It’s halfway through the week and, so far, nobody’s stormed the barricades demanding my removal as guest blogger over at OurValues. Since I take the absence of negatives as a positive, I’ll continue pointing out wonderful pictures on that site and adding some extra value to our Platinum Subscribers on this page.
This morning at OurValues, we’re sharing a picture by one of the most impressive photographers on the scene today, Rick Loomis. When I see the type of stories he’s telling — not only with photographs, but now with video — I am encouraged by what the journalism business can still accomplish.
Just this week, Loomis and the Los Angeles Times have rolled out an amazingly comprehensive series on the world’s expanding population. Rick travelled across the globe collecting stories and images along with writer Kenneth R. Weiss. The result is Beyond 7 billion, a five-part saga explaining how earth’s population — stagnant for millennia — is now rocketing skyward. This explosion impacts the poorest countries the most.
Along with Kenneth’s fine writing and Rick’s incredible visual work, there are also tremendous infographics that are actually narrated as you watch the story come to life. Plus, an ever increasing world population counter continually ticks upward on the front page of their site.
The series is a stunning example of important storytelling done right. Taking on this issue is a prime example of advocacy journalism at it’s finest. But if you set all that aside, it’s just darn awesome photography.