I am Slave

Made in 2010 “I am Slave” directed by Gabriel Range is “based on the real-life experiences of Mende Nazer,the story unfolds as twelve-year-old Malia [later played by Wunmi Mosaku], daughter of champion wrestler Bah,is abducted from her Sudanese village in the Nubar Mountains by pro-government Arab militia and sold into slavery to a woman in Khartoum,who beats her for touching her daughter. After six years she is sent to London,where her name is changed,but her miserable life of servitude continues. Her passport is taken and she is told that her father will die if she goes to the authorities. Fortunately she meets a sympathetic person who seems to offer her the hope of escape and reunion with Bah,back in Sudan. For all the film’s optimism an end title states that there are around 5,000 ‘slave’ workers currently in Britain.”

[From imdb.com]

I truly recommend this film for others to watch. Everything is portrayed so well and it is very effective.

T-shirt slogans

The long awaited photographs of my current project which I’m planning to have as a very big series. At this present moment they don’t have a title. Any ideas?

I copied these images from paintings. And from this I took these negative texts on the T-shirts and rejected them to say the text is wrong and that the people the text refers to are beautiful like the western world considers these paintings.

Vermeer- The Kitchen maid

Ingres- The source

Once this project is complete, I won’t include the paintings along side them.

Making more slogan T-shirts

I’m making more T-shirts for my slogans project. Some of the slogans I’m using are found texts and the others I made up myself. I can’t wait to show you the end results. 

Developing in the dark room

I’m back in the dark room developing which is existing. They are old digital images that I have put on to medium format film. This may seem like a waste of time but it’s just an experiment that I’m doing.

Klause Pichler- Middle Class Utopia

[Images found at www.kpic.at]

Timothy Archibald – Echolilia

[Images from timothyarchibald.com]

Tony Fouhse- Live Through This

[Images from tonyfoto.com]

Chris Capoziello -The Distance Between Us

When there is suffering we often want to know why. We want answers.

I want answers.

I want explanations as to why some suffer and others do not. I want to know why some get better while others get worse. Is this fate or is this chance or is it just bad luck?

How are we to deal with suffering? I have many questions and only few answers.

I would like you to meet my brother. I have been drawn to photographing him for as long as I have been making pictures. The time I spend with him, looking through my camera, has forced me to ask questions about suffering, and faith and why anyone is born with disease. Nick has cerebral palsy. The pictures have been a way for me to deal with the reality of having a twin brother who struggles through life in ways that I do not.

Sitting on a fire hydrant in New York, Nick tries to relax from a cramp. While we wait for him to finish his cigarette, a passing woman glanced at me, then down at Nick, who looked up slowly and grinned. She fleetingly returned his smile, and he took another drag with the fading smirk still on his lips.

Today I drove through the snow to come and help Dad bring papa to a doctor’s appointment. When I arrive, I do what I normally do and head to Nick’s room to say hello. He’s in bed with a cramp. These last few visits, we haven’t been able to talk or spend any time together because he’s had a cramp each time.

Smoking has become a way for Nick to connect with others; which is important to him, because he doesn’t have many friends. Nick has tried quitting, and because he is also diabetic; risk of stroke and heart disease increases tremendously. 

When I visited yeserday he had a cramp. When I stop home today, I find him asleep on the floor, still wearing the same clothes. After all these years, there is still a part of me that is shocked and scared, as if for the first time, finding him on the floor, his body contorted, looking like a twisted and mangled car, after an accident.

In November 2009, Nick under went Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS). For the first time, our family held  out hope that things would improve for him. The doctors said that while the surgery might not completely stop his muscles from cramping, it could significantly decrease the effects of the cramps. DBS is cutting-edge science, but it looks like a medieval torture. They shave you bald and rig you to a stereotactic frame that holds your head steady while they drill through your skull to insert electrodes for a “brain pacemaker.” Once they switch the implanted device on, it delivers tiny electrical shocks to your brain, gradually retraining your whole nervous system to relax your muscles.

Yesterday afternoon Nick got out form his third surgery. They were able to successfully implant the medal ledes into the the left side of his brain and run the wires down his neck and into his chest where they attached them to a brain pace maker. We’re finally going home. I’m with him, in the bathroom, helping to hold him up while he urinates. Earlier, when I help him in and he sits down, I joke at how big he is. He laughed. I needed to see his smile.

[Image, video and text all from chriscappy.com]

Kenji Hirasawa – Celebrity

Kenji Hirasawa’s “2009-11 series at Madame Tussauds, Kenji contrasts lifeless waxworks with living human beings. Kenji’s way of taking photographies mirrors the question of what it means to be a celebrity. One can only come into being as celebrity if the public constitutes one this way. Without this attention, one is essentially nothing. Celebrities as such are indistinguishable from their environment. They depend on their audience in order to be shaped.” [from kenjihirasawa.com]

Cakes and Cupcakes

I don’t understand why I haven’t posted these photographs up of my baking. I haven’t made that much and I am still learning, so they don’t look the greatest. But I thought I’ll share them anyway.

2nd cake

4th cake

4th cupcake (these were so nice)

5th cupcake

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