Κυριακή, 19 Ιανουαρίου 2014

I should bear that in mind


"Are you paralyzed with fear?  That's a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb:  The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. 


Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates the strength of Resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul."

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Σάββατο, 21 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

The strength within













On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts set out on a harrowing path toward Harding High, where -as the first African American to attend the all-white school- she was greeted by a jeering swarm of boys who spat, threw trash, and yelled epithetes at her as she entered the building.
Charlotte Observer photographer Don Sturkey captured the ugly incident on film, and in the days that followed, the searing image appeared not just in the local paper but in newspapers around the world. 
People everywhere were transfixed by the girl in the photograph who stood tall, her five-foot-ten-inch frame towering nobly above the mob that trailed her. There, in black and white, was evidence of the brutality of  racism, a sinister force that had let children to torment another child while adults stood by. While the images display a lot of  evils: prejudice, racism, sexism, inequality, it also captures true strength, determination, courage and inspiration.

Δευτέρα, 17 Ιουνίου 2013

National's Geographic Expedition in Alaska: Valley of 10.000 Smokes/Katmai Bay





Photograph from the National Geographic expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in 1917.




After a massive volcanic eruption at Novarupta in 1912, National Geographic funded several expeditions to the Katmai region from 1915 to 1919. Pictured: Explorers cook dinner over a fumarole, or vent, 1917.




Members of the National Geographic expedition in 1917 use geothermal heat from the fumarole to cook their food. Caption reads: "Fishing the pot out of the cookstove in a contrary wind."






Members of the National Geographic expedition party exploring the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in 1917.






Photograph from the National Geographic expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes in 1917.






The village of Kodiak, Alaska, in 1916, is the departure point for the National Geographic expedition headed to Katmai.






Two explorers attempt to forge the Katmai River in powerful currents, 1916.






Photograph by explorer Robert F. Griggs from a National Geographic expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1917.






Photograph by explorer Robert F. Griggs from a National Geographic expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1917.


Photograph by explorer Robert F. Griggs in 1917. Caption reads: "Taking the temperature of a hot one. Our thermometer read only to 360 centigrade. Not that the steam does not condense for some distance from the vent."




Photograph by explorer Robert F. Griggs of the party's camp on Baked Mountain, Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1919.




Photograph by explorer Robert F. Griggs from a National Geographic expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1919.








Photograph by explorer Robert Griggs from a National Geographic expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1915-1919.







A member of the 1919 National Geographic expedition collects water from a snow melt. Caption reads: "Our drinking pool at the margin of the snow drift."




Heat from the ground melts tunnels through ash-covered snowdrifts, on the 1919 Nat Geo expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.


Group portrait of the 1919 National Geographic expedition before sailing to Katmai: (left to right) Helt, Sayre, Hagelbarger, Kolb, Yori, Griggs, Folsom, Fenner, Allen, Miller, Zies, Hine, Wallace, Basinger, Stone, Henning.




Chemists prepare to collect gas from a fumarole in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1919.





Explorers sort through their camp's wreckage after a storm in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1919.


Photograph from a National Geographic expedition to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, 1917.





An explorer holds up a large piece of pumice that was created by the 1912 volcanic eruption. Caption reads "A chunck [sic] of pumice so light it will float on water."




In 1912, the Katmai Valley was buried in one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century. Nat Geo explorer Robert F. Griggs was among the first to survey the aftermath, and gave the area its name: "Valley of the Ten Thousand Smokes."


Novarupta was the largest volcanic eruption by volume of the century. Its ash cloud rose to an elevation of 20 miles, and the sound of its blast could be heard 750 miles away. The resulting Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is now a national landmark.