I love this time of the year when everything seems to be waking up and putting on its beauty…
“Quiero hacer contigo lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos.
– I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.”
3 Navid Baraty
Filed under PHOTO, THIS&THAT
This abandoned outdoor movie theater in the Desert of Sinai looks just stunning…so surreal
All this thanks to a crazy frenchman..and thinking that no single movie was ever screened at the End of the World Cinema…
The Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas made those beautiful shots of this isolated place.
And those striking beautiful pictures by Andrew Newey of honey hunters in Nepal.
The Gurung honey hunters risk they life every year to gather honey from the world’s largest honeybee, an ancient tradition that goes back to hundreds of years.
Aren’t they just breathtaking?
Since a long time I was planning to do a photography corner with some of the pics I take from time to time, so today is the day.
I’m fascinated by everything that is texture, structure, composition, fabric, colour, motif..
This one definitely is.
It’s been hunting me since a couple of days since it came up at dinner the other night and it left me so…so shocked and mute and so so sad that I had to share.
You probably know it. It was taken 1994 by Kevin Carter and got him the Pulitzer Price..and a lot of critique. It depicts the famine in Sudan showing a little girl struggling on her way towards a foodcamp of the United Nations and the vulture waiting behind her… It’s so heart wrenching that it moves me to tears every time I look at it. Our world is so unjust!
I know that the picture caused a lot of controversy so I’m not going to debate about Carters attitude when he took it, because it’s is not clear, nobody seems to know for sure how he really behaved at the given moment. The statements are contradictory. I know it’s hard to imagine to witness a situation like this and decide to take his camera and shoot a picture – after all ‘it’s his job’, one would say and this picture was maybe a wake-up-call for millions of unknowing people like us – ‘There’s a limit’ others would say. ‘Did he do anything to help?’… What is the right position here? It’s hard.. But I do hope he didn’t just stay deedless, inactive in the face of such unbearable misery and did something to help this poor little girl.
Three months later Carter committed suicide, he was suffering depression.
Fact is, this is reality in our today’s world and it’s heartbreaking. The United Nations reports that about 19,000 children die every day around the world! Every day!
Every time I see anything like this I want to pack my stuff, leave my place, fly to the other side of the planet and do something to help, do something that matters, do something to feel less guilty that my life is so good.. and then I never go, never leave this comfortable live. Maybe I would if I was 10 years younger, if I wouldn’t have a child to care for on my own, if…
But I marvel at all the people who do with the utmost respect and admiration, the people who leave their ‘normal’ lives to help others in the most altruistic way. And were some of them maybe moved and affected in their decision by a picture like Carters’?
Have you heard of Vivian Maier? She was this nanny-streetphotographer from Chicago who became famous just after her death in 2009. Most of her lifetime Maier worked as a Nanny and wandered the streets of Chicago with her camera taking hundreds of pictures. More than 100,000 have been found, mainly depicting life in the streets in America in the 50s and 60s.
A real estate agent has bought the negatives as part of a storage locker at a Chicago auction house. A storage locker for which Maier apparently couldn’t pay anymore. She lived from social security and died at the age of 83. During lifetime she probably never made a penny with her photographs (she didn’t show them to anybody). Now she’s filling galleries.
It’s a weird thing with posthumous fame, I think. How life of this woman could have run differently if only.. I don’t even think primarily of the economical aspect but more of the personal. How important is appreciation, acknowledgment..reckognition in our life. What we all seek for every day. I believe there are only few who are immune to that.
And even if Maier was taking the pictures only for the pleasure of it, I’m sure she wouldn’t have been insensitive to the tribute.