Jane Dickson Documented the Darker, Crime Ridden Times Square

All images by Jane Dickson. Used with permission.

Times Square in the 70s and 80s wasn’t the squeaky clean version we know today–and we can thank folks like photographer Jane Dickson for documentary style images of what we knew of the era. Back then it was known for being New York’s hub of seediness, drugs and crime. Movie theatres were showing pornography and the streets were dominated by pimps and prostitutes – it was the mecca for indulgence and perversion.

Amongst the wild nights and regretful mornings, were ordinary people just getting on with their lives. During that era, Jane would go out late at night with her camera and document the tales and dramas that would unfold before her. The work she produced became a book – Jane Dickson In Times Square – and we thought it was the perfect time to speak to her about her life during New York’s darker period.

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Ag-Gag Bill Gets Woman Snapping Photos of Slaughterhouse in Utah Arrested

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L II USM during Hurricane Sandy (3 of 12)ISO 800

So here’s the story: you’re in pubic and standing on a public street taking photos of a slaughterhouse from a good distance away. You’re told to stop, but you fight back with the fact that you’re well within your rights. Then the cops come, and you get charged. According to Vice, that is what happened to Amy Meyer in Utah. Her charges: she is in clear violation of the Ag-Gag bill. These bills make undercover filming of farms and other agricultural areas illegal.

Now if Meyer is is clear sight and in public, we’re not really sure that she can be charged. However, the owner of the slaughterhouse is a sponsor of the bill as is the mayor of the town. Vice’s story hints that there is a bit of a political coverup in the mix: but in all honesty, what is our world coming to?

Photo of a Woman’s Commitment to Her Horse Goes Viral


Photo via the Telegraph, from REX features (Peter Ristevski)

While perusing Facebook, I found this touching photo of a woman in Australia trying to save her horse. The story behind the image is that 18 year old Astro (the steed) got trapped in mud on a beach. Anyone that has been around horses also know that they’re not light animals–they’re quite heavy and that is why cavalry would never traditionally charge through mud. Seeing this, Nicole Graham (the women pictured, who owns more than 10 horses and runs a horse dentistry business) jumped into the mud and held the horse’s head over the mud for three hours to protect it from drowning in the tide.

A tractor and harness were able to help free the creature.

But this one gripping image (the photographer is apparently unknown and not cited on Facebook, but we’d love to talk to you) has gone viral on the web with over 11,000 likes and over 4,000 shares. The image represents the bond between a woman and her horse that she obviously cares so deeply about–and she refuses to give up on it even in the darkest hours.

Editor’s Note/Correction: Apparently this story is from last year. Sorry about the confusion. Either way, it is still an excellent photo.

Via Wild for Wildlife and Nature and The Telegraph