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Echolilia

by on Oct.23, 2016, under Art, Education, Family, Health, Kids, Media, Parenting

Timothy Archibald knows that his son Elijah is different. eli2 The San Francisco photographer began photographing his 5 year old child as a way of coping with Eli's Autism diagnosis. eli4 He recognized that his son wasn't like other kids, but he was anxious to understand his child as best as he could. eli3 So he start photographing Eli at age 5 as a portrait project. eli1 It drew father and son closer together, and helped Archibald better understand his child's unique perspective. eli8 His interaction with objects shows how he perceives the world around him. eli5 "I wanted him to be aware of how different he was and see that as an asset." eli6 While creating this project, Archibald grew to appreciate Eli's quirks, and he learned to restrain his desire to control situations as a professional photographer, and follow his son's lead. eli7 The collection of photographs has been published as a book, and can be purchased here. echolilia All photos (c) Timothy Archibald
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The Natural Spread

by on Apr.19, 2015, under Art, Family, Food, Kids, Media, Miscellaneous, Recreation

When you're in the kitchen, it's natural to want healthy alternatives. For a long time, the popularity of butter was unchallenged for its special qualities. butter01 It was wholesome and natural, just the kind of thing you'd want for your children. butter02 But there were concerns about whether butter had some unhealthy qualities and people began to experiment with alternative substances. boy_shavecream3 Crisco became the popular substitute and its place was enshrined in the jokes of many late night comedians. cris01 It had the right texture. cris03 And it was digestible, in case you just couldn't resist that lovely pie. Le-Marche-St-George-Thanksgiving014-Remodelista For few years Crisco remained popular, but eventually people realized that it had its own side-effects. dhtinkage01 You had to use it in moderation. It was shortening. new_crisco The new formulation of Crisco eliminates the trans fat, but after recent medical studies, butter is coming back into favor. lolbutter Butter is wholesome and natural. It's better with butter! better_with_butter
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Super Scar

by on Apr.16, 2015, under Family, Health, Kids, Media

Whether it's for the heart pedi_surg1 the head   Leogane Jan-Feb 2010 or any other surgical procedure, it takes a lot of courage for a kid to endure. carter04 On top of surviving 5 open heart surgeries, seven-year-old Carter Gentle from Farmington Maine was upset because the scar from the latest emergency pacemaker operation was ugly. carter01 His dad Mark said that when Carter first removed the bandages, "he went down to the bathroom to look in the mirror and he just started sobbing." His dad told him that his scars were beautiful, and made him look like a superhero. carter02 He posted a picture of Carter showing his scars on his Facebook page, hoping to get support from friends and boost Carter's confidence. carter03 Since it was posted on April 11, the picture has garnered more than 1.5 million "likes", more than the total number of Mark Gentle's Facebook friends. Comments have been overwhelmingly positive, with others sharing their own scars and encouragement. https://www.facebook.com/mark.gentle.125/posts/838002282933707:0
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Violence on TV

by on Apr.16, 2015, under History, Media, War and Terrorism

The Viet Nam war brought home the horrors of the battlefield in a way that we had never seen before. vietnam_exe The rules of war hadn't changed. There were atrocities committed by both sides. viet_napalm Napalm didn't respect allegiance, and the U.S. used it with abandon. viet_monkprotest In protest of the war, peaceful monks went on hunger strikes ... or immolated themselves. viet_kidsoldiers In the 60's and 70's, when these pictures were taken, we still had first amendment protections in the U.S. To find out what was really going on, newsmen and photographers went into the jungle, putting themselves in great danger. viet_mylai They exposed the My Lai massacre when the government tried to cover it up. They were there from the beginning of U.S. involvement viet_embassyfence and hung around until the end, witnessing and photographing the abandonment of the U.S. embassy, and many of our desperate allies. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The vivid depiction of blood and gore resulted in massive protests across the nation. viet_protest_generations Disaffection spanned generations and race. The government reacted. Wounded Kent State student John Cleary is attended to by other s The Governor sent the National Guard in to quell a protest at Kent State University, resulting in 4 student deaths. Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State, called the war "the first struggle fought on television in everybody's living room every day." If the U.S. government learned anything from the Vietnam War, it's that suppressing coverage minimizes dissent. The new paradigm is the "embedded reporter". Instead of just letting the journalists and photographers have the run of the country, they are assigned to a military unit, where they have food, shelter, and can be kept safe, and see the war from the point of view of their benefactors and protectors. em_reporter It also controls the flow of information. There's no way to file stories or send pictures without the cooperation of the military. em_geraldo Even when the networks and new services send their best, they are still hampered by military censorship. jarecke01 When embedded journalist Kenneth Jarecke came across the scene on February 28, 1991, he felt compelled to document the burned-out Iraqi military convoys and incinerated corpses. One of his colleagues asked why he wanted to photograph such a distasteful scene. “I’m not interested in it either,” Jarecke recalls replying. He told the officer that he didn’t want his mother to see his name next to photographs of corpses. “But if I don’t take pictures like these, people like my mom will think war is what they see in movies.” As Hermanson remembers, Jarecke added, “It’s what I came here to do. It’s what I have to do.” jarecke2 Straying from the press pool was against the rules, but Jarecke was determined to get his pictures. And when government censorship failed, the media censored itself. The media took it upon themselves to “do what the military censorship did not do,” says Robert Pledge, the head of the Contact Press Images photojournalism agency that has represented Jarecke since the 1980s. The night they received the image, Pledge tells me, editors at the Associated Press’ New York City offices pulled the photo entirely from the wire service, keeping it off the desks of virtually all of America’s newspaper editors. It is unknown precisely how, why, or by whom the AP’s decision was handed down. jarecke3 Time Magazine received the picture, and the editors fought to publish it, but Managing Editor Henry Muller refused. Photo Director Michele Stephenson says it was, to her recollection, the only instance during the Gulf War where the photo department fought but failed to get an image into print. War is hell, and we need to keep reminding ourselves. The Atlantic has a more in-depth account of Kenneth Jarecke.
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Journalist’s Guide to Firearms Identification

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Crime, Education, Media, Weapons

Even though they report on crimes involving guns, most journalists don't know anything about firearms. gun_safety_kid So they've come up with a pictorial guide to help describe the guns they're talking about. journalist_firearm_id Below: A kid holding an AK-47 Assault Rifle handmade_gun
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Point and Shoot

by on Jun.02, 2013, under Animals, Consumer, Education, Environment, History, Media, Nature, Technology

If you live in the U.S. and wondered who made the first movie camera, you were probably told that it was Thomas Edison. Edison-cine It's typical of the U.S., as it used to be in Western Europe, to ignore scientific and technological discoveries until we reveal them for ourselves. Not to belittle his accomplishments, but much of Edison's success was in making practical the inventions of others, and his business acumen. kinetoscope-1 Edison took the Zoopraxiscope invented by English photographer Eadweard Muybridge and turned it into the first true motion picture peepshow.

Old Fashioned Peep Show

In 1882, a few years before Edison created the modern pornographic movie industry, French scientist Étienne-Jules Marey wanted to capture the motion of birds and small animals to study their movement, a discipline known as chronophotography.

Etienne Jules Marey Seated In Laboratory

He invented the Fusil Photographique, or "photographic rifle", which allowed Marey to track his subjects while shooting his images, effectively developing the technique of "panning" the camera.

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The magazine holds a light sensitive gelatin emulsion plate that's big enough for 25 frames. The exposure is through one of the 12 shutters in front of the plate and the camera could take 12 exposures a second.

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Focusing was accomplished by changing the length of the barrel.

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It predates the reflex camera. It's a point-and-shoot.

marey3The ultimate result is a collection of images that are viewed in rapid sequence.

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We suggest a few basic rules:

  • Know when it's loaded.
  • Don't put your finger on the trigger until you're ready to shoot.
  • Don't have a finger in front of the barrel.

 
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