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Holding Photos – Presence of Absence

It’s a Saturday night and I am in my studio. With my new printer, I have been getting inspired to print from all the various little projects I have going. Since I started clipping/saving images from the newspaper, I have been moved by images of people holding photos of their loved ones. It is usually someone who has disappeared – missing or dead. The Madres de Plaza de Mayo helped make it a understood political act to hold the image of your missing child as public protest. Tonight I made a grid of images I have in my computer – scanned from newspapers, magazines and grabbed from the web. When see together, the gesture of the hands holding the images speak about the loss, love, anger, and the absence. I notice more.

Skeuomorphs (for Diana Taylor)

Why Innovation Doffs an Old Hat by JOSHUA BRUSTEIN
NY Times: February 12, 2011

Just as the average human carries around the remnants of a prehistoric tail and a useless appendix, the tools we use also bear marks of the evolutionary process from which they arose. more

reading further…

…superfluous references to the past are known as skeuomorphs (from the Greek words for tool and form), and Apple’s fondness for them on the iPad has provoked criticism from some designers.

“It drives a lot of designers batty because it is so skeuomorphically heavy,” said Craig Mod, a designer for Flipboard, a magazine for the iPad.

I’m staring at my skeuomorphically heavy screen (now I know there is an adjective too): trashcan, folders, my desktop… but as I read the article and came across the photo below with a protester  drawing computer keys to express his wish: I wonder what it should be called, a de-skeuomorph?

Not surprised that I found when internet searching the blog skeuomorphs.com/ > technology vs. nostalgia

1.11.11 Re-imagi(ni)ng the Front Page

[reblogging myself from 365 Days of Print]

Above the Fold
Re-imagi(ni)ng The Front Page Photo of the NY Times, 1.11.11

I couldn’t believe my eyes today when I looked at the NY Times. A larger than usual photo is above the fold. And it is a video grab. It is shooter Jared Loughner looking deranged.  What do we learn from this photo? Nothing. Oh wait, they shaved his head. What is the news value? None.

The victims have gotten nice profiles, but their photographs have been small. We should see them when we see him. So I rearrange today’s party – pulling a excellent photo from page A24 and a screen grab from the multimedia piece on those that died.

But I can’t stop thinking about why would the NYT choose this photo for its prime spot.

I go the Newseum Front Page Collection for perspective.

No Arizona papers published this image on the front page.

I check the page with the NY Papers and my answer appears:

via 365daysofprint.com: 1.11.11 Lorie Novak.

Tracing the life of an Image on and off line

Today’s front page of the NY Times has such a disturbing photograph – I couldn’t look when I picked it up off the table this morning so had trouble reading the articles. [I link to it small on the left because I don’t want to recreate my reaction for anyone who might read this post or myself in the future.] So I go online to today’s front page on NYT online to read the story and see that just the photo is on the front page so there is no link from this page online. So i go the international links section and have to work to find it – it is 16 links down. This means that if you like to read today’s paper on line – you might miss the story attached to the sensational photograph on the front page. here is the story. The front page photo of the paper edition so often becomes the iconic one but now with the web it is different. In my search today, I found no way to send this photo around, so how could it become viral. It wasn’t even the first photo on the pictures of the day but it was the one chosen to be the front page on the paper. So many questions.

At least when I get to the story, I am linked to the Lede’s blog post: Video and Blogging from Lahore under attack which gives me perspectives from many sources.

I just checked out nytimes.com and as of 10:35 am it is the first story under World in the links section toward the bottom of the page. On the nytimes global edition’s front page the story is the first link under Asia in the more news section above the video.

On the web, the photo by Arif Ali, Agence France-Presse-Getty images of the bloody wounded man being carried by a Pakistani commando is no where to be found. At Getty images, I find similar ones but nothing so bloody.  I finally found it on the nytimes lens blog on the pictures of the day slide show for yesterday, May 28. It is the second photograph (the first three are from the Lehore bombing, all by Arif Ali.)

I’ll follow this image more later in the day and will choose more to follow in the future.