Three-day-weekend Sundays are the best. Not bittersweet like the usual Sunday, what with Monday looming; just sweet.
One more Mad Men indulgence (forgive me?): This Paris Review interview with the show’s creator Matt Weiner. One of those interviews where the curtain is pulled back to reveal a brilliant writer’s process. Weiner was very forthcoming, getting into the questions of what time of day he writes, with pen and paper or laptop, etc., and yet, with all his openness, that kind of talent remains mysterious. And the best thing? To me, anyway: Weiner on what Mad Men was about: “I’ve always said this was a show about becoming white. That’s the definition of success in America – becoming a WASP. A WASP male.”(theparisreview.org)
In the ‘be on the watch for’ column: This year’s winner of the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, Paolo Marchetti. Marchetti won for his project titled, The Price of Vanity, documenting the brutality of the intensive farming and breeding of animals used to supply the furs, leather, feathers, and skins for the fashion industry.
Marchetti chose specifically to document legal factory farming to raise awareness of the inhumane practices, all done in accordance with the law.
“This is a project that documents vanity as the trigger for this massacre, and the total failure of Man towards Mother Nature…I believe that the revolution can begin with ourselves because, as long as we will face ourselves with the instruments of the law, we will never make changes. We have to take the responsibility of being a living part of our world and stop delegating solutions to the law. We already know that it does not work.” ~Paolo Marchetti
The Alexia Foundation provides production grants and scholarships to students and professional photographers so that they may pursue work that promotes cultural understanding and world peace. The foundation was created by Peter and Aphrodite Tsairis, in honor of their daughter Alexia, who lost her life in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Alexia was a student at Syracuse University and a promising photojournalist.
“The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness.”
I hope you are enjoying a lovely Memorial Day Weekend with friends and family –