…and don’t forget Duane’s, in Kansas:

Despite that start date, the product was in development for a while before that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_RTnd3Smy8&feature=related

Photo Multi-Tasking

Here are a couple of uniquely customized cameras, each of which is capable of contemporaneous exposures.

Tokihiro Sato’s pinhole:

…and Eric Constantineau’s 11×14 collaging camera, named for Hannah Hoch (!):


What are you prepared to do?

…so saith Sean Connery’s character Jim Malone in “The Untouchables.”

“Naturally the activities presented here are dangerous and concern varying degrees of legality but I’ll spare you the disclaimer and hypocrisy of “do as I say, not as I do” and offer a short list of situations I or my friends found ourselves in from which you can choose for yourself your own (in)actions.

  • qx dropping his keys and having them land perfectly balanced on the third rail
  • being 10 seconds from running headlong into a ghost train near Vavin
  • sprinting out a raccord tunnel after a robot train started up automatically just as we reached it
  • hiding on the floor of a layed up train near molitor waiting for the cleaners walking by to leave
  • meeting workers in an old station and them being totally cool with us, then having a nap on the ground while waiting for the trains
  • Being chased away from a tunnel into a yard by a single security guard yelling “bougez pas bougez pas!”. Yeah right!”

Read the whole dang thing:


Currently enrolled? Here’s a recapitulation of D.’s semester’s projects.

Any of the following projects may be your final project for this semester, whether you did the project already and want to improve, or weren’t assigned a particular project and want to do it anyway.(1)

3 Amigos: Set up a still life using three carefully-selected objects; rearrange for each shot to create new relationships; make/use a frame in the shot to increase awareness of the available space.

Altered Landscape: Do something, introduce something to change an otherwise “found” scene.

Long, Long, Long: 1/4, 1/2, full seconds; the lengthier exposure times may or may not be apparent at first glance.

Minimum Depth-of-Field Cityscapes: Use pretty much wide open apertures in order to direct the viewer’s attention.

Regarding Snow: Anything but Hallmark or facebook-first-snowfall-shot-from-the-front-door.


Simple Portraits: Use the entire frame; the sitter collaborates.(2)

Three (or more) Light Sources: Fill in all shadows, to greater or lesser degrees.

Did I miss anything?


1. We’re in the Guinness Book now, for using the word “project” the most number of times in a single sentence.

2. I know we did Simple Portraits in two successive incarnations, but it counts as one for our purposes now.

Christmas cash? Broken Manual!


Gimme two.



Could the hilariously so-very-inappropriate “TSA” (not!) calendar have prompted this recent trend of X-ray images in the media?

NYT (elucidating):

The New Republic (simply brilliant):

…or was it Stef (hygenic; revelatory)?

“You get on you have to go to the end.”

Watch the WTTW report on Vivian Maier: http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/