Thursday, May 20, 2010

Notes from Today

About 2.5 weeks ago my boyfriend was in Florida and he called me to see if I heard about the flooding in Nashville because he knew I was looking into flights and car rentals for Bonnaroo.

I was at work on my computer when he called, and since well, no I hadn't heard of it, when we hung up I googled it of course. Then I searched around a few different news sites and still really didn't find too much about it. I remember that only 1 or 2 articles came up and a few pictures. When we spoke later I told him it probably wouldn't be a big deal and that nothing really came up on it, not to worry.

Still not worried about our plans for Bonnaroo, but extremely disappointed/surprised/saddened to see how bad it actually was/is of a situation and how little it was covered in the media. I just read an article that indexed the news coverage of the flooding at 4% of all news topics covered during the week it happened.

The article also linked to this video which blew me away really. I had NO IDEA until just now how bad, or the magnitude, of the flooding. The video references that several people died - that number is actually 30.

On a happier note...

Today I also read about this woman named Sheena and her project called The Uniform Project. I found it extremely inspiring, uplifting, and a true testament that each and every one of us can do a little something to change or impact the world. And she did a really big something with such a small, creative idea(!).
Here - you can click through the calendar on the left and see all the different pictures of her dressing up this one outfit, every day of the year. The ideas people come up with, pretty neat.

And, lastly -

Tonight I went to a lecture given by David Maisel at the Annenberg Space for Photography. And well, thanks to me fact checking as I blog, I just realized what a jackass I can be sometimes. (!) geez...
SO I went to this lecture ALL interested and excited because I had mistaken the date and tonight's lecture with what is now I see, next week's lecture....I thought I was going to hear from David Griffin, the Director of Photography for National Geographic, about "The Insides" of being a photographer for National Geographic. To my dismay, I heard from David Maisel about his project Black Maps, in which he talked about (and showed) his aeriel photographs of man-made landscapes caused by man's destructive nature to exploit the earth with no regard for the environmental consequences.

He focused a lot on Owens Lake, which was diverted to supply drinking water for us Los Angelians. Although it use to have a significant amount of water in it up until 80 odd years ago, it is now a dry lake bed that is filled with sodium sulfate minerals that are harmful to the respiratory system when inhaled. Fun fact - 400 million tons of dust is carried away to nearby cities each year in dust storms. Both pictures are from Owens Lake(not retouched), taken by David Maisel.

So to be clear - I did find the lecture interesting, powerful, and well worth my time -it's just that I had that antsy, so is he NOW going to start talking about working for National Geographic... feeling to me. Which, if I had known what I was in for, I would've been able to fully engage in it without the side thoughts of, this is completely NOT what I expected to hear. David Maisel, David Griffin - eh, go figure.

The one thing he said at the very end, which for me was very disturbing, was that if something does happen millions/billions of years from now to our earth, that sites like these all over the world will serve as some type of archaeological testament to who we were as a society. These sites will be our history, the destruction our legacy - but maybe that knowledge will give the next inhabitants the ability to do it better. Who knows. Anyways, that was not word for word and I am hardly giving his statement justice, but you get the gist.

If I kept your attention this long and you're still reading this, thanks for listening/reading. Goodnight. xo

Image by Mark Lewis - Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.

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