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A.D. Coleman Quote

Currently reading up on the "discovered" Ansel Adams negatives debacle from earlier this year.

Actually scrub that, I am in the process of tidying up loose ends here at work, when I 're-discovered' A.D. Coleman's blog, Photocritic International. He writes extensively about the issue and I'm only 1/8 the way though his writings on the matter. This quote however had me guffawing out loudly, at last some one has the balls to say it.

The recent Polaroid Collection auction at Sotheby's in New York, in which some 400 Adams pieces went on the block, demonstrated that there's an insatiable appetite for Adams prints, but a few dozen "new" Adams images from his early days won't force any serious reconsideration of his already exhaustively over-considered and vastly overestimated oeuvre. The thought of yet another Adams book and show makes me cringe reflexively.

From this the first article, in the series

I am pleased to hear someone articulate, what many have refused to say out loud for such a long time.

For those of you who may not know, A.D. Coleman is a writer and critic, whose work I have long admired, and whose blog I read occasionally.

New Publication

Reading

I recently purchased two new books, while in Sydney.


"Wim Wenders: Journey to Onomichi: Photographs" (Heiner Bastian, Wim Wenders), and,


"Lee Friedlander: America by Car" (D.A.P./Fraenkel)

both wonderful tomes to sit and flip though, as I supervise practical sessions in the wet darkrooms and elsewhere.

For those who are curious, here's a peek at my entire library of books for the last ten or so years, on librarything.com, I'm also reading a very engaging series of books, STUDYING PHOTOGRAPHY: A Survival Guide,"Your Assignment: Photography (Photo Developing)" (Douglas Holleley), and, "Photo-Editing and Presentation: A Guide to Image Editing and Presentation for Photographers and Visual Artists (Photo-Developing)" (Douglas, Ph.D. Holleley), again real refreshing insights into teaching Photography, not only the technical processes, but the creative and the organisation process as well, from creation to presentation.

Standby for a flurry of input, as, now I'm toting an iPhone everywhere, and making images, constantly on the fly, with the ability to upload immediately if I so choose to flickr, my posterous account, the shared posterous project, or twitpic.

More Online Experiments

Today, saw the creation of a new collaborative project, shared between myself and 3 other iPhone users. The project is hosted by posterus, and is called 4over3.posterous.com. We all share a similar approach to picture making and have a similar regard for the web and its ability to share regardless of time, place or space. Where it will go I have no idea, we are spread across the globe, 1 in Asia, 1 in Europe and 2 in Australia. I may consider expanding the project to include one or two more people, contact me if you have a passion for picture making, regardless of device, and can afford to connect to the web anywhere anytime.

I also signed onto the eyeem.com site, an online site dedicated to sharing of iPhone pictures.

While we are on the topic of Posterous, I've begun using the space as, another small gallery for spontaneous projects as they occur.

Hipstamtic, & the iPhone

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I am a proud and new owner of the latest iPhone 4, it s my first iPhone ever, to say I am pleased, would be an understatement.

One of my peers, has had an iPhone since their release 2 years ago, he too is an advocate of, the best camera to own is one you have on you at all times, and are prepared to use all the time.

Hipstamitic, is one of his favourite iPhone applications, so, of course I had to give it a go too. I have at the moment, 6 lenses and 8 film types, as well as, the flashes, that come with the application, perhaps just the iPhone 4.

With such a dizzying array of options I needed to be clear in my own mind what film/lens and film/lens/flash combinations I felt the most comfortable with. How to work this out? Why run a test of course.

Not a very scientific one, but a test nonetheless, in real world conditions, i.e. my sunroom at home in the gorgeous winter light.

So I photographed the view out of the bck window with all possible lens/film combinations. Once I'd settled on a film/lens combination, I then tested the flashes with that combination.

The winner for me is:-

  • Lens; Lucifer VI
  • Film: Pistil
  • Flash: Standard

Is it art? The jury is still out on that one, one thing is sure though, it is a whole lot of fun.

Views & Stats on flickr

Recently I discovered, quite by accident, that I had my flickr stream removed from public searches. This is affectionately know as being NIPS'd. My view count on my flckr stream had dropped quite dramitically over the last month and I was perplexed as to why. To the point where I was questioning my continuation of my flickr account. Now that I have resolved the issue regarding the public searches, my views have returned to the state they had been at for most of the time I've ben on flickr, since the stats were introduced. This is a worry as this means, that, the majority of my views come from these searches. Should I care? Should I use this as an excuse to re-focus my energies elsewhere? We'll see.

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Hidden?

My flickr views have taken a bit of a beating over the last couple of weeks, in that they have dropped to an all time low. I just discovered today, that the flickr staff have hidden my account from public searches. Why I don't know, and the only reason I found out was I was looking for my exif data in the new interface, when I discovered the setting.

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Sydney Biennale 2010

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I quickly visited Sydney on Friday and Saturday, an exhaustive and exhausting 2 days of art food and walking! I didn't shoot as much as I would have liked, but, here is the first edit, from my time up there.

More on the Biennale itself later.

Here's a small slideshow, roughly cut together using sampled sounds from freesound.org. Credits to the following for sharing their samples/sounds and allowing them to be re-sampled, DJ Chronos, gleeman,j uskiddink.

Note Taking Tools

Life hacker has a neat e-mail article today, looking at note taking tools. Citing ubiquitous mobile phone usage as its reason. Well I am a HUGE fan of Evernote™, mainly because it allows me 3 points of access and organisation for all my notes, my desktop, my mobile device, any web access point.

It seems that many share my enthusiasm for the tool as it was the clear leader overall, as suggested by those who participated, in the poll. I also like the simple builtin free tool that comes with my iPod, but Evernote™ is a more powerful tool, I even pay for the service even though, I doubt I will come close in reaching anything beyond the capacity fo free accounts.

Give it a whirl it's an awesome tool.

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Maps, Mapping and Place

From the map below you can see, that the corridor of images, that flickr deems the most interesting forms a relativley narrow corridor, running roughly East to West. No surprises really here, as these are the places I spend the most time at, home and work. I does give me an pointer that maybe I need to exapnd my explorations and see what I can come up with, Brusnwick for example, a suburb north of the CBD, is a rich area of post-industrial sites, in varying states of use.

I think it is quite apparent that my 'place' is in this East West corridor.

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Two Projects

Today, I have begun the ball rolling for two projects, an application for a PhD, and a show at the CCP. The show application, will focus on a body of work, I shot recently and may form a larger project, over time; one day a book I hope. The PhD, is at such an early developmental stage, I am reading a book that will help me decide where to go., the book is entitled, The Craft of Research. It has already proved to be a great help.

Some amazing images, from the Guardian, a series entitled 'Eyewitness'

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[From Eyewitness: Under the skin | Science | guardian.co.uk]

Interestingly, they have 'pro tips' for aspiring photographers, helping to decipher and understand how to make better pictures.

Cooliris

I recently rediscovered cooliris, it is an interesting way to surf the net with either a broad brush, or a more focussed approach.

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Key word searches can turn up strange results, but it's a pleasant way to scour lot's of information quickly.

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