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27 February 2019

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. This time we look at underwater contest winners, Scott Wallace, Ron Jude, Nicolas Bruno, the new Olympus 12-200mm, Aundre Larrow, Huntington Witherill, Visenze, branding, USB 3.2 and a Rocky Nook deal.

  • Winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019 contest have been posted. U.K. photographer Richard Barnden was named Underwater Photographer of the Year as well as British Underwater Photographer of the Year for his image The Gauntlet.
  • In Finding Echoes of Today's Headlines in Central America's Proxy Wars in the 1980s, David Gonzalez explores the work of Scott Wallace during the Cold War years. Wallace, an associate professor of journalism, says, "We exercised this heavy hand in Latin America, yet we have no understanding of the people we are influencing."
  • In Ron Jude's Lago Explores History, Forgetting, and the Vagaries of Memory, Rosie Flanagan follows Jude into the California desert where he shoots "a deliberately evasive autobiographical narrative through images of this sometimes desolate, sometimes beautiful, part of America."
  • In To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, Alyssa Coppelman takes a look at the work of photographer Nicolas Bruno, who has suffered from sleep paralysis since he was seven years old. His body rests while his mind works overtime. "Transforming my experiences with sleep paralysis into artwork not only helps me understand the dreams," he says. "It gives me a universal voice to speak about something almost impossible to describe with words."
  • Robin Wong takes the new Olympus ZD 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 out for spin. There's no stabilization in the lens itself but "I relied on the 5-Axis Image Stabilization on the E-M1 Mark II to stabilize my shot and it worked effectively," he notes.
  • Portrait Photographer Aundre Larrow asks how "older, white and male" photographers can tell the whole story when the demographics of their subject aren't older, white and male.
  • In Violins and Cameras Revisited, Jim Kasson quotes Huntington Witherill at length on the difference between acquiring one or the other device.
  • In Visenze: Visual Search Four Years Later, Paul Melcher interviews Visenze CEO Oliver Tan. "I see the world of commerce being further simplified by AI-powered image search and recognition tools, as well as these insights helping us better understand consumer preferences," Tan predicts.
  • In Branding and Why It Matters, Suzanne Sease suggests focusing on the whole experience a client has with you. Your "brand" encompasses "your images, your Web site navigation, your Instagram account, your Twitter account and, most important, your reputation," she points out. All need cultivation.
  • The best way to understand the confusing USB 3.2 Specification, which includes three generations, is to read the language usage guide.
  • Rocky Nook is offering a 35 percent discount on anything in its store when you use the code WPPI2019 at checkout.

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