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13 July 2016

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at A.J. Pretorius, formats, a $10 backdrop mount and portraiture.

  • In Unhome: Between the Familiar and the Foreign, A.J. Pretorius (who is also data visualization scientist) "explores 'unhomeliness,' the 'here, nor there' that characterizes relocation." The project took five years to distill into a book.
  • Ming Thein considers Formats and creative intent, starting with aspect ratios (16:9, 3:2, 1:1, etc.) and ending with hardware formats (medium format, for example). "Know why you're doing what you're doing first -- execution follows intention," he advised.
  • In DIY: $10 Custom Wooden Backdrop Mount, Strobist David Hobby shows you how to build a permanent mounting bar for your backdrops. Suitable for framing, you might say.
  • If you're beginning to wonder if photo portraiture is just a kind of theatrical art, read The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close by Wil S. Hylton. Beautifully written, it covers a lot of subjects considering just one, the artist himself in old age.

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