Many children go blind due to vitamin A deficiency as the result of malnutrition. In many parts of Africa families simply do not have the wherewithal to nourish themselves properly, and they suffer from vitamin deficiency as a result.
Most people live on a staple diet of corn pancakes and wheat but hardly eat any fruit at all. Even though when you arrive there as a tourist you’d think you had landed in the Garden of Eden. The most opulent fruit hangs from the trees, the market stalls buckle under their displays of fruit. But the local population does not get to eat it. To increase the chances of fetching better prices, the fruit is carted directly from the plantations to the markets, where it is sold for relatively little or exported immediately. This is why many children suffer from vitamin A deficiency from birth. The body can handle it for a while, so the deficiency only makes itself dramatically apparent after a few years. A total of 30% of all cases of new blindness in children are caused by malnutrition, 2 million children die of malnutrition every year around the world. Vitamin A deficiency is recognisable by white spots in the iris. It causes cloudy vision and night blindness. In the advanced stages the cornea dries up, finally dissolving completely and leading to irreversible blindness. At this point no surgery in the world can help, but in terms of prevention there is still a great deal that one can do. A single vitamin A tablet every half year can save a child’s eyesight, a complete supply of tablets for ten children costs 10 euros per year.
Lomo Kikuyu It’s good to see (again). Every Lomographer along with their friends and acquaintances worldwide is being appealed to donate 30 Euros/30 American dollars to save a person’s eyesight. Get the chance to do this by getting your own Lomo Kikuyu Book now.
Many among us live double lives -- a member of the labor force by day, a passionate go-getter by night. it's difficult to break into the art world when you need money -- so most of us keep our creative lives as hobbies. For the photographer, he can do a little bit of both simultaneously.
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Currently based in Malaysia, Photographer Caroline Cuinet Wellings took the Petzval 58 Art Lens to one of her family's last trips before relocating to a different country. She shares with us intimate photos of her family and Southeast Asia.
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Longstanding community member Toby Mason (aka fotobes) is now one of our TEN AND ONE AWARD judges. He has been shooting in analogue for many years and mixes up colour drenched xpro shots with double exposures and film swaps with the likes of HODACHROME.
This week's featured Lomographer hails from Baguio City, Philippines. As a passionate analogue shooter, she frames the world in soft colors and hazy light leaks which lend a nostalgic atmosphere to her photographs. Get to know our Newcomer of the Week in this brief interview.