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hollybailey:

To visit Pine Bluff, Ark., for the first time is to know it suffers from a broken heart. Main Street, jilted by fickle industries with more attractive suitors, is a hologram of itself — rows of two and three-story buildings, empty, faded, barely alive.

William Widmer was stunned to see it. Not that he hadn’t witnessed his share of dying downtowns. A freelance photojournalist based in New Orleans, he travels all over the South and beyond on assignments. Business districts done in by Walmarts are old news, part of the landscape, like lost barns on the prairie. But there was something about this town (Pop. 47,000) with a schoolyard nickname — “Stank City,” for the rotten egg fumes the paper mills belch out — that grabbed Mr. Widmer’s attention. “It was a clear, crisp Southern winter day,” he said, “and downtown was still and vacant.”

The echo-chamber sidewalks, boarded buildings and shotgun shacks intrigued Mr. Widmer as a journalist. The dappled sky inspired him as an artist. “That first walk, the light was perfect down Main Street.”

Mr. Widmer was just passing through Pine Bluff on the way home from Kansas City, Mo., with seven hours left to drive. But he ended up sticking around for hours, shooting sad streets and plotting his return. He had a crush on the place. Plus, he wanted to know what had sapped its soul. He thought it might make a good story. But what happened when he returned changed his whole notion about photographing Pine Bluff. It also profoundly influenced his approach to documentary photography.

A Photographic Muse Beyond the Ruins (via Lens)

Reminds me of home


dynamicafrica:

Kenyan artist Michael Soi upsets Chinese delegation with his art work.

Known for his highly critical socio-political art work, Kenyan artist Michael Soi has “finally drawn the wrath of the Chinese” for his various pieces depicting a less than desirable relationship between Africans - both citizens and politicians alike, and Chinese delegates and businesspeople.

According to Soi, “Four gentlemen and a lady from China walked into my studio and one of them went off about how ungrateful I was to all China is doing for Kenya…These people could not wrap their heads around the fact that I am not grateful for all the ‘good things’ China is doing to Kenya. I told them that I am an artist and therefore I cannot engage them in a political discussion.”

About the relationship with China and African leaders, Soi went on to say: “The IMF and World Bank attach a lot of conditionalities before they give out their aid,” he says. “But the Chinese are giving their money without any conditions. This is one way of abetting impunity among our leaders; that no matter how many people are killed or imprisoned China will still pour in money, money that most likely ends up in people’s pockets and which will be paid by our children in years to come.”

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accidental-art:

Hi,
My name’s Emma-Kate and I’m a London based Architect, Artist and Musician, currently branching out into the world of 3D animation… So this accidental art submission is more of an animation than a photo thing: I had attempted to model a series of heavy cubes hitting a rubber sheet, starts off well, but something goes totally wrong at 00:07 - one cube starts flipping out and then all cubes get really confused and become petrified in mid-air, as the rubber sheet goes totally mental and starts wrapping itself around the stationary cubes… Not what I originally intended, but produced some rather interesting results all the same! :)
Link below:
http://variabledimensions.tumblr.com/post/80251427750/cubefa-i-ll-more-experiments-with-blender-cubes
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accidental-art:

Hi,

My name’s Emma-Kate and I’m a London based Architect, Artist and Musician, currently branching out into the world of 3D animation… So this accidental art submission is more of an animation than a photo thing: I had attempted to model a series of heavy cubes hitting a rubber sheet, starts off well, but something goes totally wrong at 00:07 - one cube starts flipping out and then all cubes get really confused and become petrified in mid-air, as the rubber sheet goes totally mental and starts wrapping itself around the stationary cubes… Not what I originally intended, but produced some rather interesting results all the same! :)

Link below:

http://variabledimensions.tumblr.com/post/80251427750/cubefa-i-ll-more-experiments-with-blender-cubes

Enjoy!