The reality of life on America’s railroads has been captured in a series of moving and stunning photographs by Arizona-born photographer Mike Brodie. Thousands bedded down on the country’s train tracks during Great Depression of the 1930s, many of whom had no where to go. Nearly a century on and the tracks remain alive with some of the country’s poorest people or simply those that are enchanted by the romance of the railroad.
Yesterday at The Ritz hotel in London, the Professor Clive Palmer show rolled into town. And what a show. He is still relatively unknown in this country, but surely not for long. For Prof Palmer is the Australian businessman who is going to bring back the Titanic… or at least a… Continue reading
A serpentine river cuts deep incisions into mountainous land, a gold mine is slashed open to have its ruddy interior revealed and a tiny toy is found among shards of glass in harsh terrain. These are all photos in a new solo exhibition by photographer Laura McPhee showing intricate details of how human life sits among nature in the Western American wilderness. Desert Chronicle is built upon McPhee’s stunning visual work between 2010 and 2012 in which she documented the American landscapes of Idaho, Utah and Arizona.
Mother nature: Snake River Canyon in Idaho photographed… Continue reading
In this edition of SPOTM: Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and a whole lot of MK-Themed fashion. (I know, I did state last month that the SPOTM series of articles was over. I however realized that I wanted to discuss about a bunch of pics, so there you go).
Taylor Swift’s Grammy performance was one, big, nightmarish tribute to an MK-Ultra favorite: Alice in Wonderland. The music industry apparently never EVER tires of referring to it. In this pic, we see Taylor and the White Rabbit – as in “follow the White Rabbit through the looking glass”, a trigger phrase to encourage dissociation in Mind Control. Continue reading
Before the digital camera was ubiquitous, photographs were such a rarity that people used to dress in their finery for their snapshots. And these smartly dressed prisoners were no exception as this haul of vintage mugshots shows. The collection of haunting portraits shows just how the practise began – in Bedford Prison more than 150 years ago.
A daring photographer took several vertigo-inducing pictures from a specialized bridge inspection crane 840 feet above the Colorado River. Reno, Nevada-based photographer Art Domagala was recently tasked with photographing bridge inspectors working on the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, officially known as the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
The amazing pictures were published on the photographer’s website.
Photographing the engineers on various areas of the structure proved to be a challenge, Domagala writes. He went through a ‘gamut of lenses on the shoot,’ he writes. Domagala took the pictures for Stantec Consulting Services, which provides consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects.
Huge structure: The engineers appear as small as ants as they work on the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge above the Colorado River
New Deal-era Shutterbugs working for Farm Security Administration – and later the Office of War Information – shot the depicted vintage photos. The shots are among 1,600 or so color photographs depicting the social American landscape that were taken from 1939 to 1944.
Generally, the collection to which the represented photos belong spotlight rural America, as well as the nation’s World War II mobilization, factory life, railroads, aviation training, and women in the workplace. These specific shots show a forgotten square dance that took place in 1940 in McIntosh County, located in the central eastern region of Oklahoma. The photos are now housed for posterity in the U.S. Library of Congress. Shot the year after John Steinbeck published ‘The Grapes of Wrath,’ the photos show a lighter side of the unforgiving life that was to be lived in Oklahoma’s infamous Dust Bowl
Tops 1940 stories: The dance represented in the below photos occurred the same year the first Social Security checks were mailed to American citizens, the same year that the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened, the first McDonald’s hamburger stand set out a shingle in Pasadena, Calif., the same year Winston Churchill became England’s prime minister, and Hitler invaded Denmark, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium
An image of innocence: ‘Our fathers fought the second World War, spent their weekends on the Jersey Shore, met our mothers in the USO, asked them to dance, danced with them slow’ Continue reading
When President Obama delivered a commencement address at a high school graduation in Memphis in 2011, he was introduced by a senior, Chris Dean. What the commander-in-chief did not know when shaking hands with the eloquent 18-year-old is that the boy standing in front of him was born and came of age in a violent, crime-ridden part of South Memphis that has nearly consumed him.
After experiencing clinical death at age two and losing his father in a bloody gang shootout, Chris managed to survive the streets and eventually go to college on a scholarship he had won in large part thanks to this brief but memorable interaction with Obama.
This year, Dean returned to his old neighborhood in the company of Alan Spearman, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photographer for the Memphis-based Commercial Appeal, to document the landscape of his turbulent childhood as part of a short film called As I Am.
The photographs taken by Spearman during their journey into the teeming underbelly of South Memphis offer an unflinching look at a bleak world of staggering poverty and crime, offset by the nearly super-human resilience of the locals. Dean and Spearman spent eight weeks scouring the dark back alleys surrounding the Foote Homes housing project and meeting local characters: from prostitutes to young players in the burgeoning drug business; from small businessmen fighting to scratch out a meager living to the destitute relying on their faith in the face of adversity.
The movie that came out of the expedition to South Memphis features Dean’s keen and sensitive observations, thoughts and feelings regarding the places and people that he has known all his life. Those who wish to follow Spearman’s work can do so by following him on Twitter @jalanspearman. Some of his photos also can be viewed on his Instagram account under the screen name alanspearman.
Survivor: On one of the hottest days of the year, Francine Hudson, 53, struts down Latham singing to pass the time. Months earlier, Hudson’s face was crushed during an attack on the street when she refused to sell herself for $10 Continue reading
As the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe, the Shard offers breath-taking views of London. But for a true intake of breath, wait till you see what it costs to enjoy them. The £2billion building’s viewing platforms were opened to the public yesterday, but with tickets costing £24.95 for an adult and £18.95 for a child, it’s not just a fear of heights that might make visitors think twice.
Cityscape:The first visitors to the top of The Shard enjoy the view over a wet and rainy London Continue reading