Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the
other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for
individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to
restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while
struggling to create new avenues for peace.
is at the core of the Aftermath Project’s activities. Each year we open our
application process to working photographers, world-wide, who are pursuing – or
propose to pursue – long-term projects about the aftermath of conflict. The
grant application usually goes online in mid-August, and the application
deadline is in early November. Specifics are on the application form.
are judged first on the level of photographic skill demonstrated in the images
photographers submit with their applications. They are also judged on their
project statements, which outline the aftermath story they want to cover and
relevant aftermath issues.
Beetles ane Huxley has an exhibit of vintage and modern National Geographic Prints. The show includes Michael Yamashita, Tim Layman, Luis Marden and Matthieu Paley. It is good company to be in. Details here.
Pablo Corral Vega has beautiful Kickstarter for his new book a tribute to Carolina Hidalgo. See his letter below and please consider contributing.
My name is Pablo Corral Vega. I am a photojournalist and artist. I’ve spent the last 15 years traveling the globe for National Geographic and other magazines.
In January of this year, Carolina Hidalgo, the person nearest and dearest to me in the world, died in a car accident. For me, her death was an earthquake, a rending, and a blow so severe that I was left without air, joy, meaning, or purpose.
As time passed, I knew I needed to start over again. I had to find a way to give thanks for the sun coming up and the songs of the birds. I had to understand that, despite the pain, being alive is a miracle. On a bright afternoon, I found myself beside a mountain ravine very close to the house where I spent my childhood. There, along that abyss, without anyone having planted anything, was a garden, perfect and wild. There were flowers, herbs, century plants, butterflies, and birds of every color.
Carolina loved gardens and trees. She had returned to Ecuador after getting her master's degree in landscape architecture at Harvard and was working on significant projects in our native country, designing parks and other public spaces to human scale.
When I saw that garden I felt peace for the first time and realized that the garden was a gift, a gift that I should share. That afternoon I started this wild garden project as a tribute to Carolina. Since then, I’ve visited many of Ecuador’s varied ecosystems photographing national parks and nature reserves. This book is the result of much careful, loving work.
Though I’ve been a photojournalist for years, I actually began as a landscape photographer. In beginning again, I didn’t look for the spectacular or the dramatic. I sought out humble landscapes, simple, small places. In doing so, I learned to give thanks even when the weather did not cooperate or I didn’t find anything special. I photographed in places that Carolina loved and in places that I would have loved to share with her.
Ecuador is an extraordinary country, tiny but diverse. It’s 1/40th the size of the United States but has twice the biodiversity. Ecuador’s natural treasures must be celebrated and preserved. Without the wonder of these wild gardens, our lives would be diminished, robbed of beauty.
Ecuadorian photographer and artist Pablo Corral Vega, a contributor to National Geographic and other international publications, will publish his latest book in December 2013, in Ecuador, and May 2014, everywhere else.
This book is a passionate invitation to immerse in the wonder of nature, to make conservation an act of joy and tenderness, a celebration of the richness and beauty of Ecuador, one of the most biodiverse countries on earth.
The photos in this new book are rendered in exquisite detail. Corral Vega worked with cameras of at least 36 megapixels. The resolution is so high that the images become baroque tableaus.
My garden in the wild is being designed by Belén Mena, winner of multiple international design prizes, and printed by one of the most award-winning presses in Latin America, Imprenta Mariscal in Quito. The text will be translated into English by Margaret Sayers Peden, one of the most important translators of Latin American literature.
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Size: 29 x 32.5 centimeters (approximately 11.5 x 12.8 inches) Approximately 132 pages and 60 color photographs Texts and photographs: Pablo Corral Vega Language: Bilingual Edition in Spanish and English Design: Belén Mena Translation: Margaret Sayers Peden Printing: Stochastic offset printing on coated matte paper by Imprenta Mariscal Retail Price: Approximately $70 Publication Date: Ecuador, December 2013; Rest of the World, May 2014