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thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Students,

Here is a good series of pictures to draw. Spend about 15 minutes on each drawing. Start with non-photo blue and then pick any pony you like to take you the rest of the way.

Sincerely

Professor Lynda B.

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Wayne Lawrence

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Although New York’s Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America out of which many subcultures originated, such as Hip Hop and Salsa, it’s still viewed as a no man’s land by many of the city’s inhabitants. Perhaps it is a matter of simple geography that many refuse to venture to the northernmost of the city’s five boroughs or, quite possibly, it may be the Borough’s malevolent reputation lingering from its tumultuous past.

From its earliest years, the Bronx has been a hotbed of immigrant working class families, but its image has largely been defined by the urban blight of the late 1960’s through to the 1980’s when arson, drug addiction and social neglect decimated many of its neighborhoods. For the families who have called this scarred landscape home, Orchard Beach, the only beach in the borough, was and remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle. Built in the 1930s by urban planner Robert Moses, the beach carries the stigma as being one of the worst in New York and is commonly known as Horseshit Beach or Chocha Beach.

I began shooting portraits of Orchard Beach’s summertime regulars in 2005 shortly after moving to New York, realizing that the stigma attached to this oasis was largely unjustified - I felt compelled to engage with this community of working class families and colorful characters. The photographs in ‘Orchard Beach – The Bronx Riviera’ celebrate the pride and dignity of the beach’s visitors, working-class people.

Immediately catching the viewer’s eye is the extravagant style of many of the photographs’ subjects – a quest for identity and sense of belonging. Some individuals carry scars and markings that hint to their own personal histories, which often reflect the complex history of the borough itself. Within the gaze of those portrayed we see a community standing in defiance of popular opinion.

The six years I spent photographing Orchard Beach have not only given me the time and space to reflect on the importance of family and community, but also a sense of belonging and purpose. After having experienced the most profound grief when my older brother was brutally murdered, photography has not only offered me an opportunity to give a voice to a community often misunderstood but also a means of healing from the loss experienced.

— Wayne Lawrence / INSTITUTE

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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

Reblogged from Neil Gaiman
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Start ignoring people who threaten your joy.
Literally, ignore them.
Say nothing.
Don’t invite any parts of them into your space.

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saltystockings:

That would be me playing at Chani’s house concert. I didn’t intend to, but I’m super glad I was convinced. Thanks Chani for the photo and for lending your house out to David Craft, Tashi, Fox Cat Rabbit, and whoever else felt the urge to get up on that stage. So much love. <3

Reblogged from Xanthea
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Reblogged from We Are The Media
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helloimtarnah:

saltystockings:

PERTH KIDS!

I organised this. You should come. It will be swell. 

Here’s the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/334642320022022

<3 <3 <3

Can’t wait for this.

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saltystockings:

Sister statues in the city. <3

aw.

Reblogged from Xanthea
A QUOTE

if you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow that person to be your friend?