Bridging Science and Photography in Madagascar

Bridging Science and Photography in Madagascar

What is race? How does it work? For example, what does humanity’s racist tendencies of the past have to do with current economic world order? Ethnology assumes that race and racism are extremely powerful social and cultural forces at work everywhere in the world. And that we, as humans, seek lessons for generalizing about modern […]

Life and Death on Mount Everest

The Wildest Dream Mt Everest Film Still

“…the highest of mountains is capable of severity, a severity so awful sand so fatal that the wiser sort of men do well to think and tremble even on the threshhold of their high endeavor.” — George Mallory No matter how immovable the many mountains may seem, the recent earthquakes in Nepal have illuminated to […]

420 – Green Is Good

420 - Green Is Good

“Hemp is, by far, Earth’s premier, renewable natural resource.” — Jack Herer In Jack Herer’s scathing Corporate takedown, The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy, he talks about the history of hemp: Botanically, hemp is a member of the most advanced plant family on Earth. It is a dioecious (having male, female […]

Skylines Hong Kong

Skylines Hong Kong

Skylines Hong Kong Hong Kong is a perfect example of a seemingly finite universe in which a quite small amount of land has been pointed toward a certain kind of efficiency–building up and down rather than outward–in effect searching for ways to find space within rather than without. With its background as imperial playground and […]

Watts Towers – Nuestro Pueblo

The Spires of Watts Towers

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.                                        — John Augustus Shedd (1859 – ?), Salt from My Attic (1928) Cities, more and more, represent waste, inefficiency and indentured […]

Beneath the Surface – What Is In The Water at Seaworld?

Two killer whales off the south side of Unimak Island, eastern Aleutian Islands, Alaska By Robert Pittman via Wikimedia Commons

Beneath the Surface The question needs to be asked, what do retired whale trainers do? Especially once they have skewered the private industry whence they came. Write about it. Such is the case of fourteen year veteran Orca trainer John Hargrove who, in the course of working with 20 different whales on two continents and […]

Ginkaku-ji – The Silver Pavilion Born from the Ashes of War

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Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺) has so many names it’s best to keep it simple. Translated as Temple of the Silver Pavilion, it makes more sense once you know its official name: Jishō-ji (慈照寺) or the Temple of Shining Mercy. Because for one, where’s this so-called silver pavilion? you may wonder to yourself as you stroll through the […]

Homeless Makeover of Miyashita Park in Shibuya

Tokyo - Home of the 2020 Homeless Olympiad

Miyashita Park, depending on your point of view, is an emerald oasis in the midst of a concrete desert blooming in the most crowded mile in the human world, Shibuya Crossing. One of the few green spaces within the city center, Miyashita is a microcosm of the larger setting of Tokyo. Built in the 30s […]

Now Tsukiji, Now You Don’t

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Photographs by Bahag de Guzman Words by Erin Emocling “Now Tsukiji, Now You Don’t” is an accidental photo-series that explores a closed-for-the-day Tsukiji Fish Market: a visually saturnine preview of its scheduled relocation in preparation for the Olympics in Tokyo on 2020. You’re standing in the middle of this alleyway, living in the present, and […]

Sakurajima Erupts – Kyushu Citizens Recite Poetry – Get Drunk – Life Goes On

Sakurajima Erupts - Kyushu Citizens Recite Poetry - Get Drunk - Life Goes On

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Sakurajima Erupts – Kyushu Citizens Recite Poetry – Get Drunk – Life Goes On Sakurajima (aka Cherry Tree Island) is a very active stratovolcano located in Kinko Bay in Kagoshima, Kyushu, the farthest away from everywhere else in the […]