Boston, you’re a beautiful harbor city.
Mississippi delta - heartland topsoil flowing relentlessly into the Gulf of Mexico.
Every time I look back to this photo, I feel uncomfortable — it haunts me. It’s as if they are saying to me, we are not a number — not only cheap labor and cheap lives. We are human beings like you. Our life is precious like yours, and our dreams are precious too.
They are witnesses in this cruel history of workers being killed. The death toll is now more than 750. What a harsh situation we are in, where human beings are treated only as numbers.
This photo is haunting me all the time. If the people responsible don’t receive the highest level of punishment, we will see this type of tragedy again. There will be no relief from these horrific feelings. I’ve felt a tremendous pressure and pain over the past two weeks surrounded by dead bodies. As a witness to this cruelty, I feel the urge to share this pain with everyone. That’s why I want this photo to be seen."
Click that link. This is a picture that needs to be seen just as badly as the endless failures of global capitalism, which encourages and necessitates the conditions that made this happen, need to be seriously addressed.
note that TIME is only sharing the photo online and in the international print edition. TIME has frequently done the same kind of thing in the past with their cover stories, giving the US readers a far softer version of the news than is presented elsewhere.
so I find it interesting that the quote they choose to share from the photographer is about how the photo needs to be seen, and yet by their design, the people who need to see it most, who are most insulated from the reality that the photo represents — Americans — are the ones least likely to see it.
Happy Mother’s Day from the Tangle Lakes Campground along the Denali Highway, Alaska. http://www.blm.gov/ak/st/en/prog/nlcs/delta_nwsr/lowertangle.html
Chesapeake to Cape Cod to Lake Huron - in a glance, so much history, geology and geography.
If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.
“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”
The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.
He acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.
From top to bottom:
Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).
Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.
Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.
Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.
The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.
Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).
Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).
Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).
Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.
Tokai Forest, South Africa
Photo: Penny R. Robartes
An Afghan girl pops an Ollie as youths gather for the Sound Central Festival in Kabul. (Photo: Massoud Hossaini / AFP-Getty via The Guardian)
Ireland, Wales and Mann silhouetted in the setting sun.
Street At in Lille, France
The music of a city.
I love wind turbines; I have no idea why.
Ocotillo Wind Project Receives Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award
The Ocotillo Express Wind Project located on public lands in renewable-energy rich Imperial County, California, has received an Outstanding Award from both the National Association of Environmental Professionals and the California Association of Environmental Professionals. The award was presented April 2 at the NAEP annual conference in Los Angeles.
The award recognized the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental analysis, management of the complex multi-agency approval process, extensive public outreach, and the use of innovative analytic techniques including state-of-the-art radar systems for monitoring avian, bighorn sheep and other wildlife activity at the site. The BLM was the lead federal agency for NEPA review of the project, which was approved in May 2012 and came online in December. Imperial County led the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance review and Pattern Energy is the project’s proponent.
The 265-MW Ocotillo Wind Project provides clean energy to San Diego and Southern California, with 94 operational turbines and18 more to be installed on public lands this year. The project provides enough renewable energy to power nearly 125,000 homes and offset more than 288,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It is the first renewable energy project to use the Sunrise Powerlink Transmission line connecting San Diego with the Imperial Valley.
Construction employed as many as 500 workers, many as subcontractors from the local area. Ocotillo Wind will generate significant tax revenues over the next 30 years, benefiting Imperial County and local schools.
The Ocotillo Wind Project on BLM lands in California Received an Outstanding Environmental Analysis Award in April. Photo ©2013 by Jamey Stillings, http://www.jameystillingsprojects.com