PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 5 February 2013
A girl from the indigenous Rama community stands outside her home, in South Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua. Nearly a quarter of the region’s inhabitants are from indigenous and Afro-descendent communities. For these often marginalized groups, the country’s lingering challenges are amplified; approximately 60 per cent live in extreme poverty, and their access to adequate housing, basic services and education remains severely limited.
To see more: www.unicef.org/photography
because it tastes better.
and don’t buy objects in plastic.
Birchwood Cafe (at Birchwood Cafe)
How can we teeter between the beautiful and the horrific? The sacred joys in life and the blasphemed injustice?
I propose a question
This created a real perspective in me the first time I saw it.
Chris Jordan - Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009-current)
“nesting chicks fill their bellies with plastic as their parents collect and feed them bits that look to them like food. As a result, tens of thousands of albatross chicks die of starvation, choking, internal bleeding and poisoning each year.”
A still from perhaps mu favourite piece of art, Harry Clarke’s 1924 ‘Eve of St Agnes’ window which I finally got to see for real today. It is. Made. Of. Glass. And the picture you’re looking at is larger than the original. Think about that for a second.
An article I found Interesting. These are the animals of the Chernobyl fallout zone. The animals have survived with radiation in the air and don’t seem to have defects. Read from below.
Chernobyl’s Wildlife Survivors
When Mary Mycio tells people she visited the radioactive fallout zone around Chernobyl to study the region’s animals, the questions are always the same. Do the animals have two heads? Do they glow?
Actually, according to Mycio and photographer and field biologist Sergey Gaschak, the animals are thriving. The 1986 explosion, the worst nuclear accident in history, forced 300,000 people to abandon the highly contaminated area around the wreckage of the power plant. Communal farms turned to wetlands and forests, and the animals came back. The area is now the largest, if unintentional, wildlife sanctuary in Europe.
Gaschak has been photographing animals near Chernobyl since 1995. He uses camera traps with motion detectors to capture some of the animals, but he sees and photographs plenty of them in person: lynx, otters, eagle owls, Przewalski’s horses, several species of bats, and footprints of brown bears.
Read Mary Mycio’s story about Chernobyl’s wildlife here.
I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say.
My grandmother Esther Francisca Sanchez-Parodi as we painted today.
Wondering when its appropriate to steal ideas from other people. Yes, this would be a good time.