news 11.23.2009

· gift certificates are now available for online purchase. the certificates may be purchased for your choice of value. you may choose to have the certificate sent to the recipient via email, or you can print and deliver it yourself. the certificate simply has a code which can be used to purchase anything you see here for sale on the site. pretty slick and awesome… but feel free to email us if you’ve got any questions.

· we are honored and excited to welcome my friend david mcdonald to peace photography as a contributing photographer. a journalist in the middle east and around the world for many years [www.dmcd.tv], he now teaches photography and mass communication classes at itasca community college in grand rapids, minnesota and at leech lake tribal college in nearby cass lake. we are currently featuring a handful of photos of his taken in occupied palestine. [now we are three…]

· fun fact #1: this website has already been visited by people in 39 different countries…

· fun fact #2: if you google 'peace photography', this page is now the first entry in the list of results... awesome!

· fun fact #3: the peace photography page on facebook has now passed the 150-member milestone, in just a few days of existence. i am pretty sure that counts as 'going viral'. ...thanks for the support...

· first 'official' peace photography donor: mr. mark miron of crystal, minnesota. mark will be receiving a thank-you gift in honor of his being the first. thanks, mark!

· first 'official' peace photography customer: abby coutant of new york city. she is enjoying some digital photos, and hopefully feels great for having honored us by being the first to purchase stuff. [honorable mention and thanks go to bill gruen, brooke hajinian, karl stavem and others, who purchased stuff before peace photography officially existed…]

· a latin-american cultural center in geneva, switzerland purchased a photo of ours from haiti, for a donation of CHF 350. it turns out that this is approximately $343 USD, which makes yasmina tippenhauer and the folks at the 'latin-american cultural centre tierra inc√≥gnita' [www.tierra-incognita.ch] ridiculously kind and generous. this will go towards our partner non-profit AMURT in haiti. thanks so very much...

· a gallery of peace photography photos went on display at HDMG audio and video production studios in eden prairie, minnesota [www.hdmg.com]. thanks to carly zuckweiler and angella kassube for their interest and support…

· new stuff on the website:

links have now been added to the right-hand side of the webpage, allowing users to navigate the entire site using either the menus at the top, or the links on the right. [thanks for the helpful feedback on our some-times malfunctioning dropdown menus, friends...]

new photos from molly joy matheson [and david mcdonald].

new slideshows.

more organizational details and shout-outs in the ‘about’ section.

· and let’s end this news bulletin with a favorite quote of mine that sums up the mission here, this idea of multiplication, of moving from “I” to “we” in the name of peace. from john steinbeck’s ‘grapes of wrath’:

"One man, one family, driven from the land; this rusty car creaking along the highway to the west. I lost my land, a single tractor took my land. I am alone and I am bewildered. And in the night one family camps in a ditch and another family pulls in and the tents come out. The two men squat on their hams and the women and children listen. Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep those two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here "I lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate-- "We lost our land." The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing: "I have a little food" plus "I have none." If from this problem the sum is "We have a little food," the thing is on its way, the movement has direction. Only a little multiplication now, and this land, this tractor are ours. The two men squatting in a ditch, the little fire, the side-meat stewing in a single pot, the silent, stone-eyed women; behind, the children listening with their souls to words their minds do not understand. The night draws down. The baby has a cold. Here, take this blanket. It's wool. It was my mother's blanket-- take it for the baby. This is the thing to bomb. This is the beginning-- from "I" to "we"."