Please take some time to watch this TED talk on slavery. Photographer Lisa Kristine has spent 2 years travelling the world, documenting the unbearably harsh realities of today's slavery. Her photo's are hauntingly beautiful and illuminating the plight of the 27 million people enslaved worldwide.
The competition encourages entries that are contemporary, creative, resonant, challenging, original and beautiful, but most of all, pictures that will inspire people around the world to start taking care of our environment.
Take 5 minutes and look at this picture slideshow of the entrees of 2011. Amazing pictures that make you think about life, nature and the future.
I have posted a piece of Mandy Barker's photo art before, Beautiful Waste Art, but I think this one is very special as well. It is called: Every snow flake is different and is made of garden furniture chair leg, paracetamol packaging, oil cap, plate, face mask, shower rail hook, fire alarm casing etc etc etc. All found in the ocean....
Today is UN World Water Day. With currently 7 billion people on the globe and another 2 billion expected to join within the next 25 years, we have to be considered in the way we use the available water. Water is essential in our daily life but also often beautiful to look at.
I made this photo in Malaysia (Perhentian Island). As I just couldn't stop looking at the amazing colour, I decided to make a photo so I could take it home with me (less messy than taking the water home...). I haven't photoshopped the photo at all, it was really this beautiful!
Not much good has come out of the junk that we dump into the ocean, except for this:
Mandy Barker has made a photo collection of the plastic debris found in the sea and beaches around the world. The collection is called "SOUP" referring to the mass accumulation in The North Pacific Ocean, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (see my blog post: Island In The Stream). With this collections she aims to: "Engage with, and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction and social awareness". I think it is a beautiful -and shocking- collection. Check out her website, her other collection: "Every snow flake is different" is also really cool.
My friends in Holland just can't stop boasting about their brilliant snow for sledding and magnificent quality of ice for skating. With a blue sky they even have the perfect conditions to drink hot chocolate (with rum) in the sun! Here in the UK we had some snow as well today. A very disappointing 2 cm. Enough to cause huge issues to road and rail but hardly enough to sleigh.
I spent the whole afternoon pushing my kids down the green slopes in the park, and realised this will be the future for everyone if the global warming continues at the current speed. So while the kids were warming up in a hot bath after hours of sliding down the frozen mud, I found a solution on internet: the Global Warming Sled. It will never be as much fun as a proper snow-one, and we will miss the "sandy parts" which sound makes your hair raise going over it. But it will be so much easier for the parents to pull through the mud!