This photographic report exposes the proliferation of processed foods in the western diet and in the diets of many developing countries the world over.
These images are from the book ‘Hungry Planet: What the World Eats’ by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluision.
It’s an inspired idea, to better understand the human diet, explore what culturally diverse families eat for a week. Their portraits feature pictures of each family with a week’s worth of food purchases. We soon learn that diet is determined by largely uncontrollable forces like poverty, conflict and globalization, which can bring change with startling speed.
Thus cultures can move, sometimes in a single jump, from traditional diets to the vexed plenty of global-food production. People have more to eat and, too often, eat more of nutritionally questionable food. And their health suffers.
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For the last couple years, Jill Harness has been rounding up the world’s most beautiful libraries by continent. Here are 5 of the most beautiful libraries in the World,, in no particular order.
Trinity College Library, Ireland
Image courtesy of Irish Welcome Tours’ Flickr stream.
Aside from being absolutely gorgeous, with two story dark wooden arches, this is also the largest library in all of Ireland. It serves as the country’s copyright library, where a copy of all new books and periodicals must be sent when they apply for copyright protection. The library is also home to the famous Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks around the year 800.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, France
Image courtesy of Wikipedia user Zubro.
The National Library of France has expanded greatly since new buildings were added to house the collection in 1988. Even so, the old buildings on the Rue de Richelieu are still in use, and are utterly gorgeous as well. These buildings were completed in 1868, and by 1896 the library was the largest book repository in the world, although that record has since been taken from it.
The Library of El Escorial, Spain
Image courtesy of Jose Maria Cuellar’s Flickr stream.
This library is located in the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the historical residence of the king of Spain. Phillip II was responsible for adding the library and most of the books originally held within. The vaulted ceilings were painted with gorgeous frescoes, each representing one of the seven liberal arts: rhetoric, dialectic, music, grammar, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. These days, the library is a World Heritage Site, and it holds more than 40,000 volumes.
Image courtesy of Jackie Kever’s Flickr stream.
The library of the Dutch Parliament contains every record of parliamentary hearings and discussions. Because it was built before electric lighting made the storage of books a lot safer, the building was constructed with a massive leaded glass dome in the ceiling to allow in light and minimize the need for candles and gas lamps inside the library.
Jay Walker’s Private Library, USA
Priceline.com founder Jay Walker’s gorgeous wooden library, filled with an array of historical and pop culture artifacts, has been labeled by Wired as "the most amazing library in the world.” As if the gorgeous etched glass, labyrinthine design and multiple stories of book shelves weren’t impressive enough, the collection of rarities stored in the library is completely mesmerizing. Between books bound in rubies, a Sputnik, a chandelier from Die Another Day, and a list of plague mortalities from 1665, visitors to the private library might just have a hard time leaving.
Of course, with all the thousands of libraries in the world, this list of beautiful libraries still leaves out plenty of gorgeous architectural marvels. If you feel your favorite library was left out, feel free to tell everyone about it in the comments.
Shiza Shahid began volunteering in women’s prisons at 14 years old. At 16, she began a year-long experience as the only female volunteer in an earthquake relief camp.
It probably goes without saying that by the end of her teenage years, she’d figured out a lot about life.
Now she runs the Malala Fund, which advocates for girls’ education all over the world. Shahid’s views on life and what we can do to if we really want to make a difference are pretty kick ass.
As Art Production Fund Artist-in-Residence, Candy Chang lived in the Cosmopolitan and turned its P3 Studio gallery into a contemplative experiment around anonymity, vulnerability, and understanding in the heart of the Las Vegas strip.
Visitors were invited to submit their confessions on wooden plaques in the privacy of confession booths. She hung the anonymous plaques on the gallery walls so they gathered over time like a Shinto Shrine prayer wall.
Over 1500 confessions were displayed on the walls: I still love her two girlfriends and five years later, I’m scared I’ll die alone, I eat too much cheese, Came here married to one girl and left married to two girls, I sold heroin to my friend and it ruined his life, I stole over 15,000 from the company I work for, I don’t know what I am doing and I’m running out of time.
Inspired by Shinto shrines, Post Secret, the project explored the idea of an anonymous sanctuary to help us console one another as we make sense of our lives.
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