The world’s economic paradigm is shifting quicker than Lewis Hamilton would in a Red Bull. Brazil has officially overtaken the UK to be the 6th largest economy and Africa is the new China.
The relatively recent growth of the African nations is based on rich commodity resources (but that’s nothing new), improved infrastructure and a generation of young folk wholly embracing technology.
However, the perception of change on the continent will be a tad slower. Decades of mediated images and reports of famine, war and dictators has left westerners with a single vision perspective.
Afrographique is a blog that consciously aims to change that through infographics based on economic and lifestyle data from the African continent. From countries broadband speeds, Co2 emissions to foreign investment in Africa. Created by Ivan Colic, an art director at Zoom Advertising Cape Town part of the Ogilvy and WPP group, is an interesting story in itself.
The repositioning of the African continent for the 21st century has only just begun. First step first though, and it’s an important one. Repeat after me; Africa is not a country.
It’s been a bit of a hectic end to the year, and because of that we’ve not been able to knock out our usual Xmas offering. Not that you’re complaining mind, but in case you have been, here’s a little piece of Christmas, from us, to you, courtesy of Kristofer Ström.
Tis the season to shop shop shop, or to be jolly. Oh I don’t know, I’m so confused. If like me you’re wondering where all the love’s gone, there’s plenty at least in the photography of Los Angeles[ish] based Maricel Sison.
Maricel seamlessly marries counter-culture with the simplicities of family life to create a very nice portfolio of work.
Never before have I sat with my mouth wide open in amazement for so long, as I have with the BBC’s recent Frozen Planet series. It left me a gasp at sheer beauty of the land/seascapes, in awe of the The Inuit, the penguins and polar bears, and almost heartbroken at thought of what lies ahead for our precious ice caps.
It also made me think to myself, what wonderful world this is with David Attenborough in it.
Wave your hands in the air. Say ‘Koyoto Treaty’ like you just don’t care. As governments endulge in their ‘who’ll blink first’ approach to climate change initiatives, Nicolas Souche provides a powerful portrait of the current commitment to coal and CO2 busting industrialisation.