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New Meetup: Daniel R. Brooks - Photographer, Speaker, & Biodiversity Scientist

From: Dietrich
Sent on: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 4:00 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Intelligent Conversation Meetup!

What: Daniel R. Brooks - Photographer, Speaker, & Biodiversity Scientist

When: Friday, March 19,[masked]:00 PM

Rebecca & Bryan's Home
606 Florida Blvd [riverside of the streett of] [one block west off Canal Blvd; one block off I-610]
New Orleans, LA 70124

This meetup is presented by the New Orleans Photo Experience Meetup Group, though I'm adding it here since Mr. Brooks sounds like such an interesting person and the topics which he is involved in could lead to much discussion.

You can RSVP for the original Meetup here :

Here is the info copied from their meetup for info, please message Rebecca, Guy, or myself concerning the address of the meetup.

Hope to see you there!

Please come and join us for our special guest Daniel Brooks author, photographer and renowned scientist.
He will be talking about & signing copies of his new book My Brothers' Eyes. You can order books ahead of time and he'll sign them at the meeting, or he will have a limited number of copies on hand for 20% off- $35.00 cash only that he will sign. Just let me know if you would like to purchase a book at the meeting.
Look forward to this exciting meeting.

My Brothers? Eyes
How My Blind Brothers Taught Me to See
Daniel R. Brooks
Biologist and photographer Dan Brooks honors the legacy of his two blind brothers in photographs and prose.
Imagine you?re 4 years old, and the world begins to vanish from the center out. You compensate by sitting closer and to the side of the television. You learn to look out of the corner of your eyes. You are 4 years old; you have no idea this is not what happens normally. You don?t question it. Knowing nothing else, you accept it. This is what happened to Lucien and then to Duncan, two of the author?s brothers, in the late 1950s. Their mother quickly recruited her other four sons to act as their brothers? eyes. Lucien and Duncan died in their early twenties, but the experience of being their eyes affected the author profoundly throughout his life, helping him see the world better, and with empathy and tolerance. They showed him how to cope with obstacles that became constraints, constraints that became impossible barriers. They helped him understand the arbitrary distinction between objectivity and subjectivity, in athletics, science and the arts. The author has woven an homage to Lucien and Duncan in text and images. The photographs place non-visual physical sensations in a visual context for sighted readers, verbally manipulating a non-visual world into a visual reality. It?s a kind of s?ance, fanning the spark of Lucien and Duncan that remains in the author, who watches with happy anticipation to see what happens next.

Dan Brooks is a tropical biodiversity scientist. He is a professor at the University of Toronto, a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Academy of Sciences), and has received honorary degrees from Stockholm University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has traveled and done fieldwork extensively throughout Latin America, and has taught in more than 20 countries on 5 continents. His photography draws on two inspirations ? his more than 30 years as a field biologist and lecturer, and his experience growing up with two blind brothers.

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My Brothers? Eyes
How My Blind Brothers Taught Me to See
Daniel R. Brooks
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Trim size: 8? x 10? - Trade Paperback
Page Count: 210

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