Kevin Carter and “The Photo”


I recall seeing this photo before but hadn’t heard of the story behind it.

Johannesburg – Visiting Sudan, a little-known photographer took a picture that made the world weep. What happened afterward is a tragedy of another sort. The image presaged no celebration: a child barely alive, a vulture so eager for carrion. Yet the photograph that epitomised Sudan’s famine would win Kevin Carter fame – and hopes for anchoring a career spent hounding the news, free-lancing in war zones, waiting anxiously for assignments amid dire finances, staying in the line of fire for that one great picture. On May 23, 14 months after capturing that memorable scene, Carter walked up to the dais in the classical rotunda of Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library and received the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. The South African soaked up the attention. “I swear I got the most applause of anybody,” Carter wrote back to his parents in Johannesburg. “I can’t wait to show you the trophy. It is the most precious thing, and the highest acknowledgment of my work I could receive…”

Two months after receiving his Pulitzer, Carter would be dead of carbon-monoxide poisoning in Johannesburg, a suicide at 33. His red pickup truck was parked near a small river where he used to play as a child; a green garden hose attached to the vehicle’s exhaust funneled the fumes inside. “I’m really, really sorry,” he explained in a note left on the passenger seat beneath a knapsack. “The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist.”

(via Metachat)

Christmas Lights Set to Music

A video of somebody’s christmas lights set to music.(Links to wmv) Cool but there are no details about it on the site where the video is on.


Thanks to JimF in the comments for pointing out some more info about these lights.

I found out some info –
[I think] the guys name is Carson Williams.
I do know that he’s in Mason, Ohio.

He uses an FM frequency also so you can tune in to it sitting in your car outside the house.

I don’t have a link, but I found another song & sequence online yesterday [Jingle Bells]

The Jingle Bells clip can be found here (Anybody have a better link?) and was done by Barbara Streisand.

Update 2:

Thanks to Jayme and Dwain who actually went to the house to see it live and reported back in the comments.

Well the address is correct. I found the house, but bad news. I guess due to the major traffic that it was causing the neighbors started to complain. It’s been shut off till who knows when. Not only is the show shut down, but the lights were just plain off. I sat there for about 2 minutes, tuned into the radio station that was setup for it and heard the announcement. So apparently I was a day late, usual story. 🙁

I can see why it would be a problem though. The house is on a caldisack(?), and there were probably 20+ cars in and out in the couple minutes I was there.