Introducing ….

Last week we looked at how landmarks can become normalized to represent a cultural viewpoint and the impact this has upon the individuals intrepretation and response, this week I want to demonstrate how a photographer can use images to not only provide a vision representation but also collate these images to provide a story which delves into the recesses of a subject to explore the impact on society.

While I am no more than a snap and shoot photographer who captures personal memories, one photographer that I admire is Teju Cole –  I find his work not only engaging and stimulating but it is forever evolving.  It does not sit stationary and wait for the world to move, it endeavours to stimulate conversation and interaction.  This I think marks his work as exceptional to me, its continual evolution draws the viewer into another place and time where they are free to contemplate, for I think we often look but we rarely see.

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http://www.tejucole.com/other-words/small-fates/

Anyway if you are interested in immersing yourself in Teju Cole’s work he can be followed on Instagram and Twitter and has written a number of texts, his website can be accessed from the following link: Teju Cole

So in recognition of how important photography is today’s list is courtesy of WeLikeViral and can be viewed at 35 Iconic Photos That Define The 21st Century So Far

They may not all be pleasant but they immortalize a split second in life forever.

1. Sydney, Australia welcomes the new millennium in style (2000)

Image Source http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/

Image Source http://www.sydneynewyearseve.com/

2. The 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center (2001).

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/911-ten-years-on-my-sister-151189

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/911-ten-years-on-my-sister-151189

3. The reaction of Former US President George Bush on hearing about the planes striking the Twin towers. While the attack took place he was reading to students at a Florida elementary school (2001).

Image Source http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&day_of_9/11=bush

Image Source http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&day_of_9/11=bush

4. The Columbia space shuttle that broke apart on entry to the Earth’s orbit (2003).

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Columbia_disaster

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Columbia_disaster

5. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that claimed over 200,000 lives.

 Image Source https://everestalexander.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/2004-tsunami-caught-on-camera-parts-1-8/

Image Source https://everestalexander.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/2004-tsunami-caught-on-camera-parts-1-8/

6. Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moscovitz just after they launched Facebook (2004).

Image Source http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/04/facebook-10-years-mark-zuckerberg

Image Source http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/04/facebook-10-years-mark-zuckerberg

7. Isabelle Dinoire became the first person to get a partial face transplant (2005).

Image Source http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/programs/reconstructive_transplant/face_transplant.html

Image Source http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/programs/reconstructive_transplant/face_transplant.html

8. Michael Phelps after smashing the all-time record for the most Olympic medals. This was his 14th gold (2008).

Image Source http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1136957-2012-olympics-why-michael-phelps-could-never-match-epic-2008

Image Source http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1136957-2012-olympics-why-michael-phelps-could-never-match-epic-2008

9. Wallstreet employer reacts to the onset of the global financial crisis.

Image Source http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

Image Source http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml

10. Barack Obama becomes the first ever African-American President (2008).

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2008

Image Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_2008

11. Jacqueline Kiplimo helps a disabled Chinese runner at the Zheng-Kai marathon. This extreme act of kindness did cost her the first place and the $10000 cash prize.

Image Source http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/the-37-happiest-things-you-see-while-running-a-marathon#.ihMkR7yVz

Image Source http://www.buzzfeed.com/chelseamarshall/the-37-happiest-things-you-see-while-running-a-marathon#.ihMkR7yVz

12. Live footage of the Chilean miners that were trapped under rubble for 21 days.

Image Source http://www.nymeta.co/75-iconic-photos-will-define-21st-century-far-everyone-needs-see/

Image Source http://www.nymeta.co/75-iconic-photos-will-define-21st-century-far-everyone-needs-see/

13. A couple kisses on the pavement during the Vancouver Riot (2011).

Image Source http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-riot-s-kissing-couple-tell-their-story-1.983560

Image Source http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-riot-s-kissing-couple-tell-their-story-1.983560

14. During the revolution against the Mubarak government this policeman refused to open fire on the protestors earning him a kiss from this Egyptian woman.

Image Source http://www.emlii.com/ff00e4e0/29-Glimpses-of-Humanity-Within-Protests-Bound-to-Touch-Your-Soul

Image Source http://www.emlii.com/ff00e4e0/29-Glimpses-of-Humanity-Within-Protests-Bound-to-Touch-Your-Soul

15. First selfie on Mars by the US rover, Curiosity (2012).

Image Source http://9gag.com/gag/apo59j5/the-us-rover-curiosity-takes-a-selfie-on-mars

Image Source http://9gag.com/gag/apo59j5/the-us-rover-curiosity-takes-a-selfie-on-mars

16. The first snow fall in the Middle East in over a hundred years (2012).

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cairo-snow-sphinx-picture-internet-2925810

Image Source http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cairo-snow-sphinx-picture-internet-2925810

17. Following the attacks on Christians, these Muslims formed a human chain to protect them in front of a church during a mass (2013)

Image Source http://tribune.com.pk/story/614333/muslims-form-human-chain-to-protect-christians-during-lahore-mass/

Image Source http://tribune.com.pk/story/614333/muslims-form-human-chain-to-protect-christians-during-lahore-mass/

18. Carlos Arredondo helps his friend after the Boston marathon bombing(2013).

Image Source http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/boston-bombing-survivor-who-lost-both-legs-expecting-child-with-fiancee-135554724.html

Image Source http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/boston-bombing-survivor-who-lost-both-legs-expecting-child-with-fiancee-135554724.html

19. On one of his first public appearances after becoming the pontiff, Pope Francis embraces Vinicio Riva, a man plagued by a genetic disease (2013).

Image Source http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/26/world/europe/pope-francis-disfigured-man/

Image Source http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/26/world/europe/pope-francis-disfigured-man/

20. The world bids farewell to the great Nelson Mandela (2013).

Image Source http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nelson-mandela-funeral-gallery-1.1548481?pmSlide=1.1548459

Image Source http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nelson-mandela-funeral-gallery-1.1548481?pmSlide=1.1548459

21. Kiev’s Independence Square before and after the revolution (2014).

Image Source http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1ydjc9/before_after_kievs_independence_square_ukraine

Image Source http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1ydjc9/before_after_kievs_independence_square_ukraine

22. Usain Bolt becomes the fastest man ever in history by smashing the 100m world record (2008).

Image Source http://www.techdigest.tv/2012/08/usain_bolt_brea.html

Image Source http://www.techdigest.tv/2012/08/usain_bolt_brea.html

23. A child runs for cover as a gunman went on a shooting spree in Nairobi (2013).

Image Source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nairobi-mall-westgate-siege-shabaab-radical-hostage-507874

Image Source http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nairobi-mall-westgate-siege-shabaab-radical-hostage-507874

24. Syrian town of Kafr Anbel sends their condolences to the families affected by the Boston bombings (2013).

Image Source http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2013/04/on-that-powerful-condolence-for-boston-photo-coming-out-of-syria-today/

Image Source http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2013/04/on-that-powerful-condolence-for-boston-photo-coming-out-of-syria-today/

 

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