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26 August 2023

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 documentary photography, slime molds and fungi, printing papers, lens flare and life advice.

  • In The Role of Documentary Photography, John Simpson quotes Giles Duley, "When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate." It's a view he holds as well as he presents his black-and-whites images of the homeless. "Simply put, the accompanying images are about unhoused people and the housed people who need to see them," he writes. "Perhaps then, change will occur." (For extra credit, listen to Actress Annabelle Gurwitch describe her experience with a home-stay program, in which individuals share their houses with people who need a place to live.)
  • Grace Ebert showcases the macro photographs Barry Webbs captures of Slime Molds and Fungi. "Webb has won several awards in recent months, including from the Royal Photographic Society and Close-Up Photographer of the Year," she notes.
  • In Printing Papers, Mike Johnston received proofs of his Mennonite Boys Watching Dirt-Track Racing printed on Moab Lasal Exhibition Lustre 300, Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta, Moab Lasal Photo Matte and Epson Hot Press Natural by Colorado printmaker Bob Rosinsky.
  • Jasenka Grujin examines Lens Flare, what it is, how to avoid it and when to use it. "These days, not only many photographers do not mind some lens flare, they actively seek to get it to add some creativity to their shots," she writes.
  • In (Life) Advice From the Creator of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup, shares some valuable life advice. It only takes him three minutes:

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