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Apropos of Nothing – great building photos

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This was a great photo exhibit, but the building owners asked that the web site take down the images. I’ll leave this link because he has some great finds around New York City to take a look at.

I spent two years working at Ellis Island in New York Harbor, back before the big restoration began, and enjoyed unlimited wandering through the buildings. I usually had a camera with me, and loved photographing the interesting features but also what neglect had done to the island. And based upon that enjoyment, you can see why I find this discovery thrilling: The Abandoned Palace on Beekman Street.

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June 17th, 2010 at 8:52 am

Iranian Students offer information, support Iran Election Protests

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*Please read comment for news of candlelight vigil on campus June 19.

A story published today, June 16, on begins:

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran in a fifth day of protests as the government intensified its crackdown on opposition figures with the arrest of hundreds of leading critics.

Mainly dressed in black and wearing green wristbands and headbands to show their support for the defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, crowds gathered in Tir square and streets around it. Most of the protesters were silent and made victory signs, according to Reuters news agency.

Several of UT Arlington’s Iranian students, wearing green and equipped with signs and a large monitor, have set up an information station in the public space on the Library Mall to show their support for those protesting the presidential election results in Iran. With laptops scanning the Internet for news, they are able to display stories and images that have come out of Tehran via the various social network media. I passed by their location mid-morning and they had a cluster of students watching their monitor and discussing the election. I stopped by a couple of hours later during a lull to speak with them, take a couple of photos, and to look at their display. At that time I counted nine open browser screens as they moved back and fourth through various media reports, hungry for information from home.

We briefly discussed the media that makes this possible, and I asked if they use Twitter. The response was unanimous and passionate—Twitter has been consistently a major way news and images have gotten out of Iran, because the government hasn’t been able to block it. Twitter, which is a web presence, is also a phone application, and can go out like a text message. Many of the web users are able to transmit information via proxy servers (see the CNET story at

I asked if I could post a story about their information table, or if it would endanger anyone at home to have their photos appear online?“There is no extra danger—our brothers and sisters, our families, are already in the streets of Tehran,” answered the woman holding a sign asking “Where Is My VOTE?”

As a writer and photographer, it is my usual practice to collect names of people in photos, but I decided not to this time. It is easy enough to backtrack for that information here at UT Arlington, but just in case anyone at home is concerned with names, I’m not posting any.

Ben Parr, on the website, blogged on June 16

With members of the media kicked out of Iranian cities, millions joining in on protests, and violence erupting all across the turmoiled state, Iranians have been turning to Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and other social tools to get the word out about what’s happening on the ground.

This is an event sending ripples and, as it happens, Twitters around the world. And this blog will be sent by Tweet and perhaps, Re-Tweet, into the blogosphere.

University of Texas at Arlington students, Iranian and American, paused outside Central Library for this photo. They have been examining and discussing current images from Iran, sent largely through Twitter and sites like Facebook.

 All photos by Maggie Dwyer, University of Texas at Arlington Library.

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June 17th, 2009 at 5:09 pm