I love stories like this one about the Moonlight Rollerway by Lisa Whiteman. Mostly I enjoy the photographs of what seems to be to be fragments of Americana/American nostalgia that speak to a very different time.
Every Tuesday night, Lillian Tomasino laces up her roller skates, puts her arms around her partner, and glides in sweeping circles across the floor of Moonlight Rollerway. Holding each other like ballroom dancers, she and Tom Clayton move effortlessly to the jaunty, classic tunes played live on a Hammond organ above the Glendale, California, rink.
Did you know that the first camera phone was invented in 1997, by Philippe Kahn. He hacked together his camera, laptop and mobile phone to create a prototype camera phone so he could send a photo of his newborn daughter to family and friends. 20 years later, we do this without thinking about it.
We take for granted that we can take photos with our phones and share them instantly. We don’t really think about it and that this capability is only 20 years old.
Did you know that Philippe Kahn is credited with inventing the first camera-phone and he did it to capture the birth of his daughter? Here is his story:
This is the first photo taken with Kahn’s prototype camera phone:
As incredible as his creation was at the time, I am even more impressed with his wife. There she was, pregnant and about to give birth, and she encouraged him to build the critical connection he needed to connect his camera to his phone and laptop.
Jem Cresswell has published a remarkable photographic tribute to some of our ocean’s giants, humpback whales titled “Giants“.
His collection of black and white images are dramatic and beautiful. According to Cresswell’s website, he photographed these whales over a three year period between 2014 and 2016 in the south Pacific, during their annual migration to Tonga.
You can’t look at these images and not see the majesty of these magnificent mammals. While you’re at it, set aside a couple of minutes and watch the behind-the-scenes video to see how Cresswell approached his shoots:
Donald Trump's dissatisfaction with a photo taken of him at his victory party serves as a valuable portrait photography lesson and a reminder that he may want to be more accommodating when it comes to the press.
Quartz’s article about a tangle with President-elect Trump about a photograph CNN used for a publication about the 2016 Presidential Elections is pretty instructive.
According to Quartz’s Johnny Simon, CNN’s photographer wasn’t granted access to Trump for follow-up photos after his election and resorted to photographing Trump from the crowd at his victory party. The resulting photographs weren’t as flattering as studio photographs made previously.
Trump apparently complained about the victory party photograph used for the second edition of the CNN publication and Simon made a good point:
The dustup around Unprecedented teaches a pretty obvious lesson for the president-elect: If Trump wants better pictures of himself, the first step would be to let photographers in.
Susan Sontag once described Berger as peerless in his ability to make “attentiveness to the sensual world” meet “imperatives of conscience”. Jarvis Cocker, to mark a recent book of essays about Berger, said: “There are a few authors that can change the way you look at the world through their writing and John Berger is one of them.”
All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this -as in other ways- they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.
Listener, grinder of lenses, poet, painter, seer. My Guide. Philosopher. Friend. John Berger left us this morning. Now you are everywhere.
If anything, I’d really like to move closer to merging my photography and writing in some form or another in the coming year. I’m not sure what’s holding me back there but I have these two passions and I think they would work well together.