A Tribute to Discomfort

Blue Chalk worked with National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity.

A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

The Valley of Dolls

This story is astonishing and haunting at the same time, and I won’t dare to walk around that area after sunset.

Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley.

Valley of Dolls

And we’ll go up, up, up But I’ll fly a little higher

The title of this post is from the lyrics of a song named ‘Clouds’ by Zach Sobiech. I think some of you might have already known him, however I just heard of his story today and I believe that it’s never too late to know such an inspiration story like this.

Zach passed away on Monday 20 May, 2013 at the age of 18. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, when he was 14 years old. In May 2012, he was told that he had months to a year to live. Zach didn’t like to say goodbye by writing letters so he used song lyrics to convey his heart to the ones he loved.

I watched My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech which was his documentary made by SoulPancake, and from that I was led to his hit song ‘Clouds’ that I was captivated by its tunes and meaningful lyrics.

If only I had a little bit more time with you.

We could go up, up, up

And take that little ride

And sit there holding hands

And everything would be just right

And maybe someday I’ll see you again

We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.

And we’ll go up, up, up

But I’ll fly a little higher

We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer

Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now.

Some of celebrities shows support to Zach by making a video with this song. They want to raise awareness of childhood cancer as well.

Zach also worked with his band ‘A Firm Handshake’ including his best friend ‘Sammy Brown’, and they have released EP album called ‘Fix me up’. I’ve bought this album and I really like all songs in it. Their beautiful guitar sound truly gets along well with voice of Sammy and Zach especially Sammy as her voice is charmingly unique.

A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of Fix Me Up are being donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteorcarcoma Fund at Childrens Cancer Research Fund – Rock the Cause

For more details of Zach’s story can be found through ‘Zach Sobiech: Finding peace through music‘ where we can give donation that will go forward to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
– Galadriel (The Lord of the Rings)