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30 May 2024

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 a spelling bee, Pantelleria, Dana Damewood, Bali, Elton John's collection, decluttering Lightroom and camera companies.

  • How would you photograph The 96th Scripps National Spelling Bee? The Guardian sports desk curates images from a variety of pros.
  • Amy Tara Koch visited the Sicilian island of Pantelleria (gift link) that is 89 miles southwest of the island of Sicily and about 50 miles east of Tunisia. Paolo Pellegrin's black-and-white images accompanying the story set off a debate in the comments about shooting the scenery in monochrome.
  • Suzanne Sease features Dana Damewood's personal project photographing Wahoo where his grandmother lived and he spent most of his time. "When she decided to move at the age of 97, I wanted to preserve the feeling and memory of the space that always felt like home to me," he writes. "I used my vintage Rolleiflex camera to photograph her home and some of the places around town that once seemed mundane but now have great meaning for me."
  • In Bali's Many Faces, Anna Dorothea Ker discusses Zissou's images of the fragile island. "Both crisp and ethereal, they're encoded with an ambiguity -- a certain tension -- that lets the viewer find their own story within them," she writes.
  • Victoria Woodcock takes you Inside Elton John's Personal Photography Collection, which includes eom 7,000 works. Three hundred of them are on exhibit at the V&A in Fragile Beauty.
  • In How to Declutter Lightroom, Jason Row offers a few suggestions for minimizing bloat to speed things up.
  • Mike Johnston plays the Who Will Survive? game (among camera companies) with Kirk Tuck and Thom Hogan, among others.

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