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22 April 2020

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 the New Silk Road, cowboys, work, Kevin Steele, Matt Lange, resilient image formats, Bea Nettles and Sandra Coan.

  • Emily Grundon presents a few high-key images from The New Silk Road, a new series by Yuri Andries. "Andries portrays the banality of construction alongside the intentional spectacle of the route, with theme park attractions along the way revealing the project's objective for tourism," she writes.
  • Kirk Tuck shot a series of decorating painting of Cowboys on his back porch before painting them into oblivion. "I think the key to remaining happy and mentally well during these tough times is to create and execute personal projects," he wrote earlier. This last rodeo is one.
  • In Evidence of Work, Marigold Warner explores the images of Italian photographer Piero Percoco "captured during his period of isolation and a diary entry he has written to accompany his observations."
  • In Life on Pause, Heidi Volpe showcases the quarantine portraits Kevin Steele is making from doorways in Los Angeles. "My productions and work shut down for likely months to come and I wanted to channel my creativity into a project that was meaningful," he says. "A project revealing how we live through these times, how we are feeling." Each image includes a brief statement by the subject about how they are feeling in quarantine.
  • In The More Things Change..., sports photographer and graphic designer Matt Lange talks about the path his career has taken over the last 10 years shooting the Atlanta Falcons, Crimson Tide and Texas Longhorns.
  • Howard Oakley explores Which Image Format Is Most Resilient? The candidates are JPEG, PNG, TIFF, HEIC and Raw. He created small image files and corrupted them using his tool Vandal. "It's important to understand that doesn't try to mimic any particular type of data corruption, but provides precise, evenly spread randomized changes to data at a byte level," he notes. PNG, HEIC and Raw scored lowest but it should be noted that DNG wasn't itself tested and it offers some unique capabilities for data validation.
  • The Eastman Museum is hosting a virtual panel discussion on its current virtual exhibition Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory on Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m. ET. Registration for the Zoom presentation is required.
  • Rocky Nook will host Why You Need to Know About Lighting, a free webinar with Sandra Coan on Thursday, April 23, at 11 a.m. PST. Coan is the author of Crafting the Natural Light Look, which is now available in several formats at 40 percent off when you use the code CNLight40 at checkout. Use the link above to register.

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