Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Divergent Interests

For some reason today, I remembered an ad I fell in love with in 2008 when I was working on my collage with my friends. I posted a picture of that collage back a while ago. I included a picture of painted elephants from a Hermes ad. Honestly, I didn't even know what Hermes sold (fashion accessories, btw) until I looked it up. I Googled "Elephant ad pink and orange" and finally found the ad campaign. (I don't know what I would do without Google!)

When I finally found the images, I found that some folks don't care for them due to the colonialist type imagery (which I would never have thought about until they said it...) and others didn't like them because of the animal rights issues involved. I feel like I should be outraged or something, but I'm not...I just thought the photos were beautiful. Luckily, I found an article in Nirali magazine and they loved the images and the use of the Indian model, Lakshmi Menon (gorgeous). I was glad there were some positives about the campaign because it is gorgeous.

These are just two of several that I found on the Nirali magazine site.


On a completely different note, I peeked in on the People's Choice awards while I was looking for those photos above - the official charity for the show was the Children's Safe Drinking Water Project. I'm not familiar with this particular program, but I have been interested in a couple of different clean water projects...the numbers are staggering - 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water. It is unfathomable to me. I take water for granted and most of the people I know do, too. So take a moment to check out the website, do what you can. Or find another site that helps dig wells, or provides purifiers or whatever. Just think about it - people die from not having access to clean water. I have it in my house. Every day. I'm incredibly lucky.


  1. I love the photos. They are beautiful! I took water for granted too. But now that I live here. I had to get a device to put an electric current into the water. To even get clean cloths. My dishes would not come clean And my cloths smelled. I have a whole house filter and filter the drinking water is filtered again.We have city water that comes from underground streams and rivers. There paper on it says we have safe levels of toxins. From agricultural and industrial run off. When we were having flooding rain. You could smell fish in our water. They add nothing but a bit of fluoride to it. They are proud that our water is natural. Yet most people here buy bottle water. The calcium level is so high. If I do not wash the cat bowl every day a crusty surface forms on the bowl and it is near impossible to remove.

  2. Hey Grammy-
    Thanks for that information - it helps me make my point. We really do need to understand how important clean water is. I'm glad you have some filtration in your home - I know it can be so hard when the water isn't good.

    As always, I'm glad you stopped by. :)



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