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Wedge Island: On the Edge of the Turquoise Coast Photos Bohdan Warchomij Metaphor Images June 3, 2020

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Arriving on Wedge Island immediately gifts one a release from the stress of city life, and a feeling of being close to simplicity and nature. The beauty of the aquamarine waters and a sense of freedom immediately overwhelm one on arrival.

Wedge Island inundated by settlers on West Australia Day Weekend Photo Bohdan Warchomij Metaphor Images

Trapped on the edge of the beach as a storm rolled in from the Indian Ocean while photographing a shack under attack by the storm I was drenched by a hailstorm and pounding rain.

A shack in danger of slipping into the ocean Photo Bohdan Warchomij Metaphor Images

A storm pounds the shacks at Wedge Island Photo Bohdan Warchomij Metaphor Images

Wedge Island is a settlement located north of Lancelin and south of Cervantes on the Western Australian coast. It is approximately 140 km north-west of Perth.

The name mainly refers to the mainland settlement but also refers to a 400-metre (1,300 ft) long wedge shaped island located just south of “the point”. The settlement of Grey is about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-west. Both are within the Shire of Dandaragan.

The island occupies an area 4.03 hectares (9.96 acres) and is situated 200 metres (656 ft) from the mainland. The island has a maximum elevation of 21 m (69 ft).

It lies within the Turquoise Coast islands nature reserve group, a chain of 40 islands spread over a distance of 150 kilometres (93 mi) from north to south.

Wedge Island was named after government surveyor Charles Wedge, in 1875 by Staff-Commander William Edwin Archdeacon R.N., who was in charge of the Admiralty survey of the coast of Western Australia.

A settler on Wedge Island Photo Bohdan Warchomij Metaphor Images

The settlement is now home to approximately 350 beach shacks on unvested land that are used by crayfishermen and holiday-goers. A new sealed road, Indian Ocean Drive was opened in September 2010 which provides 2WD access to Wedge. There are claims that this has changed the local environment. The road, intended to promote tourism is well known for a number of serious vehicle crashes since it opened.

Wedge can also be accessed in a 4WD vehicle, via the beach if the tide is out.

The nursing post of Anne McGuiness

It is also a place of danger to the uninitiated and inexperienced. The thudding of the RAC Rescue Helicopter low over the settlement immediately unsettled people with a sense of trepidation on Saturday night. Normally the chopper lands near the resident nurses post but because the accident happened in the dunes it continued North of the township and landed on the beach to collect a young man thrown from a vehicle who sustained spinal injuries.

The RAC Rescue Helicopter transfers a patient to Royal Perth Hospital Photo Bohdan Warchomij

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Cruise Ship Artania docks in Fremantle and passengers transferred to hospitals for treatment Photos Bohdan Warchomij March 27, 2020

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A cruise ship carrying coronavirus-infected passengers off the coast of Perth has been allowed to dock due to a second medical emergency on board in the space of 24 hours.

The passengers on board are set to be flown to Germany on charter planes this weekend, with WA officials hopeful the maritime standoff has reached a resolution.

The WA Government had insisted the MV Artania could not come to shore, after spending two days anchored off the Fremantle coast due to seven passengers testing positive to COVID-19.

But their hand was forced overnight when one of the passengers suffered a life-threatening medical emergency, which authorities believe is not related to coronavirus.

St John Ambulance confirmed one person in a critical condition was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital just before 7:00pm yesterday.

He was the second person to be medically evacuated from the ship after requiring urgent medical assistance, after a man in his 70s was transferred off the vessel by boat yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday, Health Minister Roger Cook said the first patient — a man in his 70s — had a life-threatening condition that was not related to COVID-19 and he was not one

of the seven passengers on board the ship who tested positive.

“However, as a precaution he is being treated in a negative pressure room at Fiona Stanley Hospital to ensure we don’t take any unnecessary chances,” Mr Cook said.

Two Red Cross paramedics prepare for the patient handover Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Several ambulances remained parked on standby near the Fremantle passenger terminal this morning along with an Australian Border Force bus.

Passengers to be returned to Germany

The cruise ship operator, German-based Phoenix, has issued a statement saying specially chartered flights would take passengers from Perth to Frankfurt.

Passengers could only take one item of luggage and those who were not German permanent residents would need to have an onward journey from Frankfurt to their home country guaranteed.

“In order to be able to organise this, we are in contact with the respective embassies or consulates,” the statement said.

It remains unclear what will happen to the ship’s crew, while the coronavirus-infected passengers look set to be isolated and treated in WA.

The State Government has been adamant that should happen at a Commonwealth defence facility to ensure those patients are kept away from the public.

None of the 800 passengers or 500 crew on board are Australian, with the majority German, but many understood to be from Austria and Switzerland as well.

The company said passengers from Austria and Switzerland would also be allowed on the charter flights, as long as they had confirmed onward connections to their home countries.

The Vasco da Gama, a ship carrying 800 Australians that operates out of Fremantle, was due to dock today.

But the State Government has asked it to delay docking until Monday, so Rottnest Island can be prepared as a quarantine facility for the 200 West Australians aboard.

The Government said it was speaking to other states and territories about returning the 600 other Australian residents to their home states for a 14-day self-isolation period.


Australian Photojournalist Daniel Berehulak wins Second Pulitzer April 14, 2017

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Heavy rain pours on the body of Romeo Torres Fontanilla, 37, who was killed by two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles. Oct. 11, 2016, in Manila, the Philippines. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Australian freelance Photojournalist Daniel Berehulak was awarded the Pulitzer Prize – his second – for breaking news photography for his coverage in the New York Times of the brutal antidrug campaign by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune received the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for a story that chronicled the recovery of a 10-year old boy who was the victim of a shooting.

Police investigators gather evidence in the killing of Frederick Mafe, 48, and Arjay Lumbago, 23, as their bodies lay sprawled in the middle of a street. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Over a span of 35 days, Mr. Berehulak photographed 57 homicides at 41 crime scenes where drug users and dealers had been murdered by vigilantes emboldened by President Duterte’s mandate: “kill them all.” He worked closely with Rica Concepcion, a veteran local journalist and fixer, to interview bystanders and the relatives of victims, go to jails and rehabilitation centers and to accompany police officers in different neighborhoods. The resulting interactive piece, “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,” featured both his images and the vivid text accompanying it.


Inmates watch as drug suspects are processed inside a police station. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Metaphor Images Posting on Instagram October 19, 2015

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Metaphor images is now posting regularly to Instagram, providing a window to the world we live in.

DOHA Photo Pascal Meunier

Cheetah Photo Marcy Mendolsohn

MH17 Ukraine Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Ethiopia Photo Georgina Goodwin

Coptic Christians Photo Jordi Cami

Bangladesh Global Warming Photo Monirul Alam

Nepal Earthquake Photo Robert McPherson

Darren Clayton Arab Spring in Egypt

Metaphor Images on Instagram October 15, 2015

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Ukraine’s National Day of Independence 24 August 2015 August 24, 2015

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Twenty three years ago the fledgling nation of Ukraine celebrated its first anniversary  of independence. I took a photo then that still means a lot to me personally. It was a day of optimism and celebration and the photo of the National Guard singing national songs on the streets of Kyiv and people celebrating remains etched into my memory. There is a sadness over the country now as the invasion that started with Crimea and spread to the East of the country continues to take the lives of innocent civilians and defending Ukrainian soldiers and the soldiers still march in the pessimism that envelops their country.



CLERA August 13, 2015

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Photographer Anton Orlov has created what he believes is the world’s first camera that’s both completely transparent and fully functional. It’s called CLERA, short for Clear Camera, and is a camera that you can also look into while a projected photo is being exposed.

Orlov first got the idea for this camera while working in a dark box with wet plate collodion photography. He noticed that the sunlight streaming in through the red windows didn’t cause any light fogging in the resulting tintype photo.

“That’s when it struck me,” he writes on his blog. “Why not make a camera out of red material that would filter out UV and blue light!?”

Orlov then set out to turn his camera idea into reality. What he ended up creating was a simple daguerreotype box camera with a 19th-century Petzval lens purchased on eBay, red sheets of a nearly indestructible polycarbonate, and a spare 4×5 camera back.

After days of experimentation and “debugging,” Orlov figured out how to make the camera work flawlessly in any condition. Here are some test shots created along the way (some show some fogging):

So what’s the science behind this? “It’s rather simple really,” Orlov tells PetaPixel. “Quite a few photo materials are not sensitive to red light (think a red safelight in any darkroom — paper there doesn’t fog) and so red light being all around those materials is no problem.”

“These materials include the first photo technique the daguerreotype, tintype, photo paper both positive and negative, lithographic and orthochromatic films, and others that I likely missing right now,” he says. “If it was panchromatic material like regular black and white films we mostly see today they would surely fog to oblivion with that much light around.”

Orlov is now selling custom CLERA cameras to photographers who are interested. The camera can be designed around a particular lens of your choice — just drop him an emailto get the process started. Pricing is $350 for 4×5 (and smaller), $500 for 5×7, and $700 for 8×0.

A CLERA 2.0 is also on the way: Orlov says he’s working on a sliding box design that allows for various lenses and shorter focusing distances (the current camera has a min distance of 6 feet).

(via The Photo Palace via Phogotraphy)


Russia vetoes MH17 resolution at the United Nations Security Council July 30, 2015

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Pavel Gubarov Separatist leader at the crash site of MH17 Friday 18th of July 2014. Was this man responsible for the order to shoot the ‘bird’ from the sky? Or was it Colonel Igor Strelkov, the ‘shooter’ of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, who first celebrated the downing of the plane with a 5:07 pm announcement on the 17th of July on his social web site.

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Was it on Vladimir Putin’s direct or indirect order?
There is only one interpretation: One is that he controls Russia single handedly. If so, he must be held personally responsible for what his agents did.

Not surprisingly Russia has used its veto at the UN to block a draft resolution to set up an international tribunal into the MH17 air disaster in July 2014.
The veto of the UN resolution does not put Mr. Putin in a favorable light. In fact it suggests that he accepts some culpability for the crime and is using the veto as a personal defence mechanism.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called the Russian veto  ”an affront to the memory of the 298 victims of MH17 and their families and friends”.

She said Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Belgium would seek an alternative prosecution mechanism, without giving further details.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said: “There can be no reason to oppose this [draft resolution] unless you are a perpetrator yourself.”

Photo Bohdan Warchomij

Aboriginal Protests: The Threat to Close Remote Communities: Perth 19 March 2015 March 20, 2015

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West Australian Premier Colin Barnett was pushed after he spoke to a rally of more than 500 people protesting against the closure of remote Aboriginal communities and deaths in custody.

Amid fiery scenes at West Australia’s Parliament House, Mr Barnett was shouted down and booed during a speech in which he asked Aboriginal people and their supporters to “put yourselves in my shoes”.

The protest march was a response to a poorly conceived comment by Tony Abbott from Kalgoorlie-Boulder  where the Prime Minister argued the Commonwealth’s responsibility rested on providing opportunity for both indigenous adults and children.

Mr Abbott said the Government had a responsibility to provide quality services if people made “reasonable choices”.

“If you choose to live a million miles from anywhere, it is going to be very difficult for the kids to go to school, it is going to be very difficult for the adults to go to work,” he said.

“If we want Aboriginal people to fully participate in our society, sure there’s no reason why you can’t spend part of the year in remote areas, just as white Australians choose to spend part of the year in a place where they don’t work.

“But it is not the responsibility of taxpayers to fund lifestyle choices.”

This poor understanding of what is involved and how to deal with the issue is symptomatic of the current government. It is a paternalistic approach which is old-fashioned and assumes that the aboriginal people cannot make intelligent decisions in the modern world. That approach can only lead to further consolidation of the status quo, where the isolation of the aboriginal community can only cement further conflict and desperation. A far more intelligent approach would be to involve the aboriginal community in creative  solutions of the various problems involved.

Premier Colin Barnett initially raised the possibility of shutting up to 150 of WA’s 274 remote communities after the Federal Government announced last year that it would no longer fund essential services. In his speech to  the protestor’s he appeared to signal alternative solutions in an attempt to appease the protestors.

The Prime Minister’s comments provoked outrage from Aboriginal leaders in the Goldfields, who say community closures threaten strongly held ties to traditional country and have reignited long standing issues about the future of aboriginal communities.

What the comment has done is to galvanise  concern and activism in the wider community about funding issues for Aboriginal communities and their marginalization in the wider Australian community. It is a debate that needs urgent attention.

Robert McPherson/Metaphor Images Dukha Nomads story published in Vi Menn Magazine December 15, 2014

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Metaphor Images’ Robert McPherson’s expedition in Mongolia has been published in Vi Menn magazine . A five page spread in the magazine about his journey covering the Dukha people (reindeer nomads) in Mongolia. Issue week 51.

Copyright text and pictures by Robert McPherson