Editor’s Notes for Michael Fox.
San Francisco, California, September 2009
“From the first time I saw content on the Photojournale website, I was intrigued by the extreme differences, and surprising similarities shown in photographs from all over the world. With high quality images being submitted from photographers on five continents, it was fascinating to observe how, in one or more ways, we are all connected – belief systems, personal goals, living conditions, employment challenges, interests, family environments, and outlook, on local and international affairs. I was delighted to be invited to help edit this book which, I feel, is a first step in effectively representing humanity as it exists without religious, political, or geographic boundaries.”
Edtors Notes for Lisa Hogben
Sydney , Australia, October 2009
To early twentieth century science fiction writers the new millennia represented a cornucopia of fantasies that described a ‘Brave New World’ where the possibilities of living were so vastly different to what was known, that humans living in our current era were to be evolved beyond war, beyond famine and were to be exploring the outer reaches of the universe with abandon.
This ‘Brave New World’ that had been prophesised by some of the best creative minds in literary fields has become astonishingly close to the reality of our world at the end of the first decade of the twenty first century. From scientific advancements as varied as cloning living creatures and their body parts to wireless internet communications that can enable ordinary people to hold conversations and collect information from as far away as the moon, the world has advanced in technology in ways undreamt by those earlier authors.
Yet fundamentally we as the human species have changed little in many thousands of years of development.
Love, hate, famine and plenty still dominate our all too human state. We eat, drink, sleep, reproduce, regenerate and destroy in equal measure. We are as we are, a gregarious, eclectic, murderous, compassionate and sometimes thinking species that believes, perhaps erroneously that we have dominion over the earth and its creatures.
Yet we all share one thing, our nature as human beings and our infinite and incredible diversity.
The experience of contributing to and editing this first foray into publishing by Photojournale has been an unique experience. To past generations this book, created from an electronic gathering of people who have never met nor in many cases even spoken, I am sure, would seem like the making of a talisman, a magical convergence of art and technology. Those earlier authors would have been awestruck by the concept.
Yet here it is- ‘Connections Across A Human Planet’ a photographic journal describing who we are, who we remain, how we love, how we fight and how we still retain our hope for better things- come what may.
All of the photographers whose work has been selected have created this book from their own humanity, from pictures of their world and the world around them. We have been connected through the space of microwaves and have seen through eyes that speak a hundred different languages. We have compiled a snapshot of our times that all people who look inside will see, somewhere, something of themselves projected.
The photographers of ‘Connections Across A Human Planet’ have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that we acknowledge and celebrate our ‘Brave new world, that has such people in it’
Editor’s Notes for John Horniblow
Vevey, Switzerland, September 2009
“The most prominent theme that surfaced over these early years of Photojournale is the connectedness of the human existence across or planet and the inter relationships we all share in common. It shows, with all encouragement and perseverance, the similarities we share cross cultures, regardless of the geo political or geographic boundaries that define our interactions and physical planet.
The collection of photos selected in “Connections Across a Human Planet” has been drawn from a number of stories. These are our human stories, our commonalities, and our truths. The selection is not only drawn for their beauty, or their technical excellence, but out of the essence they capture, the story they tell, in a captured or latent moment of time, somewhere across our planet. I feel these stories and moments are universal and can be understood by everybody across the globe.
The connections we share are endemic truths. The photos in “Connections Across a Human Planet” share an immediacy of these truths. They are compassionate, energetic, sometimes fun and celebratory, at other times confronting. However, they do draw us into participating in rituals, emotions, and the needs that define our humanity, wherever we are on our human planet.”
Publisher and Editor
Photojournale – Connections Across A Human Planet