African Bush Vipers

African bush and tree vipers from a private collection.

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The Backwater

The Backwater

Glynn County, Georgia is considered to be one of the most polluted zipcodes in the country. But, it is also one of the most heavily-visited tourist areas in the state. One side of Glynn looks like the glossy cover of a Southern travel magazine. The other is a backwater where neighborhood wells are closed due to toxic contamination and chemical companies stand accused by environmental watchdogs of making back-room deals and using bad science to avoid responsibility. Subsistence fishermen put themselves at risk of poisoning in order to keep food on their tables. And commercial fishermen, once an integral part of a thriving seafood economy, are a dying breed. “The Backwater,” is a multimedia examination of industrial negligence in an environmental justice community completed as my Master’s thesis project.

INDY Week: Oak City Cycling Project

Winners of the 2014 Indy Week Best of the Triangle Award, Oak City Cycling Project in Raleigh is a different kind of bike shop. Not only can they help you purchase a new or used bike, but they will also teach you how to maintain it. Huge supporters of the local community, OCCP also hosts public rides, races, maintenance classes and other community events. oakcitycycling.com

National Geographic: The Future of Food

By 2050, Earth will likely be home to more than nine billion people. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. In a special eight-month series, “The Future of Food,” National Geographic investigates how to meet our growing need for nourishment without harming the planet that sustains us.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/magazine/ngm-food-anthem

Role:  Contributing Videographer

 

Community Art Series: Foster Violins

Dan Foster has been making quality stringed instruments for over 30 years, creating award-winning violins, violas and cellos.

Visit his website: Foster Violins.

The Community Art Series a joint project of the Blacksburg Partnership Collaborative for the Arts and the Town of Blacksburg. The series highlights the many creative talents of artists who live, work, or perform in and around Blacksburg, Virginia. Many of these artists are members of ‘Round the Mountain, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network and have studio stops along the Montgomery County Artisan Trail.

© Town of Blacksburg

Camera and Sound by Kathryn Rende
Edited by Kathryn Rende
Interview by Chip Herman

Places and Spaces: Price House Nature Center

The Price House Nature Center is one of the unique public spaces in the town of Blacksburg. Home to the SEEDS program, the Price House is a place where children can come to learn about their local environment through camps, directed learning or through good old-fashioned play.

Camera and Sound by Kathryn Rende
Edited by Kathryn Rende
Interview by Kathryn Rende

Wildlife

“If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.”
― Steve Irwin

Austerity Protests in Syntagama Square

After weeks of civil protests in Athens, Greece, the movement suddenly became violent in response to the June 29th, 2011 passing of an austerity plan aimed at easing the financial stress on the heavily indebted country.

 

 

Portraits of Mathare

The slums of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya are home to approximately 500,000 people. Most of them live in 10-foot, one-room homes made from whatever materials they can find, usually sheets of corrugated tin. Sewage and trash flow through the streets, snaking their way alongside the walls of the homes. Crime, sickness and death runs rampant. There are no government services like water or electricity, leading many to install their own illegal taps and power lines, which are often faulty and can lead to massive fires. According to residents, the people of Mathare are forgotten or ignored by the government, an eyesore on the map.