Archive for December, 2009

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Friday Night Fight!!

December 17, 2009

Come out and support the local fighters by bringing a toy for Toys-For-Tots organization… a toy will get you in the door to an event of intense toe-to-toe action. All toys will go to help less unfortunate children through out the United States experience the joy of Christmas. So please come out and help support a great cause…

Its easy, bring a new toy and you get in for free. Its local, at Wild Bill’s just around the corner of Gwinnett Place Mall of Pleasant Hill Rd and I-85. And its a great time!!!!

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NABPHOTOS & X3Sports At Bangkok Fight Night 2009

December 10, 2009

Last Friday night Dec. 4th, I shot and videoed Bangkok Fight Night promoted by Khunpon at Center Stage/Atlanta. I’m currently working with X3 Sports MMA Gym and I put a compilation of three fighters from their fight team… two men enter, one man leaves… who wants it the most!

I wanna also thank my wife Shiloh, for helping me as my second shooter for the evening… great shots love, they certainly improved the video… I definitely couldn’t done it without you!

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Frustration Sets In…

December 10, 2009

So I guess after working none-stop on my final project for MultiMedia II class, everything is not so clear and bright… besides a sunrise in just a few hours. I have saved my video in two different files which neither seems to be uploading… and when I loaded one of those files to YouTube, my audio was denied… well not approved yet but I just don’t see it getting loaded with it. What a freaking nightmare this has turned out to be… Its way late and past my bed time and nothing more I can do but wait… sigh.

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Kadir Van Lohuizen & Stanley Greene: War Photographer

December 9, 2009

As an inspired photojournalist, I just don’t think I could ever get as involved as these two individuals that risk their lives to get the images that we admire and salute as war heros. I’m fortunate enough not to have experienced such violence & death and hope that I wont ever have to… but for those unfortunates I hope God is on your side.

A small peak to what a world war photographer experience to get the images that we wonder and how. Here are two photographers:
Stanley Greene and Kadir Van Lohuizen.

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Amazon Rain Forest Cut: MSNBC

December 9, 2009

The worse thing man can do has been done and it will not stop until it’s all gone and dead! As our planet gets more crowded and the immense population doubles in size, its lands’ has no defense towards our ever demand for growth…

This area was recently cleared to use for cattle ranching. “In the dry season, the forest is set on fire, leaving a graveyard of burned trees,” says photographer Kadir Van Lohuizen. “These forest fires are also a serious contributor to global warming. After the burning, bulldozers clear the area. Wood that remains is often used to produce charcoal in ovens, which are scattered in the states of Para and Mato Grosso. The charcoal is used in blast furnaces in and outside Brazil. After the land has been cleared, planes drop grass seeds to create the pastures.”
Our once beloved rain-forest, known to be the largest in the world, is rapidly shrinking with more plans for deforestation… how will we ever survive all these changes to our planet.

The charcoal operation in Rondon do Para had 47 ovens when photographed and plans were to increase that to 200 in the near future. The charcoal is used at a steel smelter in Maraba, Brazil. These ovens, and the once-forested land they are on, are owned by a cattle rancher. That’s a typical scenario here, and often one whose legality is clouded.

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Philip Blenkinsop: A Citizen of the Planet

December 9, 2009

Currently with the NOOR photo-collective, Philip Blenkinsop started his professional career at the age of 21 working for The Australian, a national broadsheet in Sydney. Realizing that being a newspaper photographer was not for him, and finding that the work shallow and repetitive, he bought a Leica with a few lenses and a one-way airline ticket to Bangkok.

Interviewed by Jim Lefeuvre with:

As I start the interview, wanting to ask Philip about how he came to photography, he just does not let me finish my sentence and declares: “let’s skip the part about me, there are much more important things to talk about.”
“What do you want to talk about?” I reply. “About the future, and more precisely the water.”
Philip is definitely worried about the future of the planet, observing the environment problems and global warming. China’s economy and industry are developing intensively and so is the pollution resulted. This is why he wanted to go to this country and show the deplorable way of living.
He admits that he still wants to work on wars and political conflicts but he is very aware that “we have to wake up and take responsabilities” for our children.

To ready more click on the picture for the rest of the interview.

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India’s Coal Pollute Lives: MSNBC

December 9, 2009

It saddens me to see such things going on in our planet… Ahead of the global climate talks in December 2009, nine photographers from the photo agency NOOR photographed climate stories from around the world. Their goal: to document some of the causes and consequences, from deforestation to changing sea levels, as well as the people whose lives and jobs are part of the carbon culture.

Villagers steal coal from a loading area in Jharia. Some 80,000 families are supposed to be resettled in an area 15 miles away, but most are reluctant, citing the lack of jobs in the new location.

Our carbon culture includes a reliance on coal that can be dangerous but also rewarding. Jharia, India, is a testament to both. The area supplies the country with most of its coal but also has dozens of underground fires burning in mines and coal seams. In this photo, smoke from one underground fire wafts from a hillside in the background.
These photographs and more where taken by Philip Blenkinsop.