I’m feeling a lot of emotions now. It’s a mix of things that contribute to a marking of time. Hearing the Derrick Chauvin verdict feels like the end of a chapter that started at the beginning of the pandemic (even though I know it’s only the beginning of another chapter).
I also video-chatted with my parents tonight and see that my father is losing his hearing. He can’t hear what I’m saying and he’s too stubborn to try out a hearing aid. This leaves him to only excitedly talk about something and then leave me to watch disappoint cross his face when he realizes, once again, that he cannot hear my response.
I’m feeling mortal – conscious of the passage of time. If you are feeling the same way, may I recommend this beautiful video-scape of Antarctica, preferably on a big, flat screen TV, in a dark room, with a tumbler of your favorite whiskey by your side.
Don’t believe everything you see online. Good on Jordan Peele for making this PSA which uses some readily available software literally put words in Obama’s mouth. You can read more about it on Buzzfeed.
We’re about to enter into an intense period of “he said/she said” with the Cohen trial and Comey’s book tour that is going to put a premium on verified evidence and face-to-face interactions.
Who do you trust when everything can be fake? News brands built up their reputation on continually telling the truth, as best as they could. Photography, television, and the internet helped chip away at that dependency as people were able to view the raw materials on their own and make their own judgement. As the sophistication of counterfeiting technology improves such as in the example above, the value of a trusted source that can verify and corroborate videos such as the one above will increase.
I’m calling it here. We’ll be hearing more about technically-savvy forensic journalists in the very near-future.
Do you ever feel like you’re moving through a fog, going backwards? The clip from Tokyo Reverse is a highlight reel from a 9 hour video of someone who did just that, walk through the streets of Tokyo, in reverse. Ludovic Zuili, the man in the video, was filmed walking backwards and then the footage was flipped around so that he was shown walking forwards and everyone else is shown walking in reverse. The effect is strange and, trippy.
Those of you who know Tokyo will recognize Shibuya, Harajuku, and Akihabara in the clip.
Simon says on his page, “I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.”
The second video is by two friends that meet each other on Vimeo and shared a love for time-lapse photography of Yosemite. It really is a majestic place.