#786. Am I going crazy? (Using an inexpensive phone)

#786. Am I going crazy? (Using an inexpensive phone)

Dear Susan member Pascal has written before about the rise of the camera phone and his appreciation for it’s simplicity. They have certainly captured the imagination of the consumer market, and have essentially killed off low end pocket cameras, leaving camera makers like Panasonic and Sony moving increasingly upmarket with

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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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#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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#722. Monday Quickie (14 May 2018) – In defense of digital manipulation

#722. Monday Quickie (14 May 2018) – In defense of digital manipulation

Is nothing sacred anymore? First a mention of stripping the Monday Post of its “regular” status. Then this sacrilegious title. And all in defense of a sinful photographic activity : digital manipulation.     The puritan attitude of many juries and critics of photography has always been a source of

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#671. Opinion – What serious photographer would use a phone camera ?

#671. Opinion – What serious photographer would use a phone camera ?

Sometimes Dear Susan articles are the result of private debate between it’s contributors; sometimes it is something that triggers inspiration and the desire for one of us to talk about something.  Pascal has recently been telling us and Dear Susan’s readers how much he likes using his Korean fancy from

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#655. At the museum

#655. At the museum

Every once in a while I stumble upon photos that stick to my mind for a very long time. One of these was in Pascal’s “A tale of two OTI” back in 2015. In particular Philippe’s first image of all the skeletons lined up, looking in one direction. I was

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#651. Best city for street photography: Lisbon *

#651. Best city for street photography: Lisbon *

OK, this is a bold statement. But let me clarify this more: * “in Europe”, “as far as I know” and “in my opinion”. Let me explain…     I stumbled upon Lisbon a couple of years ago during a business trip. Like many others, I didn’t have it high

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#646. Missed by that much : power to the Schnauzer

#646. Missed by that much : power to the Schnauzer

Sometimes, you take aim, you miss by a small margin and it’s very frustrating. Sometimes, however, the miss is so grotesque, so unfathomably vast, that it becomes hilarious.     I believe the Smartphone industry, camera section, is trying its very bestest to fall into the second, far more comical,

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#589. The Un-labor Monday post (1 May 2017) – The Terminator and Maslow duke it out

#589. The Un-labor Monday post (1 May 2017) – The Terminator and Maslow duke it out

Futurists have long foretold the rise of the machine. Novelists put it into words. Film makers added apocalyptic video to the narrative.  Robots crushing humans, AI taking over decision centers, you know the drill. So much so that it’s become a future we simultaneously accept (it will come) and reject

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#559. Are ballet dancers better photographers?

#559. Are ballet dancers better photographers?

For many weeks, my condition prevented me from any interaction with the outside world. During that dark time, Pascal sent me almost every day a “picture of the day”, complete with questions/reflections/musings on what is photography. Beyond the extraordinary friendship and generosity that this shows (what else is new, for

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