BRIGHTEN THE WORLD
Thursday 17 March 2005 @ 4:39 pm
Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne would like to thank the photographers of DPI
Internationale for joining together to create a book of photography, the
sales of which go towards Tsunami aid. He said, “We would very much
like to see the photo book project a success. In the same vain that you
complimented us, I must say that those of us who work on the ground
deeply value this type of unique and qualitatively different ways of
raising support for our efforts. Such efforts add the human spirit to
the cause, not just the absolute money figure that ultimately gets
collected. This is very much a fundamental tenet of our Movement.”
THE ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE
There are over 133 photos contained in this book. Most are full
pages. These are some of the collage pages that will appear in
the publication. Read how the
project came about. Read the Back Cover and Dedication.
Dedication - Back Cover
The old Back Cover Minus the Save the Children Text
This book is dedicated to the thousands
who lost their lives and the millions who will be faced with rebuilding
their families, cities and cultures.
thanks to co-author James Geddes who conceived this project, co-author
Trine Sirnes for her diligence and layout, Tanya Stockton for her
continuous support and compassion, Joe Komenda for his relentless effort
and commitment to detail, Leah Riley for her wonderful cover design, Brian
Zimmerman who kept a vigilance on the quality of the project and Bob Young
for recognizing the importance of the project and the scope of its
A heartfelt "thank you" to the 13
contributing artists for donating their art, their time and demonstrating
their deep compassion for humanity and the animals of this tragedy.
which is the leading voluntary, non-governmental development organization
in Sri Lanka has been in the forefront of providing humanitarian
assistance in the Tsunami affected areas in the country. Presently, it is
actively involved in the distribution of food items and clothing to the
survivors, organizing medical care for the needy and the management of
several welfare camps set up for those who have lost their dwellings.
Apart from continuing these activities, it now wishes to implement several
medium to long term program for the rehabilitation of the affected
population as well as the restoration of economic activity in the area.
This paper outlines the Sarvodaya plan of action for a national program of
Humane Society International:
As controversy surrounds
the Sri Lankan government's announcement to poison abandoned dogs, the HSI
Sir Lanka Disaster Relief Team works tirelessly to help hold off the
killings. The government is concerned with the possible spread of rabies
and the threat to humans as abandoned dogs get increasingly more
aggressive and fight for the limited food.
In the wake of the
tsunami, thousands of dogs have been abandoned, resulting in massive
breeding and disease outbreaks. Many of the dogs reside in refugee camps,
where they fight for food scraps. Others live among the rubble scrounging
The government does
not want to kill the dogs but fear a rabies epidemic in the refugee camps.
They are pleased to now be working with the HSI Disaster Relief Team who
is running a sterilization and vaccination program. Mass vaccinations are
underway and an estimated 1,300 dogs have already immunized.
"Reprinted by permission of The Humane Society of
the United States."
an artist deeply touched by the recent tragedy that has caused such
long lasting upheaval in countless lives, I was searching for a way
to make a difference. I offered tsunami relief links on my
website, but felt I needed to contribute more. Not having the
funds to "just write a check", I felt compelled to somehow
offer my art in an effort to provide aid.
I logged on to Lulu to see if this might be possible and what
appearance it might take. During a chat session with Lulu Live Chat,
I met a wonderful Lulu representative, Tanya Stockton. We talked
about my current Lulu calendar project and she looked over my web
site. She was very touched that I had included an easy way to reach
the organizations that are offering aid to the victims of the
tsunami disaster. I explained that I really want to do more toward
the effort and that I have a dream of offering my art to somehow
help in these efforts. It didn't take us long to find our way to the
possibility of a collaboration between Lulu and myself with this
goal in mind.
At that time, I introduced, to Tanya, an elite guild of worldwide
photographers that I had organized in 2001. The guild, DPI
Internationale, was formed for the sole purpose of enlightening
the public to digital photography being a viable art medium. Our DPI
group has also been exploring the possibilities of continuing our
quest to demonstrate to quality of images that can be produced using
various digital cameras. Tanya became very excited as she looked
over the locations of the DPI members. Our project was becoming an
international effort in collaboration with Lulu. In the week that
followed, many of the DPI artists expressed a desire to contribute
to the project that has taken shape in a wonderful pictorial
anthology of uplifting images.
We invite you to enjoy this timeless collection of images with a
sprinkling of poignant quotes and snippets from these trying times.
This is a way for us to contribute to those that so desperately need
help. This is a way for Lulu to extend a long-term contribution to
the children of this devastating event. And this is a way for you to
support the relief efforts of Sarvodaya
in Sri Lanka and
Humane Society International..
Your Copy of the book will serve as a reminder of
this tragedy and your unselfish contribution to help others.
The featured artists are:
Greg Anzalone, Buffalo, New York
Guy Biechele, Athol, Massachusetts
Noel Carboni, Florida
Art Cole, Northern Virginia
James Geddes, Seattle, Washington
Laryl Hancock, Yuma, Arizona
Mike Hollingshead, Nebraska
James Johnston, Ohio
Thomas Kirchen, Oregon
Trine Sirnes, Fredrikstad, Norway
Steve Vit, Australia
Ilona Wellmann, Gummersbach, Germany
Brian Zimmerman, Chester, Viriginia
The book's creation is a collaboration of all members. James Geddes
and Trine Sirnes spearheaded the project with coordinating efforts
by the Lulu staff.
Lulu is a print on demand publisher for artists, photographers,
writers and musicians. You can visit them at this site: http://www.lulu.com
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