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Sunday Spotlight 02/01/15

Sunday February 1st, 2015

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Weekend Links 1/31/15

Saturday January 31st, 2015

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Maybe I’ll Start Saving When I’m 70.

Puppy Ads Work.

Well-traveled Coffee.

Been Around the World Don't Speak the Language, but This Coffee Don't Need Explainin'. Photo by Ron Wurzer.

Been around the world don’t speak the language, but this coffee don’t need explainin’. Photo by Ron Wurzer.

A**hole Brown.

Super Bowl Facts.

Still a better quarterback than Tom Brady. Photo by Paul Nordmann.

Macro.

What a Photo Editor Wants to See.

Crowdsourced Photos on A1.

Photographers Update

A Little Taste of Hoi An from Frederik Wissink.

Portraits of a Dress for Le Monde by Laura Stevens.

Eli Meir Kaplan: Sunny Ridge Farm

Friday January 30th, 2015

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by Liz Ream

For a recent personal project, Eli Meir Kaplan headed down to Sunny Ridge Farm in Gaithersburg, Maryland to photograph a day in the life of their corn harvesting process.

Sunny Ridge Farm is a third generation, 1,800 acre cash grain operation. Eli knew the owner, Drew Stabler, from a project he worked on a few years ago which made it fairly simple for him to access. Eli has always valued family farms as an integral yet endangered part of America’s social fabric, so this project was right up his alley:

I always enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds than myself and learning how they work. It was interesting to see how corn is harvested. I was also fascinated by the system of silos that Drew built to dry, store and transfer grain to trucks. They were huge and looked like something out of a science fiction movie. At one point a belt overloaded and kernels were raining from the sky.

The photos turned out great, and are being used for email and print promos. Check them out below!

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For more of Eli’s work, visit elimeirkaplan.com.

Tears: Jason Grow / Politico Magazine

Friday January 30th, 2015

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Rebecca Drobis: The Grown Up West

Thursday January 29th, 2015

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by Liz Ream

In northwestern Montana, where the seemingly endless plains are abruptly met by the Rocky Mountains, sits Blackfeet country. Here, a small community of people live on the Blackfeet Reservation, which spreads over 3,000 miles up into southern Alberta and borders Glacier National Park. There are fewer than four people per square mile.

Over the past decade, DC-based Rebecca Drobis has been exploring the reservation through photography. Her ongoing self-funded project, titled The Grown Up West, focuses specifically on the youth of the Blackfeet Reservation.

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When Rebecca first started the project, she simply wanted to explore the beautiful mountains of Glacier National Park. Once she arrived on the reservation, the children kept her going back. Not only is she devoted to documenting their lives, she also teaches photography to kids on the reservation.

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In a place where basic infrastructure is lacking, unemployment is high and there is a large dependency on welfare assistance, the bond between people and families is all that exists. On the project website, Rebecca writes that the “purity of imaginative play” in an environment free from the everyday distractions of the modern first world is what makes these children so interesting:

In the absence of material excess, the children’s imaginations flourish. Without tightly packed schedules of extracurricular activities or the latest video games, children are drawn outdoors to explore and adventure.

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The natural world has a deep and meaningful presence in a child’s life on the reservation … their windows look onto the same panorama, they walk the same trails, pick berries off the same plants and likely will be buried in the same soil as their great-great grandparents. My goal in this body of work is to honor the enduring strength, resilience and wisdom of these youth. The project speaks to a universal childhood. To be young is to be free: to act from the essential self, before their bodies and thoughts become stifled by doubt, societal norms and judging peers. Children do not dwell on what is not: they are unburdened by the past or the future. They simply exalt in the present.

The Grown Up West has been featured on Yahoo Global News, High Country News and the UK’s Daily Mail. Rebecca will continue to document the reservation whenever she can. For more of Rebecca’s work, visit rebeccadrobis.com.

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