03 July 2014

Ships, Trains, and...

I have been spending a lot of time photographing ships and trains. Samples:
UP Container Shipment
UP Container Shipment photograph

Isoldana Unloading Bagged Ceramic Proppant
Isoldana Unloading Bagged Ceramic Proppant photograph

Coal Train, July 2014 video

Amtrak Trains at Marvin Road video

Northbound trains at N Rich Rd video

Daiwan Ace Departing with Load of Logs video

Burfoot Sunset video

see more: www.youtube.com/user/RobertWhitlock, www.flickr.com/photos/rwhitlock

Thank you, and please, have a good day!


Sunny Icebow


09 May 2014

What's New

So much. Life has had me changing more in the last year or two I think than since I was adolescent. So much has been going on. I have been busy. I have a full-time job (putting in 55 hours this week.) I have still been trying to be active with photography and video, and using my voice for truth and justice (for example commenting on an article in The Nation Magazine by Robert Reich about wealth inequality. I am still collecting signatures to petition the Port of Olympia Commissioners to stop engaging in the business of hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking" or "hydro-fracking") - an extreme method for extraction of fossil fuels. The port has been importing "proppants" from China for a company called Rainbow Ceramics. Proppants are little ceramic balls; they used to prop open fissures created by the hydraulic blasting. I posted a video about that, here. I also saw an Amtrak train, the Southbound Cascades service whiz by at Waldrick Road. Another video I recently posted shows a bunch of crows flying around in the wind seen from the Law Enforcement Memorial at the State Capitol campus. Some photos recently posted to Flickr:
Centralia Electric Generating Station Steam Plant May 2014 Panorama

Centralia Electric Generating Station Steam Plant III

Centralia Electric Generating Station Steam Plant II

Centralia Electric Generating Station Steam Plant I

Moon Cradle

19 April 2014

The Size of Things

Four photos:
Background: going through photos for an exhibit for Artswalk (at Urban Medicinals.) These are some photos that will not be on display.

21 March 2014

Ode to the Industrial Age

Massive extractions, massive amounts of fossil fuels; such a relatively brief geological time-frame -- the geological blink of an eye; life on planet Earth, in the cross hairs?

- Certain economic uplift for some of world's population.
- Pollution, including green house gasses.
- Increasing extremity of real economic inequality between rich and poor.

Problem: No one knows what will happen.
- We do however know some of the certain present day outcomes, and while for a percentage, oh say roughly 20% of the world's population, life has gotten better, for many, it may be argued, improvements have not really panned out, and many people are stuck in impoverishment, and further, enslavement, in order to suit the economic benefits of others.
- We also know that a massive extinction event is already well under way. Many species have already been drive to demise, as a result of industrial impacts on environmental conditions, the ecological balances necessary for life to flourish.

And so what about the future... It is reasonable to question whether current activities might result in ever increasing consequences for over all life on Earth. This is not even to mention the present day injustices and violence associated with the current harmful economic paradigm.

So, why do some still take profit and reap reward from activities that do so much to harm (to others, and to the overall diversity and balance of life on Earth.) So--What do you think?

02 March 2014

02 February 2014

Calling Corporate Power

On this episode of the program, we (me and Kenny) called and commented on several of these companies:
Bohemian Grove, Manhattan Project, atomic weapons, Global Dominance, empire, General Electric, General Dynamics, etc. ... ALEC ... Google Maps, disregarding Native American Reservations . . . forgetting indigenous traditions . . . death and destruction, pride and prejudice, in the service of financial elitism. Oh man . . .