October 23, 2015

Friday Round Up - 23 October, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up another eclectic selection of images - Tom Hussey's Reflections, Emilio Fraile's eWaste in Ghana, Stephen Mallon documents NYC's solution for used subway cars, the extraordinary natural vistas of China's Gansu Province and cinematographer and naturalist Feodor Pitcairn's Primordial Landscapes reviewed.

Photo Essay:
Tom Hussey - Reflections

American photographer Tom Hussey has created this wonderful series of images where the subject looks back on their life through the reflection of their younger self in the mirror. Hussey came up with the idea for the series after talking with an 80-year-old World War II veteran who told Hussey that he couldn’t believe he was so old, as he still felt like a young man. Hussey and his team scouted for believable doubles to pose as the younger self. While ageing is something that happens as a natural part of time’s passage, these redolent, meditative images give us all something to think about.

(C) All images Tom Hussey

Photo Essay:
Emilio Fraile - The Fate of Electronic Waste
In March this year Spanish photographer Emilio Fraile travelled to Accra, Ghana's largest city to document the lives of those eking out a living on the electronic dump at Agbogbloshie. This area used to be a wetlands and is now considered one of the most polluted places on earth. Fraile says thousands live "in this hell" and put their health at risk through exposure to toxic chemicals and metals as they strip down this eWaste, much of which arrives on large container ships.

(C) All images Emilio Fraile

Photo Essay:
Stephen Mallon - Next Stop Atlantic

(C) Stephen Mallon

(C) Stephen Mallon

From this (above) to the images below in 5 and 10 years respectively

Photo courtesy viralforest.com

Photo courtesy viralforest.com

New York photographer Stephen Mallon spent three years working on this series which documents the disposal of used subway cars in New York City. These subway cars are stripped and then dumped into the Atlantic ocean, a practice that has seen more than 2500 cars submerged in the past decade. These subway cars are used to build underwater reefs along the US’ eastern seaboard, which creates new habitats for marine life and also is worth an estimated $200 million annually to the US economy in coral. 

(C) Stephen Mallon

(C) Stephen Mallon

(C) Stephen Mallon

(C) Stephen Mallon

China's Gansu Province
These photographs are of the Dramatic Landscape of China’s Gansu Province in northwestern China as reported by Alan Taylor for The Atlantic. You can see the full story and more images here.
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
(C) Wang Song / Xinhua Press / Corbis

Chen Yonggang / Xinhua / Corbis

Flowering rapeseed plants blossom in a field in Minle, Gansu
SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire / Wangjiang / Corbis

Salt harvest
Wang Jiang / Imaginechina / Corbis

Terrace Crops
Sheng Li / Reuters

Book Review:
Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed
Feodor Pitcairn with Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

(C) Feodor Pitcairn Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed powerHouse books

In recent times cinematographer and naturalist Feodor Pitcairn, who is 80 years old, has given up shooting underwater films, and turned his attention to terrestrial landscapes. He’s embarked on several expeditions to Iceland to capture the natural beauty of one of the most romanticised places on the planet. These photographs come together in a new book from powerHouse Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed. (You can read the full review and see more of his exquisite images by clicking on the Book Reviews tab at the top of the blog.)

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