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‘Fidel, Fidel Tell Us What Else Can We Do’? ‘Study, Study, Study’! Came The Reply. – December 22nd 1961

20160127_TGL_CUBA_DSC3822_edit_final_final_web_wtrmrkUpon stepping into Municipal Library Gustavo Izquierdo of Trinidad at #265 street Marti in the commercial and administrative area of the city center, my senses were assailed with the scent of old (and I mean ‘weary’ old) books. The building itself was stately but in desperate need of repair, as much of Cuba is. It contained rows of shelves, neatly lined with well used, yellow paged books, many with rebuilt bindings and all somewhat faded of color. The black and white tiles on the floors were rather striking and under all that age, the past splendor of the original building could not be denied. I closed my eyes for a moment and easily imagined a huge ballroom full of dancing, beautifully dressed guests. The shutters, if there were any, hung in tatters on crooked window frames, no blinds were present so that natural light and dust were free to drift in. There were no doors on the baño which was tragically outfitted with ‘more than’ seriously challenged plumbing. The center courtyard was home to what must have once been a lovely fountain but it clearly had not seen flowing water in years. And yet … like everywhere in Cuba, there were people making the most of what was available to them and the quest for learning was all around us. Individual rooms around the courtyard were buzzing with office activity and very small class rooms held adults studying with an educator. Two older women were learning English, making me smile.
 
According to information collected by the *UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) on behalf of UNESCO with 2015 estimates based on people aged fifteen or over, Cuba has an outstanding literacy rate of 99.7%! Education is available to everyone in Cuba and mandatory from 6 to 15 years of age. Students are offered free education through university, medical school, technical schools and other professional programs. Everyone in Cuba is expected to work and everyone is expected to read. There are some 400 public libraries in Cuba and all are overseen by the National Library director. There is a large library in every municipality and a smaller library in each community. There are even branches in remote areas on the island. I was very pleased to learn through publiclibrariesonline.org that all public libraries in Cuba also provide services for people with disabilities. There are libraries in every school, classes are required to attend the library once a week and often they are open for evening classes, as well. Adding to Cuba’s extraordinary commitment to reading and education, there is a University in every province of Cuba that provides a five year library degree program where graduates receive a BA degree in librarianship and the science of information.
 
Extraordinary!
 
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Have no fear, I can prepare one just for you, as well! 

Nothing pleases me more than learning that a piece of my work has found a forever home. I am absolutely thrilled that three pieces from my current collection have been purchased at the #RobertLincolnLevy Gallery! One of the great things about working in the medium of photography is that another rendering of any sold piece can be made. So if happen to be wandering through #TheRoadMostTraveled Exhibit and you find yourself drawn to a piece that has already been sold, have no fear! I can prepare one just for you, as well!   http://www.patcorlinphotography.com/Galleries/Exhibits-/The-Road-Most-Traveled

#PatCorlinPhotography #NHAA #Exhibit #Photography #HangItDangIt #RLLG #RobertLincolnLevyGallery #Portsmouth #NH

Embracing Transition

When returning home from my extended October stay on the islands of Hawaii, I was anticipating disappointment over the loss of all of the beautiful leaves of our deciduous trees our trees. Instead, I was delighted that I was given a last glimpse of autumn when I came upon a beautiful maple tree, bursting with bright yellow leaves! And just 24 hours later temperatures dropped and met the dew point, resulting in a soft and moody mist that highlighted the naked trees of winter pending. Such is the ever-changing landscape of New England and I find I was happily reminded that I will never at a loss for stunning subject matter to photograph.

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“Waiting For The Grass To Grow”

Here in the state of New Hampshire, our haying season is a fairly short one. We just barely can squeeze in a second cut before the weather gets to cold at night and the grasses stop growing. If we are lucky we may get a stellar third cut and that hay often stays green in the barn throughout the entire winter. This spring is no different. The snows have melted and the grasses have sprouted. We all wait anxiously and “at the ready” for it to reach the right height. Then we begin to pray for  a few days of dry weather to cut it, fork it, dry it, bale it and put it up! Let’s hope this is a three cut summer!

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Waiting for The Grass To Grow

Waiting for The Grass To Grow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“IRREPLACEABLE!”

Wrap your head around this because at this rate … they WILL be gone forever! “North of Zimbabwe, in central Africa, an estimated 23,000 elephants, or roughly 60 each day, were killed last year. A pound of elephant tusk sells for about $1,500 on the black market. That’s more than double the price just five years ago. Ivory is used to make carved ornaments and trinkets.”

read more: http://www.chron.com/news/science/article/APNewsBreak-Africa-land-grabs-endanger-elephants-5415921.php

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IRREPLACEABLE!

IRREPLACEABLE!

Whaleback Light

Whale Back Light

Whaleback Light

 

Whaleback Lighthouse

Fort Foster, Kittery, Maine

At the mouth of the Piscataqua River, sits the historic Whaleback Lighthouse, built in 1872 to replace the original light, heavily damaged by storms. It is built of granite, a stone quite common in New Hampshire and Maine, and is not painted. Some say this is the least glamorous of light houses but I actually love the way look as it compliments the natural beauty of the Northeastern Atlantic coast.

2014 Performing Images Photography by Pat Corlin

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Journey To Tanzania Update!

Join with over 26 heroes who have helped support our initiative to share photos and stories of Tanzania with adults and children as we raise school supplies for the communities we visited. Please consider making a pledge today we have only two days left!  It’s easy and every little bit helps help! Just follow this link to our kickstarter campaign.

If you couldn’t join us for the Journey To Tanzania Exhibit Artists Reception you will want to check out this great project update! A video short created by photographer M.C. Brogan!

Pitcha Pitcha!

Pitcha Pitcha!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1731146590/journey-to-tanzania/posts

Much thanks to Gary Lamott Photography for donating his serves by providing video clips and still images of the Journey To Tanzania Exhibit Artist’s Reception.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE Will Melt Your Heart

NH Will Melt Your Heart

After an incredibly busy week of eat, sleeping and drinking our JTT exhibit opening at the Main Street Art Gallery, I shared the joy of getting out early on Sunday with Chris Keeley of http://www.ChrisKeeleyPhoto.com and Meagan Corlin Brogan of http://www.ShutterForcePhotgraphy.com for some one on one shooting time. Ok, so two on one shooting time if we need to be technical  but it was the first time just the three of us got together to photograph since we traveled to Tanzania with The Giving Lens of http://www.TheGivingLens.com, last July. The climate was definitely different but the comradery was the undeniably the same. Image captured at the Cocheco Falls in Dover, NH.

After The Storm

After The Storm

After The Storm

New England takes another hit and it looks like possibly ten inches of snow predicted for tomorrow!

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After The Storm – Repost of Photojournalist Orlando Uy – Talcoban, Philippines

After The Storm

After The Storm

Every now and then I am introduced to the work of an individual that moves me beyond words. Such is the work of photojournalism of Orland Uy of the Philippines.  Extraordinary doesn’t even come close to describing … so I will leave you with two links instead:https://www.facebook.com/walkswithmycamera

http://afternoonwalks.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/after-the-storm/

A walk with my camera

I wasn’t prepared for this, and neither was my government.  After 3 very challenging weeks, I have already come to terms with the situation, that recovery will be a long process but we’ll eventually get there.  The Philippine government, however, is still in denial.  We survived, but eventually it will be politics that will kill us all.

I went out to take photos on the following morning, but after seeing so much pain and struggle, I couldn’t play the role of a casual observer.  I, too, was part of this and I realized that I had a bigger role to play: to survive the aftermath, both physically and emotionally.

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The water supply was shut down except for this pipe at the Tacloban Shopping Center.  There was already a long line of people waiting in line.  They brought every bottle and bucket they had to fill with water.  I made a…

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