Marius Schultz

First there was nothing. A story of the universe told by trees.

In most religions trees tells the story of wisdom and the circle of life. But what do they see? Besides the tree, the branches, the leaves, and the roots? My project is to discover the trees, the growth through seasons — with beauty and reality in mind. Not as a painter or a fairytale teller. But as a watcher of today. The red haired girls represent the relation of time and human reproduction. Trees alone doesn’t tell anything without humans. The project started in 2008 and will continue.

From Norse mythology:

In the middle of Asgard, where the gods lived, was Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil was the tree of life. It was an eternal green Ash tree; its branches stretched out over all of the nine worlds, and extended up and above the heavens. (See more at: http://www.viking-mythology.com/yggdrasil.html)

The tree of life, referred to in Genesis, is the symbol of God’s provision for immortality in the Garden of Eden. Of all the trees that were in the Garden of Eden, two were named for their great importance, but just as one — the tree of life — was a blessing to Adam and Eve, the other was to become a curse for all of their posterity. “And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9).



4.1.14 (hey, it’s a palindrome)


4.1.14 (hey, it’s a palindrome)


(vía darksilenceinsuburbia)



Was ist Metaphysik

 [white series]

Foreigners may be stealing your job, but maybe if someone with no contacts, money, or ability to speak English can steal your job, you deserve to have it stolen.
Louie CK (via officialbeamazedbyme)


Michelle Sank

In My Skin

These images are from a project called In My Skin about young people under 25 in the UK who are challenging their body image. I am looking at those who have had or are considering having cosmetic surgery in order to become more acceptable to themselves and achieve their ideal of being ‘beautiful’. Social consensus in Western society today is particularly focussed on physical beauty and achieving and maintaining the “perfect” face and body. Intertwined with this I am also documenting body dysmorphia as young people try and conform to this social expectation resulting in eating disorders and body transformation. Lastly I am documenting transgenderism and the struggle young people have to live within a body they were born into but have no affiliation with. (artist statement)

1. Nicola - recovering from anorexia and Rachel - Breast augmentation - Twins 20 years old

2. Hannah 20 years - Lip fillers, breast augmentation, botox, body liposuction, rhinoplasty

3. Olli 19 years - recovering from anorexia

4. Saraya 20 years - Full body liposuction and lip fillers 

5. Hannah 17 years - Botox

6. Cambell 16 years - Transgender male to female

7. Shaye 21 years - Post breast removal surgery

8. John 19 years - Transgender female to male. Now gender neutral

9. Matt 18 years - Transgender female to male

10. Jackie 18 years - Full transition surgery at 16


(vía adamthegirl)


Gerd Ludwig

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl

Los Angeles-based photographer Gerd Ludwig has been going back to Chernobyl, site of the 1986 nuclear explosion in Ukraine, for the past 20 years to document the severe and long-lasting impact it has had on the people and places inside the exclusion zone up till today. 

He first visited the city in 1993 on a National Geographic assignment, when access was highly restricted, and back again in 2005, where he was allowed only 15 minutes in Reactor No.4, due to the deadly levels of pollution. He described the experience, “I knew that I had less than 15 minutes to capture impacting images of an environment that few have ever seen and that I might never access again. The adrenaline surge was extraordinary.” 

Even though it is highly dangerous, the photographer does it out of responsibility to those who continue to suffer the impacts of the disaster. He explained in an interview with Slate Magazine, “While covering this story, I met many caring and courageous people who allowed me to expose their suffering. They generally realize that me showing their fate is not going to change their life any more. However, many of them wanted their situation to be known solely in the hope of contributing to the cause that tragedies like Chernobyl may be prevented in the future”. 

He is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to publish the images in a photo book entitled ‘The Long Shadow Of Chernobyl’. 

1. Workers wearing plastic suits and respirators for protection pause on their way to drill holes for support rods inside the shaky concrete sarcophagus, a structure hastily built after the explosion to isolate the radioactive rubble of Reactor No. 4. They keep the deteriorating enclosure standing until a replacement can be built. Radiation inside is so high that they are allowed to work only one shift of 15 minutes per day. 

2. Kharytina Desha, 92, is one of the few people who have returned to their village homes inside the exclusion zone. Although surrounded by devastation and isolation, she prefers to die on her own soil. 

3. Chairs, toys, and gas masks in an abandoned kindergarten classroom. Fewer buildings now bear witness to the hasty departure of their former residents; instead, there are signs of the visitors’ need to simplify the message. Most noticeably, dolls, like this one carefully arranged next to a gas mask, have become the standard motif. 

4. Suffering from thyroid cancer, Oleg Shapiro, 54, and Dima Bogdanovich, 13, receive care at a thyroid hospital in Minsk, Belarus. As a liquidator who helped clean up the accident, Oleg was exposed to extreme levels of radiation. This was his third thyroid operation. Dima’s mother claims that Chernobyl’s nuclear fallout is responsible for her son’s cancer, but Belarusian officials are often instructed to downplay the severity of the radiation.

5. On April 26, 1986, operators in this control room of Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant committed a fatal series of errors during a safety test, triggering a reactor meltdown that resulted in the world’s largest nuclear accident to date.

6. When Soviet authorities finally ordered the evacuation, residents’ hasty departure often meant leaving behind their most personal belongings. The Soviet Union didn’t admit that an accident had occurred until two days after the explosion, when the nuclear fallout cloud reached Sweden and scientists there noticed contamination on their shoes before entering their own nuclear power plant.

7. The empty schools and kindergarten rooms in Pripyat—once the largest town in the exclusion zone with 50,000 inhabitants—are still a silent testament to the sudden and tragic departure. Due to decay, this section of the school building has collapsed. 


TRIP TO DC september 2013

"And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream….

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

I have a dream today! 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

My new blog, about my trips! Please tell me if u guys like it.