a tale of a few cities

Chilling Moments in Occupy Movement’s ‘Day of Action’

Posted in Crisis, New York City, Occupy Wall Street, Photography, pictures, portraits, Reportage, surrealism by petercombe on November 18, 2011
Photograph: Randy L. Rasmussen/AP

A police officer uses pepper spray on an Occupy Portland protester at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Oregon. 

Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Brendan Watts is seen with blood on his face while surrounded by three police officers in Zuccotti Park, New York. 

Makes me think about something Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last year – “We are deeply concerned about the use of violence by Egyptian police and security forces against protesters and we call on the Egyptian government to do everything in its power to restrain the security forces.”

 The Guardian >

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The Kiss

Posted in All is not as it seems., canadiana, Crisis, Photography, riot, Vancouver by petercombe on June 16, 2011

Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images

The kiss that defies explanation. Riot police walk the street as a couple kiss on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, as the city broke out in riots, following the Vancouver Canucks loss in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. 

National Post >

Riot related, see also Craigslist >

Tokyo Update – Don’t Panic

Posted in All is not as it seems., Crisis, Japan, Photography by petercombe on March 20, 2011

The Tokyo underground is deserted, save for a few hardy salarymen.*


A punter takes his chances on the lottery.

The trains are running less frequently, and needless travel is not recommended, so I won’t be doing this every day. I’m sure the images you have paint a picture of near total breakdown. It’s not that bad. It’s fascinating, in its way, the feeling here, compared to the kinds of scenes you might get in the west. A kind of resignedness, or perhaps resilience. There’d definitely be looting by now, elsewhere…somewhere. Maybe riots. Here it’s all so calm. They’re just getting on with it, which is admirable. Come cherry blossom season, I’m sure there’ll be parties and drinking as usual. It’s just another event. That’s their strength. The Japanese are just getting on with things, like they usually do.

-Words and photos extracted from an article by peterfg (a british expat living in Tokyo) @Wet Canvas>

* Added note: The top photo reminds me of a Yasujirō Ozu film still. Also, I found these words and photos after a Google search for ‘Tokyo Update’. I’m glad I Googled, how else would I have found such calm in the eye of the world’s perceived storm?

Renan Valadares, 127.560.000 > 8,9

Posted in Art, Crisis, Graphic Design, Japan by petercombe on March 16, 2011

There are many Japan-In-Crisis artworks floating around the internet at the moment,  Renan Valadares has produced the best subtle & powerful graphic I’ve seen so far. (This is an edited version). It really needs to be used to raise awareness of the crisis & raise funds for the relief effort.

Renan Valadares >

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