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Archive for June, 2012

See Shells.

Friday, June 29th, 2012
Such a simple invention of Mother Earth, shells serve as homes to sea life. Then discarded, they become
treasures to those that find them. ‘Each as individual as a finger print.
Shot on an iPhone using an InstaGram filter, by Rick Painter.

Reflecting Pool.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Across cultures and centuries, swimming pools have been the center of summertime recreation. Public pools date back to Ancient Greece where even in a highly segregated society, both rich and poor sought refuge from the heat, providing the opportunity to relax and sunbathe. Pools have largely been a democratic leisure activity but as economic woes continue to impact public funds around the world, more are closing. Are private clubs, backyards and water parks the future of swimming?

Today, swimming pools are the beacon of American culture. Municipal pools gained popularity in the U.S. during the Victorian era, initially serving as baths for the urban poor who lacked in-home facilities. By the 1920s, the purpose of public pools had shifted dramatically and every major city began dedicating dollars to create accessible, and sometimes elaborate, public spaces for city-dwelling swimmers. More cities began to build pools with sand beaches, grass lawns and concrete decks so that Americans could swim, sunbathe and socialize.

According to Jeff Wiltse, a history professor at the University of Montana and the author of ‘Contested Waters ‘ A Social History of Swimming Pools in America‘, Americans swam as frequently as they went to the movies. ‘Pools became emblems of a new, distinctly modern version of the good life that valued leisure, pleasure and beauty. They were, in short, an integral part of the kind of life Americans wanted to live.’

Some public pools around the world have gotten considerable more attention for their amenities, symbolizing the epitome of summertime living. A public pool in Berlin that floats on the Spree River boasts yoga classes, concerts, movie screenings, a cafe, a man-made beach and an amazing view. ‘The Coral Gables Venetian Pool in Florida is a tropical paradise filled with fresh spring water each night.

Recently, the Huffington Post reported that public pools throughout the nation are steadily closing due to high operational costs including insurance, staffing and maintenance. As more public pools close across the U.S., how will the lack of pools change our society? Pools are not only fun for children and families, but act almost as safe havens, deterring negative behaviors. Will the lack of public pools in our country render children inactive and indoors during the hot summer months?

Earth or space?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Light or lack of light creates situations we can’t always discern. ‘Fantasy in real life.
Shot on an iPhone, existing light, no manipulation.
Jon Keeling

Everyday Treasure?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

These days, reality television consumes our TV lives, with a full-lineup of programs day and night ranging from singing and dancing competitions like The Voice and Dancing with the Stars to dating shows like The Bachelorette. And reality shows continue to pop up ‘ with such ordinary content. According to the ratings, this trend isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. Bottom-line, Americans are enthralled with shows that document average people’s ploys to make money or achieve stardom in the quickest way possible.

Pawn Stars, which airs on the History Channel, documents a 24-hour family business in Las Vegas called the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Episodes consist of the staff’s interactions with ordinary people who are attempting to sell or pawn a variety of mostly worthless artifacts. Pawn Stars not only became the network’s highest rated show, but also the second most popular reality show overall, following Jersey Shore. ”What is the American fascination with these shows?

Gold Rush is a reality series on the Discovery Channel that follows six men from Oregon who travel to Alaska and Canada to mine for gold and ‘strike it rich’. These men lost their jobs when the economy took a turn for the worst and are putting it all on the line as they have little to no mining experience. ‘Gold Rush was the most watched Friday night program among males between the ages of 18-54. Is it the sheer fantasy of their escapades that makes viewers tune in?’ Do viewers secretly wish they could quit their day jobs to pan for gold?

Last but not least, Storage Wars, a reality series on A&E, features auction hunters in California who bid on the contents of abandoned storage lockers. Each episode documents professional buyers who hope to turn a profit on an entire storage locker based on a precursory glance from outside of the door. Storage Wars has been the most watched program in the history of the network. ‘Only the possibility, not the probability of treasure is enough to keep viewers on the edge of their seats ‘ they seemingly live vicariously through the buyers as they pick through the remnants of peoples lives seeking ‘buried treasure’.

Like winning the lottery, it’s impossible to predict if someone will find a valuable artifact, strike gold in Alaska or discover a rare comic book collection in a storage space. Does the popularity of these reality series mirror America’s ‘get rich quick’ obsession?

Reflections on life.

Friday, June 15th, 2012
Rules have their place, certainly, but rules can be a barrier to creative thinking, freedom and even common sense.’It’s too bad that people allow their life to be run by rules and living within the box they’ve essentially built for themselves.
Shot on an iPhone by Paul Bell, using Instagram’Filter: X-Pro II