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24 September 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 Truth in Photography, struggling families, Jennifer Latour, Brendon Burton, Thomas Pesquet, Kirk Tuck, PicUPAi, the moon and Apple's scanner permissions bug.

  • The Fall 2021 edition of Truth in Photography has launched today with new exhibits free to online visitors including Looking for Truth in a Digital Age, Understanding Family and Sense of Place.
  • How Struggling Families Manage to Feed Their Kids in a Pandemic is an NPR special report of three photo essays. "Parents and grandparents told us they are skipping meals or eating cheap, filling but not very nutritious foods so they can use their limited budget to provide for the youngsters in the family," Xyza Cruz Bacani writes.
  • Stephanie Wade finds Vancouver-based photographer Jennifer Latour's Bound Species Beautiful Simplicity "where flowers bloom with color and tranquility."
  • In Ghostly Aerial Photos Frame Isolated and Abandoned Houses, Grace Ebert features the Thin Places project of Portland-based photographer Brendon Burton. "What makes people leave and what keeps things standing? How much of a life gets left along with it?" Burton wonders about these "transitory" scenes.
  • In ISS Astronaut Reveals How He Captures Stunning Earth Photos, Trevor Mogg uncovers the work behind these out-of-this-world images. "Good planning for a picture is half the job and for us, it starts with our navigation software," said astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who relies on a Nikon D5. "The software shows us where it is day and night and even cloud cover predictions, but most importantly it shows us the future orbits."
  • Kirk Tuck muses on One of Those Awkward Transitions, exiting commercial photography to rediscover how he caught the bug to being with. "Here near the end of my desire to be commercially viable I look across the assemblage of stuff in the studio and wonder how it was I got so far afield from the slender selection of passionately acquired gear that worked so well for me in the beginning... and how to get back to the garden," he writes. "I fear that my own missteps have closed the gate and that the desire for the coolest gear drove away the magic."
  • In 10 Questions to a Founder: PicUPAi, Paul Melcher talks to Jeff Tang, founder of PicUP.Ai. The company provides "a suite of coalescent AI image and video processing features including background removal, picture retouch, photo enhancement, photo colorization, avatar and animation creation."
  • Colors of the Moon is a poster by Marcella Giulia Pace that shows the moon in 48 colors arranged in a spiral pattern. "The atmosphere gives different colors to our satellite (scattering) based on its height with respect to the horizon, based on the presence of humidity or suspended dust," she writes. "The shape of the Moon also changes: at the bottom of the horizon, refraction compresses the lunar disk at the poles and makes it look like an ellipse. And this is one of the reasons why I have chosen to present my Full Moons through a spiral arrangement that ends with a lunar eclipse."
  • Apple's latest macOS updates apparently resolve the permissions error message when using a Scanner on Mac.

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