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1.29.2009

Do you love where you live?


Last night before I went to bed Cari (my wife) downloaded a few new apps for her iphone (yes I have iphone envy). Anyway, She downloaded the USATODAY app which is great. I opened it up this morning to read the daily news as I sat in my chair drinking my coffee. And the one article that caught my attention was "Pew: Almost half of Americans want to live somewhere else". This article totally made sense to me because I have lived in many places in my life and I have to say I only fell in love with two. I currently am very happy where I live. This article reminded me of this amazing photographic project called “The Places We Live.” It explores the everyday lives of nearly 1 billion dwellers living in our cities’ slums. Not only did this project include one of the most amazing websites but an incredible book which I want. The website truly captures the sounds, sites, and people of these slums around the world. The whole project was by an amazing artist by the name of Jonas Bendiksen. It would make any American second guess there outlook on where they live. Take a few moments when you get home and go to "The Places We Live” and let me know what you think about the article. Oh and here is a quote from the introduction.

"The year 2008 has witnessed a major shift in the way people across the world live: for the first time in human history more people live in cities than in rural areas. This triumph of the urban, however, does not entirely represent progress, as the number of people living in urban slums—often in abject conditions—will soon exceed one billion. From 2005 to 2007 Jonas Bendiksen documented life in the slums of four different cities: Nairobi, Kenya; Mumbai, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; and Caracas, Venezuela. His lyrical images capture the diversity of personal histories and outlooks found in these dense neighborhoods that, despite commonly held assumptions, are not simply places of poverty and misery. Yet, slum residents continuously face enormous challenges, such as the lack of health care, sanitation, and electricity. The Places We Live includes twenty double-gatefold images, each representing an individual home and its denizen’s story. Through its innovative design and experiential approach, The Places We Live brings the modern-day Dickensian reality of these individuals into sharp focus."

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