some rightwing lunatics really hate this teenager

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CLI­MATE AC­TIVIST GRETA THUN­BERG is back in the news but not in a manner that she is en­joying. Ac­cording to the ar­ticle “Trolls Force Artist to Cancel a Planned Greta Thun­berg Mural in North Dakota” by Yessenia Funes for Giz­modo (Feb­ruary 13, 2020), local artist/photographer Shane Balkow­itsch took por­traits of Thun­berg in Oc­tober 2019 when she was vis­iting mem­bers of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

“Balkow­itsch uses a spe­cific method of pho­tog­raphy: wet plate col­lo­dion. This is a com­pli­cated process that dates back more than 170 years and is a dying art form. The artist had hoped to share the image—whose orig­inal plate now sits in the Li­brary of Con­gress where Balkow­itsch ex­pects it to last for generations—on the wall of an al­leyway in Bis­marck. A 7-foot tall mural was set to cover the wall of the Brick Oven Bakery, but when media cov­ered the artist’s pro­posal, lo­cals kinda bugged out.

Face­book com­menters began at­tacking Thun­berg and her ac­tivism against the fossil fuel in­dustry, which has a long his­tory in North Dakota. Some com­menters noted they’d rather have someone from their state adorn the down­town wall, but others went as far as to promise to boy­cott or bad­mouth the bakery. Balkow­itsch was not ex­pecting this back­lash, but some lu­natics re­ally fucking hate this teen, man. It’s pretty sad to see grown-ass adults bashing a teen who is, uh, lit­er­ally fighting for the right to a liv­able future.”

To read this ar­ticle in its en­tirety, click HERE.


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FEA­TURED IMAGE: The photo at the top of this page was cropped from the orig­inal por­trait above. Using the wet-plate col­lo­dion pho­tog­raphy, Shane Balkow­itsch has cap­tured Greta Thun­berg as she might have ap­peared had she been pho­tographed in 1880 rather than in 2020.


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