Phagwah is a Hindu new year's festival with Indo Caribbean roots. Revelers usher in the new year by dousing each other with brightly colored powdered dye.
Pecunium, a talented photographer and writer (and onetime Majikthise guest blogger), is entering a contest called Name Your Dream Assignment.
First prize is a $50,000 grant to shoot the assignment of the photographer's dreams. I've blogged about this contest before. A previous winner traveled around the world documenting the epidemic of drug resistant tuberculosis.
Pecunium dreams of traversing Great Britain on foot, by bridle path and barge:
England is a wealth of history. The motor car is new. For all the time before that people got around on lanes, and highways, which are now byways and backpaths. I want to wander them, recording what I find.
Time and place are two of the things a photograph lets us share.. It’s done by controlling time and light. With enough time the passage of the seasons and the changing of the ages can be shown.
I've always wanted to live the life of a tinker; this lets me mingle that with photography. I'm used to living light (16 years in the army will teach one to live out of a bag). I want the chance to soak up the country, and share it with the rest of you. From the Isles on the North Sea, to the Cliffs of Dover, the Cities of London, York, Inverness and Cardiff; the hills of Wales, the Mountains of Scotland and the rolling landscapes between. The dewponds and millstreams, people and wildlife, the battlefields, and the wheatfields, the modern wonders, and the ancient ones.
I can write. I've done descriptive writing, and I can take pictures. Macro to wide-angled, details and the big picture. I can do it.
I have the time, and can do a good trip (at least 6 months, and probably 9, with two people, after taxes.). I’ve thought it out. I can spare a year for going walkabout, and I can share the experience. I can detail the cold mornings, the starlit evenings. The kindnesses of strangers and the sense of wonder which comes of exploring something at once foreign, and familiar. To speak English is to be, at least a little, connected to England.
With your vote, I can do this. With your vote I can share this.
I voted for Pecunium's idea and I encourage others to do likewise. You can register and vote here.
The Nation Institute's panel discussion on progressive responses to the economic crisis attracted a huge amount of interest.
By the time I arrived, about two minutes before the program was supposed to start, the entire auditorium was full and over 30 people were waiting on the sidewalk.
A woman in a gray knit hat said that a staffer had already come out to announce that there was no more room. But they were all still there, hoping someone would have a change of heart and let them in.
"We're wondering if we could rush the door," the woman said, jokingly.
I was disappointed that there weren't any seats left, but it was exhilarating to see so much enthusiasm for a panel discussion on economics at eight o'clock on a Friday night.
You can watch online here. Last I checked, about 300 people were watching the live stream at home.
The CEO of the AP finally acknowledges the obvious, that the U.S. military's journalist embed program is a propaganda project:
That sure would have been nice to hear during the Bush administration. I bet this insight occurred to Curley long before January 20, 2009.
The thought probably crossed his mind even before the US military kidnapped un-embedded AP photojournalist Bilal Hussein in 2006 and held him captive without charge in Iraq for over a year.
Well, better late than never.