A man wearing a pagan mask poses for a photograph as druids, pagans and revelers gather, hoping to see the sun rise as they take part in a winter solstice ceremony at Stonehenge yesterday, December 21, 2013. Despite the rain and wind, a large crowd gathered at the famous historic stone circle to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year – an event claimed to be more important in the pagan calendar than the summer solstice, because it marks the ‘re-birth’ of the Sun for the New Year. By Matt Cardy/Getty.
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At the end of 2012, photographer Ernest Goh collaborated with the Canadian charitable organization, Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) on a project to vaccinate dogs and cats (and one monkey) against rabies. Goh traveled with VWB to roughly two to three villages daily in rural Laos to document the process that invited pet owners to receive the rabies vaccination free of charge. After the vaccination process, Goh invited the owners to pose for a portrait with their pets. From the images, he created a series titled simply “Pet Owners of Laos.”
A helper dressed as Santa Claus holds a Fennec fox at Everland, South Korea’s largest amusement park on December 18, 2013 in Yongin, South Korea. Many Christian and non-Christian Koreans celebrate the holiday by exchanging gifts, caroling and participating in church services. South Korea is the only east Asian nation that recognises Christmas as a national holiday. By Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images. Update from a reader:
The Republic of China on Taiwan also recognizes Christmas, though it’s officially “Constitution Day” there. Madam Chiang Kai-shek was Christian and wanted to ensure that 12/25 was a holiday, so had it declared constitution day early in the history of the Republic, and it’s stuck. The oddest thing I found (I lived in Taiwan in the early ’90s) was that Christmas Eve was a huge night for dates – flowers were all sold out that day, and there was no way to get into a restaurant of any quality that night.
A man rests during a protest walk by African migrants on a highway on the way to Jerusalem in protest after abandoning a detention facility in the southern Israeli desert on December 16, 2013 near Beer Sheva, Israel. Over 100 African migrants abandoned the ‘open’ Israeli detention center, which opened last week, to march to Jerusalem to protest a law allowing authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until the resolution of their asylum requests are granted or they are deported or volunteered to leave the country. More on the controversy here. By Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.
An activist gestures during a demonstration near the Museu do Indio (Indian Museum) ‘Aldea Maracana’ (Maracana Village) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 16, 2013. The demonstrators, among whom there were some 30 Amazonic natives, seized the museum protesting against its scheduled demolition to continue the works in the Mario Filho ‘Maracana’ stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup. By Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images.
Photography captures a single moment in time. But the work of Julian Germain succeeds in raising questions about time passing which bring together past, future and present within the single image. He has succeeded in using portraiture to explore the particular and the specific in a way that eloquently poses questions about the life of every viewer, sending us away moved and challenged. His work explores not just the individual lifespan from birth to death, but also the context of family and society, which gives meaning to personal stories.
(Photo by Julian Germain)
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When James Bond author Ian Fleming retired to Jamaica to write, it is widely believed that he turned to a Polish-born spy as the inspiration for his first Bond girl. This muse, born Krystyna Skarbek and later known as Christine Granville, was simply put, captivating.
A man pours water on the head of a pregnant woman who nearly fainted during a food distribution of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) near a camp for internally displaced persons in Bangui on December 13, 2013. More than 600 people have been killed in the sectarian violence tearing though the Central African Republic in the past week, the UN said today. The resource-rich but poverty-stricken majority Christian country was plunged into chaos following a March coup by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels. A fresh wave of violence enveloped the country on December 5, prompting French troops to deploy in a bid to stop communal strife that had sparked global alarm and talk of a possible genocide. By Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images.
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press conference in Washington, DC on December 12, 2013. When asked if he would press ultra-conservative groups to tone down their criticism of a pending budget deal, Boehner said, “I don’t care what they do.” By Win McNamee/Getty Images.
An Indian gay-rights activist takes part in a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex in New Delhi on December 11, 2013. In a major setback for civil rights in the world’s biggest democracy, the court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex that could see homosexuals jailed for up to ten years. By Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images.
A man sings passionately as he waits for the Nelson Mandela memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 10, 2013. Over 60 heads of state have travelled to South Africa to attend a week of events commemorating the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who passed away on the evening of December 5, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 after spending 27 years in jail for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. By Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.
A man is shouting religious slogans as Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest against their military conscription outside a military prison in Atlit, Israel on December 9, 2013. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested outside the prison following the arrest of a young man who refused to serve in the Israeli army. By Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.
Nearly 9 million people were mobilized to serve in Britain’s military during World War I. By the time photographer Giles Price started seeking veterans of the war in 2005, there were just 23 left. … His series, “The Old Guard,” features portraits of the last 12 veterans of the war, which broke out 100 years ago next summer. At the project’s start, Price wrote letters to each of the veterans requesting to take their photo. Thus commenced a race against time. “I was 20 minutes from taking one sitter when the home rang me to say he had passed that morning. He was 106,” Price said.
Price built a small studio in each of the homes he visited and used a studio flash to light the portraits. He shot the centenarians looking upward and ahead, in an effort to place less emphasis on their extreme age and more on the pride and dignity they retained over the years. “The gaze was one of reflection, be that the war, long life, or anything that we associate with time and memories,” Price said.