April 1, 1981: Gunther Gebel-Williams, the famed circus animal trainer, coaxing a leopard over fire. He was a self-taught animal behaviorist, according to his 2001 obituary, and professed his love of animals, even if “his original teeth and their replacements were knocked out more than once.” Photo: Barton Silverman/The New York Times
Love of my life (ca. 1989-1990).
“Forest Park, Ga. — Rock music record albums, including Barry Manilow, are burned in a bonfire outside the Landmark United Pentecostal Church outside Forest Park on March 17, 1982. Traveling minister Steve Timmons branded the music a tool of the devil and albums were thrown on the fire. Timmons, a Wisconsin Pentecostal minister who is taking his crusade against rock music across the country, drew a crowd of about 200 people. (Nancy Mangiafico/AJC staff).”
Photo courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
I honestly had no idea Barry Manilow ever raised ire among the record-burning set! What do these kind of people do now, stage ceremonial mp3-deletions? Or have they just moved on to other things that we will one day look back on like, “What, really?” Is the cloud somehow to blame for this?
Charles Fréger was fascinated by what the human race lost over the millenniums when it evolved from hunter-gather to farmer and, eventually, urban dweller. After learning that there were Europeans who continued ancient pagan rites of celebrating the winter solstice and the beginning of spring, he set out to examine what traditions faded as people became more civilized.
In 2010, Mr. Fréger began to photograph the few small farming communities, in mountainous areas, that still follow the customs that for the most part were precursors to Christmas, New Year’s and Easter. He found that many dressed like animals.
“When I saw the costumes and spent time with these people,” he said, “I realized that I have always felt like a bear.”
I am totally gobsmacked by these people/creatures/photos. You, slideshow, full screen, now.
Five minutes in the life of the Atlanta skyline as viewed from my office hallway window just now.
East and West on North Avenue, this morning.