Posts in the "Photojournalism" Category

July 18, 2011

Joey L on the Mentawai.

The Mentawai, Behind the Scenes Documentary from Joey L on Vimeo.

This is not a new story but one that totally blows my mind. Famed photographer, Joey L., walked away from glam life and into the Indonesian rainforest, to capture and maybe help preserve the lives and livelihood of the Mentawai. The behind-the-scenes video is a bit long but worth it and better than the trailer itself (available here).

Taken from famed photographer Joey L’s blog directly:

The Mentawai are a tribe of people living in the rainforest of Siberut, Indonesia. Siberut is a remote island off the coast of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. With the exception of owning pigs and cultivating sago, the Mentawai are hunter/gatherers looked after with devotion by their medicine men- the Sikeri, or Shamans. These are the healers of the tribe, who practice a form of animism called Jarayak. The Mentawai also practice one of the oldest forms of tattooing, which represent the important elements in their lives.

The current state of the Mentawai people collectively is much different than it was 100 years ago. There are a few government-established villages where the majority of the population live. The children are going to school, the adults are working, infastructure is weak but is starting to resemble that of the rest of Indonesia- “developed” and prodiminately muslim. However, outside the villages in the rainforest, there are still a handful of scattered clans of the traditional Mentawai. Those in the rainforest choose to live away by choice, and isolate themselves away from the assimilation of the government villages. These small, and rapidly declining number of people still live the legend of their ancestors.

The Indonesian government set up the villages in order to bring the tribes away from their “primitive” and “savage” practices and to “civilize” the culture. Missionaries are plenty on the island and convert Mentawai. In my own experience, it’s important to note that the missionaries themselves are usually peace loving people seeking what they believe to be righteous, so it is very difficult to judge either party. Progress is a double-edged sword, my only concern is that progress does not always have to inspire change by force. I believe that technology and education are tools that can actually be used to preserve a culture, while providing the necessary guidance into the modern world. The clans that remain are enduring and have survived on their own for a long time, but are now threatened and fragile. Although change is inevitable, there cannot be only one way to live, one way to perceive the world- humanity needs diversity to sustain itself.

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May 27, 2011

Life of Brine

Poster for the new movie “Twilight Paramecium.’

I recently had the opportunity to snorkle in Puerto Rico & I got to see some of the most amazing sea life. I got to lounge with some sea turtles under water. That’s right – lounge. Anyway, since I’ve been back to desk world, I’ve been pouring through flickr sets of underwater photography. In doing so, I found Alexander Semenov’s macro photography of miniscule creatures on the seafloor. Goodbye productivity.

The new Goodyear blimp is rad.

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March 7, 2011

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand.

The land of the Children of the Forest.

The land of two people (the Karen and the Mon) who live without recognition or rights. The Chidlren of the Forest initiative aims to provide protection, education and assistance to those who need it most.

This project, as featured on Behance—is one that will take your breath away without knowing any details of the story. It’s an homage to the invisible good that happen in this world. It pulls at one’s reality and makes it shed a few layers.

Please read the whole story behind the featured photographs.
Thank you, photographer Thomas Cristofoletti, residing in Madrid and killing it from over there.

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October 27, 2010

Wanderlust

A great video by Thinklab that captures their travels through South America, Europe, and New Zealand. This makes me want to empty my bank account, buy some plane tickets, charge my camera and start a walkabout.

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April 15, 2010

BEAUTIFUL DISASTER: ICELAND ERUPTS

On Wednesday, April 14th, the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland erupted. It was dormant for 200 years and yes, you read that first part correctly. A glacier with a volcano underneath it. Word, Earth? If you were trying to fly anywhere besides NYC to Orlando or something, your flight was probably delayed or cancelled due to the steam and smoke wafting over and under flight paths along with the ash that has the ability to knock out jet engines. FOR REAL. This flickr set, curated by Yahoo! Editors’ Picks (who?) showcases some of the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful natural disaster images I have ever seen.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

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March 29, 2010

7dot7. The Punk’s Son.

7dot7 is an offspring of Spanish RUIDO Photo, (Association of Independent Photojournalism of Barcelona). One of collective’s latest reports, The Punk’s Son—by Josu Trueba Leiva, is a beautiful account of Cuba’s punk scene.

7.7 do not exclude subjects of graphical and disturbing nature in their documentaries . I’d like to encourage you to spend some time looking at the other three reports of their latest issue (#5).

In their own words:

“..a bet on the creation, use and promotion of a new communication channel, with the intention of becoming a reference of an independent, social and critic journalism, understanding photography as a tool to generate discussion and change in society.”

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