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Bloomsday Family © Sean Hayes

Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. Many people dress as the characters and visit Dublin landmarks from the book. In this case, I photographed a family on its way to the Martello Tower in Sandycove where the opening scenes from Ulysses takes place. Shot with my Sony a7s. Post-Processing Adobe Lightroom.

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Bloomsday Family © Sean Hayes

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Bloomsday Family © Sean Hayes

Source: It’s Nice That | Daragh Soden’s thoughtful portraits of young Dubliners

I named my blog ‘Time Machine’ for a reason – a camera not only freezes a moment in time but can also explore the space-time continuum within a two-dimensional still photograph. Photographer Stephen Wilkes crafts stunning compositions of landscapes as they transition from day to night.

Link to original article:

http://www.ted.com/talks/stephen_wilkes_the_passing_of_time_caught_in_a_single_photo

Every once in a while, I post something on this blog that’s not about photography. But it is, nonetheless, a kind of snapshot. A snapshot of the marketing/advertising business that’s in serious turmoil. People who are only of the ‘money persuasion’ would guffaw at the above statement as ad spend by brand managers worldwide is off the charts: $660.88 billion forecasted for 2016.  And climbing.

(source: http://www.statista.com/statistics/237797/total-global-advertising-revenue/ )

Someone, somewhere, is getting very rich – but somehow the business ‘feels’ poorer. I know digital marketing doyens tend to shun sappy sentiment in favour of algorithmic assuredness – but they are missing that ‘magic’ ingredient that makes our business work: Empathy. Humans are messy and irrational creatures. Machines only understand logic and binary code. A marriage made in communication hell.

Using ‘colourful’ language, marketing ‘guru’, Mark Ritson, spells out in black and white the many myths of digital marketing. Well worth an hour of your online time.

NB*  I’ve just noticed the uploaded video is taking considerable time to convert. In the meantime here is the link to the original YT page:  https://youtu.be/IJF7C1jvjXM

 

British artist Tacita Dean alludes to a quality about film that we have all but forgotten in our digitised world, namely, the artistic necessity of gestation. The immediacy that digital affords the creative process has diminished the value of an ‘interval of time’ between start and finish; where mistakes can be made, flaws are seen and incorporated, and the chemistry allowed to surprise. Digital crushes time by being efficient and economical. Digital leaves nothing to chance by banishing the ‘not knowing’ part of creativity that’s an essential ingredient of image making. Our so-called modern world demands clarity, conviction, conciseness, confidence and cost control – digital delivers all these digital left brain qualities. Ambiguity and doubt are the domain of the analog right brain – and that is where interesting things are made. Nuance.

 

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