I am looking forward to going back to Madison for my Chernobyl book reading at the Wisconsin Bookfest! Oct 19, 11 AM.
Hi blog readers,
My wife is away for 2 weeks and I started writing about it on Facebook. Below are the first few entries and you can find more here: www.facebook.com/mfrphoto
After 2 exciting weeks in Ukraine I came home - and today Amy left for 2 weeks in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Someday we'll travel together again... but for now I'm on dad duty until July 3.
My question is: what should I do to surprise my wife when she returns? What would you want?
Day 1 of solo parenting: the kids begged for a swim and a picnic and I complied, even though it made for late bedtimes.
Day 2 of solo parenting: Natalie likes to make declarative sentences and then feels a need to prove herself right. As in: I don't need to hold hands to cross the street! Or: I don't like this toothpaste [which she has used every night for months], I like yours! Or: I need to wear a diaper! Why does Jacob get one, I need one too!
Day 3 of solo parenting. How do single parents do this? Today I was so busy working that I barely had time to go to Work.
6 pm is not the best time to grocery shop with 2 young kids, but it was the only time it fit. Had I not kept policing Natalie, our cart would have ended up with matzoh ball soup mix, froot loops, honey nut cheerios, 16 hot dog buns, organic multigrain penne, and single-serving cups of cinnamon applesauce in it. As she proudly announced at checkout: "I helped my daddy the WHOLE TIME!"
Day 4 of solo parenting.
Me: Natalie, no more snuggles, you need to go to sleep. It's late, it's 10:30 at night.
I leave, followed by minutes of Natalie screaming and banging on her door.
Natalie: Daddy come back now, I'm really ready, I need a hug, I hitted my head.
Me: I won't come back unless you lay your head on your pillow and stop talking.
Natalie: I don't want daddy's rules, I want mommy's rules.
Confession: I am so cold hearted when Natalie has her meltdowns, which are frequent. But what am I teaching her by refusing her more coddling?
I read an article yesterday about the psychobiology of love, and the "micromoments of connection" that build love up. How important physical contact and eye contact are to feeling loved and teaching lovingkindess.
So at school drop off this morning, I tried asking Natalie to look into my eyes when she was upset and she refused to do it. Too much intimacy for her? She wanted to hug but averted her eyes and then pushed away.
When did you last stare lovingly into your kids' eyes? I am now convinced I do it too rarely.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Saturday, May 24, 2014
My talk is temporarily online. Check it out while supplies last! (Eventually it will be edited and up on the TED site but I'm not sure when.)
For now, view it here on the livestream page. My talk starts at 53:20.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Friday, April 11, 2014
Wow! I am honored to be among an amazing group of photographers recognized today by National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2014.
I can't quite believe I won 3 awards considering how much great work is out there. Really, 1 award would have been plenty!
• Multimedia Tablet/Mobile Category: First Place: Michael Forster Rothbart for ZUMA Press for "Would You Stay?”
• Best Use of Multimedia Category: Third Place: Michael Forster Rothbart and ZUMA Press for "Would You Stay? Life After Chernobyl and Fukushima."
Chang W. Lee, Barry Bearak, and The New York Times won first, and the indomitable Kainaz Amaria from National Public Radio won second.
• Contemporary Issues Category: Honorable Mention: Michael Forster Rothbart of ZUMA Press shooting for TED Books
Congrats also to Smiley Pool, Scott Strazzante, Claire O'Neill, Brian Storm, Josh Haner, James Estrin, Sara Lewkowicz, Corey Perrine, Mark Ovaska and many others for some amazing work which you can check out here: https://nppa.org/news/new-york-times-wins-nppas-best-use-multimedia
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Thursday, March 27, 2014
In case you're wondering: 3 digital projectors as main light sources plus 2 off-camera flashes for sidelight/rim light.
Update: final photos posted here.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Gosh, they'll publish anything in the Washington Post these days!
I've been meaning to thank the Post for publishing a gallery of photos from my Chernobyl-Fukushima book. Thanks Post!
See them here: http://bit.ly/mfrphoto_WashPost
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Friday, December 06, 2013
I was psyched to hear that the story about my photo book is trending at Fast & Co.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
So, I was on CNN yesterday to talk about my TED book.
I'll be honest, I got nervous, but I think I still managed to sound coherent. (I hope so - you tell me.) I just wish they had told me which camera to look at!
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Sunday, November 10, 2013
True, radio and photography are not two forms of communication that seem most compatible.
Still, I had an interesting interview with A Martinez, host of the NPR show Take Two in southern California. Martinez kept describing my photos and then asking me to tell the story behind it. It worked well, actually.
Here is the radio interview:
And here is the Take Two image gallery they posted so you can see what we're talking about.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Monday, November 04, 2013
Filmmaker Holly Morris interviewed me about my book last week. OK, we interviewed each other. She is making a film about the old women still living in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. TED released her TED talk at the same time as my book.
Today, I'll be describing some specific photos from my book on the NPR show Take Two, on KPCC 89.7 FM in southern California. Not sure exactly when I'll be on air, the show runs 9-11 am Pacific.
Livestream the show here and I'll post a link to listen later.
UPDATE: the broadcast of my interview was delayed due to the tragic shooting at LAX. It will air on Monday.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Friday, November 01, 2013
Here are two crazy unbelievable things:
- My book Would You Stay? which started as a little project in Chernobyl in 2007, will be a book out there in the ether, as of tomorrow.
- We were, I must confess, still making last-minute improvements until 10 o'clock tonight. But now it is really and truly on its way.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I was just interviewed about my book by the NPR show The Takeaway. It will air at 9 am today (Oct. 29). Listen live here - www.thetakeaway.org. Later I'll post a link to listen after the fact.
OK: here is the link to listen:
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
If you arrive by train, as the nuclear personnel do, this is your first view of the sprawling Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, across the cooling pond. The station that once generated power now consumes it. The new heating plant has the only active smokestack on the horizon. Beside it are the unfinished, abandoned cooling towers. Beyond the smokestack at right is the “Shelter Object” which covers the Fourth Block of the plant.
Even after Fukushima, Chernobyl remains the site of the world's worst nuclear accident. The population within 30 kilometers was permanently evacuated, including residents of Pripyat and many villages. Although the Chernobyl plant finally stopped generating electricity in December 2000, today 3,700 employees continue to work at the plant. They commute from their new city of Slavutych, which was built after the accident to replace Pripyat.
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Thursday, October 24, 2013
Posted by Michael Forster Rothbart on Wednesday, June 05, 2013