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1 July 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 Adam Ferguson, Jošt Dolinšek, Ryan Dearth, toy photography, Instagram and a contest.

And we're trying something new. The New York Times is providing 10 gift articles a month to subscribers (which members of the San Francisco Public Library like us just happen to be). So you should be able to access our links to its articles (like the first one below) without depleting your free monthly quota.

  • In Showing Migrants Through a New Lens: Their Own, Sarah Bahr interviews Brooklyn-based freelance photographer Adam Ferguson about asking migrants at shelters on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border to take self-portraits this spring. "I wanted to make a set of photos of people we so often see as victims and make them more human and relatable," he says.
  • Devid Gualandris showcases Jošt Dolinšek's project To Move the Sun and Earth Away. "How biased is our perspective on the environment and its past? A question like this prompted another and another, until I found myself contemplating issues such as discovering the truth, living in denial and fear, as well as the reason for detachment," Dolinšek explains.
  • Suzanne Sease features the personal project of Ryan Dearth. "India is a place of extremes," he says. "The streets can bustle in a way that can overload the senses of an outsider. Yet, amidst the robust movement and activity, vignettes of quietude are blanketed by an unwavering attitude of optimism, generosity and warmth."
  • Dahlia Ambrose provides some Creative Tips and Techniques for Toy Photography in her comprehensive tutorial. "Photographing toys can be a slow and relaxed type of photography as you can take your own time to create a story and share your love for toys and photography," she writes.
  • Mitchell Clark reports Head of Instagram Says Instagram Is No Longer a Photo Sharing App. In a video post, Instagram's Adam Mosseri "said the company is looking to lean into entertainment and video after seeing the success of competitors like TikTok and YouTube." Clark notes, "At the moment, though, it's vague as to how Instagram plans on doing that -- and whether it'll be improving and innovating on features popularized by apps like TikTok or just making something with a few Facebook-y tweaks."
  • In Summer, the 4th, Fireworks ... and a Great Contest! Joe McNally celebrates the holiday weekend with a plug for Printique's Summer Is Calling contest. Prizes include a Canon R, Sony Alpha a7 III or Nikon 7 6II. Deadline is July 18, plenty of time to recover from the weekend.

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