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wheels, legs


modified Google streetview photo

- tom moody

June 29th, 2014 at 8:33 am

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pre-development urban hillsides



Via Google images. Top: Charles Marville, Rue Champlain (Paris 1850s). Bottom: Chavez Ravine before leveling to make way for... Baseball (Dodger Stadium, LA).
I saw Marville's photo and a view similar to the Chavez Ravine photo on a recent trip to Washington DC museums. Was thinking about the similarities of terrain, socioeconomics, etc.

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December 18th, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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found texture


hat tips GucciSoFlosy and "flaming text"

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December 3rd, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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cell phone photo benefit


Social Photography III: An Exhibition of Cell Phone Photographs benefits the Tribeca non-profit gallery carriage trade. The press release explains:

Emphasizing no particular theme beyond how the cell phone camera is most often used, both artists and non-artists were invited to submit images from their phones and email them to carriage trade.The images will be produced as 5" x 7" prints, installed in a grid in the gallery exhibition, and offered for sale to help support upcoming programming at carriage trade.

Images are viewable on flickr. It's amusing that after flickr's recent white-space-eliminating redesign, users such as carriage trade are adding white mattes to the photos in order to separate them visually on the page and give them breathing room. See example above, a photo by B. Wurtz, downloaded from flickr as a 800 x 570 pixel jpeg, more than half of which is white space. We're assuming the prints on view and for sale don't include this surplus acreage. But that's a minor issue. I like what the gallery says about cell phone photos:

As cell phone cameras become more ubiquitous, their function continues to evolve. Encompassing the varied roles of snapshots, visual notes, discrete picture taking, or the immediacy of citizen journalism, the cell phone camera lacks the intentionality of a point-and-shoot, resulting in a more direct recording of the “everyday.” Because of the proximity of cell phone images to the spoken word and text-based communication, the pictures are often a kind of visual shorthand to fill the gaps in between.

In this third installment of Social Photography, the increasing sophistication of cell phone camera technology has led to an interest in it as a medium in its own right, raising questions about whether it will become indistinguishable from a camera or maintain some level of informality and idiosyncrasy by virtue of its hybrid nature and function as a tool for communication.

The question of whether the phone is "indistinguishable from a camera" gets at the more vexing question of how, and at what level, to evaluate its output. Photography had an uphill battle for acceptance as a museum-collectible art, and now the ease and ubiquity of phone-imaging challenges the preciousness of photography. carriage trade kicks cell phonery up a notch by "reifying" it, that is, making it physical, handsome, and collectible. So in a sense the exhibition isn't so much raising a question as answering it. The next step toward museum validation is critical discourse, of which this blog post constitutes a tiny part. A further question is whether a star system can ever emerge in such a diffuse field. Who will give us the Mike Kelley stairwell sign for this practice, if it is a practice?

Addendum: Continuity-wise, see earlier post on carriage trade's 2011 benefit. The issue then was removal of a page of exhibition photos by Facebook. Back then Zuck wasn't the well-known unhip evil he is now widely understood to be, among teens and other discriminating internet users.

Addendum 2: I saw the show as installed in the gallery. The white space is indeed part of each print but it works as a kind of matte to isolate the image. So it's not Flickr-specific (was being sort of cheeky-rude with that implication). According to the gallery, the format has been in place for the last three years' benefits. Amusingly, when it started, many printed-out cell phone photos didn't occupy much more than 3 x 4 inches, and the paper prints are 5 x 7. Now with the advent of megapixel-everything, the gallery is having actually to shrink many of the photos to keep the format consistent.

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December 3rd, 2013 at 8:36 am

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October 27th, 2013 at 9:22 am

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ferrihydrite-webcam_crop webcam by ferrihydrite, cropped slightly and "auto-leveled"

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October 13th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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abandon hope all ye who pay here


This is Wikipedia's choice of photo to accompany its article on Paypal. Scary, huh? The headquarters seems to reside somewhere in Stephen King's The Mist; the sign out front looks like shopped-in CGI.
A brilliant photo.

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August 17th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

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just a minute, i'm uploading a sandwich to the microwave


photo via lauren-p-m via Rising Tensions

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June 30th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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Neptune out your car window. From a series of digi-visualizations of what other planets would look like from Earth if they were same distance away as the Moon.

Let's forget that if you saw this image you'd probably be dead as Earth was assaulted by unimaginable tidal forces.

Update: Jon Williams: "Fact-checking Tom Moody on the Neptune Roche limit. (It's true! The earth would be torn apart!)" Hey, I know my science fiction. The Jupiter and Saturn pics are even more preposterous. And the photo-collager is a "former NASA art director" -- not to say that people associated with the space agency can't indulge in wild, impossible flights of whimsy.

- tom moody

June 26th, 2013 at 8:16 am

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rio player, part 2: the cabling

Pretzel showed us his Rio player but we had to rely on Wikipedia for an explanation of the parallel cable used to transfer mp3s in and out of the player.
Here is a follow-up webcam from the P-man showing us the cable, and it's satisfyingly clunky indeed for our vision of an alternative future steampunk Earth where Apple never existed:


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May 24th, 2013 at 10:13 am

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