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Reading the signs at the SLAM

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I read the signs at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM):

• The works of art in this gallery have been temporarily removed during construction.

• This object has been temporarily removed. Purpose: Examination.

• Many of the Museum’s amenities and services have been temporarily relocated during construction.

• This exhibition contains mature content. Parental discretion is advised.

• Installation in progress. Please pardon the inconvenience.

• Caution, monitoring in progress.

• Please pardon the inconvenience, this elevator is out of service during construction.

• This stairwell is temporarily closed during construction. Please use the main elevator across Sculpture Hall to access the lower level galleries.

• Many of the Museum’s amenities and services have been temporarily relocated during construction.

• The Museum Auditorium is closed.

• During the current phase of construction, we have limited restroom facilities.

• The Richardson Memorial Library is open by appointment only. Please visit the Information Center in Sculpture Hall for assistance.

• The works of art in this gallery have been temporarily removed during construction

• Gallery closures and art movement throughout the Museum are anticipated as we make progress on our exciting expansion project.

• Your patience is appreciated.

• Thank you for your patience.


Written by dominiquejames

June 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Shoot first, focus later

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Kai Wong of DigitalRev on Lytro:

I don’t feel much excitement about this product at all photography is not just about these technological wonders, it’s primarily about the image. The image quality matters most: whether the lens is good, the processing, the hardware, etc. I couldn’t care less if a car had a good GPS system in it if it drives like diarrhoea and, likewise, if the images that come out of the camera look awful then what’s the point of being able to choose focus after you’ve taken the shot?

And then he asks: What do you think – great invention or dumbing down of photography?

UPDATE: Yes, people all over the world are beginning to take note. Everyone, it seems, is talking about it.

Interesting and nice

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About the Brownmonkeys:

The Brownmonkeys is a design collective based in Dubai. Purveyor of the lowbrow movement in the region. A group of multi-disciplinary artists. They consist of graphic designers, illustrators, painters, musicians, photographers and videographers. The Brownmonkeys offer an alternative approach to contemporary art and design, keeping the whole work process fun and without inhibition. They have strength in numbers, varied sensibilities and kaleidescope of ideas.

They are: brave, independent, bold, and powerful.


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A picture of patterns, textures, tones, lines, swirls and forms such as this keeps the eyes looking in every which way. With nothing exactly to fix on, the image becomes merely an impression. We see it even if we don’t really focus on it.

[Photography by Dominique James. Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.]

Is a new picture revolution truly upon us?

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Something is going on in the field of photography. A new kind of science in the magic of visuals, both in principle and philosophy, is about to come out of a lab and into your hands. It will be in the form of a new camera that can do what is being touted as the “digital light field photography.”

What is the science of light field photography?

The light field is a core concept in imaging science, representing fundamentally more powerful data than in regular photographs. The light field fully defines how a scene appears. It is the amount of light traveling in every direction through every point in space – it’s all the light rays in a scene. Conventional cameras cannot record the light field.

What can light field photography do for you?

The way we communicate visually is evolving rapidly, and people’s expectations are changing in lockstep. Light field cameras offer astonishing capabilities. They allow both the picture taker and the viewer to focus pictures after they’re snapped, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views. With these amazing capabilities, pictures become immersive, interactive visual stories that were never before possible – they become living pictures.

Ren Ng, Founder and CEO of Lytro on turning the concept of light field photography into reality:

We have something special here. Our mission is to change photography forever, making conventional cameras a thing of the past. Humans have always had a fundamental need to share our stories visually, and from cave paintings to digital cameras we have been on a long search for ways to make a better picture. Light field cameras are the next big step in that picture revolution.

If your head isn’t spinning yet, and you’ve grown marvelously curious in drilling into the core science of it all, you can download and peruse the awesome dissertation from a direct link at Lytro’s website that Ren Ng submitted in 2006 to the Department of Computer Science and the Committee on Graduate Studies of Stanford University “in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.” Clearly, this is where the new imaging science had its genesis.

And now, for that all-important question: What is the art that this science is making possible?

The power of pictures

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In an attempt to use the power of pictures to dissuade, the New York Times reports:

Federal health officials released on Tuesday their final selection of nine graphic warning labels to cover the top half of cigarette packages beginning next year, over the opposition of tobacco manufacturers. In the first major change to warning labels in more than a quarter-century, the graphic images will include photographs of horribly damaged teeth and lungs and a man exhaling smoke through a tracheotomy opening in his neck. The Department of Health and Human Services selected nine color images among 36 proposed to accompany larger text warnings.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said in a statement:

These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking, and they will help encourage smokers to quit, and prevent children from smoking.

Do you think this will work?

Written by dominiquejames

June 21, 2011 at 7:38 PM

A flickering of daily pictures

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