If you haven’t seen the stunning 2001 documentary “War Photographer” about prize-winning conflict photojournalist James Nachtwey, you really must. It’s a beautifully filmed, deeply contemplative study of what it means to be a photographer, and what it means to be a witness to conflict.
It also features an absolutely enthralling cinematic technique: a tiny camera mounted above Nachtwey’s own shutter button, so you can see the stream of time and context around each of his decisions to capture (or not capture.) You can see it in the trailer above, at the 1:17 mark.
And this brings me back to my recent essay, On the Constant Moment. If the Decisive Moment is Nachtwey’s shutter button there with the protestors on the West Bank in 2001, the Constant Moment is your ability to choose different moments from the video feed, from wherever you are, in 2013.
Freed from instant decision in the middle of chaos, able to pause and rewind, did you make different aesthetic choices about when to “shoot?” Would Nachtwey, if he could?
That’s the Constant Moment.
This cat knows how to relax
Aside from the theatrical effect, the ring of lights on the ice generating chamber at #GE #Aviation in #Winnipeg, #Canada project much needed light onto the engines undergoing ice tests. Throughout the tests, GE engineers capture high speed photography to determine exactly how ice builds up on an #engine’s fan blades and spinner. Shot by @noahkalina. #technology #manufacturing #avgeek
One of the coolest things I have ever seen and the coldest I have ever been.
Hows this for an office?
You have wedding rings. We have wedding brass knuckles. Some love you just can’t fuck with. His/Hers.
Buck Angel is an incredible, attractive, and intelligent person. He’s also so full of integrity that if integrity were a tangible thing he’d have to carry most of it around in a giant truck. Dan Hunt recently premiered a documentary called Mr. Angel about Buck at SXSW, and I really hope it does amazingly.
Here’s a picture from that time Ellen Stagg photographed us together.