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23 March 2018

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 abandoned bikes, portraits of detained immigrants, 150 mirrorless lenses, five lighting diagrams, Facebook, Darktable and the need to publish violent photos.

  • Alan Taylor piles up 30 photos of Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles, "images of speculation gone wild." Dozens of Chinese bike companies have flooded urban streets with millions of rental bikes that have subsequently been abandoned. The images are straight out of a bike lover's nightmare. We won't let our Specialized Hardrock see them.
  • In They Came Here Seeking Freedom and Were Imprisoned Instead, Julie Winokur examines the photographs of Ed Kashi of recent immigrants detained at mandatory detention centers. How many? "As of April 2017, there were 585,930 people waiting for a decision on their status, with an average wait time of 670 days," she writes. Kashi's dramatic portraits "depict former detainees who stand firmly resolute, even while their physical surroundings seem to be receding."
  • Thom Hogan counted them and there are 150 Lenses! In his database of mirrorless camera lenses, that is. But made in just four places: Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan and Germany.
  • Zack Sutton provides Five Lighting Diagrams using a variety of monoblocs, modifiers and reflectors for location shooting.
  • I Am Deleting My Facebook Account in One Week, Harold Davis, who prefers Flickr, has announced. "I no longer want to be complicit with the egregious misuse of personal information at the behest of commercial profit," he writes. On the same topic, Roger McNamee, an original investor in the company, admits leaving Facebook is "not realistic for most people" who "need to recognize that the sources on social media are terrible and we should recognize that things like NewsHour or The New York Times or, you know, The Wall Street Journal, those are good sources and that's where people should try to get informed."
  • The open-source Darktable 2.4.2 has been released with half a dozen new features (a battery indicator?) and lots of bug fixes.
  • March for Our Lives Is Important -- But the Press Needs to Be as Brave as the Protestors, argues Tom Zoellner, an associate professor of English at Chapman University. "If the public could actually see the damage done to a body by a semi-automatic rifle instead of reading sanitized verbal constructions, there is good historical precedent to suggest that the resulting discomfort would break the stranglehold of the gunmaker lobby on Congress," he writes.

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