The Plaid Zebra recently published John Steinbeck’s letter to his son.
Here is my favourite passage:
“There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.”
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.” -John Lennon
I briefly mentioned this documentary in a previous post but as I begin to focus this blog on the interaction between art and the environment I wanted to revisit this documentary.
WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs a group of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s collaboration with these inspiring people as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. In the end, this documentary offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit. The film portrays an important message of finding happiness and true value in the life you live.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you have a favourite artistic documentary.