I’m loving this photograph of a terraced rice field in Yunnan, China. I’m very curious to know what makes all the different colors… Photograph by Thierry Bornier.

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(via National Geographic)

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The current state of foster children who age-out of foster care at age 21 is grim. Here are some stats: Nationally, 1 in 5 will be homeless. 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within two years of aging out. About 1 in 2 young women will be pregnant within one year. Only about half will graduate high school. It’s an epidemic, really, and few people are aware of how dire the circumstances for these young people are.

There’s a lot that needs to be done to fix the system, but first and foremost, this sobering issue needs to receive more attention before anything will actually happen. My good friend, Maggie Soladay, spearheaded a project by Salaam Garage in which a team of photographers, videographers and journalists dedicated to brining forth positive social change have spent the better part of a year documenting the lives of young adults who have aged out of the foster care system at 21.

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To raise awareness for the issue, Soladay and team have launched a Kickstarter to fund a book and a photography exhibition at The Long Island Children’s Museum.

This is a worthy cause that deserves more attention, so do what you can and become a backer of their Kickstarter campaign. It ends in 5 days!!

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These stunning embroidered portraits, a collaboration between photographer Richard Burbridge and artist Maurizio Anzeri, are absolutely gorgeous. The photos are wonderful in their own right, but when combined with Anzeri’s modern embroidery, they become electrifying works of art.

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Seeing as it’s an election year, we’re all probably getting a little tired of all the campaigning. Well I’m going to show you a little different, more refreshing political campaign that will give you a new appreciation for “grass roots democracy”.

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StoryMineMedia, which was co-founded by my good friend Elena Rue and Catherine Orr, created The Council, three mini webisodes that chronicle the ups and downs of an 8th grade student council election. Specifically, the webisodes follow 3 students: Cara, Leah and Ryan, who all desperately want to get elected so they can change their school for the better. This candid peek inside a middle school is funny, poignant and touching. It was hard for me not to root for Ryan…he reminds me a bit of myself at that age.

 

 

 

Marin Davide has created a handy “Rule of Thirds” Keychain that would be helpful for any aspiring photographer when composing a shot. Made of transparent acrylic and lasercut with 4×6 proportions and a “thirds” grid, Marin is currently raising money with this project on Indiegogo in order to purchase better photography gear and set up a home studio. So go contribute to this campaign and help out a fellow artist (and get a cool keychain in the process!).

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Visit Indiegogo for more information.

Cynthia Greig’s work is deceivingly simple, but that’s the point. You look at her pieces and think to yourself, “Ok, it’s just a still life drawing. What’s the big deal?” But upon closer examination you’ll see that these are actually photographs, not drawings.

Greig, a Detroit-based photographer, creates these unique photos by drawing crude outlines and shadows around the objects in the still life. Additionally, most of the objects have been painted so they’re just barely off white, which adds to the “still life drawing” effect. I’ve seen a lot of drawings that try to look like photographs, but this might be the first time I’ve seen photos that try to look like drawings

(Hat tip to Rich S. for telling me about Cynthia’s work. Thanks!)

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The Republic of Pulau Semakau, a photoseries by Singapore-based photographer Zinkie Aw, explores the terrible environmental impact of Singapore’s (and the world’s) overly-exhausted landfills.

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Zinkie says, “In 1999, after having exhausted the landfills on mainland Singapore, Singapore then created a Semakau landfill by enclosing Pulau Semakau and a small adjacent island with a rock bund. In this light, we, could all be considered ‘Founders’ of this reclaimed portion of the island. It has never occurred to us where all these rubbish end up in land-scarce and over-populated Singapore.”

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Ok, so this has definitely been making the rounds recently, but in case you haven’t seen it, you need to check out this wonderful Tumblr blog called Maddie The Coonhound, which features Maddie standing on various things. All I have to say is that she is one patient dog…with good balance.

Side note: I have desperately been wanting a dog recently. I’ve been spending way too much time on pet adoption websites…wish me luck. I’ll let you know if this obsession comes to fruition.

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