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11 November 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 the iPad Pro as laptop replacement, Gordon Parks v. Life Magazine, Michele Sons and ambiguous images.

  • Long ago we replaced our desktop system with a laptop but we didn't think of replacing our laptop with anything but another laptop until we read John Gruber's review of the iPad Pro. It's faster and cheaper. And just to expand on that subject, Rhiannon Williams interviewed Jon Ive on The Story of the Apple Pencil.
  • In Gordon Parks's Harlem Argument, Maurice Berger looks at the lessons of Life Magazine's first photo essay by a black photographer, examining "the published article in relation to the hundreds of negatives, proof prints, contact sheets and editorial notes from the archives of the Gordon Parks Foundation." It turns out Life's editors told a different story than the one Parks had recorded.
  • Michele Sons won a fully-paid trip to Antarctica from Luminous Landscape during which she worked on The Feminine Landscape, a photo project that captures uninhabited places with a solitary female figure. "By including figures, I can tell a story or explore a feeling and allow people to more easily relate to these lands I love. The Feminine Landscape is a visual exploration of my personal experience of place." (And, yes, we've added that to our new Calendar.)
  • In Ambiguity, Ming Thein distinguishes between literal and ambiguous images, suggesting ambiguous images composed using "resolving power, spatial arrangement and conscious exclusion" so "the viewers work for their entertainment."

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