Let the irony sink in: when discussing states with the highest amount of average debt per individual, apparently Washington, D.C. residents lead the way. According to a joint graphic put together by visual agency Column Five and global information services company Experian, the average individual debt in Washington, D.C. comes out to $30,444.
Photographer Tom M. Johnson grew up in Lakewood, a suburban town outside of Los Angeles. After many years of traveling and living abroad, the artist now has a different view (as most people do) of his home country and town. He saw the differences, the similarities, and photographed what made his particular town unique in the world. Johnson has recently published a series called Lakewood: Portraits of a Sacred American Suburb. [Read more...]
The wise Abraham Lincoln once said, “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” All over the USA, people are showing their patriotism, celebrating their freedom, and probably eating and drinking way too much! However you celebrate- with family and friends, fireworks, parties, or just enjoying the days off of work, find time to think about what this holiday is about and be grateful for how fortunate you are. If you want to really open your eyes as to how lucky you are, try entering your income into this Global Wealth Calculator. If you make $24,000/year, you are among the top 2% richest people in the world! To see how people all over the US spent their 4th of July, we searched Instagram for this collection of people with true American spirit! [Read more...]
To many people, place names have a special meaning. Take California for example: to a number of people it signifies fun times, warm weather, beautiful nature and movies…. but what does the word ‘California’ actually mean? Grabbing this fascinating new map from Kalimedia, we see that ‘the Golden State’ actually means Land of the Successor, and looking closer we see San Francisco really means ‘Saint Little Frank One.’ The maps is called the Atlas of True Names, and it reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings of familiar places in the US. [Read more...]
America is a young country. Attracting people from all over the world seeking new opportunities and livelihoods. The nation grew rapidly and in its growth built many buildings to accommodate the population and its needs. There were factories for jobs, schools for children, hospitals for care, and theaters for the arts. Times change though, and companies dry up; hospitals require upgrades and people migrate to other cities for work. Costing more to destroy or repair the buildings, they were fenced off and left abandoned. [Read more...]
No other American city has been quite so effected by boom and bust as Detroit. A once bustling metropolis famous for being the production hub of the US auto industry, the city is perhaps most famous now for its blocks of abandoned buildings, massive crime and general distopian atmosphere. Detroiturbex is a website dedicated to raising “awareness of the social and economic challenges the city of Detroit faces through photography.” Here they’ve created a shocking series of photographs inside the now demolished Lewis Cass Technical High School, overlaying old photographs over the new. The contrast – from just a few years ago in many cases – is shocking. [Read more...]
By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size. [Read more...]
Black and white photographs always seem to be stuck in the past, giving us an often unrealistic perspective on how long ago events really were. Think about it, most of us know someone who was alive during the 1940s, many of them fully grown members of society. For them life during World War II was a vibrant one full of memorable experiences, both challenging and enjoyable. These images, taken by photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI), make the war years look much more recent using one rare tool of the time: color film. [Read more...]
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Paul White has been obsessed with cars since a young age, loving trips to find parts in the wrecking yards of his childhood home in western Sydney. Surrounded by the car culture of his area, he drew the hot cars of his era… a passion which later developed into work in the professional art world and a style uniquely his own. [Read more...]