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A Look into the Future: Students support Climate Change Action at Parliament House Perth Photos Bohdan Warchomij November 30, 2018

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Elsa Fuentes-Hare. a graduate of Melville Senior Hight School, provided us with a look into the future at Parliament House today.

She was inspired into activism by Swedish student Greta Thunberg who said that because politicians were ignoring climate change facts they were creating problems for the children of the present. This simple realisation prompted Greta  15, to protest in the most effective way she knew. She went on strike, refusing to go to school until Sweden’s general election on 9 September to draw attention to the climate crisis. She has inspired similar protests in Australia and beyond.

With a personal message to Prime Minister Scott Morrison Elsa clearly and logically has given him an understanding of the value of Australian education: “So when ScoMo tells us to scrap activism for learning, I think I have grounds to posit that he has perhaps misunderstood the purpose of learning. Maybe, instead, he could take pride in the fact that students in his country have attained the level and type of education that empowers them to think with autonomy, and, I dare say, in the face of his inaction, a little audacity.” For Elsa education has been a process and a gift which has enabled her to ask quintessential questions. She is now asking for answers from adults who have been frightened to ask the right questions and that includes Prime Ministers.

The Climate Action Network that Elsa is a part of, brings high school students together to support each other and learn new skills. This can help students run campaigns like Switched On Schools, to supercharge the transition to 100% renewables in their own schools as well as meeting a community of peers.

William A Ewing curator and writer on photography in Perth PCP Kings Street Arts Centre 30 November 2018 5.30pm November 29, 2018

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William A. Ewing is a well-known curator and writer on photography. From 1977 to 1984 he was Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York, and between 1996 and 2010 he was Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne. His exhibitions have been shown at many museums in America and Europe, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Hayward Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Kunsthaus Zürich; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His recent books include The BodyThe Century of the Body, and FaceThe New Photographic Portrait. He has also co-authored, with Brandow and Herschdorfer, two Edward Steichen publications: Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography and Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years 1923-1937. Mr Ewing is also Director of Curatorial Projects for the international publishing house, Thames & Hudson. His most recent publications are Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography (Thames and Hudson, 2014), Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements (Thames and Hudson, 2016), and William Wegman: Being Human (Thames and Hudson, 2017).

Exhibitions co-curated

Fracking demonstration at Parliament House Photos Bohdan Warchomij November 28, 2018

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A big crowd at Perth’s Parliament House  demonstrating against the emotional issue of fracking failed to convince the State Government to change its mind on the issue.

The Government has approved gas fracking in parts of WA’s North but farmers  and Aboriginal groups will be given veto rights on fracking on their land.

Three unions attending the demonstration have generated friction within the government by demanding a state wide ban. They are supported by notable public figures such as

WA Scientist of the Year Peter Newman, 2003 Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley, former premier Carmen Lawrence, and artists such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler,

Missy Higgins, Tim Winton and Janet Holmes a Court.

Four Kimberley Aboriginal groups are opposed to  fracking on traditional lands, including Nyul NYul, Niyikina Mangula, and Ngurrara.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy said the announcement was a missed opportunity to tap into WA’s potentially massive shale and gas assets and

provide the WA community with a greater domestic gas supply.

The Conservation Council of WA Piers Verstegen said the government had underestimated the real climate impacts by up to 90%.

The Wilderness Society WA State director Kit Sainsbury said the 2 % of WA where fracking would be allowed represented almost 5.2 million hectares of land.

The issue is alive and controversial despite the support of industry groups.


On becoming an Artist rather than a Photographer: Roger Ballen November 28, 2018

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Roger Ballen, renowned South African artist, addresses a question many photographers might find themselves asking internally at some point in their career: If you are a photographer, are you also an artist? Ballen answers this question with the seven points outlined below, as he methodically ponders the discipline in his thoughtful monotone.

#1 The Purpose of Art. ”Good pictures embed themselves deep inside your psyche. Why do some works stick, why are some works fleeting? If you ponder this, then you may be an artist”

#2 Redefine Your World. ”How do you define ugly? How do you define anything? If you redefine your understanding of words, then you may be an artist.”

#3 Visual Relationships. ”When you learn to see strong, complex, visual relationships beyond words, then you may be an artist.”

#4 A Vision is Unique. ”Thousands of pictures come together to make each one of my photographs. When you learn every moment is crucial, and that no picture can be repeated, then you may be an artist.”

#5 Search Within. ”Every time you push the button of the camera, you create a new reality. You need to travel deep inside of yourself to create a good picture.”

#6 Break Through Your Mind. ”If you can let go, and break through your mind, then you may be an artist.”

#7 Face Your Fears. If you confront your fears, this will certainly assist your artistic endeavors.”

Ballen’s pictures are notoriously dark, unsettling, and even difficult to confront, and his advice is fitting to such emotionally intense work. Though Ballen has an undeniably unique and recognizable aesthetic, his thoughts rings true for any photographer looking to make meaningful, worthwhile images…And maybe, if you are lucky, become an artist.



Battle to the death on the streets of Kyiv: the assassination of Denis Voronenko a former communist lawmaker in Russia’s lower house November 27, 2018

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The Kerch Straits Blockade

The Kerch Straits Conflict 26 November 2018. The assassination of Denis Voronenko in Kyiv this morning 27 November 2018. Boris Nemtsov politician assassinated Moscow 2015. Boris Berezovsky 2013. Anastasia Baburova and human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov shot in Sevastopol 2009. Sergei Magnitsky lawyer 2009 died in police custody Moscow. Natalia Estemirova 2009 shot point blank in the head and dumped in woods near Moscow. Anna Politovskaya journalist shot point blank in an elevator in her building Moscow 2006. Alexander Litvinenko 2006 death by radiation poisoning in London. Sergei Yushenkov 2003 shot outside his home in Moscow. Yuri Shchekochikhin, 2003 died 2003.  The list goes on and the trend becomes more than obvious.

Freedom House provides a more detailed list of contract killings.

Political prisoners

Last month, the Russian human rights organization Memorial published a list of 50 current political prisoners and 108 prisoners held for their religious beliefs. The latter figure is expected to grow as authorities crack down on banned minority groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many more political and religious prisoners have been incarcerated over the course of Putin’s reign. Below are a few of the more high-profile cases.

  • Aleksey Pichugin (June 19, 2003 – present): Pichugin, a former security official at the Yukos oil company, was arrested in connection with the government’s campaign to jail and seize the assets of billionaire and opposition supporter Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He was sentenced to life in prison on murder charges after a deeply flawed trial. Khodorkovsky himself left the country in 2013 after serving 10 years behind bars for supposed fraud and tax evasion, and his business partner Platon Lebedev was released a year later.
  • Yaroslav Belousov (May 28, 2012 – September 8, 2014): Belousov, a political science student and member of a national democratic movement, was taken into custody after participating in a May 2012 protest against Putin’s inauguration for a third term as president. Having spent more than 20 months in pretrial detention, he was ultimately sentenced to 27 months in prison and released shortly thereafter. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in his favor in 2016, but the Russian Supreme Court rejected the decision. Belousov was just one of hundreds of people to face arrest for the protest, dozens of whom were charged and prosecuted. For example, well-known opposition activist Sergey Udaltsov spent more than three years in prison on charges of organizing “mass disorder.”
  • Pussy Riot (August 18, 2012 – December 23, 2013): Three members of the feminist protest band Pussy Riot—Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova—were sentenced to two years in prison for recording an anti-Putin video in an Orthodox Church. While Samutsevich was released on appeal shortly after her conviction, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were freed in December 2013 as part of a larger amnesty.
  • Zarema Bagavutdinova (July 4, 2013 – July 3, 2018): Bagavutdinova, a human rights activist in Dagestan, was recently released after serving five years in prison for supposedly aiding terrorist groups. Among other activities that angered authorities, she had made comments to the media that were critical of the security services.
  • Oleg Sentsov (May 10, 2014 – present): Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker, was detained along with activist Oleksandr Kolchenko in Russian-occupied Crimea and accused of plotting terrorist acts. They were sentenced in Russia to 20 and 10 years in prison, respectively, after a proceeding that included testimony allegedly extracted under torture. Since May 16, 2018, Sentsov has been on a hunger strike, demanding the release of all Ukrainians detained in Crimea and Russia.
  • Oleg Navalny (December 30, 2014 – June 29, 2018): Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on what were widely seen as spurious fraud charges designed to intimidate his brother, prominent opposition leader Aleksey Navalny, who was also convicted but received a suspended sentence. Aleksey Navalny has been arrested many times over the years and was disqualified from challenging Putin in this year’s presidential election, but he has never faced a lengthy prison term, presumably because such a move would invite greater domestic and international criticism.
  • Oyub Titiyev (January 9, 2018 – present): Titiyev, a leading human rights defender in Chechnya, was arrested on dubious charges of marijuana possession. He has remained in custody while awaiting trial and faces up to 10 years in prison. Since his arrest, his organization’s office in neighboring Ingushetia has been burned down, his colleagues have been assaulted or threatened, and his family was forced to leave the country.


The death of Denis Voroneneko in Kyiv

“A former Russian MP who fled to Ukraine and became a prominent Kremlin critic has been gunned down in Kiev. Denis Voronenkov, a former communist lawmaker in Russia’s lower house, was shot by an unknown assailant outside the Premier Palace hotel, a favoured haunt of local businessmen and foreign dignitaries. Voronenkov’s bodyguard was wounded in the attack, police said, while the assailant was fatally wounded and died in hospital. Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s president, and Yuriy Lutsenko, the general prosecutor, immediately accused Russia of orchestrating the mob-style hit. Voronenkov was a witness in treason proceedings in Kiev against Viktor Yanukovich, the former president, over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Voronenkov took up Ukrainian citizenship after he and his wife, fellow lawmaker Maria Maksakova, fled to Ukraine last year. Mr Poroshenko described Voronenkov’s murder as “an act of state terrorism by Russia, which he was forced to flee for political reasons”. The killing had “the clear fingerprints of the Russian secret services that have been [seen] many times in various European capitals”, said Mr Poroshenko. It was “not a coincidence” that an explosion at a Ukrainian munitions depot happened earlier on Thursday, but provided no evidence to support his claims. Ukraine suspects Voronenkov was killed either over the proceedings against Mr Yanukovich or because he had evidence of corruption in the Russian security services, said Mr Lutsenko. ” The Financial Times

Reuters turning Photo and Video News into a ‘Visual Journalist’ Team as Thomson Reuters rebrands into Refinitiv November 24, 2018

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Reuters is combining its photography and video news staff into a single team of visual journalists. The international news agency is also expected to cut jobs in the process of combining the operations.

The Baron reports that the changes come as Reuters News is being reorganized as a stand-alone business in Thomson Reuters.


“In Visuals we will accelerate the moves already underway to create a single unified team of visual journalists,” Reuters visual head John Pullman wrote in an internal memo. “Many of our photographers already shoot video – and videographers produce pictures. This mode of working is becoming normal throughout the industry as video and photo technologies grow closer.

“We will be taking a structured approach to merge our pictures and video teams. We will look at technology, training and workflow – and introduce single leadership where appropriate. We aim to align our teams with the needs of our customers by extending our footprint, improving our efficiency and increasing our flexibility.

“We remain fully committed to producing pictures and video of the highest standard.”

The reorganization of the teams and reporting bureaus around the world will be carried out over the coming months. While the decision sounds like a way to optimize and streamline visual journalism operations, it’s being interpreted as bad news among some Reuters photojournalists.

“This is essentially the end of Reuters Pictures, going down the tubes in a very sad way,” an unnamed Reuters photographer tells The Baron. “Pix has won a score of Pulitzers and other prestigious awards under Reuters but it seems that is not enough to save it from what appears to be the terrible end of what was a great run over more than 30 years which brought the world some of the best photojournalism it has ever seen.”

Paul Colley wins British Wildlife Photography Awards November 20, 2018

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Photo Paul Colley

The British Wildlife Photography Awards recently announced the winners of its 2018 contest to celebrate the work of both amateur and professional photographers in capturing the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

The top prize was won by photographer Paul Colley with his photo “Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats)” captured at Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire.

Colley spent 14 months developing an infrared camera and lighting system to capture the high-speed flight of the bats in darkness. The photo is an in-camera double exposure that captured the bat in the foreground just milliseconds before it caught the insect seen right in front of it.

Since the bats are a protected species, Colley photographed them in the wild with guidance from the Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England.

“No other image in my portfolio had been so clearly conceived and yet so difficult to achieve,” Paul Colley said. “My artistic intent was to capture this extraordinary little bat’s speed of movement and hunting flight path, but the journey to success was littered with disappointing failures. Fortunately, fellow photographers encouraged imaginative experimentation and taught me to anticipate setbacks as a reasonable price for ultimate success.

“In hindsight, I experienced a huge gradient of emotion. There were the lows felt during months of long, cold and exhausting dusk-to-dawn sessions, sometimes waist deep in water and often without getting a single usable image. And then the natural highs of those light bulb moments, when new ideas blossomed, problems were solved and the project inched closer towards the potential to win this exceptional accolade.”

Website: https://www.bwpawards.org

Unknown Warriors: Fighting fire with the Camera November 15, 2018

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Photo Noel Berger

As dry and windy conditions cause raging wildfires in California, there are brave men and women putting themselves in harm’s way to document what’s happening and serve as the eyes of the world. This incredible photo by photographer Noah Berger shows photographer Justin Sullivan braving wind-blown embers while covering the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California.

Photo Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The ongoing Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the history of California. Since starting on November 8th, it has caused at least 42 deaths, burned over 125,000 acres, and destroyed over 6,500 buildings. By the end of its first day, it had essentially destroyed the town of Paradise, which had a population of over 26,000 people.

Berger and Sullivan were covering the fire together as it scorched the town, and Berger captured the above photo while Sullivan, a staff photojournalist for Getty Images, went low to photograph a KFC restaurant burning down. Above is the photo that resulted.

Berger is a veteran wildfire photographer, having covered a number of major fires in years past. You can find more of his work on his website and Facebook.

Korean Dreams: Nathalie Daost November 13, 2018

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Daoust studied photography at the Cégep du Vieux Montreal (1994–1997). Upon graduating, she moved to New York City, where she spent two years inhabiting and photographing the uniquely themed rooms of the Carlton Arms Hotel. These images comprise her first book, New York Hotel Story, published in 2002. New York Hotel Story introduces many of the themes she grapples with in subsequent works, including identity, gender, sexuality, time and memory, and escapism.

Her photographs focus on exposing hidden desires and dreams, frequently as manifested in the margins of society. Too often this margin is inhabited by women, as many of her projects attest. From portraits of female sex workers in Brazil and Japan, to the role of women in contemporary Chinese society, Nathalie explores the darker side of the construction of female identity.

Nathalie is led by her desire to understand the human impulse to construct experiences that allow us to live, for at least a moment, in a fictive world. From female dominatrices at a Japanese S&M hotel in Tokyo Hotel Story, to one man’s decision to discard his own identity in favor of another’s in Impersonating Mao, her work inhabits the liminal space between fiction and truth. Her most conceptually complex project to date, Korean Dreams, explores the meaning of fantasy itself. While traveling through North Korea she observed the manipulation of reality on a national scale, capturing the layers of forced illusion perpetuated by the North Korean government.

Employing a variety of means to address her subjects, Nathalie’s technique plays a crucial role in communicating content. She employs non-digital techniques so that the process of creating the image itself contributes to her conceptual explorations.

New York Hotel Story

In 1997 Nathalie was invited to decorate a room in the Carlton Arms Hotel in New York City – a hotel that, over the past 30 years, has invited foreign artists to transform single rooms. Nathalie created a child’s dreamland, painted in crayola-bright colors and crowded with games and plush animals. After completing the room she stayed on for another 2 years, living in and photographing each room. The resultant images explore the interaction between subject and closed environment, engaging with the uncertainty of self as each room becomes a microcosmic world.

These photos were published in a book of the same name in 2002.

New York Hotel Story, USA Nathalie Daost

Tokyo Girls

This portrait series captures thirty beautiful exotic dancers from around the globe, brought to Tokyo to engage in a multicultural striptease. Captured using Lenticular technology – a technique that imparts the illusion of movement – the women seem to dance in front of our eyes, writhing and gyrating in an endless loop. While this fate could seem melancholy, the dancers have a certain lighthearted frivolity, epitomized by the woman who winks coyly at us while performing striptease.

Though united by their shared occupation, each portrait presents a unique individual. Photographed against a white backdrop, the women are able to tell their own stories, communicating via movement and expression. Nathalie does not allow them to become stereotypes, but lets them reveal the conscious artifice of their trade.

Tokyo Girls Nathalie Daost

Impersonating Mao Head On Festival Australia 2011

The work of Montreal-born photographer, Nathalie Daoust, maps the blurred boundary between reality and imagination to explore ideas of fantasy and escape. For her new project, ‘Impersonating Mao’, Daoust focuses on the interior world of an impersonator who assumes the appearance and bearing of Mao Zedong, founder of the People’s Republic of China. Daoust’s portraits record her subject’s desire to flee reality and take refuge in a dream world of half-truth and illusion.

When Daoust first met her subject in 2008 – posing as Mao in Tiananmen Square as an act of personal homage – she was intrigued by his construction of an alternate identity from the iconography of his country’s troubled past. In 2010, she returned to Beijing and photographed the impersonator extensively, both in a domestic setting and at sites of historic importance. The juxtaposition allowed Daoust to interrogate communist China’s complicated relationship to Mao’s legacy, echoed in the internal negotiations of the impersonator as he transformed into Mao.

Shot on a stash of old Chinese film uncovered in Beijing, Daoust physically manipulated the negatives in the darkroom to create a dreamy mood of memory and illusion. Each print is sealed in amber-like resin; the resulting portraits combine a 21st century handling of perspective with a visual timelessness, reflecting Daoust’s preoccupation with the borders between contemporary reality and an imagined past.



Stan Lee (Stanley Lieber) MARVEL bows out: What a Super Hero! November 13, 2018

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Stan Lee is responsible for a huge chunk of the Marvel Universe—but not all of it. Not only did Lee rely on talented artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Buscema to bring characters like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and the Incredible Hulk to life, but as Marvel’s superhero line expanded, so too did its roster of creators, many of whom dreamed up characters with minimal input from Stan.

That hasn’t stopped Mr. Lee from cameoing in practically every project with a Marvel Studios logo slapped on it—hey, Stan’s gotta eat—but don’t get the wrong idea. The Marvel Universe wouldn’t exist without Stan Lee, but he’s far from the only person responsible for its success.

Captain America, Marvel Studios’ standard bearer and the so-called “First Avenger,” was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby while Stan Lee (then going by his real name, Stanley Lieber) was still an assistant. “I went down and got them their lunch, I did proofreading, I erased the pencils from the finished pages for them,” Lee later recalled. Meanwhile, Simon and Kirby were hard at work creating a hero that would both capitalize on the growing superhero craze (Action Comics #1, which introduced Superman to the world, sparked a slew of imitators when it came out in 1938) and make a defiant statement about the real-world political scene.

“We both read the newspapers. We knew what was going on over in Europe,” Simon explained, and neither he nor Kirby were going to sit idly by as fascism spread across the continent. “World events gave us the perfect comic-book villain, Adolf Hitler, with his ranting, goose-stepping and ridiculous mustache,” Simon said, and ol’ winghead was originally designed to be Hitler’s arch-nemesis. On the cover of Captain America Comics #1, Captain America punches Hitler right in the face—a bold move, given that America wouldn’t formally enter World War II for another year.

Of course, over time, Lee did contribute quite a bit to the Captain America mythos. His first credited writing gig was a story in Captain America Comics #3, which sees Cap throw his shield like a boomerang for the very first time. Captain America’s revival as a modern superhero, which began in Avengers #4 when Cap was found frozen in a block of ice, was a Stan Lee joint.

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