Above, misleadingly beautiful and absolutely gut-wrenching photos from photojournalist J Henry Fair’s book, the day after tomorrow: images of our earth in crisis. Henry takes photos of areas in environmental crisis around the world, to show how industry and the consumer affect the planet.
Fair captures spellbinding vistas of pools of toxic hog waste, streams of paper mill runoff, and the remains of hollowed-out mountains. These environmental abstractions lure the viewer in with unique asymmetrical shapes and striking colors; however, fascination quickly turns to horror, as the viewer realizes what lurks beneath the surface of the image.
At TEDxBerlin, Henry gave an annotated tour of his work, explaining how his photographs show the “hidden costs” to the things we buy — things like toilet paper, hairspray, gasoline, even power for our homes. Watch his whole talk here.
Thanks to awkwardsituationist for originally posting these photos, which include depictions of areas near paper towel, printer paper, and aluminum manufacturers — the details of whichyou can find here.
Astrophotographer John Chumack took this photo of the Orion Nebula, M42 (NGC 1976) and De Mairan’s Nebula M43 on Sept. 22 from his observatories in Yellow Springs Research Station in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
This is Jonathan Ferrell. He was in a car accident at 2:30 in the morning on Saturday. It was pretty bad, he was forced to climb out of the back window of his car to get out. He ran to the nearest home and knocked on the door. The woman who owned the home called the police. The police arrived and saw Jonathan nearby. Jonathan ran to them, unarmed. He was probably so happy to see someone that could help him. The police shot and killed him after they tazed him.
Jonathan was 24-years-old and a football player at Florida A&M University. He had just gotten engaged. His friends described him as a loving, peaceful man with a bright future.
The cop who shot him has now had voluntary manslaughter. We have to make sure that the cop, Randall Kerrick, does not get away with this. In most cases like this, the cop gets no jail time and no sentence, and in many cases, they’re let back onto the force afterwards.
Jonathan was a good man with a clean record. He wasn’t known as being aggressive or violent. This should not have happened.