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>Assignment #12

>Well, I said I’d have new assignment photos posted this past Friday but wasn’t able to deliver – sorry about that! We were at a wedding this weekend and had a marvelous time but the assignment schedule suffered as a result.

But, as “they” say, better late than never! So here is my friend Matt’s photography challenge – “taking pictures of regular, everyday objects… but covered in leaves… like mailboxes, or street signs, or maybe even a small car?”

I unfortunately didn’t get to his challenge until after most of the leaves had been blown away or cleaned up, so there were no leaf-covered mailboxes, street signs, or small vehicles. There were several steps of stairs at Roger Williams Park that were covered in leafy drifts, so I hope they make an acceptable substitute! I kinda like the interplay between the cold hard concrete and the fluffier, warmer piles of leaves.

>Photo Assignment #11

>Things are getting a bit hectic with the holidays and a couple of photo jobs coming up, but I did manage to get at least one person’s assignment done today! I actually took photos for a few assignments but don’t have the time to go through all of them this evening, which means more will be up tomorrow!

For tonight, I’m featuring my friend Keith: “Take a picture of your morning and evening; like, one image which sums it up (well, one for morning; one evening).”

It took me a while to figure out something for the morning, because most of my work-day mornings are spent stumbling around, showering, and getting dressed. Aside from trying to keep things G-rated, I wouldn’t say either of those things “define” my morning. Then it hit me, the perfect summation of my morning – not wanting to get out of bed…

As for my evenings, I can almost always be found behind the camera or in front of the computer screen working on photos. Since it’s impossible for me to take a picture of me taking a picture (I only have the one camera, ya see), I opted for the computer route. It’s sad but true, working or playing on the computer does sort of define my evenings. At least I enjoy it!

You’ll notice my morning picture is in black and white, and that my evening picture is in color. This is pretty representative of my brain power at those respective times – I am at my most alert and creative in the evening, and at my foggiest in the morning 🙂

Enjoy!

>Save Darfur

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SaveDarfur.org has a post called “Weekend of Prayer for Darfur” that’s worth checking out…

Please download their Faith Action Packet…

In case you aren’t familiar with what’s going on in Darfur, here’s some background information (courtesy of SaveDarfur.org):

Darfur has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter.

Since early 2003, Sudanese armed forces and Sudanese government-backed militia known as “Janjaweed” have been fighting two rebel groups in Darfur, the Sudanese Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The stated political aim of the rebels has been to compel the government of Sudan to address underdevelopment and the political marginalization of the region. In response, the Sudanese government’s regular armed forces and the Janjaweed – largely composed of fighters of Arab nomadic background – have targeted civilian populations and ethnic group from which the rebels primarily draw their support – the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

The Bush Administration has recognized these atrocities – carried out against civilians primarily by the government of Sudan and its allied Janjaweed militias – as genocide. António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has described the situation in Sudan and Chad as “the largest and most complex humanitarian problem on the globe.” The Sudanese government and the Janjaweed militias are responsible for the burning and destruction of hundreds of rural villages, the killing of tens of thousands of people and rape and assault of thousands of women and girls.

With much international pressure, the Darfur Peace Agreement was brokered in May 2006 between the government of Sudan and one faction of Darfur rebels. However, deadlines have been ignored and the violence has escalated, with in-fighting among the various rebel groups and factions dramatically increasing and adding a new layer of complexity to the conflict. This violence has made it dangerous, if not impossible, for most of the millions of displaced persons to return to their homes. Humanitarian aid agencies face growing obstacles to bringing widespread relief. In August 2006, the UN’s top humanitarian official Jan Egeland stated that the situation in Darfur is “going from real bad to catastrophic.” Indeed, the violence in Darfur rages on with government-backed militias still attacking civilian populations with impunity.

On July 30, 2004, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1556 demanding that the government of Sudan disarm the Janjaweed. This same demand is also an important part of the Darfur Peace Agreement signed in May of 2006. On August 31, 2006, the Security Council took the further step of authorizing a strong UN peacekeeping force for Darfur by passing resolution 1706. Despite these actions, the Janjaweed are still active and free to commit the same genocidal crimes against civilians in Darfur with the aid of the Sudanese government.

International experts agree that the United Nations Security Council must deploy a peacekeeping force with a mandate to protect civilians immediately. Until it arrives, the under-funded and overwhelmed African Union monitoring mission must be bolstered. And governments and international institutions must provide and ensure access to sufficient humanitarian aid for those in need.

>Photo Assignment #10

>Alrighty, now that work on carousel photos has slowed down a little I have had time to work on more assignment photos! The two featured tonight are suggestions from sethsgal05. I’m glad that the weather was cooperative this weekend and that I had her challenges as an excuse to go frolic around outside!

First up – “leaves or rocks in a stream”. I really like the light in this one.

And next, “a hiking path covered with leaves”. Interesting textures in this one, I thought.

As always, I hope you enjoy these. Hope everyone is doing well during their holiday preparations!

>At the Zoo-oo

>Aside from having a Simon & Garfunkel song stuck in my head, I have exciting news. I had a fabulous time taking photos this morning at Roger Williams Park Carousel for up-and-coming children’s author Marcia Maynard. She’s writing an article on how carousels work and needed some shots of the gears and other inner workings. After finishing up that “assignment” I spent some time (ok, hours) photographing the carousel as a whole. I’ll be bringing proofs up to show the carousel’s owner soon, he plans on buying some prints and hanging them as part of a permanent display in the carousel building! He’s going to include my contact information along with the prints, which is really nice.

So, in celebration I offer you this sneak peek! Once the photos have been installed at the carousel I’ll let you all know so that you can go check them out and enjoy the carousel, park, and zoo while you’re there!