Like The Word As A Bang, You Have To Think Again

Suzi Eszterhas/Minden/SolentFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Wouldn’t you just love this job? An Orangutan caretaker bathes an infant at the Orangutan Care Centre, Borneo, Indonesia. This one-year-old is one of 330 orphans at the centre. They spend every waking moment with their caretaker and develop special bonds. Photograph: Suzi Eszterhas/Minden/Solent/Solent News

Comic-Con starts in two days. With the amount of stuff I have to do between now and then, I feel more than a little bit like this monkey right now: Washed out, and maybe a little defeated.

Oompa, Oompa, Stick It Up Your Jumpa

frenchhornFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Musician Carly Lake plays her french horn during a performance of an eight-minute piece called Live Music Sculpture 3: St Paul’s Cathedral. The work has been composed by Samuel Bordoli specifically for the cathedral’s acoustic properties and features 27 musicians in six groupings spread throughout the vertical and horizontal points of the building. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Let us all agree that the French Horn is the great democratizer of instruments. There isn’t anyone in the world who doesn’t look ridiculous playing it.

You Got A New Fool/Ha I Like Him Like That

firetownFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

A resident tries to put out a fire after a blaze engulfed a shanty town in Manila. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Just look at how close that fire actually is, and how terrifyingly flammable everything around the person seems to be. It’s all you can do to stop yourself wanting to reach into the picture and grab the person with the bucket to shake them and yell get out now.

Hey Now In The Shade

jumpFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

A boy jumps from a pier of bridge against the sunset across Han River in Wuhan, China. Photograph: Barcroft Media

There’s something so ridiculously summery about this image to me, and so serene, too. Everything is weightless, waiting for the splash.

The Ballad of Dark Clouds

smokeFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

Smoke from the Carpenter 1 fire in the Spring Mountains range is illuminated by the setting sun as it billows behind hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

I’m pretty sure that’s the very definition of foreboding, that photo.

“Total Victory, Mom: It Couldn’t Be Better”

edithFor once, not from the Guardian’s Photo Blog, but from the New Yorker:

Everyone at the apartment of Roberta Kaplan, the lawyer who argued Edith Windsor’s successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, exploded in screams and sobs when the ruling came down. Kaplan called her mother and said, “Total victory, Mom: it couldn’t be better.” Windsor said, “I wanna go to Stonewall right now!” Then she called a friend and said, “Please get married right away!”

Photograph of Edith Windsor and Roberta Kaplan by Ariel Levy.

Rest in pieces, Defense of Marriage Act. After yesterday’s appalling Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act, this was a relief, and some good news from a court that has demonstrated that it isn’t always on the right side of history.

I Don’t Mind/The Weather’s Fine

India MonsoonFrom the Guardian’s Photo Blog:

An Indian man struggles pointlessly with his umbrella as waves lash the shore during a high tide in Mumbai, India. Photograph: Rajanish Kakade/AP

Despite everything, I’m choosing to look at this as an essentially optimistic photograph. Sure, when you look at it in one way, the poor man clearly had no chance of staying dry with one umbrella against all of that, but if you choose to look at it more favorably, the very fact that he tried seems kind of wonderful, don’t you think?