Simon Griffee Design Photography Writing Illustration

February 2009

A World Without Borders

Published 2009 February 27

…Would be a better world. Thanks to Ryan for indicating Reza Aramesh’s work photographed by Atlanta Rascher.

Sheep Outside Train Window, Near Vigna di Valle, Italy, February 2008

Published 2009 February 21

The Will to Find Out

Published 2009 February 21

“What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.” —Bertrand Russell, Skeptical Essays, 1928

Ara Pacis Fountains, Rome, Italy, January 2009

Published 2009 February 18

Rock, Smoke, Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona, July 2005

Published 2009 February 9

Social Control Through Fear

Published 2009 February 9

Government plans travel database:

bq.. “The government is compiling a database to track and store the international travel records of millions of Britons. Computerised records of all 250 million journeys made by individuals in and out of the UK each year will be kept for up to 10 years. The government says the database is essential in the fight against crime, illegal immigration and terrorism. But opposition MPs and privacy campaigners fear it is a significant step towards a surveillance society. The intelligence centre will store names, addresses, telephone numbers, seat reservations, travel itineraries and credit card details of travellers.”

Orwellian:

“The adjective Orwellian describes the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free-society. It connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, misinformation, denial of truth, and manipulation of the past, including the ”unperson” — a person whose past existence is expunged from the public record and memory, practiced by modern repressive governments. Often, this includes the circumstances depicted in his novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four.”

IT Works Logotype

Logotype for IT Works, a small software company with big clients.

IT Works, Inc.

Logotype design for a small company with big clients.

Food and Agriculture Organization Biotech

Logotype for the Food and Agriculture Organization's Biotechnology division.

Handcuffing the Cat-Walker

Published 2009 February 6

Michael Johnston:

“It might be funny when a mild-mannered guy who walks his cat on a leash gets arrested for taking pictures of trains, especially when the people who run the trains have explicitly encouraged the activity. Humor helps, because ridicule can be influential. We laugh. But it ought to be a laughter tinged with nervousness. The current rise of authoritarianism (I’ve called it ”the totalitarian dawn“) in America, England, and the democracies of the West is something to be taken with the utmost seriousness, in principle. Authoritanism has got its toehold, and the current climate of persecution against photographers is a good illustration of how it goes about gaining momentum. We can only oppose authoritarianism so long as it stays small and its power remains limited: once it gets free rein and power, it will usurp our protections, abrogate our rights, and, most likely, make life miserable for the greater mass of us. That, anyway, is authoritarianism’s usual course.”

Bar Wall and Fan, Rome, Italy, September 2008

Published 2009 February 1

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