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Reclaim Detroit

In case you haven’t heard of the “Idle No More” movement, it’s essentially a continent-wide collective of all indigenous peoples, who are now using their numbers and modern media channels for a wide array of purposes.  These may include forming political pressure to have sacred locations renamed, re-appropriated, and/or recognized as such.  There is also an internal movement designed to teach their own members ways and reasons to respect their heritage and culture.

There is also, of course, the long standing cause: to finally get legislatures’ attention regarding their complete and utter disregard for nature.  Well, as we all know, short of a smack in the face (that might not even work) the only way to get noticed when it comes to creating new policy is by getting EVERYONE to say something about it.  This is where Idle No More comes in.

For quite a while now, the movement has staged “protests” in cities across the continent, drawing attention to the people and the problems.

Today (Sunday, January 20th, 2013)  they held an event in Detroit, discussing their cause, giving a blessing to the Detroit river, and presenting in front of Cobo Hall.

Here’s some of the goings-on.

– Jon

Going Green… Decoratively.

Due in no small part to a connection from a close friend, I’ve recently begun some business with a local/national herbalogically-minded, interior decoration-based company.  I suppose that’s a bit wordy, but it’s a pretty accurate description of what these folks do.

The company is BrightGreen and they craft “Living Walls.”     These guys —-> 

Basically, imagine a unit that allows plants to grow vertically on a wall instead of on the ground or in pots.  Also, because each unit can hold multiple small plants, you can essentially plant designs on the wall that match the decor and such.

Over the past coupe weeks, we began work creating imagery for the new product from the company, the “Grovert.”  It’s the plant-it, hang-it, grow-it yourself unit for sale at  plant nurseries in the Midwest.

Here’s a bit of of the project –  a few of my favorite shots.  What do you guys think?

– Jon

Rockin’ it out.

This a project that’s been in the works for a few months now.

So my girlfriend collects rocks.  It’s been a topic of debate occasionally (I’m not big on nick knacks).  Most walks in the woods/on the beach/around a field result in overly heavy fanny packs. I’ll admit I complain occasionally.

That said – I take back all my whining.

Rocks are pretty cool.  Did you know obsidian is actually translucent?  Because it’s volcanic glass, and whatnot, you can shoot light THROUGH it.  My gal showed me that… so if you did know, don’t rub it in… OH!  Did you also know that shiny, multi-colored colored one is a massive pain to shoot.  See – the problem with a dark, crystalline rock that reflects at every possible angle, it that you have to find that one, single, solitary, PERFECT spot for the light.  It’s irksome, to say the least.

So, here are some rockin’ pics.  Because these are generic enough, I decided to put them on my fine-art site, JonKArtogrphy.  Stop by and pick up a print if you’d like.

-Jon

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