System As Photographer
Technology not only affects photography these days, it increasingly serves as the photographer. Here are some recent examples following the lead of Street View, security cameras, and drones. As these image-making systems become more familiar, many people increasingly seem to follow their lead: photograph constantly, upload it all, expect that only a fraction will be seen more than once (if that).
Killing for Beautiful Objects
The ability to admire, even be moved by, the beauty of both the natural and the human-made seems, in fact, to be part of what makes us human. A report on the ivory trade reminds us that the willingness to kill for objects, beauty, and transcendence seems uniquely human, too.
Listening to Retail
We all spend time in retail/service environments, without spending a conscious second thinking about the sound around us. Some of that sound is designed; much of it isn’t. Our ears process the mingling, but usually not in ways that focus attention. Certainly I used to tune it all out, but I’m listening differently to retail lately. Here’s why.