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23 April 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 Hashem Shakeri, Venezuelan detention centers, Sri Lanka, Louie Palu, bad advice, a visual palindrome, Garry Winogrand, classic cameras, line of sight, a D500 firmware update and a creative types quiz.

  • In Paradise Lost: Devastation Wrought by Drought in Iran, Rosie Flanagan showcases the work of Iranian photographer Hashem Shakeri. The Iranian drought has now plagued the region for 19 years. "There are no animals thriving in his images, no colored depth to the landscape he has captured. There is only sun-bleached dust, dry wind and grounded fishing boats," she writes.
  • Días Eternos highlights the images Ana María Arévalo captured of daily life in Venezuelan detention centers. "Every time I leave these detention centres, I feel very frustrated, sad, enraged," she says. "These feelings translate into my heart wanting to do more."
  • Alan Taylor presents 21 photos of Mourning and Anguish After the Devastating Attacks in Sri Lanka. "Authorities say the number of people killed in the attacks is now 290, with more than 500 receiving treatment for injuries," he writes. Innocents all.
  • In A Photography Exhibit of Melting Ice -- and Shifting Consciousness, Jeffrey Brown talks to Louie Palu about his sculptural installation outside the Harry Ransom Center in which large prints from the 150,000 he took over three years in Antarctica were embedded in ice and left to melt.
  • In That Was Bad Advice, Bad Advice..., Thom Hogan corrects some misconceptions flaunted by a piece one might generously describe as click bait. "There is no right way to take a photograph," he reminds. "Photography is both a craft (the technical side) and an art (the compositional and decision making side)."
  • Harold Davis discovers a Visual Palindrome in his recent image of Reflections in the Untersee.
  • The Eastman Museum will show Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. in Rochester, N.Y. Here's the trailer:
  • Flipsy takes a look at Classic Cameras: What They're Worth and Where to Sell Them. Depends. The range is from $3 to $9,499.
  • In Composition Tool: Line of Sight and How to Use It, Rob Wood discusses the power of "the invisible line between a subject's eyes and the object at which they are looking."
  • Nikon has released a D500 Firmware Update with SnapBridge WiFi connectivity and fixes to frame-edge focusing, CH shooting stalls and a shutdown issue.
  • In We All Have a Creative Type, Carolyn Gregoire describes how she came up with her Creative Types Quiz. The quiz draws from popular personality tests like the Myers-Briggs, "Big 5" model and the Enneagram, plus little-known creative personality research from the 1960s onward, to inform a simple and relatable yet robust and science-informed creative personality assessment. We just took the brief quiz but had to skip the interludes between questions (nothing every displayed but the Wait GIF). "You are the Artist," we were informed. "Seeing beauty, creating beauty." There are eight types: Artist, Thinker, Adventurer, Maker, Producer, Dreamer, Innovator, Visionary. We tend to impress people as the Repair Guy, though, seeing failure and fixing it.

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