The Salt of the Earth


Another great recommendation from the Skokie Public Library’s Fall Movie Challenge, The Salt of the Earth introduced me to the photographer Sebastião Salgado, who traveled the world capturing beautiful images of cultures in every corner of the world.

The beginning covers Salgado’s early life when he left economics and became a photographer, a risky career change for a married man with a young son. His photos are breathtaking and his books show events like the famine in Ethiopia and the war in Bosnia. This Wim Wenders film, contains lots of Salgado’s images as well as his observations.

The last third of the film presents Salgado’s efforts to take his father’s drought-ridden farm and restore it to a forest. The land was parched and most plants and trees had died from poor management. Salgado’s wife, Leila suggested they return the land to how it had been before the farm existed. As wild an idea as that was, knowing little about forestry, the pair began to plant trees. Decades later it’s a rain forest with waterfalls and creeks. This land had looked like Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. Astounding.

All in all, The Salt of the Earth is a change of pace. There were times when I couldn’t take much more of the photos of famine victims, but there’s plenty of captivating photos that aren’t of such dire situations. So I do recommend The Salt of the Earth.

Sepia Saturday

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This week’s image inspired me to scour the Library of Congress’ collections for photos of photographers. Here are more photos of photographers.

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Source: Library of Congress, 1909

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Source: Library of Congress, 1905

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Traveling Photographer, 1934, Library of Congress

Sepia Saturday

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Ghost images

Ghost images

This week’s prompt urges bloggers to delveinto the eerie realm of ghost images. In the Victorian and Edwardian eras people believed these ghosts that appeared in photos were spirits. Even though most were double exposures or such errors, they still give me the willies.

Travel Theme: Orange

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok, Thailand

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Kaifeng, China

This week Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack? challenges bloggers to post photos emphasizing orange, that bright, bold, happy color. Here’s what you do:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

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1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

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Taken on April 20, 2013 and yes, that’s snow.

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Yes, that’s snow on the ground on April 20th, 2013

One of many kite shops in Weifang

One of many kite shops in Weifang

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Orange

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In honor of Halloween

How It Works?

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