Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives.  I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere.  A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.

Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.

“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”

Source: Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

Entrepreneurs launch ‘world first’ comparison site for wedding photography – BQLive

It “feels” like this “comparison” biz model is going to be the future for ALL industries. Can’t you see it for everything?

Two Yorkshire entrepreneurs have designed a new price comparison website to allow couples to source, meet, and pay for wedding photographers and videographers via a single platform.

Full Story: Entrepreneurs launch ‘world first’ comparison site for wedding photography – BQLive

New West 57th Street Landmark Movie Theater Location, With Fancy Seats And A Bar, Is Now Open: Gothamist

Looks like combining F&B with cinema is the direction movie theaters are headed to compete with Netflix & other streaming sites.

I have to admit – this looks pretty appealing. Do they guarantee the person behind me will keep their talking & snacking noise to a minimum? #petpeeve

We took a look at the space earlier this week and found it to be, as promised, in a similar stratosphere as other amenity-rich theaters, like Alamo Drafthouse and iPic. While there’s no in-theater food and drink ordering, there’s a curated array of concessions (Melt Ice Cream Sandwiches, Sweet & Sara Vegan Smores, Bronx Pretzel, etc.) plus a bar with craft beers, wine and cocktails and fare like salads, tacos and sliders.

Full story & more pics: New West 57th Street Landmark Movie Theater Location, With Fancy Seats And A Bar, Is Now Open: Gothamist

Photographer ‘humbled’ after capturing happy memories at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Treehouse in Ipswich – East Anglian Daily Times

Photographer Andrew Kahumbu visited The Treehouse in Ipswich where he met four-year-old Henry Barnard, 10-year-old Lewis and Euan Morley, also ten, and caught a glimpse of the activities enjoyed by patients at the hospice and their families.

Around 120 children with life threatening conditions are currently being cared for at the centre – and Mr Kahumbu said it was a humbling experience to witness the work of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) volunteers first-hand.

Full Story: Photographer ‘humbled’ after capturing happy memories at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Treehouse in Ipswich

 

Steve Irwin’s 13 YO Son Is An Award Winning Photographer And Brilliant Doesn’t Even Cut It!

All of our family were huge Steve Irwin fans. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me & it’s great work!  Be sure to give him a follow on Instagram under RobertIrwinPhotography.  Awesome stuff.

And now it looks like, Robert is already following in his papa’s footsteps when it comes to proclaiming his love about all things nature.

But this time, he’s doing it from behind the lenses.

Full Story and some of Robert’s photos here: Steve Irwin’s 13 YO Son Is An Award Winning Photographer And Brilliant Doesn’t Even Cut It!

Sexism in the Photography Industry – Open Letter from Susan Stripling | HuffPost

I have been a wedding photographer since 2002.

I was 24 years old when I started my business.

I took out a loan to start my business. A small one. I remember the man at the bank talking to me like I was a child when I was setting up the paperwork. He told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always “stay home with my kids.”

I normally don’t cover topics like this.

Not because I don’t believe they exist or that I think they don’t need coverage.

I don’t usually cover them because I try to find the “good news” or celebrations within the arts and travel that I love.

However, I find it especially important in any area that is about expressing a POV – a way someone sees the world – that these issues are critical.

How is the “normal” part of the world ever to be expected to understand how others who are “different” or a “minority” are experiencing the very same world if those “others” are not allowed to share their view.

It is through this very exposure that things will one day, hopefully, become more balanced – more fair – more “normal” for all of us. Until each voice, each view, each expression is given the same opportunity for exposure – with the same megaphone or platform – we can not expect those in the “normal” world to ever learn that there is indeed another view, another way of experiencing the same world – and often, it is not pretty nor fair.

Full Story: Sexism in the Photography Industry – Open Letter from Susan Stripling | HuffPost

Prince’s personal photographer releases new book of rare images – StarTribune.com

Parke got the gig. And he kept on painting — staying on as art director and Prince’s personal photographer for 14 years.Parke did everything from designing stage sets and working on video shoots to photographing album covers and designing souvenir T-shirts. And he continued to live in Baltimore, spending about one week a month in Chanhassen.

Full story & Gallery at: Prince’s personal photographer releases new book of rare images – StarTribune.com

Modern Dance Photography Showcases Ballet Dancers in Buenos Aires

Beautiful work!

Photographer Omar Z. Robles documents the beauty of people and places around the work through his exquisite dance photography. For years, we’ve loved “traveling” with him to locales that have included New York City, Havana, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and more recently, Santiago, Chile. Each gives us a sense of the city’s flavor, both in terms of architecture as well as ballet culture. Robles celebrates the individuality of a place by showcasing its unique buildings that are punctuated by the powerful, graceful movements of talented dancers.

Full Story and more photos at: Modern Dance Photography Showcases Ballet Dancers in Buenos Aires

Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to first US dark sky reserve – News-Sentinel.com

A new “Dark Sky” are may soon be here. These are really cool for astrophotographers and tourists in general who really want to see a true “night sky”.

Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way.

The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state’s sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way.

“We know the night sky has inspired people for many thousands of years,” said John Barentine, program manager at the Tucson, Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association. “When they are in a space where they can see it, it’s often a very profound experience.”

Full Story: Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to first US dark sky reserve – News-Sentinel.com