The New York Times posted an article by the Editorial board titled A Milestone for Justice in Africa (that we can annotate together). It talks about The former president of Chad, Hissène Habré and how during his eight year reign 40,000 people were killed and thousands more were tortured. This is the first time in Africa that a court in one country will try a former leader. Hissène Habré will be tried with crimes against humanity.
A few weeks ago, nurse Kaci Hickox emerged as the face of the fight against forced quarantines on health workers returning from West Africa on October 24. Hickox volunteered in Sierra Leone with the aid organization Doctors Without Borders, and, following her return to the United States, Hickox was placed in a forced quarantine in New Jersey.
The Gay Rights Movement reached a landmark achievement with the Supreme Court decision that gay couples could receive federal benefits, recognizing their marriage legally on a federal level. However, the significance of the event hasn't quite sunk in yet: for those against it, the decision is superseded by their opinion and therefore irrelevant, and for those who support the decision, there is still more work to be done. Nevertheless, many years from now, the decision will be seen as the shifting point, much like the Civil Rights decisions made in 1964 and 1965.
New York City is a large city filled with adventure and experiences. I have the most exciting time in the city playing basketball. My work reflects my life in New York and the time I spend on the court. I play basketball almost everyday and strive to get somewhere in life with this exciting sport. Basketball is sport that has more exposure in New York city then any other place in the United States. If you go to any park you will find kids and young adults playing. When taking a picture of the sport basketball it makes you wonder what just happened or is about to happen. This feeling is what really got me to photographing baskeball. When doing my work I focus on making it interesting and the idea of whether I would look at the image if I were to see it in the street. Another important aspect in doing my work is using pictures that are important to me. I feel that my work must have pictures which I took and with which I have a personal connection.
For my digital photography class we are taking pictures that represent 26 concepts that an artist has previously made. One of those words happens to be half. There are many different ways to interpret the word half and the capture it in an image. I decided to take the word literally and I took a picture of the half court line in my school's basketball gym. I then placed the picture on a black background and added the word 'half' to it in the In-Design application on my computer. If you want to see some of my other photographs of 26 things go to my Flickr account.