Five For Friday #120
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
After watching Lisa Kristine’s TedX talk the other day I had to go look at her series of photographs called Modern Day Slavery. They are riveting and heartbreaking. Kristine has used her camera to draw attention to the mind-numbing fact that there are 27 million people held in slavery today all over the world. Working with the organization Free the Slaves, she traveled all over the world documenting the modern day slave trade finding that, shockingly, it exists everywhere.
Filmmakers Ben Wu and David Usui from Lost & Found Films create stories surrounding home, the place that makes us feel most comfortable. In this short, they follow Bill Field, who owns and runs the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA. He has not only been screening vintage movies there since 1967, he also accompanies some of them with an incredible Wurlitzer pipe organ.
This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 and even today the landscape is still marked by battle scars. Photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil marked this anniversary with a series of images taken at what once was the Western front to show what it looks like today. These images are being shown in a street gallery exhibition, first in Paris, and then in the UK beginning August 4th and ending November 11th, Armistice Day. The photo above is the site of the Battle of Messines in Belgium where ten thousand men were killed within seconds when the British exploded 19 mines under German lines. [via Feature Shoot]
In his series, Alps, Ettore Moni documents how man has interfered with nature in higher altitudes, sacrificing beauty for tourism dollars. He says, “The pictures of this inquiry aim at upsetting the viewers to make them feel like any mountain enthusiast who at the end of their trip are faced with something they would not want to find. My goal is to sensitize everybody and make them be aware of the irreversible damage that is nowadays suffered by our wonderful landscapes. ” [via It’s Nice That]
Danila Tkachenko calls these people “Escapers”, the ones who have broken completely free from society to live solitary lives in the wilderness of the Russian and Ukrainian forests. In his book, Escape, Tkachenko documents what it means to live an isolated life. As one of them says, “Mankind is fatally ill with a terrible disease named lack of soul. Salvation is now only possible through escaping alone. Common efforts are fruitless. It’s too late.” [via Design Taxi]