Posts tagged ‘photos’

May 19, 2013

Jewish section of Mucurapo Cemetery, Trinidad

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A fascinating little side trip I took yesterday with Robin. The Jewish population of Trinidad has largely vanished as a result of the need to find marriage partners and fears of possible victimization arising out of the social upheaval of the 1970s. These names might be of use to genealogists.

July 8, 2012

Self Evident Truths

A most interesting project :

In 2010 iO Tillett Wright began a project called Self Evident Truths, photographing anyone that felt like they qualified to fall on some part of the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual, to transgender. Shot in simple black and white, in natural light, with no makeup or styling, the photos were intended to humanize the very varied face of gays in America today. “Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.” Around fifty portraits were shot in the two weeks that she had, and were presented in stacks in a gallery in Los Angeles, to be taken away by viewers, for free.

Struck by the powerful impact of the project, even on such a small scale, iO set her sights on taking the project national. Now, her aim is to photograph anyone in the United States that is, or EVER has been, anything other than 100% straight. The ultimate goal is between 5,000 and 10,000 portraits.

In the spring of 2011 iO shot 262 people in New York City, and by November, she shot another 527 in three parts of California, bringing our count to 789 portraits. In the winter of 2012, iO and the team took Self Evident Truths on a tour of the South, collecting faces in places like Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

The Self Evident Truths portraits will be compiled into a series of large exhibitions, an online database, a book, several guerrilla art campaigns, and they will be disseminated through numerous digital outlets.

Read more on their site here.

January 28, 2012

Queer Azaadi March Mumbai 2012

Looking at the photos of today’s march in Mumbai taken by my friend Sukhdeep I can’t help but be impressed by the scale of the event. The creativity of the marchers is pretty awesome too. Posting a few teaser  shots by him until Gaylaxy Magazine comes out with their spread ( didn’t officially get his permission but as usual I assume he will tell me to go ahead).

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See the rest on Gaylaxy’s Facebook page.

April 6, 2011

Gorgeous pictures from this Soyuz/ISS hatch opening

This evening’s Soyuz / International Space Station hatch opening gave some gorgeous views of our beautiful planet from space. The event was carried live in NASA TV.

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All shots grabbed from NASA TV’s live coverage .

April 3, 2011

Toronto’s Slut Walk

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All images by Paisley Rae @PaisleyRae on Twitter. Used with permission.

Slut Walk took over the streets of Toronto today as large numbers of people turned out to protest a remark made by a Toronto Police Officer which suggested that women could avoid rape by not dressing like “sluts“. That the statement was made during a safety briefing at York University is even more stunning.

The remark prompted activists to organize Slut Walk on April 3, 2011 to demand greater sensitivity from the Toronto Police. While I am a supporter of  the Toronto Police Service (my brother has been an officer in it for almost two decades and I even worked for them briefly) there is always room for improvement. Very proud that the people of Toronto always demand better.

From the Slut Walk site:

As the city’s major protective service, the Toronto Police have perpetuated the myth and stereotype of ‘the slut’, and in doing so have failed us. With sexual assault already a significantly under-reported crime, survivors have now been given even less of a reason to go to the Police, for fear that they could be blamed. Being assaulted isn’t about what you wear; it’s not even about sex; but using a pejorative term to rationalize inexcusable behaviour creates an environment in which it’s okay to blame the victim.

Historically, the term ‘slut’ has carried a predominantly negative connotation. Aimed at those who are sexually promiscuous, be it for work or pleasure, it has primarily been women who have suffered under the burden of this label. And whether dished out as a serious indictment of one’s character or merely as a flippant insult, the intent behind the word is always to wound, so we’re taking it back. “Slut” is being re-appropriated.

We are tired of being oppressed by slut-shaming; of being judged by our sexuality and feeling unsafe as a result. Being in charge of our sexual lives should not mean that we are opening ourselves to an expectation of violence, regardless if we participate in sex for pleasure or work. No one should equate enjoying sex with attracting sexual assault.

We are a movement demanding that our voices be heard. We are here to call foul on our Police Force and demand change. We want Toronto Police Services to take serious steps to regain our trust. We want to feel that we will be respected and protected should we ever need them, but more importantly be certain that those charged with our safety have a true understanding of what it is to be a survivor of sexual assault — slut or otherwise.

We are tired of speeches filled with lip service and the apologies that accompany them. What we want is meaningful dialogue and we are doing something about it: WE ARE COMING TOGETHER. As people from all gender expressions and orientations, all walks of life, levels of employment and education, all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds, from all points of this city and elsewhere.

Visit the site here.

There is another picture gallery on Flickr here.

March 8, 2011

Trinidad Carnival 2011

 

Alvie and Vedesh looking up at me on my perch on Tragarete Rd.

Trinidad Carnival 2011 ,which accounted for my virtual absence from the blogosphere, is now over. In case anyone doesn’t know T&T Carnival is billed locally as the Greatest Show on Earth – if nothing else it is one of the biggest street parties on earth. Took about 200  shots from our headquarters on Tragarete Rd, Port of Spain which was a busy Carnival thoroughfare.

Pics are available as a Flickr set here.

February 25, 2011

Moving and powerful pictures of the recovery efforts in New Zealand.

The Atlantic in Focus has posted some incredibly powerful shots of the rescue and recovery efforts in New Zealand.

Check them out here.

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