Thinking About Justice

Thinking About Justice

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With everything going on in the world these days, I thought your feeds could use some motivation. For my class I had to post a creative piece that displayed something I have been thinking about, and questions of truth and righteousness have definitely been on my mind with the political turmoil everywhere. I love looking at quotes and analyzing their meanings, and I think it is interesting that they can be applied to different situations in different time periods. Words have so much power, and it is amazing to see how they can be used to inspire and evoke emotion.

What are your favourite quotes to read in times of hardship?

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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Reading and Response

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Reading and Response

Last night I decided to revisit my favourite poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” by Robert Frost. I recorded myself reciting the poem and giving an off the cuff response about what I think it means and why it is important to me. You can listen to the recording, which I posted to my SoundCloud account, here.

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“Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.”

-Robert Frost

A Global Gallery: How Globalization has Transformed the Art Industry

A Global Gallery: How Globalization has Transformed the Art Industry

Last Friday, Hank Green from the popular YouTube channel Vlogbrothers posted a video (which can be viewed here) about a piece of street art he saw in a documentary filmed in Turkey of a giant blue cat with a smug expression and bushy black eyebrows.

The Vlogbrothers channel has a following of nearly three million people across the world, and so the Green brothers have accumulated many resources from their online endeavours, and have opened several other educational YouTube channels and operate an online store called DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome).

Hank wanted to locate the person who created the captivating cat mural, and he was able to do so by asking for help from his followers on social media, who eventually led him to the artist who calls himself Kedicizdim.

Now the design is available to purchase from DFTBA, which is based in Missoula, MT as a t-shirt, a pin and a sticker decal.

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The design created by Kedicizdim, available for purchase here.

In the video, Hank expresses that he wants to use his fame to help artists get their work publicized. He acknowledges he is privileged because of his online popularity, and that those with more money and status are able to get their content out to more people. Consequently, he wants to share other people’s creations to allow them to seize the spotlight and develop their own base of followers.

I think this is a great thing for him to do. Most importantly, it demonstrates the power of social media and how the world has become globalized on an unprecedented scale. Twenty years ago, it would have been impossible for a Montana man to locate a local Turkish street artist that he has never met in person, and sell his creation internationally.

There is an interesting paradox that Hank mentions that brings to question whether globalization helps or hinders artists from making a name for themselves.

On the one hand, people are more interconnected than ever due to their ability to interact via online platforms, and artists are able to instantaneously share their work with the click of a button.

However, as a result of this, the Internet has become oversaturated with content, and it is impossible for a person to be able to consume all online media.

As Hank states, people will inevitably miss out on a lot of great stuff, simply because some people have more resources than others and are therefore able to amplify the attention they receive for their work.

I am on the fence about my opinions on the impact globalization has had on our world. In terms of its effects on the art industry, it is hard for any artist to “make it” no matter where they live or how they share their work. I appreciate Hank’s efforts to spread other people’s creations, and I think we need more uplifting posts online instead of all of the hateful comments that often plague social media platforms.

What do you think about sharing art online, and the effects globalization has had on the art scene? Let me know by leaving a comment down below!

 

 

 

 

“I Want to Be a Shitterbug”

“I Want to Be a Shitterbug”

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A photo I took in the mountains while volunteering in Shuid, Chimborazo Province, Ecuador in June 2016. 

When I was younger, I went up to my mother after watching an episode of Timothy Goes to School where all of the students talk about their hobbies, and said: “Mommy, I want to be a shitterbug.” She responded, at first, quite angrily, until she realized I was trying to say the phrase “shutterbug.” So, after her and my older sister laughed at me for a solid ten minutes, she let me take a photo with her film camera. Unfortunately, I only managed to capture the tops of their heads.

Despite this, after that first moment of hearing the satisfying sound of the shutter and watching the flash illuminate their faces, I was hooked.

I started out with dinky toy cameras and gradually moved up the technological food chain with point-and-shoots over the years. At one point, I used the camera on my Nintendo DSi to capture everything from my pet cats to my dinner plates. Now, I have a proper DSLR (a Canon T3i), a tripod, two lenses and much better aim than I did when I was a kid. No more decapitated subjects (for the most part).

What I love about photography is the idea that every single photograph taken comes from a different perspective–even if only slightly–than ones taken before of the same object. I love how images can now be easily altered using computer software, yet I also appreciate the art of film and own a small collection of vintage cameras.

I find it amazing how light can hit a subject from different angles, and allow us to create entirely unique depictions with our minds and then our cameras. I like the concept of cameras being paintbrushes that use light and shadows to capture colours and expressions.

My favourite thing to shoot is close-up nature scenes. I would love to buy a macro lens one day so I can reveal the hidden micro-universes all around us. I can often be found wandering through forests, trying to create new worlds out of a single bush of leaves, flowers or tiny creatures.

Over the summer, I organized almost all of my photography, and uploaded what I consider to be my best work to my Flickr account. I have made different albums for photos taken in different seasons as well as photos with specific themes.

If you’d like to see what I get up to on my photography adventures, you can click the link below:

My Flickr Account