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three_japanese_dollsRecently we attended a photo lecture called National Geographic LIVE!   Jodi Cobb was sharing her photographs from her tenure on staff at the magazine – the only women photographer for many years.

Her work is stunning.  Her lecture was about getting us to be aware of what was really there in her journey and in the photograph.   Secret worlds and mysterious images allowed her words to enable us to see the details what were not revealed earlier.  Our blindness.

“For her book Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art, Cobb entered another world closed to outsiders, the geisha of Japan. She was also given special access to photograph inside a different sort of closed world, the ill-fated Gore presidential campaign of 2000.” (From National Geographic website)

We remembered the picture of the Geisha’s perfect heart lips first thing, the survivor’s story, and then decided that was because it was hard seeing all the other pictures of child slavery and sex slaves and the horrid conditions they worked within; often their parents or families not knowing where they were sold.  Those photographs invaded our thinking.

This was the second program on present day slavery, I had attended.

Then I saw the pictures of the Oil Sands pipeline rupture in Arkansas and realized that I had heard the phrase THIS IS THE TIME TO END OUR DEPENDANCE ON FOSSIL FUELS AND RADICALLY CHANGE OUR SOURCES OF ENERGY – WE MUST BE INVOLVED IN CLIMATE CHANGE RECOVERY IMMEDIATELY.

The photographer, the news, and the discussions all produced the dramatic need for immediate change and that the pollution was out of control – often a mystery or secret we were unaware of until it is unmasked before our eyes.
We need to educate our clients about when we are using toxic materials or problematic materials and we need to not use these Products any more:

  • No Added Formaldehyde
  • Halogenated Flame Retardants
  • PVC
  • Mercury
  • CFC’s
  • HCFC’s
  • Neoprene (chloroprene)
  • Cadmium
  • Chlorinated Polyethylene and Chlorosulfonated Polyethlene
  • Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol
  • Polyurethane
  • Lead
  • Phthalates

Do our Clients know?  Do folks in our communities know?  Do we know?  Are we trying to address this problem?   Have we developed a new product?  Have we found companies that are aware and creating new products to use?   Are we educating people – especially children about what we can do and change?

I am learning to read labels differently in my work and how to share and inform.  I no longer compromise with many of these items.  The time is now.

Related Reading:
Jodi Cobb’s website and pictures
Judging
Design With Life In Mind

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Thu, April 4 2013 » Inspiration

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