Archive for the ‘Beliefs’ Category

Elected

November 11, 2008

20081104_Chicago_IL_ElectionNight1258, originally uploaded by Barack Obama.

This is a shot from an official set of photos taken on election night by someone in Obama’s campaign team – go here for the full slideshow. They were posted on Flickr within hours – seemingly without much editorial oversight – and promptly brought Flickr to a near-standstill as people all over the world clambered to get a look at history in the making.

There has already been some insightful stuff written about the shifting nature of the media ecosystem in relation to the Obama campaign and how his team harnessed power of the net – see here for one such example. I think it is fairly safe to say that, post-Obama’08, American politics will never be the same again.

What struck me particularly about this set of images was the solemnity of the occasion. This shot, for example, appears to have been taken after the result was known. It depicts a man who appreciates the magnitude of the role he has just signed up for – not someone cracking open the Champagne. With old-style editorial controls in place, I’m not sure such an interesting aspect of the evening would have cropped up – rather it would have been cropped out or ‘rechronologised’.

Band on the Run

April 9, 2008

Dad and the Beatles, originally uploaded by Tjflex2.

Larger here. There’s George in the foreground, God rest his soul.

Tag search ‘riot’. The Beatles got into a lot of trouble because of John Lennon’s comment about them being more popular than Jesus. It was the kind of thing that Andy Warhol might have said and got away with.

Cap:

The Beatles 1964 Tour, Vancouver BC Canada.

My father was one of the RCMP police escorts. He drove two of them to the airport to get them away from the riot. In the back of his car was Paul, but he can’t remember who the other one was.*

*That’s shorthand for Ringo.

Tiananmen Square

April 9, 2008

Riot in Beijing – China, originally uploaded by cromacom.

Larger here.

Tag search ‘riot’. An original image from the 1989 riots in Beijing. It’s a really good shot – puts you right in the middle of the action. Of course, it’s not quite as iconic as the one that everyone remembers, which has to be amongst the most powerful public demonstration images of all time.

The Three Monks

March 22, 2008

the three monks

The Three Monks by Alec Ee.

Alec is actually a pro but he’s contributing to the photosphere just like anyone else. I like this because the three boys do not appear to be conscious of the photographer and are therefore acting naturally. I think this is often an important factor in portrait photography – to capture something real rather than reactive.

Nowrūz

March 21, 2008

“Norouz” is coming!…, originally uploaded by alirezanajafian.

Larger here.

According to wiki:

Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز, various local pronunciations and spellings) is the traditional Iranian new year holiday celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Albania, Bahrain, Armenia, Georgia, the countries of Central Asia such as Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, as well as among various other Iranian and Turkic peoples in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans.

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year as well as the beginning of the Bahá’í year.[1] It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (start of spring in northern hemisphere), which usually occurs on the March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed.

As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday, it is also a holy day for adherents of Sufism as well as Bahá’í Faith.[1] In Iran it is also referred to as an Eid festival, although it is not an Islamic feast. Alawites also celebrate Nowruz.[2]

The term Norooz first appeared in Persian records in the second century AD, but it was also an important day during the time of the Achaemenids (c. 648-330 BC), where kings from different nations under the Persian empire used to bring gifts to the emperor (Shahanshah) of Persia on Nowruz.[3]

It’s interesting that festivals pre-dating Christianity use symbols we associate with Easter, such as painted eggs; symbols of birth and renewal. It’s also interesting to note that both Easter and Christmas are tied into astronomical events – the Vernal Equinox and Winter Solstice respectively. Festivals to mark these points in the year have existed for millennia.

 

Spreading the Love

February 15, 2008

spreading the love, originally uploaded by Jibbo.

It’s more the subject matter here than the picture itself but it’s still a great capture. What a wonderful thing to behold!

Cap:

This is Nige’.

I approached him and asked for his email address so I could send him a photo. I didn’t have a pen so went into a nearby shop. When I came back he was being group hugged by six teenagers.

We got chatting. He’s been free hugging since summer of last year, and today was his eighth time.

And yes, you guessed it, Flickr has sets of photos dedicated to free hugging.

The Rabbit Hole

February 6, 2008

Untitled, originally uploaded by [brett walker].

Prohibition

January 19, 2008

prohibition, originally uploaded by kelco.

Hope

January 13, 2008

Hope, originally uploaded by Jalca.

Larger here.

Tag search ‘hope’. Slightly over-saturated but a lovely portriat nonetheless.

Hope for Tibet

January 13, 2008

Preghiere al vento per la Birmania e tutti i popoli oppressi., originally uploaded by ornellab..

Tag search ‘hope’.

Cap:

Darchok, Tibetan flags flowing in the wind, are a reminder of all the oppressed people of the world and that no one is free until all are free.