“Nevertheless the post-iPad blogging trend is toward these Tumblr/text blog hybrids. A long text post without an accompanying image now looks stark and unwelcoming. Images offer punctuation like interruptions in the text, but they also elongate the body. A post looks far more substantial the more scrolling you have to do. This is really a protip for bloggers: throw in two images and 400 words becomes an “article.””—The Blog in 2011: More Pictures, More Words | Tomorrow Museum
“While social photography is nothing new (Flickr and Facebook dominate), mobile photography is just beginning to blossom, thanks to apps like Instagram, PicPlz, Path, and Dailybooth. Other services like Tumblr, Gowalla, Posterous and most recently Foursquare are only pushing the trend further. 2011 will be the year mobile photo sharing becomes all the rage. These services will hit critical mass as smartphone users install apps in order to keep up with their friends. I also predict that Facebook will join the fray and implement new mobile photo-sharing features integrated with its Places platform, bringing the whole trend to another level.”—6 Predictions for Social Networks in 2011
Happy New Year and Thanks for all your contributions and support!
As with just about everyone, I’ve got some new things in store for the new year that I’m excited about, and think will take LPV in an interesting direction. My primary goal though for the new year remains more collaboration. I want to bring in new voices and talent to contribute and help expand the LPV sensibility. Consider my email an open door. Listening to new ideas is one of my favorite past times.
Thanks, and cheers! Enjoy the party and the hangover.
“Even though Kodachrome saw diminishing sales toward its end, this is the end of an era for a number of photographers and photography buffs. The film — currently trending at number seven on Google in the U.S. — was noted for capturing rich color and light in a way that many say cannot be replicated by digital cameras or apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram”—
“But Nic Rad, a Brooklyn based artist, answered the question most succinctly in a recent post on his own Tumblr, noting that “Tumblr is designed for daydreamers.””—Finding a Use for Tumblr - NYTimes.com
“The digital - iPad, Web, cellphone, etc. - are still being utilized as exceedingly rudimentary display devices, showing a haphazard mix of image/text/sound that is often less than the sum of its parts. There is little sense of authenticity, of risk-taking, of graphics, of layout, of typography, of playing with scale and texture. Instead, the slide-show with sound has become the overused default - and it is hardly an advance over what was done decades before.”—After Photography › End of Year Thoughts
“It’s a sensitive business and some advisors, Cavanagh among them, question whether photographic prints should be limited at all. Limiting an edition used to relate to litho printing and the quality of the plates - after 100 prints, say, a plate would no longer be as accurate and would therefore be rejected. These days that’s no longer relevant and, says Cavanagh, limiting editions can be seen as an artificial way of slotting photography into the fine-art market, traditionally centred around one-off, irreplaceable works. “If a photographer has a great image, I say why limit it?” he tells BJP. “Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ansel Adams never limited their prints.””—The numbers game - British Journal of Photography
“But to me the story of Vivian Maier isn’t that her work was lost and rediscovered. It’s the work itself that matters. Her photographs are among the most vibrant street shots ever made. I’m not sure which photos Westerbeck has already seen, but I suggest he devote some more hours to looking through Maier’s archives. The quality and consistency of vision will prove impossible to miss.”—Blake Andrews via B
“First of all, these photographs are as witty and cleverly constructed as any street photos out there. They may not be ironic, but since when is irony a requirement for quality, especially in mid-century photography? Not distant enough from their subjects? I suppose that would discredit Arbus, Model, Hine, Atget, Sander, Weegee, Brassai, etc. Sorry guys, you’d be great artists if only you’d created more separation. Maybe Maier isn’t as cool and calculated as Callahan or Ishimoto, but I actually view that as a plus. She’s so present in her photos. It’s an amazing gift. In short, critique is fine but please comment on what she is rather than what she isn’t.”—Blake Andrews rebuttal to Colin Westerbeck’s assessment of Vivian Maier’s work via B
“But distraction is nothing new. Over a century ago, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche described his harassed peers. “One thinks with a watch in one’s hand,” he wrote in 1887, “even as one eats one’s midday meal while reading the latest news of the stock market”.
Yet Nietzsche didn’t blame clocks or markets. “We labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life,” he wrote in his Untimely Meditations, “because it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think. Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.”
In other words, the technologies were certainly aiding distractions - but they weren’t providing the urge. This, said Nietzsche, was human, all-too-human.
Centuries earlier, philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal put this very succinctly. “The sole cause of man’s unhappiness,” he wrote, “is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.”
For Pascal, like Nietzsche, man was a restless, jittery creature, always looking for distractions from life. If we’ve no smartphones and online social networking, there’s gossip, gambling or booze.”—BBC News - The distraction society (via jomc)