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Harassed by Boston Police for Video Recording… Why?

I believe as citizens it is our duty to film police. It doesn’t really matter much as police in America are pretty much given a license to do whatever they will, regardless of the evidence against them, but for future reference… Continue reading Harassed by Boston Police for Video Recording… Why?

Original & Creative Piece of NYC Street Art From Inspiring Photographer

First of all…Yes, I am going to make a separate site for random bits such as this, but until then, I think this post belongs here.

Not only as a photographer and artist, but simply as a person who appreciates art- this is inspiring. If you are wondering why this is on this page…ponder no more! Years ago, I learned the hard way… balance is needed in order to stay sane when working and dealing with issues of life, death, human rights, etc. For me, at least. I won’t ramble about what art and photography mean to me, I will save that for another blog. For now I just want to say… given the issues I deal with daily and the content on this blog, I think any form of positivity available should be embraced. So… Continue reading Original & Creative Piece of NYC Street Art From Inspiring Photographer

(Punishment isn’t the Answer) Trapped…Mental Illness in American Prisons, Photo’s From the Inside

This is a photographer I truly admire, and a series I think every one should see. The photographer’s name is Jenn Ackerman and in 2008 she spent months in the¬†Kentucky State Reformatory photographing and thus documenting the on going epidemic of mentally ill inmates, and the neglect of treatment/attention.
I could rant on and on about this, but the photo’s speak volumes more than I could ever say. If a soul can view these photos and understand what is going on yet still not have a desire to help not only these men, but any and all mentally ill person, with just as much passion as they would any ailment you can see under a microscope, they are a person I have no desire to know.
Mental illness needs attention and help, understanding and care; not heartless punishment. What’s more, these photo’s are not isolated to this one prison. Sadly, in its entirety, the American prison population is made up of 1 in 6 inmates suffering with a mental illness(es).
I will end this with that, and a couple of photos from her series. After these is the link to her work and website where you can learn more.
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“An inmate on max assault status and a 23-hour lock down talks to himself in his cell. The max assault status is issued to inmates who have assaulted officers or treatment staff. The inmates have been known to throw a mixture of feces and urine, spit, hit, kick, punch or cut.”

“Keith Bouchard salutes to the building before entering. Often reverting back to his time in the military, Bouchard will salute people and objects and march in place for more than an hour.”

Click here to learn more about the photographer and her series: Trapped.