Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003)
Oh. Sobbing. Okay.
“I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mine, and he shall be my Squishy!”
A little over a week ago, I flew down to Tucson, Arizona to attend a Mary Virginia Swanson workshop on finding your audience. The workshop is oriented toward fine art photography and was quite amazing. She is a gifted teacher and I was extremely happy I attended. The workshop was full of professional shooters who knew what they were looking for and Swanee helped all of us along the path a wee bit.
Whenever I travel to a workshop or on an assignment, my goal is to always set aside time to explore the landscape if the schedule permits.
Tucson is known for its incredible light in the winter, plus there is a very fine helicopter pilot based there who I have flown with on several editorial and corporate assignments. Aerials were definitely going to be a part of this trip.
I’ve been shooting a fair amount of medium format imagery the past year, mostly with my Alpa cameras and my trusty Leaf Aptus 75. I decided to take the Alpa TC with one lens: the excellent 47 mm Schneider XL along with the Aptus and my new Ken-Lab KS-4x4 gyroscope. I wanted to see if I could shoot with the Alpa in the air and if the new gyroscope prevented roll in the frame.
I shot in Tucson on Sunday the 20th and Phoenix on the 21st. Fantastic light in both cities - crisp, clean and specular.
I learned quite a bit from the experience. While the Linhof Multifinder is fantastic, there is a bit of a disconnect between what the camera reveals and the viewfinder shows. Just a wee bit of parallax that I will lock down before my next shoot. I am also hopeful that I can upgrade to the Credo 60 back which will give me a slightly wider angle of view with my Alpa lenses.
Ah the lenses! So sharp, scary sharp, sharp corner to corner with very little light fall off that is easily corrected with the LCC tool in Capture One.
Marina Abramovic meets Ulay
“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”
Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat racist. Not as racist as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at mudbloods and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).
And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that racism isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.
Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should do stop ASAP”.
Dancer. A Documentary.
This is a mockumentary playing up dancer stereotypes filmed at the Ballet and Modern Dance Departments at the University of Utah. It’s hilarious.