"It's a bit embarrassing to talk about the tools like this, but this comes back to, after using 1000's of cameras, what I think the best camera is. I think the best camera is...."

What's the best camera ever made? Notorious photography hack and noted local yokel, Brian Scott Peterson ought to know. After all, in the course of 20 years of making photos, nearly 1000 cameras and lenses, have passed through his possession. In "The Best Camera" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 132, he shares some musings on the most treasured of his arguably modest collection, focussing in on the very best one.

If ever there was somebody deserving of the title PechaKucha People, it's our behind-the-scenes, everything doer, and unsung-super-hero at PK HQ, Johnny Linnert. From inducting all our new city organizers, to advising both the Local and Global Networks on new initiatives, to quarter-backing an endless list of operational logistics, to so much more, Johnny's unyielding and laser-focussed commitment to PechaKucha keeps us true to our vision. We take a moment to share our gratitude by turning the spotlight back on you, sir. We know you hate it but we give you a standing ovation. Take a bow, Johnny, you deserve it! 

Earthquake at the Equator

"Ecuador: A country that held each other tight enough that it never shook again." 

"This sums up the Ecuadorian fraternity and solidarity during difficult times. [They] unite and continue to inspire each other to help rebuild their country and overcome this tragedy."

In Earthquake at the Equator from PKN Tokyo Vol 135, and as part of PechaKucha's Inspire Initiative, steaming live from Ecuado, PechaKucha Night organizer in Quito, EcudaorFrancisco X. Mejíaand Glo Fren presented about their country, the current situation in response to the recent devastating earthquake at the coast, and solidarity and resolve of the Ecuadorians in this time of crisis. 

“I said to my husband ‘what’s that down there’ and he said ‘that’s downtown’. This was 15 years ago, and all i could think was ‘I am being driven into a religious cult that makes bread’.”

In Tomato, Tomato from PechaKucha Night Dubuque’s 2nd volume, Speaker Julia Theisen tells a humorous anecdote about a big move. Have you ever moved to another country permanently? What about visited another country? Even if you have not speaker Julia's observations about the two countries are sure to put a smile on your face.


“He called the restaurant Gulistan which means ‘the land of roses’. To the restaurant came the people. First one, then two, then a bunch.”

In Ibrahim Parlak's Story with a Twist from PechaKucha Night Saint Joseph’s 4th volume, Presenter Ashley Reichert tells the story of a man from Kurdistan, Ibrahim Paralak, and his journey to a small town in Michigan. He is in search of freedom - a place where people are free to speak their minds, free from oppression, and free persecution. All he wants is to make a peaceful place for his family, his restaurant, and a place to grow his roses.

All is going well, until one day he is just gone. Soon, many people ask where he has gone, and learn he has been jailed with the fear of being deported. Ashley goes on to tell us how he is released from jail and goes back to family, his restaurant, and his roses. All seems well again, but there's a twist.

“She is the mother of us, all of us, alive or dead.”

In The Tourist, The Voyeur from Pechakucha Night Ellensburg’s 5th volume, presenter  Xavier Cavazos poetically introduces us, the voyeur, the tourist, to the people, the streets, the grandmothers of Havana.  In a mesmerizing rhythm, we are drawn into unknown territory.

We came together with the common bond for all things creative and community. We believe in the power of shared story; rewarding or challenging, humorous or heart-wrenching, all are worthy of our attention."

In Jewel of North Queensland from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 134, presenters Cathy-Ann Kerr and Angie Quinn share their home city of Cairns and the spirit of it's people that make the community so special there. From their proximity to the great barrier reef, to their culturally rich heritage, from their deep connection to their natural world, to the busting art and nightlife scene, the city provides so much that the great land down under has to offer. With a such an abundance of passionate people, beautiful landscape, and creative talent, PechaKucha Night Cairns is in an optimal location to bring people together.

We direct our City Focus this week to PechaKucha friends in Quito whose county of Ecuador recently endured a massive earthquake with a devastating scale of loss. Let it be known the same friends in Ecuador who are now in the throes of tragedy were the some of the first to step up with support to Japan in our hour of need. We commit now to returning that support back to Ecuador with worldwide PechaKucha community behind you; we keep you close in your hearts and thoughts. Join us at PKN Tokyo Vol. 135 this week as host PKN Quito's Organizer to present LIVE via video conference about the current situation, and what we can do help.

PechaKucha People: Erica Austin

Our PechaKucha People Spotlight lands on Erica Austin this week, of PKN Christchurch. As an Architectural Master's Graduate, Event "Awesomist" and Photographer, she's passionate about making Christchurch awesome, and see's it as a place to experiment and grow creatively, which is why she also calls herself "Christchurch Ambassador."

PKN Tokyo aims for a special night. We will be connecting LIVE with our PechaKucha teams from Kumamoto and Ecuador for two presentations. Both cities are struggling in the wake of powerful earthquakes and, technology permitting, each city will present LIVE about the current situation, and what we can do help. 


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