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19 March 2021

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 Mike Kai Chen, Tokie Rome-Taylor, Sally Davies, Iceland, work and focal length.

  • Julia Lurie and Maddie Oatman tell the story of The Grassroots Activists Who Protected San Francisco's Most Vulnerable -- and the City -- From Covid with photos by Mike Kai Chen. San Francisco has the lowest death rate of any major U.S. city. But a year ago, "Virtually every patient in San Francisco's public hospital who was sick with the coronavirus was Latino," UCSF doctors noticed. They were the Latino health care aides, delivery people, janitors, cooks and other essential workers. Quite a story well illustrated.
  • In Radiant Girls of the African Diaspora, Adorned in Crowns, Lace, and Pearls, Ellyn Kail presents portraits by Tokie Rome-Taylor, an American photography-based artist living in Atlanta. "The girls in Taylor's photos exist simultaneously in the past, present and future," she writes. :They represent a mirrored reflection of the artist, the ancestors who came before her and the heirs who will take up her mantle, inherit her dreams and follow in her footsteps."
  • Joy Every Day showcases Sally Davies's portraits of " larger than life characters in their equally colorful homes" in New York City. Fairly hilarious.
  • Julieanne Kost features her photos of Iceland via Adobe Spark from a few years ago for anyone "in need of a quick 'virtual trip' to Iceland to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls and landscapes in the world."
  • Kirk Tuck is Back at Work and is so giddy about it he can't help revealing "which I camera I chose to use for the job and why." It's a nice peek at a pro at work.
  • In this very basic discussion, Bryan Esler explains Why Focal Length Matters. Basic but fundamental, we should add.

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