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What are ‘ghosts’?

Things that don’t actually exist?

Ghosts © Ralph Ziman

I came across these striking pictures this week. The work of African born but USA-resident Ralph Ziman, showing brightly coloured AK47 rifles made from beads and wire. The header of the piece proclaimed:

Ghosts: AK-47 guns made from beads and wire – in pictures

New [...]


Twenty years after the genocide, the NYT has some compelling portraits of Rwandan Tutsi survivors and the Hutu individuals who perpetrated ‘the unthinkable’ on them and their families. The images by Pieter Hugo are direct and powerful. The story they tell is hopeful.

Image © Pieter Hugo


But requests for forgiveness come from [...]

A grain of wheat

It is a sad day for journalism with the loss of a very fine photojournalist.

You’ll hear a lot about what others felt about Anja Niedringhaus in the coming days, and what precisely her loss represents to them.

But you might learn even more about Anja by reading what she had to say about someone [...]

“Loss and Truth”

I’ve seen two dramatic video pieces this week, in which the central character is a photojournalist, and the subject is conflict. Each piece was about what individuals are compelled by conscience to do, to strive to achieve. Both were an ‘uncompromised portrait’, one being labeled as such by it’s creator.

But they were profoundly different.


A Heart in the Land

Roger May

I’ve just read a beautifully insightful interview with Roger May on APAD (A Photo A Day). 5 Questions for Roger May.

Roger’s work from Appalachia has always impressed me, with its intelligence, and with it’s subtle, quiet beauty. It’s work that does not shout, needs not to shout to deliver the impact [...]


If you’ve read any of my recent posts you’ll know that there has been a constant throughout – that of ‘family’.

We’re all the same (almost) © John MacPherson

It’s a word we use often and perhaps less often stop to consider what it actually means. There’s a few definitions: a unit consisting of [...]

Photographs & Memories

Been a while since I last posted anything ‘substantial’. I guess the time needed to be right.

Text written whilst I waited in the ICU on November 12th 2013. The afternoon Melanie collapsed. © John MacPherson

Some of you may have previously read the backstory to all of this, and some of my subsequent [...]

Do computerised sheep need more RAM?

An excellent idea from a group of Irish schoolchildren! Have a look at their FundIt page for more info. Their promo video is light on production values and high on smiles – just what’s needed!

“Our product is a Sheep collar with an inbuilt Pulse Monitor, which sends a VHF signal to a GSM [...]

All you need is guilt.

Ah UNICEF, hitting the mark and then some. Dig deep, feel good, save lives.

(PS the translation of the ad at the end tells you how you can donate to UNICEF)


A House in Detroit

The author in his home during the early stages of renovation. Photograph © Garrett MacLean/Buzzfeed


“As we rebuild this ashen city, we’re deciding on an epic scale what we value as Americans in the 21st century. The American Dream is alive in Detroit, even if it flickers. I hope this time it includes [...]