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7 September 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 Sally Mann, lighting a dancer, macro photography and describing colors.

  • In After Her Son's Death, Sally Mann Stages a Haunting Show, Hilarie M. Sheets visits the photographer as she prepares for her show of black-and-white and color images of the painter and her friend Cy Twombly. Twombly passed away in 2011 but as she was preparing exhibit, her eldest son Emmett, took his own life. "On this day, as in her writing and through her view camera, she stared as squarely as she could, contemplating the passage of time and the transience of life," Sheets remembers.
  • In Dancer Diary, Joe McNally considers as dancer backlight by big windows and admits, "I could lift the shadows a bit in PhotoShop to be sure, but I'm better at putting up a couple lights on location than I am at sliders on a screen." Well, three strobes, but you get the idea.
  • In Macro Photography Shot Breakdown, Zach Sutton highlights macro images by three fellow LensRentals photographers.
  • Ashley, who was legally blind as a child, tells How My Friends Described Some Colors to her when she couldn't see. Now that her vision is restored these descriptions are just poetry. The description for yellow, for example: "Whenever you laugh so hard you can't stop, that that happiness is what yellow looks like."

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