conflict still to this day need to be investigated and criminals to be persecuted. I’m sure Mr. Elfenkämper was in no way trying to belittle the situation by calling it a civil war. However, whether or not it should be categorized as such is not up to me..
If anything, by creating his documentary he is trying to bring to light the atrocities committed during the war and how it still affects the people of Bosnia today and in doing so he is creating these very discussions. As we can see, I think it’s already working.
The extended trailer for his documentary titled “Where Do We Go From Here” can be viewed on Vimeo.
For the rest of you, here is some background on the Bosnian War:
Now let’s go back to our regularly scheduled blarging
As the economic crisis roiled Greece, the photographer Eirini Vourloumis stepped away from the chaos and found quiet spaces in her home country to tell the story of disruption and decline. She had returned to Greece after eleven years abroad, and she saw it again with fresh eyes. “I wanted to move away from documenting riots and poverty and rediscover the stripped aesthetics of everyday Athens, my memory of which is very clear,” she told me. “This work is an examination of Athens and its role as a physical stage for the economic crisis.”