Odds and ends

Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons from Jenn Ackerman on Vimeo.

This via Mind Hacks. If you go to Jenn Ackermann’s project page you can see related interview material and photographs. It’s awesome. She also has a blog which has some interesting insights into her work.

Through the sidebar I find a link to a multimedia presentation about oil in Nigeria’s Niger Delta based on a book – Curse of the Black Gold, from there to Talking Eyes Media.

I love Jenn Ackerman’s powerful combination of still and moving images together with audio. It reminds me of an award-winning woman photographer I came across a year or so ago who was documenting crack addicts in, I think, New York by putting audio of interviews together with slide-shows of incredibly intimate black and white images. I failed to make a note of who she was and where I found the work and have never been able to find it again. Most annoying. It had taken her months of living in the community and gaining trust to get the material and it showed.

Whilst (again, fruitlessly) searching for it I found another interesting-looking photography-related blog – (Notes on) Politics, Theory & Photography. Reading the archives and cruising through his blogroll should keep me occupied for quite some time. Although I like a nice flower picture as much as the next person (perhaps excessively so) it’s the socially-engaged and innovative which really gets me going. I wish I could make things like that. I also wish I could clean the house or tidy my room or sort out the garden or cook a meal and those are probably of more pressing need.


Still feebly, enfuriousmakingly fragile. But better than previously, which is good.