One Nation, Behind Bars: Examining Prison Culture Through Photography

Forty years ago the situation in U.S. prisons was still, in some ways, normal. The War on Drugs was yet to begin (1982); federal mandatory minimum sentences were not yet in place (1986), though some states had gotten a jump on the concept — notably New York, where the Rockefeller Drug Laws took effect in 1973. Since then, the U.S. prison and jail population has ballooned fivefold, reaching some 2.3 million people now (of whom 40 percent are Black and 19 percent Latino), plus many more on parole or probation. Mass incarceration — and the explosion of related businesses that make up the prison-industrial complex — is entrenched in American life. In the late Seventies, by contrast, in some facilities and if you looked the right way, prison life could seem borderline quaint. Continue reading “One Nation, Behind Bars: Examining Prison Culture Through Photography”

At Roswell Park, cancer patients choose art that hangs in their hospital rooms

This is wonderful!

We need more ways to get art into public places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center volunteer Julie Legters hangs a drawing in a patient’s room on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko.

The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding.

But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming.

Like clockwork every Tuesday, longtime Roswell volunteer Julie Legters rolls what’s known as a patient art cart up to Banko’s hospital room, chats and shows her various images of photographs, watercolor paintings and pencil drawings that are loaded onto an iPad. If she wants, Banko can pick out a work of art, and Legters will hang the framed original in her room.

As many as 65 other patients on two hospital floors of Roswell can do the same thing.

Continue at Buffalo News

Spend Less to Improve Your Chances of Being a Successful Photographer | Fstoppers

There are many variables that play a part in the career of a successful photographer. While some of these elements are completely out of your control things like your lifestyle and outgoings are not. If you want to maximize your chances of having a successful career you may need to make a few adjustments before it’s too late.

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WF organization sending books to Gulf Coast – KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

The outpouring of support for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey continues in Texoma. While many are donating food and money, volunteers at the Friends of the Library in Wichita Falls are donating books to those along the Gulf Coast.

Friends of the Library are looking for volunteers who can assist with packing and loading up books. They have already collected thousands of books and are excited to send to those down to children impacted by the floods.

Full Story: WF organization sending books to Gulf Coast – KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Photography: A Dying Art Form That’s Getting More Popular | HuffPost UK

Remember the days when collages of photos chaotically strewn across bedroom walls were a common fixture in teenage bedrooms? And that sense of excitement of taking a long-lost film into Boots, wondering what snaps were lurking in the dark room, debating internally at the checkout whether or not they’d be worth a few extra pounds for same day delivery? And lest not forget the disappointments… opening a package, only to find out that half of the photographs were overexposed, out of focus, or worst of all, obscured by the dreaded thumb. Those were the days!

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Can Travel Make You More Creative? – Vogue

When faced with a creative block, common wisdom suggests you go for a walk, exercise, even take a nap. All three have a common thread, of course: creating distance and taking a mental break from the task at hand. So it stands to reason that really getting away, say, on a vacation, would be the ultimate cure, right? For the deskbound wanderlusters among us, the answer is thankfully, yes. New research suggests travel can increase your levels of creativity and cause an uptick in your mind’s ability to produce positive thoughts, leading you to a happier, more inspired version of you.

Source: Can Travel Make You More Creative? – Vogue