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30 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 Joel Meyerowitz, Sebastian Voltmer, cherry blossoms, the Women Street Photographers exhibition, facial symmetry and a double standard.

  • In Red Hot, Joel Meyerowitz previews a newly expanded edition of Redheads, first released in 1990. Of the 16 new images in the new edition, 12 appear in this preview.
  • In Astrophotographer Spots Spacewalking Astronauts From the Ground, Mike Wall recounts how Sebastian Voltmer managed to capture a snapshot of the spacewalk from Maurer's hometown of Sankt Wendel, Germany. "Voltmer used a Celestron 11-inch EdgeHD telescope on a GM2000 HPS mount and an ASI290 planetary camera to get the shot," he writes.
  • In Among the Cherry Blossoms, Alan Taylor present 18 photos of people enjoying themselves among groves of flowering cherry blossom trees in North America, Asia and Europe. The third one is particularly magical (but then we're always trying this shot against the blue of the sky).
  • Grace Ebert previews the annual exhibition of Women Street Photographers, a project of Gulnara Samoilova. "The upcoming show features the work of 79 photographers from 20 countries," she writes.
  • In Is My Face Symmetrical, Haley Nahman investigates the TikTok obsession with facial symmetry. "Perfectly symmetrical faces look unnerving," she writes. "Perfection, aesthetically, is boring almost by definition." Not, that is, beautiful.
  • Speaking of symmetry, in Open Mike: Imbroglio, Mike Johnston observes hilariously about the Academy's proclamation that it does not condone violence, "What?! Do they not go to the movies? Hollywood not condoning violence ... now that's rich. Hollywood practically exists to condone violence." Cut to car chase of Academy President John Bailey in the 007 Astin Martin flying over the backroads of the Fingerlakes region as Johnston tries to elude him in his ancient Acura.

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