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Red Zone Christchurch May 11, 2011

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Jon Bassett’s recent photos of the aftermath in Christchurch are a reminder of the difficulties faced by New Zealand to rebuild the city after its earthquake. The red zone shows the problems the city confronts.

Story by Jon Bassett

AUSTRALIAN reporter Jon Bassett spent a few hours driving around earthquake-affected Christchurch in New Zealand at end of a private holiday recently.

ROVING teams of Christchurch City Council workers in trucks put traffic cones in roads to warn drivers of new potholes a month after the deadly magnitude-6.3 aftershock hit the South Island, New Zealand city on February 22.

The cones mark uprisings of the porridge-like mix of glacial stones and water – called soil liquefaction - in suburbs east of the city centre.

The aftershock killed 181, caused about $3 billion of damage and shattered the city of 370,000 five months after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in which there were no deaths.

About 50,000 people left Christchurch following days following the aftershock, many promising never to return.

Christchurch’s QE2 Drive goes  through some of the worst affected coastal suburbs where residents share with shattered sewers share portable toilets placed on verges every 100 metres.

Sewage trucks removing the effluent have replaced the city’s buses as the most frequent large vehicles on the roads.

Timber bungalows lie crooked in New Brighton, garages collapsed, while brick buildings, such as the corner shop – a ‘dairy’ Kiwis call them – are already being cleared by excavators.

A resident dressed in a hoodie mumbles “Disaster tourist”, reacting to pictures being taken of the damage.

In upmarket Sumner, where the seaside hilltop homes look towards the still snow-capped Southern Alps, a cliff has collapsed on homes, the hip cafes and cinema strip seem held together with scaffolding and roads looked more like the patched and hole-filled tracks of a mountain pass.

In the multi-storey CBD, solders and sailors read magazines at their posts, bored on duty stopping people entering the commercial district in which 17 businesses were demolished for safety the previous week.

Adjacent St Peter’s Church is wrecked, its devastation a reminder of those killed when Christ Church Cathedral’s spire collapsed.

On the radio there is talk of a rebuilt city, of the CBD along the Avon River becoming a tourist and café strip with more parks, and offices and shops moving to western suburbs near the airport.

Life appears normal in western suburbs where café diners take lunch and many New Zealanders fly flags from their houses, which is a noticeable change and a sign of solidarity compared with  the usually low-key nationalism of the often dour South Islanders.

Christchurch Photo John Bassett
Christchurch Photo Jon Bassett

Christchurch Photo John Bassett
Christchurch Photo Jon Bassett

Christchurch Photo John Bassett
Christchurch Photo Jon Bassett

Christchurch Photo John Bassett
Christchurch Photo Jon Bassett

Christchurch Photo John Bassett
Christchurch Photo Jon Bassett

Christchurch Photo John Bassett
Christchurch Photo Jon Bassett

Christchurch Photo John Bassett
Christchurch Photo Jon Bassett

Inside Chornobyl April 12, 2011

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Chornobyl Accident Commemorative Exhibitions at The Ukrainian Museum

April 12, 2011

The Ukrainian Museum in New York and the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund are commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster with the Inside Chornobyl exhibition 17 April – 8 May 2011.

Inside Chornobyl
Photographs by Michael Rothbart and Alexander Kupny

Michael Forster Rothbart Photography
Michael Forster Rothbart Photography

The world’s worst nuclear disaster took place at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. Following an explosion in one of the plant’s reactors, a plume of radioactive fallout contaminated a huge area surrounding the plant and drifted across parts of the western Soviet Union and nearly all of Europe. After the accident, nearby towns and villages were evacuated and later abandoned. Some 350,000 people lost their homes. In the subsequent clean-up, 850,000 workers were exposed to radiation.

Michael Forster Rothbart photographed in Ukraine as an insider, spending time there.

Madison photographer Michael Forster Rothbart has returned from a year in Chernobyl. He received a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to photograph and interview Ukrainians who remain in villages near Chernobyl a generation after the 1986 accident.

After Chernobyl, an exhibit of Forster Rothbart’s documentary photographs, will be displayed at various locations in both Madison, WI and on the East Coast during 2011. The exhibit reveals daily life for Chernobylites, including residents who chose to stay in the Chernobyl-affected region and liquidators, veterans of the massive Soviet clean-up after the accident.

“Most visitors think Chernobyl is a place of danger and despair, and so this is what they photograph. For me, however, Chernobyl tells a story about endurance and hope,” says Forster Rothbart. “I created this exhibit because I want the world to know what I know: the people of Chernobyl are not victims, mutants and orphans. They are simply people living their lives, with their own joys and sorrows, hopes and fears. Like you. Like me.”

Forster Rothbart was a staff photographer for University of Wisconsin-Madison for six years and worked previously as an Associated Press photographer in Kazakhstan. During the past year, he lived in Sukachi, Ukraine, a small farming village just outside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. He also spent time in Slavutych, Ukraine, the city built after the accident to house evacuated Chernobyl plant personnel.

The Children of Chernobyl Organisation continues to deal with the aftermath of the acident, working with hospitals and orphanages in Ukraine in support and remediation. It is a task of huge proportions. This information came from Alexa Milantych CCRDF in Kyiv.


http://www.ccrdf.org/

Japan Disaster March 18, 2011

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Yasuki Yamahata photograph Nagasaki Survivors
Yasuki Yamahata photograph Nagasaki Survivors

There have been comparisons between the disaster caused by the Japanese tsunami to the infrastructure of Japanese cities  and the nuclear reactors and the loss of life and the catastrophe of World War II.

Daylight Magazine has intimated the following in this Vimeo link:

“Considering the danger posed by thousands of active nuclear weapons and hundreds of potentially dangerous nuclear reactors it is not surprising that the specter of nuclear-induced destruction remains at the back of our minds. Indeed, atomic disaster may be the single largest threat to human existence. In this edition of Daylight Magazine we have compiled the work of several photographers concerned by the use of atomic technology and its implications for the future.

Featuring portfolios by: Harold Edgerton, Robert Del Tredici, Carole Gallagher, Chris McCaw, Pierpaolo Mittica, Jürgen Nefzger, Simon Roberts, Richard Ross, Paul Shambroom, Ramin Talaie, Hiroshi Watanabe, and Yosuke Yamahata.”

http://vimeo.com/21043220

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Fremantle Clubs February 14, 2011

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The Weekend Australian Magazine February 12, 13, 2011 has just run a great documentary story by David Dare Parker on Fremantle’s social clubs called ‘The Last Dance’.  Commisioned by Bob Hewitt Director of the FotoFreo Photography Festival for last year’s festival, David Dare Parker documented six clubs- the Wyola Club, the Buffalo Club,the Fremantle Club,, the Workers’ Social and Leisure Club, the Navy Club and the Italian Club.

The clubs social function is important. The photographer says: “These places aren’t like normal pubs. Because the people pay memebership fees there’s a sense of ownership. They go there for a cheap beer and a meal, and some entertainment , sure, but it’s more than that somehow. It’s a sense of belonging”.

Please track down the original article for a rare  glimpse into this private world and hang on to this edition for a piece of rare photography. Here are some thumbnails to whet your appetite.

Photos Copyright David Dare Parker
Photos Copyright David Dare Parker

INFERNO: Images from an Australian Bushfire February 8, 2011

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Driving toward the Roleystone Kelmscott inferno that erupted on Sunday and devastated families and family homes I was overwhelmed by the gravity of the situation. With helicopters waterbombing the Kelmscott Primary School and a thick acrid smoke masking the residents huddled on the oval and gas bottles exploding as houses were consumed in the swirling retreating advancing fires it felt like Armageddon.  It is easy to concentrate on the fury of nature but this is a story of  stoicism and temperance  and human courage.

Debbie and Graham Simmons with Charlie and Henry slept in their car
Debbie and Graham Simmons with Charlie and Henry slept in their car

Phil Ellen and Helen Linden stayed up overnight
Phil Ellen and Helen Linden stayed up overnight

Helicopter over a smoking Roleystone ridge
Helicopter over a smoking Roleystone ridge

Kelmscott home
Kelmscott home

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Jeff and Lisa Devlin
Jeff and Lisa Devlin

Australia Day Images Perth Bohdan Warchomij January 27, 2011

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Photo Bohdan Warchomij
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Sentience: An Exhibition of Life at Kurb Gallery in Perth January 18, 2011

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Ali Moon WILD OPEN PUBLICATION December 19, 2010

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Photo Book WILD OPEN by Ali Moon
Photo Book WILD OPEN by Ali Moon

Ali Moon is back in Australia after exhibiting in Paris and publishing her first book ‘WILD OPEN’. The book can be purchased through the Independent Photobook Blog (see link below).

Title: Wild Open
Artist : Ali Moon
84 black printed pages, 150 x 200 mm. 6″ x 8″.
Price: 15 €, shipping excluded

“A travel in time, a melancholic journey, Ali Moon’s photographs of Mexico and Australia is the story of Man and his relationship with the landscape. The vast emptiness of desert and sky is reflected in her lens, enveloping the life forms she focuses on. The raw essence of the wild is impossible to escape.”

http://theindependentphotobook.blogspot.com/

Brad Rimmer SILENCE November 28, 2010

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Andy Adams from FLAK PHOTO visited Perth during the Foto Freo Festival and in his November Weekend series features the work of Perth based Brad Rimmer and his published work Silence on his influential website.

http://www.flakphoto.com/archives/6333_1646490288/351320#weekend

Memory and cultural idiosyncrasies inform Brad Rimmer’s recollection of growing up in the Western Australian Wheatbelt.  Contemplative images depict the quietness of the rural landscape and the photographer’s search for connection in the changing shape of a once familiar place. Rimmer’s photographs consider the ‘familiar’ beauty of his hometown and gently affirm that personal identity is frequently rooted in an empathetic understanding of the people and places of our past, experiences that form an indelible link we hold on to throughout our lives.

The book SILENCE has been published by Gianni Frinzi from T&G Publishing and is available in all good bookshops.

Peter, Wyalkatchem, Summer 2005/06 — from the series SILENCE 'the west Australian wheat belt'
Peter, Wyalkatchem, Summer 2005/06 — from the series SILENCE ‘the west Australian wheat belt’

Deep Sleep November 21, 2010

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Came across an English Online Magazine called ‘Deep Sleep’ whose current issue focuses on work done on the fringes of the seas that provide us with food, symbolism and collective memory. Most interesting for me it features the stories of two of my favourite photographers, Vanessa Winship (UK) and Rafal Milach (Poland). Uniquely individual talents they are linked thematically in this online publication by their work on the Black Sea.

http://www.deepsleep.org.uk/

Black Sea  July 2006, Adler, Russia. Along the beach at Adler, the last town on Russias coast before entering Abkhazia.
Black Sea July 2006, Adler, Russia.  Photo Vanessa Winship

UKRAINE / Sevastopol / 08.12.2008 / housing blocks district © Rafal Milach
UKRAINE / Sevastopol / 08.12.2008 / housing blocks district © Rafal Milach