Protests in Istanbul After Police Crackdown on Activists

The events in Istanbul have escalated incredibly quickly in the past few days, with a revolution now at hand. There are many interesting underlying stories about the protests, including the silence of the traditional media and the coverage of these events by internet sites like reddit and imgur. But what is most interesting to me is that all this started because the government was going to destroy one of the last remaining green spaces in the city to make room for a mall. Obviously the people of Turkey are angry about more than just the building of one more mall; they are fed up with the entire regime of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But it should not be overlooked that the last straw, the thing that pushed them over the edge, came when their last remaining park was threatened. It is symbolic, I believe, of increasing worldwide frustration with governments that continue to destroy natural environments and green spaces for the sake of development and urbanization. At the very least, it is a powerful message about what people truly value: open community space, fresh air, and a direct connection to the earth.


Activists agitating against the construction of a shopping mall in a park in Istanbul were violently dispersed by Turkish police. The move triggered mass protests in Turkey’s largest city as well as demonstrations elsewhere, now channeling widespread frustrations and anger with the rule of the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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“Home Works” by Joakim Eskildsen

Thought I’d share another photographer whose work I really enjoy and can relate to. Over the past 6 years, Joakim has lived in 5 different places across northern Europe. Most of us are lucky enough that the location of our home (whatever that means to you) is fairly consistent over the years. It must be strange to never spend very long in one place, and especially hard to connect with new people every time you move. The other side of the coin, however, is that it probably makes things very interesting. As a college student I can sort of relate, because every year so far I have lived in a different room, and even then there is the weirdness of returning to my original “home” and having it feel like vacation. Not to mention that I have always taken pictures of my home environments and the events that take place in those places.

Joakim’s photographs are insanely beautiful and soft, often looking like paintings more than photographs. Both inspiring and discouraging to look at such strong work.

Original post on Lightbox here, see Joakim’s work here

Shackleton’s Hut

Leave it to Google to do something like this. It is absolutely incredible that this structure is still standing with all its supplies intact, it is truly like going back 100 years. If you enjoy historic novels, Endurance, by Alfred Lansing, is a wonderful retelling of the voyage of Shackleton and his crew.