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“Tourist, shame on you”: Disaster tourism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

By Lisa Wade PhD

When tourists returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, there was a new site to see: disaster.  Suddenly — in addition to going on a Ghost Tour, visiting the Backstreet Cultural Museum, and lunching at Dooky Chase’s — one could see the devastation heaped upon the Lower Ninth Ward.  Buses full of strangers with cameras were rumbling through the neighborhood as it tried to get back on its feet.

Reader Kiara C. sent along a photograph of a homemade sign propped up in the Lower Ninth, shaming visitors for what sociologists call “disaster tourism,” a practice that is criticized for objectifying the suffering of others. It read:

TOURIST
Shame On You
Driving BY without stopping
Paying to see my pain
1,600+ DIED HERE

Disaster tourism is criticized for objectifying the suffering of others.  Imagine having lost loved ones and seen your house nearly destroyed. After a year out of town, you’re in your nastiest clothes, mucking sludge out of your house, fearful that the money will run out before you can get the house — the house your grandmother bought and passed down to you through your mother — put back together.

Imagine that — as you push a wheelbarrow out into the sunlight, blink as you adjust to the brightness, and push your hair off your forehead, leaving a smudge of toxic mud — a bus full of cameras flash at you, taking photographs of your trauma, effort, and fear.  And then they take that photo back to their cozy, dry home and show it to their friends, who ooh and aah about how cool it was that they got to see the aftermath of the flood.

The person who made this sign… this is what they may have been feeling.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Cooking Cinemagraphs by Dasha & Olya

Moscow-based friends, photographer Daria Khoroshavina (Dasha) and prop and food styler Olga Kolesnikova (Olya) partnered up to create mouth-watering cinemagraphs. Titled, Kitchen Ghosts, so far the pair has produced stunning and delicious animations of them preparing French toast, breakfast, a pear and walnut strudel, and a pasta dish with chicken and honey orange sauce. Their mission is to make food photography beautiful, appetizing and exciting.

To find out what they’re cooking next, visit Kitchen Ghosts!

PUMPKIN SAUCE

A USE FOR THE GOURD THAT ISN’T DESSERT. (whaaaaat?!)

BY POPULAR DEMAND, HERE’S SOME DELICIOUS BULLSHIT YOU CAN MAKE WITH PUMPKIN PUREE, THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE PIES OR PIE-FLAVORED THINGS.

VERY PUMPKIN-Y, YES, BUT THIS BITCH-ASS MOTHERFUCKER AIN’T GOT TIME FOR YOUR OVERUSED NUTMEG OR CINNAMON, IT HAS BIGGER FISH TO FRY!

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i just absolutely love the concept that harry and louis are two young, beautiful, virile millionaires and they spend a seriously decent chunk of their free time buying clothes for stuffed animals, dressing two rainbow plush bears, collecting props, researching gay history, and photographing rainbow bondage bear and sugarbear in elaborate sets.

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Props and Themes

Working with inexperienced models can sometimes be a challenge. You need them to be comfortable and you need natural, compelling expressions.

One way to help is to add props, costumes, and themes to the shoot. It gives them a thing to focus on. If they don’t know what to do with their hands, give them something to hold. Or give them a character to hide in. It can give them a sense of confidence and loosen up their imagination.

Photos by Froggie

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Dad Spends $1500 On 3-Year-Old’s Halloween Costume; Recreates Scenes From New Wonder Woman Movie

Josh Rossi’s three-year-old daughter Nellee is going to be the coolest girl in pre-school this Halloween! Rossi, who is a photographer and digital artist, spent $1500 on a hand made leather costume and props to create the ultimate Wonder Woman photo shoot, according to Fulltime Photographer.

SUBMISSION:

Justin Poulsen is a conceptual photographer who specializes in building physical props – rather than relying solely on digital wizardry – to make ideas come to life.

To demonstrate this, Justin created “thumb” drives loaded with his portfolio, allowing potential clients to experience both the tactile and visual quality of his craft. — Credits: Client: Justin Poulsen Agency: Rethink Creative Director: Ian Grais, Chris Staples Art Director: Hans Thiessen Writer: Sean O'Connor Photographer: Justin Poulsen Prop Builder: Justin Poulsen

People have taken pictures of him before. It started when he was a hilariously ugly baby with two beautiful and talented parents and it didn’t stop until Samwell. (“Hi Jack Zimmermann, You’ve been selected for the Samwell Swallow’s 50 Most Beautiful. When would be a convenient time for us to photograph you? You may bring any props you wish.” Upon showing the email to Shitty: “Shitty, NO.” “But Jack…” “SHITTY NO.”)

He’s taken pictures of himself. The hardest assignment to fulfill for photography class was the self-portrait. Jack ended up photographing his reflection on the Plexiglass above the boards. He looked like a ghost.

This is different. Jack consented to this. 

ESPN’s Body Issue. Naked.

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