Syrian civil war
Saltscapes San Francisco Bay Cris Benton
“Benton’s images allow us to slip our earthly bonds and see the world from new heights, his aerial views offering a fresh perspective on familiar landscapes. Surprising and sublime, Saltscapes can be enjoyed equally as a collection of art photography and a portrait of ecological transformation and resilience.”
The North Star School Arkitema Architects
"North Star School is a municipal primary school with approximately 1,200 students spread across four lanes and a large special class section. The school is in its star form an expression of its own structure. Each thanks to the star is a division of two vintages with its own identity, decorated in its own way, targeting exactly the age group that will be staying there.
The star is centered on a common square, heart space, where all school zones meet - a learning center, which is emphasized by a large red and sculptural library staircase. This is the school’s dynamo, where both professionalism and opportunity for social interaction are woven together in an inspiring environment.”
The Outsiders London
Friday 5th of September 2014 to Saturday 4th of October 2014
Ian Francis will make a guest appearance at The Outsiders London this September with Endless Summer, a unique showcase of intimate studies encapsulating a collection of multiple narratives and disparate moments in time.
"When he first came to us, he wasn’t talking. He was about four years old, but we knew nothing else about him. Occasionally, he’d imitate the other children, but he’d express no thoughts of his own. He couldn’t tell us anything about his home, his family, or where he came from. To make matters worse, aid workers had further confused him by suggesting hometowns to him— which he had readily agreed to. So we started with a completely blank slate. We drew a house on a piece of paper, and we said: ‘Is this your home?’ And he said: ‘No! You forgot the gate!’ So we drew a gate. And he said: ‘But you forgot the tree!’ So we drew a tree.
Piece by piece, day by day, we filled in a picture of his home. He was still very reserved and traumatized, so the process took over a month. But we met in the safety of my office every day, and we figured it out. It was like putting together a puzzle. The saddest moment was when we drew his father. ‘You have to draw him laying down,’ the boy said. ‘I tried to get him to come with me, but he wouldn’t.’
When we eventually used the drawings to identify the boy’s hometown and find his mother, she confirmed our fears. The boy had disappeared after seeing his father get shot.”
(Juba, South Sudan)
CHINA, HONG KONG : A woman reads on her mobile phone next to sculptures by artist Rosanna Li Wei-han outside an MTR station in Hong Kong on September 6, 2014. Hong Kong’s economy in 2014 is expected to expand at its fastest pace in three years, according to government estimations, with a forecasted growth of between three and four percent, up from 2.9 percent in 2013. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE