Recommended reading

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Ardara, Ireland

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And now, this week’s blog posts:

Jeff Bezos of Amazon lacks character, says Scott Galloway, and the HQ2 con proves it. Yes, con: Bezos has long had homes within a 20-minute drive of the two cities chosen for HQ2. Read HQ2 … and 3

Writing for 35mmc, Frank H. Wu argues that it is simultaneously easier and harder to make photographs today, despite the ubiquity of highly competent cameras. Read Is it Easier or Harder to Take Photographs Now

Noticing changes in French culture, after living there 40 years ago and visiting recently, Peter Barker enjoyed the spontaneity but missed the formality of former years. He shares a terrific candid shot of some Parisians dancing to jazz. A post on the terrific Physical Grain blog. Read Le Bal

A camera review on the wonderful Casual Photophile site is always an event. And they didn’t mess around this time: they went straight to the venerable Nikon F2. Author Josh Solomon even gives a concise history of Nikon’s pro SLRs leading up to its release. Read Nikon F2 Camera Review — Nikon’s Pro SLR Evolves

Paul Lovell shoots the gorgeous Nikon S rangefinder and declares it a joy. Read Nikon S

“There are more things…that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca


11 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Heide says:

    Another great round-up, Jim! The Bezos story was fascinating — talk about an astute observation! If Galloway’s theory is correct, we should have much less trouble sussing out where the (almost inevitable) third headquarters will be located. Loved Frank Wu’s piece too, as it’s a question I struggle with often in this age of Photoshop and Instagram. My opinion: It’s easier to take a good photograph now … but it’s much harder to have it stand out as a good photo. And Peter Barker’s photo essay? Well, you know I’m a sucker for anything involving Paris. :) Thank you for these great reads.

    • I discovered the Galloway blog just a few weeks ago – it’s power-packed every week. So well written, so insightful! I’m so happy you always enjoy my Saturday roundup.

  2. TBM3FAN says:

    Interesting deductions about Bezos and we will know soon enough. Should they be right then all will know about his character. I agree with the author about Detroit in being a game changer. Not only for Detroit but the larger surrounding region. It would have benefited not only Detroit but the country as a whole. I will say I am glad he stayed out of the Bay Area as we need less of his type around here.

  3. TBM3FAN says:

    Already the speculation begins. Tech is definitely a love/hate relationship. There is both good and bad to tech. It can make people’s lives easier yet on the other hand make people’s lives uneasy. If you, as a resident, happen to live near a potential site where tech wants to land then you have a problem.

    That problem has been illustrated vividly out my way in the entire San Francisco Bay Area due to “Silicon Valley.” Should you have an ordinary job and live near Google or Facebook then you are SOL in being able to stay where you have lived for years. To move into an region like downtrodden Detroit makes sense but into a region doing well then not so much for ordinary folk.

    • I’m so happy that I, as a geek, ended up in the software industry in middle America. So much less money to pollute things. I have a good life here.

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