Thursday, August 28, 2008
Click on the photo above to view the 20 minute video of Kingsley's amazing journey. Olivier Jobard remains invisible throughout this odyssey, but the dedication of this photojournalist is truly inspiring. This is photojournalism!
"Kingsley is a 23-year-old lifeguard from the West African coastal town of Limbe, Cameroon. Though he longed to be a professional footballer, French soldiers trained him to become a lifeguard, and Kingsley soon found himself working at an upscale hotel giving swimming lessons to visiting Europeans. He earned just 50 euros a month, enough to pay for food and the rented two-room house he shared with his parents and seven siblings.
"Most families in my country want their children to go to Europe," Kingsley says. It is in Europe - the new El Dorado - that African immigrants can vastly increase their incomes while also providing for their families back home. So, in May of 2004, Kingsley left Cameroon on what he calls "his mission." What followed was an excruciating six-month journey across half of Africa.
Kingsley's Crossing is the story of one man's willingness to abandon everything - his family, his country, and his friends - in the hopes of finding a better life abroad. Award-winning French photojournalist Olivier Jobard documents the passage."
Mediastorm.org. (via 1mag3)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Seriously - you're a jerk if you don't buy one. Get yours here.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
"On July 25, 2008 at approximately 7PM, this delicate piece of paper took flight from the 6th floor balcony and came to rest here, on this perch, just seconds later. While resting upside down in its current state, the hopeful forces behind its creation envisioned it to forever remain in flight. Despite the overwhelming improbability of this hope, an attempt was made with full belief that anything could happen and that nothing is certain, even the laws of nature.
A plane was first thrown out of spontaneous boredom while stuck in a crowd too thick to see what we were there for. It fell to the 2nd floor only to be stomped on by an unknown stranger upon its landing. The second plane, only done out of frustration in the lack of flight of the first, rocketed out of sight and without intent, to where it now lies. It landed there only by chance, a one in a million chance. It is still there, so far."Check out the airplane's story here.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
theft of an eight foot statue of Jesus. Talk about pushing the limits of God's forgiveness...... In the end, though I am encouraged by the city's willingness to invest in this repair, though my guess is that they had some help from some of the Grand Prix investors. It's a reminder Detroit's toughness and a refusal to give up.