Quirky stories seem to find us lately. Keith shot a pretty interesting piece for the Wall Street Journal on real estate for the afterlife. With Grecian columns and leaded-glass windows imported from Poland, Arthur Allan’s future New York home is a welcoming and luxurious space. But he doesn’t want to move in anytime soon—it is his private mausoleum.
Shiho’s Pulitzer Center sponsored multimedia project on the employment crisis in Japan continues to get play. Business Week published a 6-page photo spread on the internet cafe refugees.
With generous grant from Pulitzer Center, I have been reporting on employment crisis in Japan. A part of resulting work about temp workers living in internet cafe was published recently in Le Monde Magazine in France.
Internet cafes have been around in Japan for over a decade, but around the mid 2000s, a new type of internet cafe where people also use as the accommodations sprang up and people started living there. More than one in three people are employed as temp workers with little benefits or job security in Japan today, and about 2,700 of them live in internet cafes because they cannot afford to live in an apartment. It took me 3 years to gain access to one internet cafe where I followed two people. A glimpse of their lives in bath-tab size privacy can be viewed here.
I got to spend a couple of days with the CEO of Silvercorp Metals as he took analyst from the States and Canada to the company’s mines in China’s Henan province. Silver Corp CEO Myles Gao says the company was targeted by short-sellers’ allegations of wrongdoing and is trying to force the anonymous accusers to come forward.
Myles Gao seems to be working hard to dispel this notion by opening his mine to foreign visitors to see what it’s like to dig for and process the ore into silver. It got to see a bit of how it’s done in a whirlwind tour that took me to the bottom of one mine and into the heat of one of the company’s partner smelters. Not bad for two days mostly spent in a car going from place to place.
We spent a few days in Mongolia recently for a New York Times travel story on the grasslands in the off season. Usually by late August most of the nomads have moved to their winter locations but with an unusually warm fall more residents are putting off the move in an effort to make up for the losses from the previous winter which saw record colds and the loss of countless live stock.
With more nomadic horseman selling their herds, packing it in, and moving to the city(nearly have the country’s population now lives in the capital Ulaanbaatar) , the open country side seems even more open.
To say that light is the photographers best friend is an understatement. Usually I am a big fan of warm light usually found in the early morning hours as the sun comes up or in the late evening as it goes down. If I could shoot between the hours of 4:30AM and 7:00AM or 5:00PM to 7:00PM I would be a happy camper with images touched by golden hour light. Since I don’t live in that world I make do with the light that’s provided or the light I make on my own. I shot the GQ Men of the Year in China the other night and while the light was challenging, their lighting designer made use of interesting gels for lovely blues and reds making for some pretty interesting color. Since my client wanted something shot more “journlisticly”, they were more than happy to let me shoot available light with slow shutter speed to play with the light on hand. If only everyone had this much to play with I might rethink my early morning/evening sunlight infatuation.