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From Richmond to West Virginia and back again

Posted in Photography, Politics, Richmond with tags on September 27, 2017 by kozmicdogz

On our recent trip from Richmond Va to West Virginia we did not see any confederate flags, or pumper stickers, signs or any other tributes to the current president.

I thought maybe the tide was turning,
but that is yet to be determined.

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Just to be clear…

Posted in Politics, Richmond, Writers & Writing with tags on February 3, 2017 by kozmicdogz

Ok, just to be clear you cannot believe anything that the current administration says.

If you even think for a second, “that doesn’t sound so bad” go back to sleep or smack yourself awake and stand up.

They are liars and will do anything for money.

Greed is their god,

power is their game.

#resist

The Flag is coming down…

Posted in Politics, Writers & Writing with tags , , on January 19, 2017 by kozmicdogz

I am a flag guy. We had a flag pole in the front yard for as long as I can remember. My father was a WWII veteran spending almost 4 years in Australia and New Guinea. We flew the flag at holidays. We flew the flag for birthdays. we flew the flag for visitors. We flew the flag every chance we got.

We followed the rules. We didn’t let it touch the ground and my father taught us how to fold it properly into a triangle. I flew the flag for a full year after the attack on 9/11.

The United States flag is a strong symbol of this country. It has not always been a popular symbol for everyone and has represented some pretty awful things over the course of its history. But I see it as a symbol for all of the people of this country and I claim this flag as mine too.

This past election day I put the flag up at my house. My intention was just to fly it that one day, but because of the outcome of the election and I have flown it 24×7 since. I will be taking it down sometime tonight January 19th, the last day of President Obama’s second term.

It will remain in the closet for the next 4 years.

Although I may not be able to stand it and I may fly it once a year on June 14th, for Flag Day.

August 9, 1945 – Nagasaki

Posted in Photography, Politics, Science with tags , , on August 9, 2016 by kozmicdogz

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Seventy one years ago today (August 9, 2016) the United States released the second atomic bomb on Japan, on the city of Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II. The Japanese surrender was signed on September 2, 1945 on the battleship USS Missouri.

World War II was always a part of my childhood. My father was in World War II as were most of the fathers of kids I knew. The War has colored many things in the politics and directions our country has taken for many years and still does. I remember the time when I realized that my youngest daughter was further away from the end of the Vietnam War than I was from the end of WWII. Something that seemed way in the past. Ancient history.

Mushroom cloud photo by Charles Levy taken from one of the B-29 Superfortresses used in the attack.

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Posted in Art, Photography, Politics, Writers & Writing with tags , , , on July 27, 2016 by kozmicdogz

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Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott is a new photography exhibit at the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts). It runs from July 23rd to October 30th, 2016.

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was an African American photographer for Life Magazine and also the well know author of the book The Learning Tree which he turned into a film in 1969.

This exhibit is from a photo essay Parks photographed in the early 50s when he traveled back to his home town of Fort Scott, Kansas to photograph his old classmates and friends. His project also took him to Chicago, Columbus, and Kansas City seeking his old friends. Although the essay never made it into Life Magazine as scheduled for April 1951, it is here in Richmond, Va along with many of the Life Magazine articles and photographs by Parks.

This is a great companion show to the exhibit Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic which runs through September 6.

For a few more images from Back to Fort Scott, click.

Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs

Posted in Art, Photography, Politics with tags , , on November 10, 2015 by kozmicdogz

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Robert Hodierne, Private Woods, 1967 ( digital print, 2015) –   © Robert Hodierne

Amazing show of photographs by journalist and University of Richmond professor, Robert Hodierne. Over 40 photographs taken between 1967 and 1970 in Vietnam.

The show runs from September 17, 2015 through January 26, 2015. It is at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. Sunday through Friday 1pm to 5pm at the University of Richmond.

From the gallery website.

While his photographs have been published in many of the world’s major print publications and continue to be published in books and used in documentaries about the war, most of the images in this exhibition have never been published. The photographs reflect his concern for the ordinary soldier as seen in their faces, faces that have the same haunted look you see on the faces from all the wars that have been photographed. The majority of his work was in black and white, although the exhibition includes one battle he photographed in color.

Artist’s Gallery Talk, Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature
Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day), 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Robert Hodierne, Associate Professor of Journalism, and Chair, Department of Journalism, University of Richmond

Happy Labor Day 2015

Posted in Politics with tags , on September 7, 2015 by kozmicdogz

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From the governments official site on the History of Labor Day.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day is also the traditional last day of summer. Pools are open for the last day today and school starts tomorrow. Before you know it, it will be Halloween!

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