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31 August 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 Safi Alia Shabaik, the Namibian Coast, Rwanda, Sergey Prokundin-Grosky and the allure of the Nikon D3500.

  • In Tenderly Photographing the End of Her Father's Life, Jonathan Blaustein talks to Safi Alia Shabaik about her project capturing the last days of her father Aly's life. She studied under Catherine Opie at UCLA, who was an important influence. Shabaik said she hopes "her work can allow people to develop further empathy for their loved ones as they slip into life's final phase." Parkinson's and dementia marked her father's, during which she realized, "There is a distinction between what the disease does to somebody, and the true nature of that person."
  • Alan Taylor presents 24 photos Along the Namibian Coast where "the windblown dunes of the Namib Desert reach right to the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean, leaving a stark yet beautiful landscape."
  • In Rwanda: Trekking in Volcanoes National Park, Paul Stamatiou has published an elaborate photo essay covering "a two week adventure in Africa filled with wildlife sightings from silverback mountain gorilla treks in Rwanda to Serengeti game drives in Tanzania afterwards."
  • In Russia in Color: Photos of Life Before the Revolution, Getty Images Foto highlights a few of the color images Sergey Prokundin-Grosky processed in a railroad car set up as a darkroom between 1909 and 1915. The innovative photographer would've turned 155 yesterday.
  • Our slide show today will feature images taken with a setup featuring discontinued gear so we were amused by Kirk Tuck's enthusiastic appraisal of the Nikon D3500 on the week the Z System upset the apple cart. "I can see using a camera like this when I want to travel with almost zero burden," he warms up. "I'm even considering using a camera like the D3500, combined with a lens like the 24-120mm f4.0 VR to shoot dress rehearsals with because the range is perfect in a way that it's not with full frame Nikons. And much quieter."

Just a note: The Taylor, Stamatiou and Prokundin-Grosky slide shows display tremendous variation in color, worth one of those mythical compare-and-contrast college essays. Can the Namibian Coast be that much different than Rwanda? And are either of them more accurate than Prokundin-Grosky's captures (which were not colorized and essentially work the same way as today's digital sensors).

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