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#819. Plan vs guidelines (and the Wabi Sabi challenge)

#819. Plan vs guidelines (and the Wabi Sabi challenge)

Can something be beautiful and ugly at the same time? Well, a brief 1-week tourist raid in Egypt was enough to radically change my feelings about the aesthetics of local dwellings from the cultural shock experienced on arrival.     To a pampered Westerner’s eye, urban scenes in the larger

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#815. Photography and Wabi-Sabi – part 1 & challenge

#815. Photography and Wabi-Sabi – part 1 & challenge

The concept of Wabi-Sabi is central to (some) Japanese aesthetics and separates it from what we Westerners have been taught to appreciate and strive for in all our undertakings : flawless perfection. Tourists flock to Kyoto’s Zen gardens from all over the world. And the stone, moss and gravel creations

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#812. How to infuse your images with meaning

#812. How to infuse your images with meaning

Thank you to all of you who responded to the challenge set two weeks ago in “Photograph it like you mean it“. It’s only when trying to produce images for this article myself that I realised how hard it actually is to step beyond an intuitive process and become deliberate

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#807. Photograph it like you mean it (a DS challenge).

#807. Photograph it like you mean it (a DS challenge).

A photo that’s technically bland but ful of emotion is a winner. The opposite is a fail. Will you dare to take our challenge?

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#765. The photographic value of scarcity

#765. The photographic value of scarcity

There are two approaches to photography that strongly conflict with one another. I don’t believe one is inherently better than the other, though my feet are firmly in one camp. But it seems to me that one can lead to the other, while the other way around is impossible.  

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#762. Shooting the storm

#762. Shooting the storm

Just a few weeks ago, Cape Town was in real danger of becoming one of the world’s first major cities to run out of water. In several storage dams, the water level was nearing single digits; unrecoverable reserves, as the movement of water would stir up way too much silt

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#733. Monitor calibration for the truly un-gifted

#733. Monitor calibration for the truly un-gifted

This is a guest post by Chris Stump about a topic we too often brush under the carpet. The author is a former colorlab owner living in mid-coast Maine with his wife and young son. He attempts to navigate the post-film world on a fickle DSL connection, and posts photo related observations on chrisstump.com. Thanks

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#729. Bend it like Daido

#729. Bend it like Daido

Are, bure, boke. In English: rough, blurred, out of focus. 3 words to describe the style and philosophy of the Japanese Provoke movement of 50 years ago.       The name’s Moriyama, Daido Moriyama. And his use of stark B&W (and, more recently, colour) to visually communicate the raging

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#728. Every story tells a picture – American girl in Italy, Florence

#728. Every story tells a picture – American girl in Italy, Florence

Last week, The Eye of Photography published the very interesting article Ninalee Allen Craig, the beauty in Ruth Orkin’s famous photo of Florence, dies at 90. The photo in question is below and, instead of publishing the link in our weekly list, I wanted to discuss it separately because it

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#720. Drop it ! And start training.

#720. Drop it ! And start training.

This is me walking the walk. Have mercy!     It started out innocently enough. Philippe and I were chatting over Skype (we do that) when those clouds appeared over the horizon. I run to the camera, knowing how fleeting those moments are when everything in nature lines up, and

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