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The Siamese Twins that Weren’t. Or Were They?

Images speak a thousand lessons.  Certain images have such an innate power that they invoke an entire, dramatic, telling without you needing to know anything about the history of the characters or the provenance of the propagating emotion.  Meet twins Willy and Lily.  Lily is upside-down.  We were sent their photograph over the weekend.  They are the newest one-year-old members of our extended family in the Midwest.  Willy and Lily are not Siamese Twins.  Or are they?  I suppose it depends on what you know and who you choose to believe.

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The Unimportance of Celebrity Makeup Status

What is it about human beings that cause us to simultaneously seek ways to look up to people while at the same time finding ways to bring those people back down to our own level if we perceive them as getting too high?

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Covering the Austrian Panopticonic Eye

In London, two Austrians were detained because they were taking digital images of buses.  The police invoked “fighting terrorism” as the reason they required the deletion of the images from the tourists’ camera.

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Shooting the Street Corner

Richard Howe has taken on an interesting art project:  Shoot images of various Manhattan street corners in New York City.  Here’s one shot of “Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox / Sixth) from 111th Street to 147th Street.”

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When Art Meets Science is it Always Art?

The San Francisco Chronicle asks a fine question about the legitimacy of art meeting science as we ponder the image of an electrograph of a brass wire gauge in the year 1900:

Should we consider “Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible,
1840-1900
” an art exhibition just because the San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art has organized it?

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Digital Resolution: Can Less Be More?

by Guy Lerner

Most people buying digital cameras for the first time are lured by the numbers game. For them, the more megapixels, the better the camera. But not all pixels are created equal.

Unlike most things digital, when you’re talking pixels, smaller is not necessarily better. Pixels used by imaging sensors (the light-recording components found in most digital cameras) vary in size from one manufacturer to another and from camera to camera. I’m no scientist, but it makes sense that pixels used to convert light information coming from a lens would perform better if they had a larger surface area to capture as much light as possible. Put another way, given the same number of pixels on an imaging sensor, the sensor with the larger individual pixels will record more light information – and be able to produce higher-quality digital images – than the one with the smaller pixels.

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