Posted on August 6, 2018
This is taken in our local Starbucks at midday. I was struck by how many people, especially the ones in the foreground, seemed not particularly engaged with anybody. The exception to this is the lady at the right in the pink dress. Maybe this lack of focus is a result of us becoming so addicted to digital screens, not faces.
Posted on July 24, 2018
I really do wonder how our pervasive digital world is affecting our health. Both physical and especially mental. Speaking for myself, I’m vacillating between deleting all social media and embracing them wholeheartedly.
I watched this guy for almost a half an hour and he never changed his expression. In fact he hardly moved.
Posted on June 24, 2018
There’s a wonderful place in Boston called the News Feed Cafe. It’s located right off the entrance to the new wing of our main public library. Beside serving good coffee, tea and tasty snacks, it contains a fully functioning radio and TV studio of our Public Broadcasting station WGBH.
I go there often for a quick java and to rest for a while before heading back home. Lately I’ve been struck by this somewhat odd and distinctly heady confluence of printed thought and our contemporary torrent of digital information.
This guy looks to me as if he’s been caught in the crossfire.
Posted on October 5, 2017
This photo was taken 15 seconds from the front door of the Harvard Coop Store, smack dab in the middle of Harvard Square, a place with some of the highest real estate values in the state. My point for this lengthy explanation is, often we fail to see clearly what is happening on our very doorstep. We are increasingly mesmerized by the digital world and are losing sight of the real one. Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Twitter are eating our lunch and we are still only barely aware of the chaos to come.
Posted on July 27, 2017
I now own an iPhone 7+. It sports a 12 megapixel camera, has optical image stabilization, a ƒ/1.8 aperture and can shoot good looking videos very easily. In short, the damn thing is is a powerhouse!
An interesting writer, Craig Mod, just wrote a terrific article about the changing nature of cameras and the evolution of photography. See It Here
His point is that our phones now capture much more digital data than just the light falling on their sensors. He puts it this way:
“Once you start thinking of a photograph in those holistic terms, the data quality of stand-alone cameras, no matter how vast their bounty of pixels, seems strangely impoverished. They no longer capture the whole picture.”
Frankly I’m not sure how this digital evolution will all play out, but I do know that the thing I always have in my pocket is well on its way to transforming the photographic industry.
And probably me
Posted on May 8, 2016
For those of us who are afflicted with a terrible urge to buy the latest and the greatest new digital camera thingy, take a look at this guy. I saw him yesterday wandering across Charles Street toward the Public Garden.
I bet he takes really great photographs with this antique.
Posted on July 12, 2015