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Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble

Unemployment, wars, terrorism, natural disasters -- times are hard, there's no question. But times have been harder. We've been through worse and bounced back. If nothing else, I hope this week's Talking Pictures helps, in some small way, to put our own problems in perspective.


Courtesy Angelica Paez

One of my jobs
20 miles from home
I'd go anywhere that I could make a living
Do you know of anything back there

Little beggar begging for pennies, showing he has none
Bermuda


Just smilin through -- though it's grim here -- J

It doesn't get much grimmer than this:

Moved to Detroit
where Doris Jean + Elenore Ruth were born.
both died - Doris Jean at 11 mo. spinal meningitis
Elenore Ruth at 4 mo. malnutrition
No $ for food


Rock wall near Rose Bowl, Pasadena Cal.
where Dorothy found a Baby Girl on Jan. 24 1961.

Re: the above, you can picture my surprise when I found this one -- especially given that I found it at the monthly Rose Bowl Swap Meet, not a quarter mile from where this photo was taken.

Even though the chronology doesn't work, it's easy to imagine that baby growing up to be this little girl, the sickly and pathetically adorable Elaine, who carried her cat around in a basket.

you can see Cecilia can't smile to good with stitches in her lip


Broken Back Brigade
Station Hospital, Benning, Ga
1-2-3-1945
One Bad Jump.

Courtesy Angelica Paez.

After auto accident

I hope Mr. Whiskers pulled through:

Also courtesy Angelica, perhaps the second-craziest picture I have ever seen:

This being the first:

American Fork Canyon, Utah. Taken by C.B. Arentson, July 27, 1918. 504 head of sheep killed by lightning on July 22. Owned by Smith Bros.

And just when you think things can't get any worse:

If they can bounce back from all that, surely we can.

And finally, the coping strategy of a woman who's seen more trouble than any of us.

Check out more Talking Pictures:
Hide This Please
The Dead
Love and Marriage
Life During Wartime

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This Photo of a Single Atom Won a Science Photography Top Prize
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While you've been busy finding just the right Instagram filter for your cat, a University of Oxford graduate student has been occupied with visualizing a single atom and capturing it in a still frame. And the remarkable feat recently earned an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council photography award. Why? It was taken with a conventional camera, and the atom can be seen with the naked eye.

Take a look:

A close-up of a single atom in an ion trap
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That tiny dot in between the two parallel metal electrodes is a strontium atom suspended by electric fields in an ion trap. It’s visible because the photographer, Ph.D. candidate David Nadlinger, projected blue violet light into a vacuum chamber. The atom absorbed and reflected the light, allowing Nadlinger to snap a photo in the split instant the atom was viewable. The space between the two points is just 0.08 of an inch.

Nadlinger dubbed the image "Single Atom in an Ion Trap" and took the Council’s top award. In a statement, he expressed enthusiasm that other people are now able to see what his work in quantum computing looks like.

[h/t Newsweek]

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London Photographer Captures the Dogs of the World in Their Own Habitats
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When snapping pictures, some travel photographers prefer to focus on people walking the streets. Highlighting the local residents can help ground a place in reality, but humans aren’t the only subjects worth capturing. For his project "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs", London-based photographer Alan Schaller documents the canines that he finds in all corners of the globe.

According to My Modern Met, Schaller started out photographing people he met on his travels. The high-contrast, black-and-white look of his work has earned him widespread recognition. For his latest project, he has chosen to showcase dogs in the same style.

Schaller described dogs to My Modern Met as “consistently friendly, unpredictable, and amusing” compared to humans. When he sees a dog he wants to photograph, he will first ask the owner's permission, then bend down to the pet’s level to gain its trust. He has photographed dogs in Norway, England, India, Thailand, Turkey, and plenty of places in between, and the personalities of the dogs he captures are just as diverse as their homes. You can check out his photography below and follow Schaller on Instagram to see more of his work.

[h/t My Modern Met]

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