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5 January 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at a photo book project, concert photography restrictions, LiveBlend and PhoozL's fate.

  • In A Photo Book for Its Subjects, Kerri MacDonald describes photographer Kosuke Okahara's photo book telling the story of six young Japanese women "who use self-injury to cope with depression and anxiety." One third of the book is blank, "so people can leave messages in words, sketches or photos." Okahara is circulating one book for each woman to collect messages for them.
  • Chuck Yarborough notes Concert photography restrictions are a growing -- and disconcerting -- trend. Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars refuse to allow pros to shoot their concerts, for example. But at a recent Chrissie Hynde concert, the ushers "came down on anyone whose phone came out."
  • Eric Kunz has developed LiveBlend, a 99 cent iOS app to superimpose an image over a scene to capture a double exposure. Works with video captures too, using the still as a mask.
  • PhoozL has been put into "deep hibernation," according to a note on the photo contest community's home page. The site, which used contests and a supportive community to help individuals improve their photography, will be missed.

More to come...

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