Category Archives: National Geographic

29 Years Ago in National Geographic a Gorilla gets the Cover and Amanda is Born

NGM_Oct1979In the basement of the National Geographic Society we keep a couple of large carts containing old issues of magazines. The issues there are random discards and are often a mix of English versions of NGM with local language editions from countries all over the world. I found there recently the October 1978 issue and I gave it to Amanda because it commemorates the month and year of her birth (hint hint, her birthday is coming up).

The cover itself is a photograph by Koko — it is a self portrait. If you look closely you can see the text is reversed because of the mirror.

What was amazing about it was that Amanda remembered the cover and the story from her childhood. I didn’t have a clue about Koko so that must show what a great memory Amanda has and how interested she was in National Geographic magazine as a child. How can I ever keep up? :)

This October cover of National Geographic magazine won an award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for being one of the top 40 magazine covers in the last 40 years. Here is an excerpt from the explanation of the win:

#37 (tie) National Geographic (October 1978)
This cover of National Geographic magazine is entitled “Conversations with a Gorilla,” with Koko the gorilla snapping a photograph of her reflection in the mirror. The photo was of such high quality and significance that it was chosen to be the cover photo for the October 1978 National Geographic article featuring Koko.

Just because a gorilla made the cover of the magazine doesn’t mean you’re good enough yet to work for the Geographic. Koko seems to have a better handle on composition than a lot of people!

[ASME Unveils Top 40 Magazine Coversscroll to the bottom of this page to see the Koko cover]

I Model on the Side, Remember That

remember this

Pick up a copy of the November issue of National Geographic magazine and turn to the How to Help page “Memory Boosters” for tips on ways to keep your memory going strong.

Techniques include:

Reduce Stress New research supports the long-held belief that distress and anxiety are bad for the brain.

Keep the Body Healthyour brain will likely benefit, too, from a healthy diet (antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries may protect brain cells, aiding memory), regular exercise, and possibly light use of alcohol (a new study indicates a daily glass might slow dementia)

Stay RestedData suggest a good night’s sleep improves motor memory up to 30 percent after a lesson (e.g., piano).

You probably already know about those ways to keep your memory going. What you probably do not know is who belongs to the hand in the photograph.

I am here to give you the answer and you’d better remember the answer. It’s me!

Memory Boosters // photo by Becky Hale, NGS Staff

Inspired by National Geographic’s Houston Photo Camp

Photo Camp Houston is an inspiring project.

The goal of the four day workshop in my own words is to bring photography to youth who do not have access to photography in their lives. We did talk about basic photographic techniques but the photo camp isn’t about learning to use a camera. It is about learning to see and finding out how powerful one’s voice is.

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National Geographic Photo Camp

In a few days I’ll be in Queens for National Geographic Photo Camp.

Photo Camp San Francisco wrapped up last weekend and I’m on the staff of the next one. In case you are interested, check out the video and transcript from the ABC affiliate in San Francisco to get an idea about what the camp is all about and what I’ll be doing there with the kids. And yes, I have been assured that all of the gear including cameras, computers and supplies have already been shipped from S.F. to NYC (the news anchor make a joke about this at the end of the video).

Photo Camp SF from ABC News

National Geographic Offers Camera Camp In S.F. [via KGO-TV]