Peru, Machu Pichu and Wachu Pichu
The precolumbian civilizations were studying space, science and architecture as well as natural rhythms of the Earth to better understand there environment.
Building temples and homes that resisited weather and earthquakes, the Quechua language and people were masters of agriculture and and respecting the earth. PAchamama represents one world that we are part of, including the outer world and under world.
the Peruvian economy today is based on agriculture, tourism, and the booming urban labor that is being spear headed by foreign companies from Japan, as well as others for mining purposes. The people are humble and intellegent. and exploitation is the law of the land. I give thanks for the experiences and lessons that i was exposed to, and the land and people I was given love from .
Trayvon Martin: The Hood’s Perspective
On July 14th, 2013, a rally for 17 year old Trayvon Martin took place in Downtown Oakland following the “not guilty” verdict of George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman after Trayvon was followed on his way home and confronted, which ultimately ended his life.
After the rally, the congregation led a march from 14th & Broadway (which is now dubbed “UpTown”), through the bottoms of West Oakland, and back around to the comfort of UpTown Oakland. Close to the same route Occupy Oakland took aside from the destination of The Port of Oakland.
The march’s purpose was to “take the movement where it needed to be the most,” yelled one speaker. Signs in hand, the group moved in unison towards West Oakland in the hopes of adding onto their group. Once we arrived in West Oakland, we were met with the usual spectatorship in response to irregular occurrence in your neighborhood—Eyes. “Justice for Trayvon!” the march yelled. “Yeah!” the residents responded. Cars honked in agreement.
As i watch these people i’ve never seen before nor heard of speak on social justice for black people (many not from Oakland), i was astounded by the diversity in the collective that claimed to be for social equality. I couldn’t help but wonder what these people do when schools are closing and during other local problems that impact us directly and potentially. Do you hear about them? Do you even live here? What about the future?
"We are all Trayvon Martin!" the crowd chanted. I couldn’t disagree more. There are Trayvon Martin’s regularly in the black community and specifically in Oakland, Ca. These are not only black on black crimes, but PoC in general. These are direct social issues. The impact of the Trayvon Martin was great, but it’s concern derives from the political prowess and audacity of gov’t to be
racist prejudice towards PoC—which we’ve had to put up with since we’ve been in this country.
What we all are, are seasonal activists when a tragedy with as much media representation as the George Zimmerman trial has risen. The energy given to these protests needs to go towards directly impacting the people whom they claimed to be marching for. A march through their neighborhood will not bring equality on a social level. A march through their neighborhood will not keep schools open nor bring a decent education to the children. Read to them, teach them, help them. “We need help at the community garden.” One man said at the end of the march, speaking to the now smaller congregation in the middle of 14th & Broadway, with which received no response from the crowd.
You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.
All work pictured above is by Wangechi Mutu, an artist and anthropologist from Nairobi, Kenya
“Her work has often seemed to bear the gaze of a perpetual outsider, simultaneously drawn to and repulsed by the discovery of another fresh outrage in the lands in which she travels.
Much of Mutu’s work to date has been concerned with the myriad forms of violence and misrepresentation visited upon women, especially black women, in the contemporary world.
Her paintings and collages often feature writhing female forms, their skin an eruption of buboes, mutant appendices like gun shafts or machine gears sprouting from the sockets of joints, their bodies half human, half hyena. They offer a glimpse at the perversions of the body and the mind wrought by forces active in the oppression of women.
Mutu commonly works on paper or Mylar polyester film. Manipulating ink and acrylic paint into pools of colour she carefully applies to her surfaces imagery sampled from disparate sources- Vogue, National Geographic, hunting, motorbike and porn magazines. The resulting works are a rebuke to the conventions of aesthetics and ethnography and eroticism that underpin such publications, offering instead an existence that is riotously free of biological determinism or psychological conditioning.”
playin with urdu styles
: sorry this is a lame/basic question, but how do you focus on people with your film camera? like i keep trying to take pictures of people but ALL I EVER GET IS THE BACKGROUND and like the people turnout blurry or idk over exposed. ahhhh!
nah its not lame, but basic yea. its a foundation. thats dope your trying to do film kamera. I would say play around with your focus, and dont put your subject in the center cause then you cant see what your focusing on properly. put your subject to the side of your frame (shot) and play with the focus untill they are clear. you could also tweeek your f stop (for depth of field), and look at the lens, cause it should say how many meters something should be for it to be focused(on the body of the lens there a lil numbers), what kind of camera do you have?
there is also a super cool way to focus, by using the small circles in the center, and play with the focus until the stuff in the center adds up on the same axis. that one is a lil more advanced.
hope this helps ;)