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17 July 2019

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at artistic-swimming, Cecilia Poupon, Walls of Power, climate scientists, Avani Rai and getting a Web site.

  • Alan Taylor presents 24 photos of The 2019 Artistic-Swimming World Championships from the World Aquatics Championships, which include diving, swimming, water polo, and artistic swimming. "Photographers have been on site capturing all the aquatic action, but it's the photos of the artistic-swimming events that really shine," he writes.
  • Rosie Flanagan describes the images by French photographer Cécilia Poupon as Hyperreal Experiences of the Everyday. "Cool metal rests against the waxy leaf of a radicchio and a clay mask tightens as it dries, cracking to reveal the pale skin that lies beneath its concretion," she writes. "By shooting such scenes in close-up, Poupon's high definition photographs offer a hyperreal experience of the everyday, with visceral results."
  • Marigold Warner reviews Walls of Power, an exhibition at Les Rencontres d'Arles which explores the motivations behind 30 existing man-made borders in Europe. "Building walls to protect a land, its people and its culture is not a new phenomenon," she writes. "But, looking back on the greatest walls that have existed, in the Soviet Union, China and even Hadrian's Wall in the Roman Empire, history proves that they are temporary."
  • In It's the End of the World as They Know It, Devin Yalkin provides the black-and-white portraits for David Corn's interviews with climate scientists.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews Avani Rai. "Being a woman -- I was able to walk into the lives of the people I want to connect with -- my current project being on women and children," she says. "If I were a man I would probably not be able to do that in a Muslim state (Kashmir) especially, at least not so easily."
  • Federico Alegria remembers The Moment I Knew It Was Time to Get a Website. That's just the beginning of the story, however.

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