Category: Videos

What I like about graphic design is its reductionism. But I find graphic designers bereft of empathy. Is there a correlation?

Man at work. On the set of Larcier Group Belgium photoshoot. Thx to Brussels creative ad agency Good Morning.

Amazing how focal length affect shape of the face – Dan Vojtěch BLOG

Photography as Time Machine.

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

Deconstructing the many myths of Digital Marketing: A lecture by Mark Ritson.

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

Film vs Digital – Doubt vs Certainty.

 

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.

 

Don McCullin – Great humanist. Great Photographer.