Twelve months has gone by, but the pain for those who lost somebody never lessens. There is no such thing as closure for the grieving parents. So many innocent lives, cruelly taken in a senseless act of depraved violence.
I saw this little but plump American Robin, filling his boots on berries during a stroll through Central Park. A sign the holiday season is getting nearer!
My girlfriend and I were home in Wales recently to visit the family and to attend Steve and Lisa’s wedding. We had a great time, the trip flew by though and before I knew it, I was back on a plane and back on assignment photographing a serpent wielding preacher in Tennessee. Anyway, we lucked out on some really nice weather, considering the time of year. Congratulations to Steve and Lisa again!
I was assigned to photograph Pastor Andrew Hamblin at his Church in La Follette, Tennessee. The 22-year-old preacher is facing up to a year in prison after being charged with illegally possessing 53 venomous snakes seized from his church by Tennessee wildlife agency officers earlier this month. Yet the charismatic pastor, part of a century-old Pentecostal tradition in the region that takes literally an instruction in the Gospel of Mark that “they shall take up serpents”, remains piously defiant. Since appearing in court, he has continued wielding poisonous snakes during his raucous services at Tabernacle Church of God, after fresh creatures were snuck inside by members of his congregation.”I’m willing to fight this, because here in the United States we’re supposed to be guaranteed our religious freedom under the first amendment of the constitution,”
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STUDENTS IN 9/11 TWIN TOWERS FANCY DRESS WIN HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST, ROSIES NIGHTCLUB, CHESTER, UK
Their outfits included models of the two hijacked planes crashing into the twin towers and tiny model people falling to their deaths. University of Chester students Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19, dressed up as the buildings involved in the 9/11 terror attacks, where more than 2,700 people lost their lives. The pair won £150 between them after being voted best fancy dress by a DJ at the Rosies nightclub in Chester, UK.
I personally find it disturbing enough that anyone could be so insensitive to come up with such costumes and I find it more so, that a DJ would award them 150-00 pounds for being so distasteful. The girls have obviously researched 9/11 to make the costumes, why has it not registered with them that making a costume depicting people dying would not be morally reprehensible? The students have since released a statement “We never meant to be offensive, but we apologise if any offence was caused.”The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke.” Ms Langford’s pilot dad Martin Langford – who was flying jets in the US when al-Qaeda destroyed the World Trade Center in 2001 -said he will “have a little chat” with his daughter. The retired airman, 52, is reported to have said: “I didn’t know anything about it, but I’m not happy about it. “She knows I’m a pilot and that’s not cool at all. We will be having a little chat, I think.”
Ms Langford and Ms Collinge won £150 in shopping vouchers for their costume. The photograph featured on the Chester Parties Facebook page but was removed following criticism.
Some clubbers were so disgusted that they tried to complain to management. ‘I was completely outraged,’ said 20-year-old George Borsberry. ‘Not only were they labelled the “best dressed”, but they were also given £150 to dress up in this way and mock the victims and the families of the victims. ‘We asked to see the manager to complain and was turned down due to him being “too busy” to see us. ‘After waiting two and a half hours to see the person who decided this dreadful winner all we got was, “Sorry but it was a good costume.”
A spokeswoman for the Stonegate Pub Company, which runs Rosies nightclub, said: “Following the club night Halloween promotion that took place at Rosies, Chester, we are extremely concerned that an award of shopping vouchers was made to two young women who were dressed in a distasteful and offensive manner. “There was a serious error of judgment made on the evening by a contracted DJ to award such a prize and we apologise to anybody who may have been upset or offended by this.”
It is the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, this past year has literally flown-by. I recently photographed retired police officer Eric Baumler whose son Jack was killed by a falling tree whilst hunkering down at his Mothers home. Jack’s elder brother Will miraculously survived. Eric is eternally thankful that he got to spend eleven great years with his beloved son but misses him terribly and not an hour passes without thinking about Jack.
I re-visited some of the areas that I photographed during the storm and managed to meet up with Jeanette Donnelly who I originally photographed with her sisters hoisting the Stars and Stripes above the remnants of their storm ravaged home in Breezy Point. I returned with Jeanette to the area where her childhood home once stood and where she raised the flag she had found amongst the ashes. Jeanette not only lost her childhood home but also the home she shares with her little boy was so severely damaged, that it had to be gutted because of fire and water damage.
I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing internet sensation Grumpy Cat as she arrived in New York. Grumpy Cat, real name Tardar Sauce has become an Internet celebrity known for her grumpy facial expressions. Her owner Tabatha Bundesen says that her permanently grumpy-looking face is due to feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat’s popularity originated from a picture posted to a social news website by Tabatha’s brother Bryan last year. ”The Official Grumpy Cat” Facebook page has over 1.3 million Likes.