Weekly Photography News #1

Instead of dedicating a whole post to every news revolving around photography, we decided to write a weekly article, which will include some fun finds from the photography blogging sphere.

1) Photographs and Memories

The other day I asked my mother-in-law if she had any photos of my husband as a baby. I love looking at other people’s photos, especially from childhood. You can learn so much by just looking at a simple portrait. The conversation started, because I wondered if I had enough photos of my own children’s early days. You see, regardless of being a photographer, I like to enjoy many things as they happen, without a camera. You’ve probably read about putting down our cameras and actually remembering memories from our initial archives a.k.a. brain cells. If you haven’t read the article yet, check it out.

Although I am still not fully convinced of the notion portrayed in the above article, I tend to follow the logic it pushes forward. I have a cure for my situation though – someone else usually holds the camera. That conveniently keeps me minding my own business and stops me from taking ‘selfies’ with my children.

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But this isn’t the only bad news about taking pictures. Pictures can also replace your memory. We don’t often study pictures, but when we do, those pictures influence our memories. Photographs can be used to change and modify our memories. I’ve written about various factors that allow people to create false memories and pictures can play an important roll (Spilled punch and hot air balloons and Truthiness). Showing people a picture of themselves in a hot air balloon can lead them to create a memory of riding in a balloon – isn’t Photoshop great? But even without the research, you might have a personal understanding of a picture becoming your memory. How many of your childhood memories resemble the pictures that you parents took? Is it your memory or their picture?

Our brain is a fascinating organ and it can play all kinds of tricks on us. What I do not understand is that, even if I am at the moment with my family but someone else takes a picture, does that photograph replace or trigger my personal memories? Any thoughts?

2) Microsoft and Canon Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

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According to Microsoft news center, Microsoft Corp. and Canon Inc. are broadening their strategic alliance with the new announcement of their cross-licensing agreement. While some think that Microsoft can benefit a great deal from Canon’s patented products, one seems to wonder about how it might work the other way around. Any thoughts?

3) Miss Aniela and Her Magic World.

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Year after year we see a volume of photographers, who make a difference and come up with new concepts to showcase their art. In this series, I want to include a couple of such photographers. First up is Miss Aniela. You’ve probably seen Aniela’s photos with the introduction of the new Nikon D810 (see our detailed coverage of the camera here).

Check out the below behind the scenes video with lots of information about the shoots and thoughts from Aniela herself. I like how she can clearly articulate what she looks for in her photos and how she puts her ideas to work:

4) Underwater world of Von Wong

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Next up is a fascinating shoot from a Canadian based photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Although Von Wong got a lot of great press for his work, I decided that one more is not going to hurt him. These series of underwater photographs take you to a shipwreck in Bali. As for the concept, I think it is pretty open to interpretation. I absolutely loved the final results of this particular shoot. I will be honest with you, never in my life will I go underwater to shoot a portrait session like this, as I would be scared to be that deep underwater. But it was pretty fun for me to watch. Check out what went into the production, Von Wong’s challenges and how he overcame them.

5) Hitler’s Selfie

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Well, not exactly a selfie, but according to what he did with those photos, might as well count as one. These photos started surfing the net for a while now. If you haven’t seen them before, here they go. As funny as they are, they served as a learning material for the evil mastermind of the 20th century. Creepy, yet is a good example that photos can be used for many purposes.

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A total of nine photographs taken by Hoffman reveal how Adolf Hitler rehearsed his hand gestures for his public speeches. He used to ask Hoffmann to take pictures of these so he could see what he would look like to the German people during his public speaking appearances, which he used to his advantage to emphasize his notion of a “great national revival” of Germany. Egon Hanfstaengl, son of Hitler’s one-time foreign press officer Ernst “Putzi” Hanfstaengl, said in a documentary, Fatal Attraction Of Hitler: “He had that ability which is needed to make people stop thinking critically and just emote (Wikipedia)

That’s it for today folks. If you have any other news to share, please send them our way and we will be happy to feature them on our site!

Comments

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    ) Patrick O'Connor
    July 4, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Being the youngest of six children, at a time and place where pictures weren’t common anyway, there are very few photos of me as a child including school pictures. I don’t remember any of those events and left it at that. In my case, I don’t think it’s so much a function of the human brain as an indication of my attitudes toward myself.

    I like your posts. They bring humanity to photography and don’t invite negative debate.

    • July 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Thank you, Patrick! I think you just chose to forget those moment, or maybe you didn’t deem them necessary to remember at all. That happens and it might have been time for you to empty the spot for things that are far more important.

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    ) Vernon Ray
    July 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Thanks Lola – I have often commented unapologetically, that if I had my wife’s memory of life’s events, I would not have to have to take photographs to document my existence – trust me, it is well documented!!! :-)

    • July 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      Hi Vernon! I hear ya. I think it has a lot to do with emotional attachments to moments and photographs. Sentimentality is a trait a lot of women share and that helps us to remember things that a lot of other people may not pay attention to. I dare say that most of the lifestyle photographers are female these days for that exact reason.

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        ) Carol
        August 26, 2014 at 9:38 pm

        Hi Lola,

        I’m curious if you’re still planning on publishing additional weekly photography articles such as this one. I really enjoy this article and think it’s a great idea.

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    ) Muhammad Omer
    July 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I dont know if pictures can create false impressions in our own mind but we certainly use pictures in our homes to fool other people about our lives.
    For example, a picture where one is receiving a shield at the end of a sporting event, it shows that he is good at sports. Some of these pictures actually do represent good sporting achievements, but people who play in the B team and get knocked out in the first game also get shields for participation and pictures showing that event can fool us into thinking that they are good sportsmen.
    I once gave a lecture on the result day in a school and at the end of it, all the children of the school got a shield for passing the final exam. All parents wanted the chief guest to present the shield to their child and they wanted that moment photographed. There must have been more then 300 of them, i was there for 3 hours after the lecture. Now such photographs can create a false impression that the child was very good academically though that might not be true in most cases.
    Finally in medical school on convocation day a few of us got hold of the principal and a shield and had themselves photographed receiving that shield from the principal(who was a very good and kind man for his position). Those pictures can be used to show academic achievements in medical school which would be deception of course.

    • July 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you for commenting, Muhammad! I think the author means exactly that; creating false memories. I am not sure if there is a middle ground for it.

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    ) Michael Switzer
    July 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Why would Canon ally themselves with Microsoft, the least innovative company on the planet? Oh…maybe because Canon is the second least innovative company on the planet.

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    ) coastcontact
    July 6, 2014 at 1:09 am

    2) Microsoft and Canon Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement
    Photography has become ever more important in this age of photo sharing on social media era. Facebook, Linked-In, etc. are all about photos. I can see Microsoft developing better photo capabilities thanks to Canon technology. Likewise Canon could benefit from editing software that provides that will result in special handling of everyone’s pics use but with some special advantage to Canon.

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    ) Mike Banks
    July 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Lola, great article. I am in agreement that even though the brain is the greatest data vault we possess, photographs are vital to the precious memories we have of those still with us and those who have passed on. Thank you.

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