In the wake of China’s rapid industrialization, many young people are moving to the city for greater opportunities, or as migrant workers to support their families back home. This phenomenon has created a generation of elderly and very young children who are left behind to live their lives in rural Chinese villages. Seen through the eyes of the Huang family, ‘Left Behind’ explores how globalization and the exodus of young people to the city for work affects the families they have left behind. The story exposes life and death experiences and the day-to-day struggles of the Huang family and asks the question: what does it mean to be left behind?
China is a country of haves and have-nots. In the city, people have access to good heath care in good facilities, but in the rural countryside, people have to scrape together what they can to pay-as-you-go for the most basic of services or, at times, lack-luster hospital care. As China continues to industrialize, this gap is widening and more and more people are being left behind in rural villages as their relatives move to the city. This coupled with the overall poorer state of health in rural China is contributing to a growing problem for the health of China’s very young and very elderly rural citizens.
This is an ongoing photojournalistic meditation on the state of health in the rural and suburban communities of China. The state of healthcare in China’s hospitals, clinics, Chinese traditional medical shops, shaman tents, etc. is reflected onto society, in homes, on the streets and on the faces of those looking for care. In the second largest economic power, why does the rural countryside look like the third world? Who are the faces of rural China’s ever changing health care landscape?Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism2014
Three years ago, Stanton Elementary was the 2nd worst performing school in the District of Columbia. To remedy the problem, a very large majority of the staff was fired and replaced with new enthusiastic teachers who have worked to get the students up to grade level and turn the school around. It has been thus deemed a “Turn Around School” and has been a testing ground for the DC Scholars program, a program that is running in both DC and Philadelphia. During my time at the school, I have found that the teachers are committed and invested in their students and that the students are bright and have a great deal of potential. It is not only the school that is changing, it is the surrounding community.Digital Photography, Photography, Photojournalism2013
When the Great East Japan Earthquake brought a tsunami to the shores of the Ishinomaki in the Miyagi Prefecture, it threatened to wipe out the small village of Hamaguri-hama all together. However, Kameyama Sensei, a resident of the village, has refused to let the small village die, despite the lose of his family, neighbors and home. Now, the small cove of Hamaguri-hama is being transformed into a paradise retreat and stands as a reminder of the greatness of the human spirit and our ability to survive and thrive after great tragedy.
http://hamagurihama.com/cafe/Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism2014
My name is Clary Estes and I was born and raised in Central Kentucky. I recently moved from DC to Japan as part of my career in photojournalism. I have found that experiences throughout my life have informed and influenced my work in ways that I have not always realized. Recently, I have been interested in better understanding my personal identity as I continue to grow both as a journalist and as a photographer.
‘Home’ is defined by Merriam-Webster as, ‘one’s place of residence’. However, after living in a city that is hundreds of miles from the people I love and the places in which I feel most comfortable, it was not hard to find that ‘home’ is much, much more than that. Therefore, during the brief asides back home, I have gone in search of what my ‘home’ really is. I then found myself looking at the pieces of a life I once lived, and that I continue to recall in my memory.Photography2014
Tokyo is a lonely city and when looking for one's self in the city, you must also look to others. In this city of 13.23 million, there are places of constant chaos, but there are also places of great quite. These can be found in the quite residential streets that surround the city, or the high rises that look over the landscape, or even the stained love hotels of Shinjuku. In Tokyo, you can be as alone or as accompanied as you want.
This project was done under Antoine d'Agata at the Tokyo Magnum 2014 Workshop. As Antoine said,“It's not how a photographer looks at the world that is important. It's their intimate relationship with it.” This was an incredibly painful project to do and while I do not consider it a success, I believe that I am a better photographer for making it. I believe that this photo series is a start to a whole new chapter in my photography.Digital Photography, Fine Arts, Photography2014
I have always loved cemeteries, ever since I was a little girl; I would walk around them and enjoy the utter quiet that lays in the air. My father used to call them the 'Cities of the dead' and I have always loved that description. So it made sense when I saw the large cemetery, the size of a small town, in the Yagoto neighborhood of Nagoya, Japan. I quickly started photographing and exploring this place and the ashes within it. This project is about my musing in and around the cemetery and my understanding of how death is perceived in Asia.Film, Journalism, Photography2014
I don't know if this project even has a point yet.Film, Photography, Photojournalism2014
Wayne Estes is a central Kentucky man that has been making longriffle muzzleloaders, also known as flintlock muzzleloaders, for over 20 years. The Kentucky long riffle muzzleloader has a long tradition of production and though the tradition is quickly dying out, there are still a number of avid and committed craftsmen in Kentucky the preserve the tradition today. As a native Kentuckian, gunsmithing means more to Wayne Estes than simple weapons production; it is his art and a way for him to communicate with his cultural history and personal identity, as well as a way for him to leave something for future generations to remember their cultural heritage in years to come.
A muzzleloader is any firearm into which the projectile and usually the propellant charge is loaded from the muzzle of the gun (i.e. from the forward, open end of the gun's barrel). This is distinct from the more popular modern (higher tech and harder to make) designs of breech-loading firearms. The term "muzzleloader" may also apply to the marksman who specializes in the shooting of ML Firearms. The term of art is not meant to connote anything about whether the weapon's barrel had received the further machining step of rifling the barrel, so there are two broad classifications: rifled muzzleloaders and smooth bore muzzleloaders. The firing methods, paraphernalia and mechanism further divide both categories as do caliber (From cannons to tiny caliber palm guns).
Modern muzzleloading firearms range from reproductions of sidelock, flintlock and percussion long guns, to in-line rifles that use modern inventions such as a closed breech, sealed primer and fast rifling to allow for considerable accuracy at long ranges. Mortars are muzzle loaded and are a type of short-range artillery.Film, Journalism, Photojournalism2014
In a rapidly vacating city, street art makes Baltimore beautiful.
This video takes a look at the street art scene in Baltimore, both legal and illegal (tangentially touching upon the graffiti scene as well.) It talks about an ever more desolate landscape and how street artists are using that as their canvas. Some street artists they talk to create and post up silkscreened posters promoting May Day protests and introspectively talk about how using a spray can to convey information and get their message out would be dismissed as vandalism but by pasting up posters they find it to be a more successful medium.
The video goes on to talk about Open Walls Baltimore, a major public art project that has invited some major names from the street art world to paint murals in the city. Gaia, the organizer of the project is featured in an interview and both he and others talk about the double-edged sword of how the public art may both beautify and gentrify a neighborhood and the benefits and dangers that may have on a community.
Credits: Clary Estes, Gabe Dinsmoor, and Alice Richardson filmed, directed and produced. Clary Estes edited the video. Street artists Nether, an artist that wished to remain unnamed, and Gaia participated in the making of this documentary. The music was composed by 6th Sense.Directing, Journalism, Photojournalism2014
Charlotte Dumas travels the world making evocative formal portraits of animals. She typically works in series, portraying animals characterized by their utility, social function, or by the way they relate to people. Anima, her first one-person museum exhibition in the United States, features a newly commissioned series of portraits centered on the majestic burial horses of Arlington National Cemetery. The exhibition also includes three earlier bodies of work that explore the inner lives of animals. Reverie (2005) depicts gray wolves, alone and in packs, in forested nature preserves in Sweden, Norway, and the United States. Palermo 7 (2006) is a series of close-up portraits showing racehorses, their heads tethered in place, in their hippodrome stalls in Italy and France. Heart Shaped Hole (2008) depicts stray dogs, adapting in different ways to the privation they experience on the streets of Palermo.
Her work will be shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, July 14 - October 28, 2012.
The video was produced by Corcoran College of Art and Design students:
Becky HarlanFilm, Journalism, Photojournalism2014
Kevin Howard is an old time banjo player in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky. He talks about what the banjo means to him and what the banjo says about the place he grew up. In addition, Kevin performs "Wild Bill Jones" on his 100+ year old banjo.
The banjo is a four or five stringed instrument with a piece of plastic or animal skin stretched over a circular frame. Simpler forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in Colonial America, adapted from several African instruments of similar design.
The banjo is usually associated with country, folk, Irish traditional music and bluegrass music. Historically, the banjo occupied a central place in African American traditional music, before becoming popular in the minstrel shows of the 19th century. In fact, slaves influenced early development of the music that became country and bluegrass, through the introduction of the banjo and through the innovation of musical techniques for both the banjo and fiddle.The banjo, with the fiddle, is a mainstay of American old-time music.
Journalism, Music, Photojournalism2014
I discuss the issue of domestic abuse in Eastern Kentucky and what is being done to help those who are trying to get away from abusive situations.
Lois Valentine and Phillis Barker talk about the issue and what their organizations, LKLP and Letcher County CARES, are doing to help women in need.
Music by Father Sleep, Kurt Vile, and Brett Ratliff.
For more information on the LKLP safehouse visit: www.lklp.org/Programs/DomesticV…en-US/Default.aspx
For more information on Letcher County CARES visit: letchercountycares.org/Directing, Journalism, Writing2014
In the coal filled mountains of Eastern Kentucky, a young girl drives down a steep road and, in a brief moment, unexpectedly learns about interconnectivity of life and death and her connection to the Appalachian Mountains, which she has come to love so dearly.Performing Arts, Sound Design, Writing2014
Partnering with photographers, Uliana Bazar, Gabe Dinsmoor, Dakota Fina, Whitney Leaming, Reyna Levine and Rachel Lincoln, under the supervision of photography editor, Toren Beasley, we created a photography book that captured the life and spirit of Washington DC.Advertising, Digital Photography, Journalism2014