If you’ve ever been to my house, you know what the image below represents. This morning, I shot the 16th installment of the Seven Cousins picture. Every year, sometime between spring and fall, my kids and my siblings kids all gather in Cascade, MD and make another image in this series. For the last two years, there has been exactly one day in the year when each of the cousins and I have been available to make the photo.
This year was the first time I actually appeared in the photo (thank you Josie for making that suggestion). It’s been one of my favorite projects to work on – a way to mark time, a visible record of our family, a collaboration between these great kids and me.
My longtime quest to preserve photographs is directly linked to the value I see in documents like this. These photos are incredibly meaningful to me, and I hope that the kids will come to value them as much as I do.
Thanks guys, for making it happen once again this year.
Fotoweek DC is coming up as of this Friday. I’ve pulled out some of the best events along with short descriptions, times, cost, and a link to the registration URL. As you can see, I’m speaking on Sunday morning, presenting my photos and videos from the Hope in South Africa project.
Lots here to enjoy and support.
Sunday Nov 6, 11am – Noon – Peter Krogh presentation of Hope In South Africa – Free
Fotoweek Central 1800 L St. NW
Join photographer Peter Krogh as he discusses his travels to South Africa’s central Karoo region to document the work of a small Maryland-based non-profit. His travels have resulted in a prolific, breathtaking set of images, as well as a short film. The material outlines the challenges that HIV and AIDs presents to this sparsely populated agricultural community, and how those challenges are being addressed through a total community effort.
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For most of the time I was in Mozambique, I was working on a project to teach African photographers how to enter the world marketplace. My typical day looked a lot like this:After a few days locked in a conference room, however, this group of photogaphers had to get out and shoot something. We headed out to a local music festival, celebrating National Heroes Day. This elderly gentleman was being escorted down the street. He was trying to tell me something, but unfortunately my Portuguese is pretty thin.
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Here it is on a map.
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This panorama was shot on the N1 outside Richmond, South Africa in the heart of the Karoo. I used a 14 mm lens on a D700, which really accentuated the beauty of the storm clouds moving in. I’ve prepared this file using the export tools in Lightroom, the panorama stitching in Photoshop CS5, and the Zoomify export command in CS5.
Clicking on the link will take you to a new page that has the Zoomify embedded.
The clouds in this image are amazing when you zoom in.
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Here’s one of my favorite images from my project in South Africa. Hope in South Africa set up a brai (that’s a barbecue for you Americans) at the community center. Because of recent rains, many of the kids did not come down from the squatter camps. So they loaded up the food into some cars and took it up to the camp. As you can see, it was a big hit.
And, no, the dog did not get that sausage he was eyeing, but it was close.
See it in Google maps.
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Editor’s Note: This post was created more than a year ago, and was lost to a blog hack. Thanks to John Beardsworth for helping to sort out the hack, as well as a more recent one that we’ve been battling for the last month of so. The recent July 4th holiday has prompted me to bring it back out.
Every now and then, I get to work on a project that I’m really proud of – something that is really important. I consider the virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial to be one of the best. I was commissioned by Footnote.com to make a digital representation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. They wanted to provide a way for everyone to experience the power of the wall, regardless of their ability to travel to Washington. And they wanted to let visitors leave behind comments and photos, in the same way visitors do at the real wall.
When you click on the name of any person on the wall, you get some information about that person, age, hometown, rank, cause of death. You also get the opportunity to upload comments or photos to the record of that person. In this way the wall becomes more than just a list of 58,000 names – it becomes a record of 58,000 individuals. The tragedy of war, and the depth of the sacrifice of the individual soldier is made all the more real when you see the comments of family, friends, and comrades left behind.
Tips on navigating the site and more on the project after the jump.
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