Smithsonian Photos


When in need of a 5-minute break between now and March 29th, check out Smithsonian’s recently-announced finalists for their 10th Annual Photocontest, and vote for your favorite. Divided into categories of: The Natural World; Travel; People; Americana; and Altered Images, the magazine collects some of the finest photojournalism globally. “People Harvesting Salt at Sunset,” by Hoang Giang Hai of Vietnam (above), shows a magical perspective of salt farmers, with the brilliant sun and clouds reflected in the water between salt piles. All of the images represent well the brilliant photography that Smithsonian continues to support and honor.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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