Monday, February 20, 2012

Culture Club

“Poets have lamented the human propensity to not appreciate what we have until it’s gone.”

Photographer Dennis Manarchy is currently crowdfunding for an infinitely worthy project, attempting to capture and conserve the true essence of culture in America and the multitude of backgrounds and ethnicities that makeup the world’s most powerful nation.

Manarchy has built a camera to capture the faces of America in the most honest way possible; via 24-foot tall images that are impossible to Photoshop and display incredible amounts of detail. The camera - “big enough to house a small apartment” – is 35 feet long, 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide (see below).

The products are beautiful, the purpose necessary for the conservation of the most unique human quality, regardless of anyone’s qualms re the nation in question. I’d love to see something like this in the Arab world.

What would be equally amazing is if expatriates were considered every bit as part of each nation as it’s indigenous peoples. I’d love to see my face, as a Jordanian/Australian, used to represent Qatar – my home.  Possible? 

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