The Family that Went to the Moon

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A family photo sites on the surface of the moon next to a boot print
The family photo, gingerly wrapped in clear plastic and slightly crumpled from being stashed in the pocket of a space suit, was left on the Moon. It presumably still sits there today, use inches away from Charlie’s boot print — which, presumably, is also there. At the time of this writing it’s been exactly 40 years to the day that this photo was taken.

via Quantumaniac. I found it on Cole’s tumblr.

I have been wanting to write for quite some time about why I am printing many of my photos. Until then, I’ll let this stand as a testament to magic and potential power of the photographic print.

Documenting Afghanistan With Hipstamatic

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I just came across this trove of photojournalism on the afghan war.

Amazingly, many of the pictures were taken with iPhones using the hipstamatic app.

An interview with with one of the photographers on the project offers some illumination on the choice of camera:

What made you decide to use the iPhone rather than a more traditional camera to capture images?
Maybe this is counterintuitive, but I wanted to demonstrate that it isn’t about technology, and that journalism (whatever that means anymore) doesn’t require “professional” gear. That said, I’ve been pretty amazed at how well the iPhone works — at least as a camera, I’ve never used it as a phone — but as cameras go, it might be the best piece of gear I’ve ever used.

What do you like about the iPhone camera?
The touchscreen design makes it more dustproof than any professional camera I know of, and it’s certainly the most discreet camera I’ve ever used. Most of the Marines I’m with have never seen me holding a “camera” and probably don’t even know I’m a photographer. With a pocket-sized backup cell, I’ve got enough battery power to operate for a week, and after three months of using it as my primary camera, I’ve barely made a dent in the hard drive. Throw in audio, video, geotagging, and apps that do 90% of the “darkroom” work — for someone coming from the analog world, it’s somewhere between science fiction and magic.

I tend to cycle between forcing myself to take a dslr everywhere for its superior technical capabilities and declaring the dslr dead to me to focus on using my iphone. I know the truth is that they are both good tools with different uses. For whatever reason I am only capable of focusing on one tool at a time. Finding this amazing example of iPhone photography reinforces the fact that I am at the top of a pro-iPhone wave in my own photography. Perhaps soon I’ll write about my new iPhone photo workflow.

Enough blabbering by me, go check out the photos. Be sure to check out all five parts. I am not sure how many photos are there. It is seemingly endless.