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25 March 2022

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 Sarahbeth Maney, film processing craft, a strange and uncomfortable day, a free glitch effect and Stephen Wilhite.

  • Gina Cherelus tells The Story Behind That Photo of Ketanji Brown Jackson and Her Daughter (gift link) taken by Sarahbeth Maney. "I just remember seeing Judge Jackson smiling a lot ... and then I noticed how proud her daughter was of her and it gave me chills," Maney said. Though much of the hearing was deplorable, Sen. Corey Booker's moving remarks paint the picture history will remember, along with Maney's photo.
  • Michael Johnston continues his musing on Film Processing Craft: Adjust and Adapt, or Master the Materials?. "When you do an experiment, you have to accept that you have only tested those exact materials under those exact conditions," he writes. "You cannot blithely extrapolate outward and make breezy pronouncements about how all such things behave."
  • Kirk Tuck has A Strange and Uncomfortable Day that ends with a new lens that inspires a slide show of downtown Austin.
  • Melanie Willhide provides a Free Glitch Effect for Photoshop. "For me, the difficulty with photography is that it's a measurement against reality," she says. "That's something I really struggle with because it puts a lot of limitations on the medium. And things like the glitch sort of break the boundaries of that and allow for experimentation in the way an experimental filmmaker or painter can work, editing and revising with freedom."
  • We note the passing of Stephen Wilhite, who invented the animated GIF. In 1987 Wilhite was working for CompuServe when he led a team of engineers that came up with concept. "I saw the format I wanted in my head and then I started programming," he said.

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