Today marks the start of Documerica Week on In Focus — a new photo essay each day, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. The Documerica Project was put together by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, with a primary goal of documenting adverse effects of modern life on the environment, but photographers were also encouraged to record the daily life of ordinary people, capturing a broad snapshot of America. Today’s subject is New York City, an area covered by many photographers, showing some of the urban decay and congestion that helped prompt environmental legislation, as well as glimpses of New Yorkers at work and play. Stay tuned for part 2 of Documerica Week tomorrow, when we travel southwest.
I think we have to go back to the beginning: who was following who? Who was following who? I mean, isn’t that what this case boils down to? That was our theory. Now, we respect the jury’s verdict, but what it really boils down to is a kid, minding his own business, being followed by a stranger. And so I would submit that that’s when it started. ..It boils down to you have a 17-year-old kid who was minding his own business, wearing a hoodie, and gets acosted — gets followed by an individual who wants to be a cop.
Prosecutor BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, in post-verdict remarks on George Zimmerman’s acquittal.
PopChartLab has managed to capture the entire history of sneaker design, in one cool infographic.
It’s interesting to see what has and has not changed over time, or as Mark Wilson put it, “sneakers have run on a sort of quarantined evolutionary track seemingly independent of the whims of popular fashion.”
Here’s the full infographic. Got a favorite shoe brand?
Chucks have been around since 1917?!
Hundreds of Floating Umbrellas Once Again Cover The Streets in Portugal
This year, design studio Ivo Tavares has once again hung up hundreds of colorful umbrellas, transforming your shopping experience or the afternoon walk into a Mary-Poppins type of adventure! The colorful sight was captured by photographers Patricia Almeida and Pedro Nascimento, and the pictures went viral on the Internet in no time. Just like the last year, Patricia was one first ones to post them on flickr giving everyone a chance to take a virtual walk in the most colorful street of Portugal.
“I felt like a kid, amazed by all that color!” says Patricia about how she felt under the umbrellas. The best part, besides looking awesome, is that the installation also protects everyone from rain and sun.
The project is part of the local Agitagueda art festival, and will be up throughout July, so make sure you stop by if you’re traveling nearby!
Protestors march in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The rallies, set off by a 10-cent hike in public transport fares and which have broken out in cities across the country, have moved beyond the rising costs of public transportation and toward anger over tax burdens, corrupt politicians and woeful public education, health and transport systems. (Photo: AP via The Telegraph)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed the real story behind a 2005 meeting with Vladimir Putin, during which the Russian president pocketed his Super Bowl ring, worth more than $25,000. Kraft, at the time, claimed the diamond-encrusted bauble was a gift, but he now admits Putin stole it, and the White House intervened when he demanded it back.Kraft: Putin stole Bowl ring - NYPOST (via brooklynmutt)
Makes perfect sense.
“Happy Birthday to You,” the ditty sung around the world in tribute to everyone from toddlers to centenarians, belongs to the public, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.