Quick note…

… to say I am very lazy to write new posts for my blog these days. Lazy and drawn to other things as well. Also one of the thing I wonder is whether or not I keep my photo website ( www.jophilippe.com ) open since I have to renew webhosting before end of March.

I like the idea of a photo website, as opposed to a blog, but the fact is that 1) it has very few traffic and 2) I never find the time or the will to update it regularly, which I should. A simple Flickr sort of photostream is much more convenient for that matter but I don’t really like Flickr for photo presentation (I have a Flickr account though). Not sure what I should do here. Still have to think about it before it is too late.

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Digital prints in hand.

With this (or its successor) ?

 

 

http://www.digitalversus.com/ces-2011-transparent-amoled-display-from-samsung-19-4k-news-17273.html

Vivian Maier grew up in France but …

 

… her story does not seem to interest any French media.

I was wondering about that when browsing the media links at the project Kickstarter page. I did some quick search, including at the main French media websites and although I can’t pretend it is reliable there does not seem to be any coverage so far. Yet Vivian Maier, though technically an American citizen, was raised in France and that could be a little plus for the French media to be interested in her.

But no…

Few bits from early winter of late 2010

I’m back from France and now find myself quite busy.

Just to speak about the photo front I have loads of fresh pictures to check out,  an in-progress family album to edit into a Blurb book (a promise made a while back and definitely not the easiest thing to do …), a collection of color street photographs that I also want to edit into a book…

Before getting started here is a very interesting discussion on Blake Andrew’s blog, about Vivian Maier, following to this story and which looks like a starting controversy. I am with those who believe Maier had a special gift, and I do not really understand Colin Westerbeck’s comment, not only about her, but what he said specifically about being distant.

photograph by Vivian Maier

Sounds to me like a lazy sweeping statement, which is at best embarrassing from someone who is quite knowledgeable of the genre (he did the essay for Meyerowitz book “Bystander: A History Of Street Photography”). I can understand that he came up with that first impression based on a few shots he saw but I am not sure it is fair to bring that publicly.

photograph by Vivian Maier ... No irony ?

 

At least he should have wait to see a broader body of work. Imagine if Garry Winogrand was remained unknown and was now judged through a bunch of tilted snapshots of women ? Don’t know the exact story though, and maybe that was just words that were not meant to be spread that way and that fast, but that sounds to me rather inconsiderate.

Speaking of Blake Andrew I received the 80 prints + gum package some weeks ago and I am grateful to him for that. I would like to give feedback on that too… later.

Yet in the meantime I received my copies from my new book (ordered at Blurb) which is titled “All Meat Cut To Order“. More on that later.

The American way

Few days ago I missed to renew my sons sport session on-line at their website, and when I checked it out the slots were of course already all full.

So I went there with the idea to talk to a manager and ask if it would be possible to put them on a waiting list.

I enter a first office.

– Hi, how can I help you ?
– Hi, I have a question about registration
– Yeah ? …
– I missed the online registration for my 2 sons. They are currently having sessions here for the third time. And I would like to know if they can be put on a waiting list.
– mmh… I am not responsible for registration. Ask the guys downstairs.
– Thanks, have a nice day.
– Yeah, you too.

Nobody on the office downstairs, but there was a girl supervising the undergoing session.

– Hi, how can I help you ?
– Hi, …hmm… it is about registration for the next session.
–  …
– As I said to your colleague upstairs I missed the online registration and the slots are now full. I have 2 kids having sessions here. Do you know if they can be put on a waiting list or whatsoever ?
– mmh… I am not responsible for that….but… see the guy with the blue shirt over there ? He’s our manager, ask him.
– Ah.. thanks…
– My pleasure, have a nice day.
– Have a nice day.

I wait for the guy in blue to finish his conversation with a mom and went to him.

– Hi, how are you today ?
– good, and how are you today ?
– good…
– how can I help you ?
– Well.. I missed the registration for my sons who are having sessions here. I would like to know if they can be put on a waiting list.
– Yeah.. sure… with some of the students upgrading there will be available slots for sure. Some will move up you know…
– Great…
– But… I can’t do that myself. The best you can do is that you give us a call. The phone number is on our website. Call as soon as possible and they’ll be put on the waiting list.

 

I finally gave a phone call. I was asked to first re-check on the website and call back later-on if it is not OK. Stupid I was… actually new slots were created and I managed to register my sons. The confirmation mail came smoothly after I proceed the payment.

Look at this…

 

… carefully.

On this checker, square ‘B’ is obviously lighter than square ‘A’. So the gradient drawn between A and B is obviously… a monochrome gradient made from darker tone ‘A’ to lighter tone ‘B’, right ?

Now scroll down this post…

 

 

10…

 

9…

 

8…

 

7…

 

6…

 

5…

 

4…

 

3…

 

2…

 

1…

 

 

The following image is the very same as above, except that I did copy&paste areas from square ‘A’ and ‘B’ on the upper-left corner.

 

 

 

Actually ‘A’ and ‘B’ are the exact same tone.

And of course there is no gradient in between, but instead a band of the very same tone.

The 'A' and 'B' squares cut from the original image

Now are you still sure you can see the world in b+w properly ?