Thursday, November 12, 2009

The More Things Change...

Years ago, W. Eugene Smith did a photo essay at a place in Japan called Minimata, the most famous photo of which is this one. For his efforts taking those photos, Smith was beaten to a pulp by company goons, the end result being his incapacitation and death.

Seeing photos of what The Big Picture is calling "Kazakhstan's radioactive legacy" reminds me of Minimata in so many ways, although without the goons, thank goodness.The shots are a horrible reminder of what we do to each other in so many incredible ways. That said, though, the shots are even more a reminder of the beauty of humanity and the great things we do for each other.

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