Thursday, 6 December 2007
Chertez Sadiqov is sheep farmer in Azerbaijan.
Farugot Holmuradova sells clothes in a bazaar in Tajikistan.
Dominic Lushinde runs a beef butchery in Tanzania.
Mabinty Koroma is married to a subsistence farmer in Sierra Leone.
Entrepreneurs in the developing world often lack a credit record or the collateral required for a loan.
Kiva: Loans That Change Lives - http://www.kiva.org/ is a website which connects people willing to lend small sums of money to entrepreneurs in developing countries who would otherwise find it difficult to raise the funds.
The Human Marvels: Vindicating Those Once Labelled as Freaks.
A gallery of eccentrics through history.
'From an exhibition held last year at Bryn Mawr College, the Picturing Women website was established to display sketches, cartoons, photographs and rare book illustrations of women through history. '
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
'In the late 19th century, the Impressionists defied academic tradition in French art with their emphasis on modern subjects, sketchlike technique, and practice of painting in the open air with pure, high-keyed color...'
Illuminated Manuscripts of the Himalayas.
Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.
'Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, a short novel collection of ancient Chinese including 431 short ones, depicted series of stories of spirit figures such as beautiful and kind-hearted ghosts who change into human shape and marry the poor young scholor to repay his former favor and greedy toists who do every evil things they can to gain their purpose or other spirits based on forklores and legendary stories...'
Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine.
'In 1923, J.C. Henneberger began Weird Tales--The Unique Magazine. Throughout its 30-year history, the obscure pulp published some of the most outré fiction ever issued. The stories were odd, macabre, and completely unique. Weird Tales existed in a void, and the stories published therein reached pinnacles of strangeness never equalled. '
With a nice little gallery of graffiti from around the world.
In Pictures: Maasai Initiation Ceremony.
'Tanzania's Maasai males become men through the elaborate ritual of the Eunoto ceremony, held just once every 15 years...'
Gibbous Europa (Moon of Jupiter).
Mars in View.
Aristarchus Plateau (on the Moon).
1/ Make 4 out of 2,5,6 and 8.
2/ Make 40 out of 4,6,8 and 8.
The Lost Border: Photographs of the Iron Curtain.
'This set is simply a collection of all my night shots, gathered together here for those who might only want to see my nocturnal photographic efforts.'
'The Adivasis (literally meaning original dwellers) are the indigenous people of India who maintained the early lifestyles of mankind till the 19th century. They are also referred to as "Vanavasis" (meaning forest dwellers), "Girijans" (meaning people of the mountain), and "Mulavasis"...'
India and the African Connection.
American Experience: The Presidents.
Streamliners: America's Lost Trains.
'On the morning of May 26, 1934, a shimmering silver locomotive pulled out of Denver's Union Station bound for Chicago. The Zephyr was unlike any train seen before. Known as a streamliner for its long, sleek look and powered by a revolutionary compact diesel engine, it would cover 1,015 miles in a record 15 hours. By the 1940s, fleets of streamliners crisscrossed the country, making the U.S. passenger rail system the envy of the world...'
Maps based on the travel time between cities, rather than distance between cities. Nice little Flash animation that lets you choose one of several cities as a hub.
Glaswegian Photo Archive.
'This is the online edition of the Glaswegians Photo Archive. You will find a selection of images from 30,000 photographs taken between 1989 and 1992.'
Definition of 'Glaswegian' in Scots - http://sco.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaswegian 'Glaswegian is a term for sambodie or samthin that hails frae Glesgae...'
Varroa Destructor - Parasite on Bumblebee.
Trithemus Kirbyi (Dragonfly).
Kali on the Battlefield.
A Jersey City Family, 1895.