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21 April 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 Rory Langdon-Down, Loek Buter, Michelle Yeoh, Emanuel Hahn, the Pixii rangefinder, visual tech innovations, Czechoslovak photography, external storage options and Weather Photographer of the Year.

  • Rory Langdon-Down knew 2021 would be unusual so he set out to take 365 Portraits in a Year. And each one has a story to tell.
  • Loek Buter tells the story (in both words and pictures) of A Bear in the Lowlands. That's a 43-year-old Bulgarian brown bear and the 80-year-old animal trainer who has cared for her since birth. They had a circus act that came to an end when European legislation forbade performing with wild animals. That isn't the only sad ending in this story.
  • Joe McNally went Flying With Michelle Yeoh, an adventure she shared with Jimmy Kimmel promoting her latest movie Everything Everywhere All at Once. "And I have fond memories of being kicked," he adds. "I asked her to do it. I always wanted to know if the fight scenes in the movies are tough or if the punches are pulled. She looked at me and said, 'Joe, you don't want me to kick you.' I was insistent. And, I found out why she told me I didn't want her to do that."
  • Suzanne Sease presents Koreatown Dreaming, the personal project (and photo book) of Emanuel Hahn. "As a Korean Third Culture Kid growing up in Singapore and Cambodia, he developed an interest in storytelling, especially on topics of identity, culture, diasporic experiences and the question of what it means 'to belong,'" she writes.
  • In mentioning the Pixii Rangefinder, Mike Johnston recalls the history of other Leica challengers.
  • Hans Hartman lists Six Game-Changing Visual Tech Innovations to give you something to think about.
  • In 'Light and Shadow', Andrew Molitor discusses his recent acquisition of a survey of Czechoslovak photography published in 1959. "I bought it because I liked the pictures," he writes as he shares a few gems.
  • Howard Oakley covers the options in Which External Storage? Newer Macs do better with Thunderbolt than USB but if you opt for a USB external drive, plugging it into a Thunderbolt hub can help. And don't scrimp on the size of your internal hard drive, he advises.
  • The Royal Meteorological Society's Weather Photographer of the Year, in association with AccuWeather, will be open for entries from April 26 to June 28.

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