Monday, February 26, 2007

Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition

Rock Castle Gorge, Patrick County, Virginia

I'm a few months late adding this entry for any aspiring photographers to enter the competition. It is unfortunate because some of our HS contributors have outstanding shutter skills and would have stood a good chance at making the show. Non the less, the 4th Annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition Exhibition opens Saturday, March 2, on the campus of Appalachian State University and will remain open through June 2. Hopefully, many of you reading this will be able to take in the imagery, be inspired to capture unique views of our mountains and share them with the public in the 2008 competition.

While you are at ASU, wander over from the Mezzanine Gallery to the Main Gallery of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and take in the other exhibit opening on March 2, The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment 1965-2005. From the show's web site: This exhibition is a select retrospective of 40 years of international sociopolitical posters. Themes include dissent, liberation, racism, sexism, human rights, civil rights, environmental and health concerns, AIDS, war, literacy, and tolerance, collectively providing a window to an age of great change. Focusing on the issues of our turbulent times, these posters endeavor to show the social, political, and aesthetic concerns of many cultures in a single exhibition through delineating themes and contrasting political realities. I can see Eric drooling over this one.

1 comment:

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.

Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

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