Connecting Across the Rio Grand

When I woke up yesterday morning, there was an email from a blogging friend (Kathie chosenperspectives) in my inbox. She shared the link to an article about a Canadian artist who had created a light installation that opens a 2-way audio connection that allows people to talk across the Mexico-US border.

The article was SO moving. I wish I could copy the it all here but at least I can give you the links.

Article: The article includes an interview, a video and photos

Video of a woman and child talking: . (It is a 2 minutes 20 second video. If it opens up to the end of the talk, just move the bar at the bottom back to the beginning. I imagine it is doing that on my laptop because I have listened to it before.)

What a great way it was to start my day.

Social Commentary by JR, Street Artist

Each week CREDO Mobile sends its customers Action Headlines for the week. This morning there was a link to  CREDO’s Facebook Page where they had posted a photo of artwork by a street artist known as JR. This art is being installed on the Mexican side of the US Border wall. I think the photo speaks for itself and there is no need for me to say more.

You can learn more about JR’s artwork here.

Photography 101: Landmark


When I read the Photography 101 assignment for today I knew exactly what landmark I would use.  This statue is called the Fremont Troll and is located in Seattle under the Aurora Avenue bridge.

Wikipedia states that prior to the troll moving in, the area was a dumping ground for trash and a haven for drug dealers.  The statue was made in 1990 by four local artists: Steve Badanes, Will Martin, Donna Walter, and Ross Whitehead.  The street it is on was renamed Troll Avenue in 2005.

The troll is 18 feet high and weighs 13,000 pounds.  You can get a sense of its size not only by seeing it in relation to the people in the photos, but also by knowing that the troll is clutching a real Volkswagen Beetle!

I really appreciated my time with the troll today.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.