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December 31, 2008

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deviant

December 27, 2008

I started a new deviantART account.

peep here.

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The UK’s Gaurdian newspaper published an article on an Oxford professor’s vision to help one-billion of the world’s poorest see better. Read it here.

merry christmas

December 24, 2008

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keeghan

December 24, 2008

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Human Nature

December 19, 2008

I read a pretty good article this morning that demonstrates one of my favorite topics, human nature.

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A Sheffield man who lent a penniless Australian tourist £5 to pay for a ferry trip in 1969 has been repaid his debt nearly 40 years later.

While Jim Webb was out, a card and £200 was hand delivered to his home by Gary Fenton, to repay the money he borrowed when they met in Ostend, Belgium.

A note inside read: “To Jim Webb, a good man. From Gary Fenton, a tardy payer of debts.”

Mr Webb, 72, has appealed for Mr Fenton to get back in touch.

Mr Webb and a friend were travelling around Europe in April 1969 when they met the Australian traveller, then in his early 20s, at a ferry port in Ostend.

He said: “A young man came up to us and said he hadn’t got enough money to get back to England and would we lend him £5 and he’d repay us as soon as he could afford it.”

The three men travelled back to England and when they parted Mr Fenton took Mr Webb’s address, but he never heard from him.

In this day and age promises are made and promises are broken and you lose your faith in human nature
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Then on Sunday, he returned to his home in Bradway to find the surprise card.

Mr Webb said: “I was quite emotional when I read it. In this day and age promises are made and promises are broken and you lose your faith in human nature.

“This was a lovely gesture. Forty years is a long time – it must have been preying on his mind that he hadn’t repaid his debt.

“He said he was giving me £200 as that was £5 for every year that had gone by.”

Mr Webb said the card explained how Mr Fenton, who now lived in Sydney, had come across his address while looking through some old papers.

His note said he had decided to pay him a visit and repay his debt while on a trip to London.

Mr Webb, who is giving the £200 to charity, said: “He didn’t leave an address or telephone number, just an email address which I have tried but so far I haven’t heard back.

“I am very sorry I was not in on Sunday… he would have been very welcome here. Hopefully we will be able to make contact, it would be wonderful to meet up again.”

BBC,2008 Original Article Here.

I updated my about me as well

Back to Basics

December 15, 2008

Started shooting with film again. It’s good to have hard copies of things.

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Manufactured Landscapes

December 9, 2008

Yesterday I watched a documentary on the sundance channel titled ‘Manufactured Landscapes‘.  This documentary followings the work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

The documentary has won the following awards.

Best Documentary Feature – Toronto Film Critics Association
Best Canadian Feature – Toronto Film Critics Association
Best Canadian Feature – Toronto Film Festival
Best Documentary – Genie Awards

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Little People.

December 8, 2008

I thought I would share with you a little project that I have been following for a few months. A UK based street artist by the name of Slinkachu has been placing miniature model train set characters around the UK since 2006. Part street art installation and part photography project, Slinkachu has recently released a book by the name of “Little People Book“. He has a blog as well where you can check out his side project involving decoration snail’s shells and releasing them back into the wild.

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Oh! And check out the falling snow effect!

Oh, you like dogs?

December 4, 2008

Upside Down Dogs.