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Posted by The Center on April 3, 2011

Jun Masuda as Oyanagi © Hiroshi Watanabe

In the brief days since the devastation of Japan’s March 11 quake was compounded full fold by the subsequent tsunami, online arts communities have demonstrated that the impact of our digital spaces extends well beyond nifty did you knows and conversations free from real world relevance. Many rightly criticize the internet for its vacuous t.v. dinner soul but as a significant portion of an almost mythic country has been leveled by natural disaster, it becomes clear that the value of these communities – blogs, Facebook groups, Twitter followers – is in shared compassion.

Vineyard Blush © Tom Chambers

Moved to weeping by a lifelong affinity for a country she always meant to visit, wall space gallery‘s Crista Dix with photographer/blogger Aline Smithson are leading the charge with the creation of Life Support Japan – an amazing (and growing) effort that harnesses the talents of photographers world wide. Currently featuring the work of over 300 artists, wall space is offering limited edition prints (10 of each only) for $50, with proceeds split between Direct Relief International and Habitat for Humanity Japan. New collections are being added every few days.

Life Support Japan has spilled into its own web-space and Facebook Group. Both are great ways to participate in and follow the progress of these efforts (over $50,000 raised and counting) We encourage you to join the cause (buy a print or two) and make a difference for the survivors of these tragic events.


Posted by The Center on March 20, 2011

Images from top left: Split – Decision © Jessica Maloney, Inside Wind © Samuel Moulin, Fire-eater, 2009 © Terri Garland, Summit of Sisyphus © Darren Mahuron, Remembrance of Childhood #1 © Amy Kosh, Bridge to Nowhere © Susan Burnstine, Red Corvette © Kristine Heykants, & Fantasy 7 © Emanuel Dale



Dreams are a creation of images, ideas, sensations and emotions that occur in our conscious and subconscious mind. They can be the manifestation of our aspirations, goals and fears, both realistic and fantastic.

Aline Smithson has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks magazine, writes and edits the blog Lenscratch, and has curated exhibitions for a number of galleries and on-line magazines. Smithson is a national reviewer of photography and is a contributing writer of Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazine. Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Artworks, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines. Her work has been nationally exhibited in museums and galleries.


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