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Photos from a natural disaster – Japan earthquake & tsunami.

TIME contract photographer Dominic Nahr arrived just one day after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting devastating tsunami hit the northeast coast of Japan on March 11th. Nahr camped out at a Daiou temple in Minami Sanriku where most of the town had been wiped out by the tsunami. The temple, however, was on top of a hill and was spared. Dozens of survivors are living at the temple after having their homes destroyed. Nahr photographed the Buddhist funeral ceremonies that were being done in groups and in an abbreviated form so they could accommodate all the families that lose loved ones, many without a body to mourn.

Survivor's sleep closely together for warmth at a temporary shelter in a Daiou temple in Minami Sanriku, one of the only locations in the area not destroyed by the tsunami. March 29, 2011

Dozens of urns fill a room for a group funeral at a Daiou temple in Minami Sanriku. March 30, 2011

A member of Japan's Self-Defense Forces searches for survivors on March 14, 2011


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Photographs and family mementos saved from rubble after earthquake and tsunami.

Many family photographs have been found in the rubble and ruins of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. In Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, photographer Toru Hanai explains that search and rescue teams, police, firefighters and the Japan Self Defense Force have been gathering the muddied and damaged pictures and bringing them to the local police station. At the Collection Centre the images are cleaned under the direction of project leader and Ofunato resident Satoko Kinno, a paper conservator and graduate of Camberwell College of Arts in London.

Once restored the images are taken to the shelters where they can be reclaimed by their owners. This photograph, taken by Hanai on April 12, shows a volunteer washing and drying images of one single child, a 4 year-old girl. Just a few days after this photo was taken, Kinno got word that the child and her mother and father had all survived the earthquake and tsunami, and were safe. The photographs will be returned to the family.

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Auction to benefit Japanese quake and tsunami victims.

On Thursday April 21, from 6-9pm at 25CPW Gallery in New York City, a group of international photographers will host a photographic exhibition and silent auction to benefit Architecture for Humanity’s efforts rebuild Japanese communities damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Sixty photographers will be showcased and 100% of the proceeds will be donated.

Architecture for Humanity is a non-profit design service firm whose mission is to building sustainable futures through meaningful projects that make a difference in local communities and are currently collaborating to rebuilding area in Japan ravaged by natural disasters.

For more details and to preview the art, please visit [Wa] Photography Auction

Photography Auction to Benefit Japan Quake Communities – Time Magazine


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Japan still cleaning up after tsunami a month later.

Family photos that were covered in mud from the tsunami are cleaned and dried at a volunteer center in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture in Japan. Toru Hanai/Reuters

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Street art popping up in urban areas and the struggle between public art and vandalism laws.

What’s the difference between street art and graffiti? Is there a difference? Is the only difference the fact that the artist paid money to have a piece of paper saying it was different? The word graffiti has bad connotations that people can’t shake off but what if the only thing different between street art and graffiti is the mindset of the person viewing it? Some cities see the value of having street artists, illustrators, and graphic designers recreating bland public spaces and sprucing up old buildings, bridges, and car parks. This is a way to improve an area without spending big bucks on renovating a structure. The addition of vibrant, colorful murals completely transforms the face of a city and can uplift the spirit of a person.

What is Street Art? – PureGraffiti

Why Street Art Matters – The Cool Hunter

It’s also a way to keep other, non- desirable graffiti (gang tags, racial or ethnic slurs) from appearing. Whether it’s a 3D picture painted on the ground, one so real looking you feel like it is jumping out at you, or a colorful riot of paint across a wall, street art is an art form that many people are warming up to. Some people are making quite the name for themselves using this medium. Peter Gibson, known by his alias Roadsworth, has been creating street art in Montreal since the fall of 2001. In the fall of 2004 he was arrested and charged with 53 counts of mischief but he received a relatively lenient sentence which he attributes to public support. Today, he continues to spread his art around the streets of his hometown.

Pedestrian Street Art by Peter Gibson

De Buillion Street and Saint-Joseph Street, Montreal, Quebec. July 2004.

Saint-Laurent Blvd. and Duluth Ave., Montreal, Quebec. July 2004

Location not given but I love owls, so I kept on here.

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Here there be pictures.

I finally got off my butt and uploaded the pictures I took during the recent snow storms from my camera. Here are a few of the better ones.

The big snow storm at the end of January that bumped 10 inches of snow in my area. Surprisingly, this was not the event that stopped the whole city in its tracks. Even though it was a lot of snow, it was fluffy and easily moved.

The huge ice and snow storm from last week Tuesday. The bush in my front yard covered in ice and nobody went anywhere. A 1/2 inch of ice kept everybody indoors.

The next morning, Wednesday, the sun came out and the ice glowed like diamonds.

The trees at work covered in ice.

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Finding the invisible man: Liu Bolin’s amazing artwork.

They are calling Liu Bolin the invisible man. (He’d be harder to spot if he wasn’t standing dead center in the photos.) Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for photographs of himself painted to blend in with the background. Liu uses himself as a blank canvas and paints his body to merge as seamlessly as possible with what is behind him. With the help of two assistances, it often can take more than 10 hours to complete a scene as Liu strives to get them just right. This frequently means that people walking by while he is carrying out his performances often have no idea he is there until he moves.

The photos are said to be a statement of how life in a city affects people, making them blind to their fellow man and surroundings. Liu adds that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists. The Chinese authorities shut down Liu’s art studio in Beijing in 2005. Liu states: “At the time, contemporary art was in quick development in Beijing, but the government decided it did not want artists like us to gather and live together.”

Born in 1973 in Shandong, China, Liu Bolin graduated from the Sculpture Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Hiding in the City No. 69

Hiding in the City No. 71

Hiding in the City No.93

Eli Klein Fine Art

The art of being invisible: Hidden Liu Bolin’s amazing illusions

Now you see me, now you don’t: The artist who turns himself into the Invisible Man


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O’ Christmas Tree, O’ Christmas Tree! What a pain in the ass to put up you are!

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Pictures of the cubicle decorations.

Janet's Down the Chimney, complete with Janet sitting in her chair. Notice the parachuting Santa.

Cathy & Sarah's entrance to Christmas Town. Notice their face smooched up against the ‘windows’.

Laura’s gingerbread house with mailbox for letters to Santa.

Kristin's Winter Wonderland, complete with Kristin in her chair. She won.

Close up of window for Kristin's Winter Wonderland.


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You work with 12 year olds cleverly disguised as responsible adults and don’t you forget it.

This is why you don’t go on long vacations from work during the holidays. But it’s okay, this is Ryan’s cubicle. Ryan is a power mad asshole, so he deserves it.

I especially like the shredded paper “snow”.

They even wrapped the waste basket.

Ho ho bloody ho, you fucker.

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