‘Where there is no struggle there is no progress’ Frederick Douglass

Great BBC Radio 4 repeat of an ‘In our Time’ programme about Frederick Douglass an astonishing man, born a slave in the USA in 1817. Self educated, self made, companion to Abraham Lincoln, what is covered in this programme shows us the historical background to BLM, and thus shows us that when Michelle Obama stated, ‘When they go low, you go high’, this appeal has a long history. Respect due. Entrepreneur, orator, statesman, part of British and US history, how can this man not be a role model to all?… Read More ‘Where there is no struggle there is no progress’ Frederick Douglass

Living bridges and supper from sewage: can ancient fixes save our crisis-torn world?

An interesting take on the problematic influence of the purity of conservationism and the impurity of development. From underground aqueducts to tree-bridges and fish that love sewage, indigenous customs could save the planet – but are under threat. Landscape architect Julia Watson shares her ‘lo-TEK’ vision… Read More Living bridges and supper from sewage: can ancient fixes save our crisis-torn world?

Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump – Art as Research

This is a great use of photography as research. Of particular interest is the power of the snapshot, the image we take without thinking, rather than the ‘artistic’ image we make through a deliberate act with a clear aesthetic, political or personal intention. Posting, showing or sharing a snapshot, however, is deliberate and gives us insight into the photographer as much as the thing being photographed.… Read More Fairytale Prisoner by Choice: The Photographic Eye of Melania Trump – Art as Research