September 26th, 2011
Happy Birthday, Lewis Hine


Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Hughestown Borough Coal Co. Pittston, Pa., 01/16/1911



Born September 26, 1874, investigative photographer Lewis Wickes Hine used his camera as both a research tool and an instrument of social reform.  This photograph is one of a series given to the Children’s Bureau by the National Child Labor Committee. The almost five hundred photographs represent a fraction of the approximately 5,000 photographs Hine took for the committee to document working and living conditions for children.
(via todaysdocument)
These thousands of photos are documentation of the oppressive, exploitive behavior of unregulated capitalism. Not a positive testimonial to so-called ‘free market capitalism.’ Oh, btw, the photos aren’t great witnesses for parenting in this country, either.

Happy Birthday, Lewis Hine

Breaker boys. Smallest is Angelo Ross. Hughestown Borough Coal Co. Pittston, Pa., 01/16/1911

Born September 26, 1874, investigative photographer Lewis Wickes Hine used his camera as both a research tool and an instrument of social reform.  This photograph is one of a series given to the Children’s Bureau by the National Child Labor Committee. The almost five hundred photographs represent a fraction of the approximately 5,000 photographs Hine took for the committee to document working and living conditions for children.

(via todaysdocument)

These thousands of photos are documentation of the oppressive, exploitive behavior of unregulated capitalism. Not a positive testimonial to so-called ‘free market capitalism.’ Oh, btw, the photos aren’t great witnesses for parenting in this country, either.

September 23rd, 2011
The case of the disappearing Canadian MP cleavage. Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the MP for the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Rouge River, the first Tamil Canadian MP and one of the young stars of the New Democrats’ Orange Crush, appears on the House of Commons website wearing a sleeveless white top that, in reality, shows the shadow of a modest cleavage.
But in the picture that now appears online, her chest has been digitally painted over into a featureless terrain by a House of Commons photographer, in what a parliamentary spokeswoman says is common practice.
(via nationalpost)
I wonder if they smooth out crotch bulges and erections on men, too?

The case of the disappearing Canadian MP cleavage. Rathika Sitsabaiesan, the MP for the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Rouge River, the first Tamil Canadian MP and one of the young stars of the New Democrats’ Orange Crush, appears on the House of Commons website wearing a sleeveless white top that, in reality, shows the shadow of a modest cleavage.

But in the picture that now appears online, her chest has been digitally painted over into a featureless terrain by a House of Commons photographer, in what a parliamentary spokeswoman says is common practice.

(via nationalpost)

I wonder if they smooth out crotch bulges and erections on men, too?

September 20th, 2011
iSpeak: What’s Important to YOU?
Meet Meng Hai Lin. She’s a 29-year-old mobile phone engineer from  Beijing, China. She has learned some English and is skeptical of  marriage. Meng’s voice is but a small murmur from an unprecedented  global generation — one witnessing a dramatic restructuring of traditional  relationships between countries, cultures, and people.

Photographer Adrian Fisk wants to show the world what Meng and the rest of her peers want  to get off of their collective chest. Thus, iSpeak was born.

Traveling around China and India, Fisk gave random people 16- to 30-years-old a marker and piece of blank paper. Then he told them to write whatever they wanted. The iSpeak photographs are the result, and they channel the hopes, dreams, quibbles, and fears of a new generation.

iSpeak: What’s Important to YOU?

Meet Meng Hai Lin. She’s a 29-year-old mobile phone engineer from Beijing, China. She has learned some English and is skeptical of marriage. Meng’s voice is but a small murmur from an unprecedented global generation — one witnessing a dramatic restructuring of traditional relationships between countries, cultures, and people.

Photographer Adrian Fisk wants to show the world what Meng and the rest of her peers want to get off of their collective chest. Thus, iSpeak was born.

Traveling around China and India, Fisk gave random people 16- to 30-years-old a marker and piece of blank paper. Then he told them to write whatever they wanted. The iSpeak photographs are the result, and they channel the hopes, dreams, quibbles, and fears of a new generation.

(Source: utnereader)

The Milky Way over the Cook Islands. Click here to see astronomy photography winners. Amazing photos!
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The Milky Way over the Cook Islands. Click here to see astronomy photography winners. Amazing photos!

(via sciencecenter)

September 16th, 2011
September 13th, 2011
We Can All Learn from Berlin: Airport Reborn as Public Park
Children ride bicycles on an old airport runway at former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin on Sept. 11. Built in the early 1920s in south central Berlin, the aging and obsolete airport was closed in 2008. In an effort to introduce more green space into the city, the space was reopened in May 2010 as a public park called Tempelhofer Freiheit. Because of the large expanses of runway and the ample amount of green space, the park has become a popular venue for recreational activities like biking and skating.

We Can All Learn from Berlin: Airport Reborn as Public Park

Children ride bicycles on an old airport runway at former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin on Sept. 11. Built in the early 1920s in south central Berlin, the aging and obsolete airport was closed in 2008. In an effort to introduce more green space into the city, the space was reopened in May 2010 as a public park called Tempelhofer Freiheit. Because of the large expanses of runway and the ample amount of green space, the park has become a popular venue for recreational activities like biking and skating.

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September 5th, 2011
Someone didn’t learn how to think critically.

Someone didn’t learn how to think critically.

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August 23rd, 2011
whitneyshefte:

Kat Downs produced this cool PhotoSynth project using an amalgamation of images Nikki Kahn shot at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial here in D.C. It feels like an inverse panorama, but better because of the different vantage points the variety of images offer. This is a great idea for a situation like this where the subject is a static, single object or person that the viewer can encircle.
I also got to check out the memorial yesterday when it was opened to the press. I shot this quick day video to show viewers what they can expect when they visit the memorial now that it is open to the public. A few interesting takeaways from my visit there, some of which don’t make it into the video:
-The memorial was made by a Chinese sculptor and the stone is also from China. When the head of the project foundation was pressed about why an American, specifically an African American, was not chosen as the sculptor, Harry Johnson, Sr., offered Dr. King’s quote about how a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. He said in this case he was referring to artistic character.
-The memorial is situated on a line between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials on the Tidal Basin. The foundation planted 182 new cherry blossom trees in the area so visitors can indulge in more cherry blossoms come March or April.
-The design of the memorial is taken from a line MLK’s famous “I have a dream speech” when he said, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” When visitors first enter the memorial they see two pieces of the “mountain of despair” and then thrust forward toward the water is the “stone of hope,” which includes a sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr.

whitneyshefte:

Kat Downs produced this cool PhotoSynth project using an amalgamation of images Nikki Kahn shot at the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial here in D.C. It feels like an inverse panorama, but better because of the different vantage points the variety of images offer. This is a great idea for a situation like this where the subject is a static, single object or person that the viewer can encircle.

I also got to check out the memorial yesterday when it was opened to the press. I shot this quick day video to show viewers what they can expect when they visit the memorial now that it is open to the public. A few interesting takeaways from my visit there, some of which don’t make it into the video:

-The memorial was made by a Chinese sculptor and the stone is also from China. When the head of the project foundation was pressed about why an American, specifically an African American, was not chosen as the sculptor, Harry Johnson, Sr., offered Dr. King’s quote about how a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. He said in this case he was referring to artistic character.

-The memorial is situated on a line between the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials on the Tidal Basin. The foundation planted 182 new cherry blossom trees in the area so visitors can indulge in more cherry blossoms come March or April.

-The design of the memorial is taken from a line MLK’s famous “I have a dream speech” when he said, “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.” When visitors first enter the memorial they see two pieces of the “mountain of despair” and then thrust forward toward the water is the “stone of hope,” which includes a sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr.

(via washingtonpostinnovations)

August 22nd, 2011
Someone in Riverside, Iowa has an awesome sense of humour!

“The small city along the banks of the English River is, in Star Trek mythology, the birthplace of a certain Captain James T. Kirk. One resident decided that Kirk’s birth-to-be had to be celebrated with a public monument.”

Photo by Madolan Greene

[via archiemcphee from The Presurfer]

Someone in Riverside, Iowa has an awesome sense of humour!

“The small city along the banks of the English River is, in Star Trek mythology, the birthplace of a certain Captain James T. Kirk. One resident decided that Kirk’s birth-to-be had to be celebrated with a public monument.”

Photo by Madolan Greene

[via archiemcphee from The Presurfer]

August 13th, 2011
This labrador remains thoroughly unimpressed as a praying mantis performs a dramatic dance right under its nose. The female mantis waved her arms and performed a jig but labrador retriever Winston refused to stir. Photographer Scott Cromwell grabbed his camera to capture the moment his pets had a stand-off on the carpet of his front room in Oklahoma, United States.

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

That little mantis is practically bursting with awesomeness. 
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This labrador remains thoroughly unimpressed as a praying mantis performs a dramatic dance right under its nose. The female mantis waved her arms and performed a jig but labrador retriever Winston refused to stir. Photographer Scott Cromwell grabbed his camera to capture the moment his pets had a stand-off on the carpet of his front room in Oklahoma, United States.

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

That little mantis is practically bursting with awesomeness. 

(via archiemcphee)