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10 November 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 Smith, Richard Allenby-Pratt, the Oregon coast, new macro lenses, old cameras, the derelict and a contest.

  • In A Walk on the Wild Side, the Guardian presents Mike Smith's black-and-white candids of 1970s Boston from his new photo Streets of Boston.
  • In The Grim Reality of Consumption, Stephanie Wade highlights the desolate landscapes of Richard Allenby-Pratt. "We think that the only route to our future security is perpetual growth," he says, "because we think that this world has infinite space and infinite resources. Why are we doing this?"
  • Derrick Story is on the Oregon coast for the first day of a workshop. "Rain, wind and a churning sea. What a blast!" he writes.
  • Dan Havlik suggests The Three Best Macro Lenses in 2021 are a Nikkor, Sigma and Canon. He's just looking at recent releases, though. Some older glass still holds its own on close inspection.
  • Kirk Tuck compares his preference for going forward with older cameras Regressive Upgrading to the reverence he felt seeing a 1965 Pontiac Lemans convertible fire up. We know the feeling. Sweet (or "awesome," depending on your age).
  • In Finding Beauty in the Derelict, Jason Row suggests a few approaches to photographing the inevitable. "A derelict location might not at first glance seem to be an attractive proposition to a photographer, but delve deeper and you will find that the derelict holds a fascination for many," he writes.
  • LensCulture is Calling All Art Photographers to enter its Art Photography Awards contest. "There are no limits or definitions for this award, we're hoping to see all kinds of submissions from conceptual work and prints made for gallery walls, to images made from alternative processes, to totally new forms and formats that speak to our digital age." Deadline for entries is Dec. 15.

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