Friday, March 28, 2014

Street Seen: Photos for LAX

Sidewalk peace sign, March 2014 © Marissa Roth

More photographs from my latest project which I am making as I walk around LA...

"Street Seen" was selected by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Division, to be an exhibition at L.A. International Airport - Terminal One Arrival Lounge. I'll have 36 images on display in total and will announce the dates when I have them.

After the rain, March 2014 © Marissa Roth

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stream of Conciousness

Bicycle Streamers, Los Angeles, March 2014 © Marissa Roth

Have taken to becoming a pedestrian in L.A., as I work on a project called, "Street Seen", that was selected by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Division, to be an exhibition at L.A. International Airport - Terminal One Arrival Lounge.

I'm still waiting to hear the exact dates for the show, but am shooting randomly around the city on sunny days! There will be 36 images in a little over halfway there!

Monday, March 10, 2014

International Women's Day Interview with i24 News

In honour of International Women's Day, Marissa was interviewed by Israeli news channel i24, via Skype from Los Angeles. "My project is really about women who have chosen life after war."

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

International Women’s Day Discussion Panel

March 8th, 2014, is International Women’s Day, a global day of recognition, celebration and reflection and Marissa Roth is proud to be part of a discussion panel that evening at the Annenberg Space for Photography. The moderator is “rock ‘n roll anthropologist” Penelope Spheeris. Alongside Marissa is Margaret Aguirre, Head of Global Initiatives for International Medical Corps, and Dr. Mireya Mayor, a scientist, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and wildlife correspondent. They will be addressing the challenges women face, the successes they’ve achieved and the importance of ensuring a feminine point of view in these fields. The panel discussion is free, and registration opens on Friday, February 28 at 12 noon and Saturday, March 1 at 9:30 am.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Circling Back

                                                                                               Santa Monica, CA   January 30,  2014 © Marissa Roth

Circling back to go forward
To land and fly again

A welcome moment of stillness
As projects finish and blank canvases await
Time finally to revisit old letters, old ideas, old photographs
Remember friends gone
Fragments of time and chapters puzzle into a clear form

The redrawing of familiar lines reinforces foundations
Renewing vision and direction
The present presents itself a new chapter.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Vermillion Sky

                                                                         Los Angeles   January 2014 © Marissa Roth

There's something very reassuring about a beautiful sunset.

Seeing the expanse of sky
The wondrous colors
The evidence of the rotation of the earth
The light dripping and drifting from hue to hue
Reflects life itself and the wonder of it
That we are here to behold it.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Homemade Globe | Samar, Philippines

                                                                      Homemade Globe, Samar, Philippines   September 1988 © Marissa Roth

Every news account of the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, which struck the heart of the Philippines a few weeks ago, mentions the strength and resilience of the Filipino people. The inability of both the national and local governments to provide immediate aid to the typhoon victims was heartbreaking to witness, but not new news.

It has been ever thus in the Philippines, where two handfuls of powerful families control politics, money and the land. I had a bitter laugh when I heard that the mayor of Tacloban is a nephew of Imelda Marcos, and a senator for Leyte is Bongbong Marcos, son of the late dictator. And of course, the Philippine president is the son of Ninoy and Corazon Aquino. Shakespeare couldn't have written a more ironic tragic tale, where the second generation of adversaries is now using the poor as pawns in their feudal game.

Yes, Filipinos are resilient and ever willing to smile and pick up the pieces. And yes, the global relief effort picked up the tab and will continue to do so for may years, while the powerful Filipinos lustfully fill their pockets and point feeble fingers untouched by any manual labor.

This photograph which I pulled from my archive, was taken in Samar in 1988, when I was working on a story about provincial schools. The Central Visayas, where Samar and Leyte sit, is one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. One of the geography teachers at a school on Samar was struggling with meager supplies - hardly any books or writing paper and pencils. Rather than be discouraged, he made a handmade globe out of rebar and rice sacks, in order to give his students a sense of the world. He drew the continents and their positions from memory.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Evidence of Wind

                                                                                                   Hagetmau, France   July 2013 © Marissa Roth

In a beautiful simple garden
In the countryside of France
A languid afternoon wind
Rustles the leaves of a young plane tree
Then the long evening setting sun
Wonderful !

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Road of Life

                                                   Marissa photographing the sun, on an Atlantic beach, central France    July 2013 © Alain Labbe

It's a mysterious, magical journey.
Just when one thinks that they are going in one direction,
the road can change dramatically, and go in another.

My road is now leading me to France.

Not every step is easy, nor difficult.

Moments of pure bliss and wonder appear along the way,
as do moments when we stumble into emotional potholes,
and we question if we are going the right way.

Through it all,
love remains pure and strong.
Our knowing compass which guides us gently forward.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Opening Night in Oradour

June 21st, 2013, marked the opening of the “One Person Crying: Women and War” exhibition, in Oradour, France. The exhibition runs from June 22, 2013 - April 30, 2014 at Centre de la Mémoire, Oradour, France.

Marissa at the opening on Friday night, June 21st, with Robert Hébras, one of the five survivors of the Oradour massacre. He is one of the two last survivors living.  

Oradour-sur-Glane was the site of a terrible massacre on June 10, 1944. 642 men, women and children were killed and the town set ablaze afterwards.

Images © Alain Labbe