These remind me a lot of Mary Cassatt for some reason.
At age 19, TED Fellow Eman Mohammed became the first female photographer in the Gaza Strip — a bold move in a culture that often discourages education and work for women. Her colleagues shunned her, and once abandoned her in an open air strike area, waving and laughing as they drove away. It was not her first death threat.
Facing extreme prejudice, she turned her lens to women and children in Gaza. She explains that her images reveal lives often considered inconsequential, unveiling poignant moments of joy and accomplishment. She calls herself “a witness with a choice — to run away or stand still.”
Writing advice from James Merrill: “You hardly ever need to state your feelings. The point is to feel and keep the eyes open. Then what you feel is expressed, is mimed back at you by the scene. A room, a landscape.”
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Pictured: Anthony Hecht (far left), James Merrill, Richard Wilbur and others travel to the Fiftieth Anniversary celebration of the Academy of American Poets at the Library of Congress.
Couple restores abandoned French Chateau, starts a blog
This 3200 Year Old Tree is So Massive, It’s Never Been Captured in a Single Image…Until Now
It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname like “The President”. The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall and is an estimated 3,200 years old. The trunk measures 27 feet across and, between the base and the highest peak, there are an estimated two billion needles.
Until now, the tree had never been photographed in its entirety. A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to try to be the first.
It took an intricate set of pulleys and levers to scale the tree, which one scientist argues is the largest in the world (if you take into account width). After stitching together 126 separate photos, we are left with this mind-blowing portrait of “The President” captured in a single photo for the first time.
Frida (19 years old)
Sporting the original floral headband.
I’ve kept it to myself for years, but now I believe the only way to fight the stigma of mental illness is to talk about …
And the last one nearly broke my heart.
I do about 1/2 of these things on a pretty regular basis.