Monday, December 28, 2009

Goodbye Glacier

If you still believe global warming is not real, watch this short documentary.
in the NY Times, about Bolivia and a glacier that has disappeared in 2009. The time to get into action is now.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Less magazines closing down?

Check out this story about magazine closings, here.
As of December 14, 428 titles have ceased publication in 2009. In 2008, 613 print magazines closed down, compared to 643 in 2007. That may be good news for the print media, but bad news for forests... Actually, there are worse things for forests, like the beef we eat in our hamburgers. The Amazon jungle loses thousands of acres daily to the cattle industry.

Are we running out of magazines and that´s why less of them are closing down? What the story doesn't reveal is the percentage of closures.

Condé Nast Portfolio was one of the magazines to close down in 2009, but Borders in Santa Barbara still had it in the stand as of two weeks ago. For a second, I thought it had been relaunched, before I noticed it was the May 2009 issue. After seven months they hadn't sold the last copy!

Photographer Ryan Lobo, on TED

Ryan's thoughts on photography are moving:
"When I tried to achieve success and recognition, they eluded me.  When I let go of these objectives and worked from a place of compassion and purpose, looking for excellence rather than the results of it, everything arrived on its own, including fulfillment."
"Focus on what´s dignified, courageous and beautiful."
"Sometimes I felt that photographs told a better story than a sensationalist documentary."

Monday, December 7, 2009

John Zerzan, Green Anarchist, and John de Graaf, Time Bandit

 John Zerzan, the Green Anarchist. Photo ©IsaacHernandez

A few months ago we were in Eugene, Oregon, to interview John Zerzan, the Green Anarchist (his website here). Carlos Fresneda, my editor, lets me ask questions during his interviews. I asked Zerzan, jokingly, how do anarchists make love. I thought he would come up with a funny answer to break stereotypes. Unfortunately, he didn't understand my question. Fortunately, Carlos came up with some better questions. You can read his interview, published in El Mundo printed newspaper, in their online version here. I may not always agree with Zerzan's views, but I can say he's a very sweet and thoughtful man.

John de Graaf, National Coordinator for Take Back Your Time. Photo ©IsaacHernandez

Carlos and I went Northwest again for a number of stories. I shared the preliminary portraits in this blog (here). Now you can see Carlos's story, published online by El Mundo here. John is another sweet and thoughtful man. It was really a pleasure meeting him in Seattle and then again at the Bioneers conference. John is a proponent of a 30-hour workweek and happier lives. The people of the US work more than any others in the world: 137 more hours than the Japanese, per year, and 499 more hours than the Germans. According the de Graaf, only four countries in the world don't recognize the right to a paid vacation: Burma, Nepal, the Guyanas and the USA. And only five don't defend the right to maternity leave: Lesotho, Swaziland, Liberia, Papua New Guinea and the USA. Food for thought. You can nib on more of these ideas at the Take Back Your Time website.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Business story on the porn industry

Porn is something that we prefer to pretend that it doesn't exist. It intrigues me. When I had the opportunity to be part of a story on the business of pornography, I asked to be assigned to the story. It turned out to be a rather mundane conversation with Steven Hirsch, Vivid Entertainment Co-Founder, who was named the King of Porn in 2005 by Fortune magazine. It was rather boring. That´s how it works with photojournalism, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Nevertheless, I thought the portraits turned out good. Pablo Pardo did an interesting story for El Mundo here.