Recommended reading

Here are the posts I enjoyed most this week from the blogs I follow.

Magazines always show us our world as advertisers would like it to be. John Smith flips through an issue of LIFE magazine from the day he was born, July 13, 1959, and ponders a world of cigarettes, hard liquor, 60-second Polaroid photographs, and 20-pound portable TVs. Read Life in 1959

Atlanta TV reporter Doug Richards forgot all about covering that 1991 murder. Until an offhanded joke he made about it on the air recently prompted the victim’s sister to call. Read Punchline

I wrote a post last year about avoiding platitudes of comfort when someone is struggling or grieving. K. Rex Butts wrote a to-the-point post about what to say (and do) for the grieving. It’s outstanding advice. Read When Someone Dies

Jim Eckberg recently sold a fine lens to someone who took it apart to “freelens,” taking blurry lomo-style pictures with it. I’m horrified, but he’s figured out how to be sanguine with it. Read Is “Freelensing” Trend the Death of Vintage Equipment?


6 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Walter Czyz says:

    Have you seen the documentary on Vivian Maier? I think it’s on HBO. I watched it last night and I’m sure it’s something you’ll truly enjoy!

  2. Hadn’t heard of “freelensing,” but decades ago a fair share of my pix turned out much like the results of this endeavor. Unintentionally, or course, and most of which I never printed. :o)

    • The whole blurry, color-shifted movement in photography just isn’t for me. I don’t get it, and I dislike it that people are taking apart great lenses to screw around with the elements.

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