A good article and interview on boingboing.net: The anxiety of unplugging and why we should disconnect to connect, by Tanya Schevitz.
I remember having been to Malaysia, deep down South in the kampung (village) where my father-in-law lives. Malaysia is a very modern and connected country, but since I don’t own a mobile phone (and don’t plan to ever get one), I was disconnected. For weeks. The first time I realized that it disturbed me a bit. But the next time I was at his place, I really enjoyed it.
Living in the here & now is what matters, whatever it is you’re doing. And that is why I liked what I read, and why I’m linking to it from here.
- and of course I find it extremely rude if I talk to someone and his or her phone rings, and all of a sudden I don’t seem to be important anymore. I’m not a kid anymore, and I understand the quick glance to the display in some cases – it *could* be an emergency if the person I’m talking to is a doctor for instance.
But for everything else? Being connected 24/7 would be a nightmarish thought for me. I need my little escapes. And I’m glad that I *cannot* be distracted when talking to someone. I won’t ever give up that freedom (and even pay for doing so).
Thanks for reading.
A two-page article in German, here and here, about German involvement in wars somewhere else, was titled:
“Wir sind die Guten”
(= “We’re the good guys”)
How was the comment in “Lost” onto a sentence like this?
“If you hear that, you better run as fast as you can…”
No further comment needed.
The British Journal of Photography, being attacked for not offering an Android version of their online magazine, explained it to someone on Facebook, like this:
Same goes for the Supermodel Magazine for instance, available as an app on iTunes only.
Or take Iridient Developer, a raw developer program of which many say that it’s the absolute best, and a must have for Fuji cameras with their X-Trans sensors. Available for the Mac only.
A world of its own, me thinks… if Google knows what they’re missing?
… but not before the weekend.
The year is starting promising. Tomorrow I’ll be at a monthly get-together with members of the “Model-Kartei” (something like Model Mayhem), plannings for the former Playmate shooting are done, and new ones for a glamour / fashion / beauty shooting (with 5 models) are in the making.
Plus I’ll probably write a review about my Simock E300 studio strobe for LightingRumors, but that will have to wait until the weekend (Update: it’s online now, here).
I’m also about to add things to my personal “home studio”, like a background system, a beauty dish and/or other light modifiers, and probably another one or two of these studio strobes. But that will come with time. More scalpel than axe, so to say.
Ok – have to head off to work. See (or read) you later…
The English Wikipedia page about “Dystopia” doesn’t, but the German one has a listing which describes some examples of dystopian societies. And while that page says that usually such a society has at least one of those bullet points, in the one I am living in, I can silently nod to almost half of those listed.
You might have read Huxley’s “Brave New World”, or Orwell’s “1984″. But the beginning of descriptions of such societies was earlier, some say that after some early trials, it was Zamyatin‘s “We” of the 1920s which was a beginning. And later maybe Ayn Rand. Even George Orwell reviewed Zamyatin’s book before he later wrote his own famous novel.
It’s about individuality vs. collectivism, and in fact during the last two days I also read some remarkable stories written by photographers about that topic. Like John Griggs, and Ming Thein. John cites Galbraith with:
“In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.” — John Kenneth Galbraith
And this short film excerpt of “The Fountainhead” shows the other side.
Yes, it may be true that – like the German Wikipedia page above says – societies and even large organizations (like the one I’m working for?) fight individuality and nonconformism. Yes, not only the NSA are spying upon us all. But we can fight back I think. A beginning for us Westerners could be if we just stop trusting stories about “dangerous muslims” (look what life in the West Bank really looks like), or about these “commies” in North Korea. Or, like Charlie Boorman and “Obi-Wan” Ewan McGregor learned on their long way round: doesn’t matter where you go, doesn’t matter whom you meet – we are alike. And we all love our children.
The problem is to get simple facts like these into the heads of those decision makers… oh, and those “commies” leaders are even dumber than ours
And lest we forget: be yourself, no matter what they say…
Thanks for reading.
Some two and a half months ago (on August 29th to be exact), I wrote a short “Thank You!” note because I saw that I had 300,000 views on Flickr. Well, correct that – now it’s 500,000:
If you consider that I use Flickr since a bit more than 8 years (October 2005), I’d call that exponential growth…
For this domain (lonien.de, which has a few more websites than just mine), it’s also growing, but not that fast. It’s about a million pageviews from different sites a year. So on Flickr, I’m half a millionaire, but together here, we’re multi millionaires.
So thanks again to everyone, for reading and viewing.
On October 18th this year I took the following picture:
I didn’t know about this one:
Thanks for viewing.
No pictures today. Oh, of course I took some, but more or less for the purpose to fine-tune my post production skills, regarding to skin colours. And it’s good to have two “models”, one Asian, the other half Asian and half Caucasian if you want to work on something like this. But I won’t show any of these test pictures – instead you’ll see my progression in my future “work” (if you can call a hobby like this).
For photographers, I recommend reading the blog of David duChemin – he’s not only one truly gifted photographer (I have one of his books, which I can also recommend), lately he’s also writing about things which are going through my head as well. Not the usual “which camera should I buy” stuff, this is more about the art, the craft, the reasons why we do what we’re doing. Great stuff, really recommended.
Oh, and if you’re interested in cameras: at the current fair in New York City, the new Sony Alpha 7 (and 7r) are all the hype. For an even more compact and much more complete system, look at the new Olympus OM-D E-M1, or at one of their “Pen” cameras which we are using here. Canon? Nikon? Same old, same old. Tho Nikon wants to lift a curtain in a few weeks as well, it’s probably not that different from what they offer already. But sure, look for that one during the first week of November if you’re interested.
I needed that week off, badly. Next one will be in two months or so.
Thanks for reading.
Just changed the cover photos of some of my sets on Flickr a bit:
I might further slim down Flickr, since I have way too many photos there. Just procrastinating that one since a while…
Oh, and the photos not taken by myself you see there: the one showing my brother Willi was taken by Joe McNally, the one showing myself was taken by Zuleikha.
Thanks for viewing.