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22 August 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 the Wall of Death, wild strawberries, a Sigma FP-M image, Richard Avedon, interpretation, food photography, MacBook self-repair program and copyright advices.

  • Darko Vojinovic was in Belgrade when the Wall of Death came to Serbia's capital. "A cylinder-shaped wooden structure was put up by the Danube River in Belgrade so motorcyclists could drive up and around its walls, an act that appears to defy gravity but once was a fixture of carnivals in many parts of the world," he writes. And just where do you think he stood to get photos of the daredevils?
  • Wild Strawberries is a personal series by Federica Cocciro of "images of all the small and important things in her life before they disappear." Inspired by the Bergman film of the same name, her images "are all the people who populated my life when I was a child, sweet fruits which grow up in a cruel and beautiful land, Sicily -- a land that it's so difficult to live in, but from which it's impossible to stay away," she says.
  • Mike Johnston has posted a Parking Lot Picture taken with a borrowed Sigma FP converted to monochrome by Monochrome Imaging Services. "By the way, just as an aside, I'm having great fun shooting with this," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck took a break from painting doors to read about Richard Avedon. "All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth," he quotes Avedon. "We are living through a profound change in our cultural perceptions of what constitutes a legitimate photograph and how our photographs should look," he writes.
  • It's All Contingent Andrew Molitor suggests. You know, subject to chance. "A photograph more or less by itself, especially a documentary-styled photograph, lies fairly far on the contingent end of things," he writes. "We're likely to make sense of it based on who we are, but more than that, on who we are at this moment. You as the artist can try to shape the experience or to nail down the meaning, but the photo itself is elusive."
  • The Complete Guide to Food Photography by Lauren Caris Short "covers lighting, composition, styling, storytelling, editing and processing great food photographs."
  • Reuters reports Apple Expands Self-Repair Support to MacBooks but only M1 MacBooks at the moment. "Customers can buy the repair kits or rent it for one-time use for $49," the report notes.
  • In Never Trust and Always Verify, Greenberg and Reznicki observe that "Many publishers simply neglect to register the copyrights for their products." So if your images were included in the tome, they may not be registered. And you may not find that out for 20 years when they are appropriated for some other use. "Do not provide any publisher or video producer or client with images/works that you have not already applied for or obtained a Copyright Registration from the United States Copyright Office yourself," they recommend.

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