In late September a friend was telling me about a big event he was inviting photographers and influencers to. He was very excited about inviting “Insert_Name_of_Photographer_Here”. I was happy for him, smiled and nodded but had no idea who he was talking about.
Then my new issue of the PPA magazine came and had big ad for “Insert_Name_of_Photographer_Here”‘s workshops. I looked at it and thought, “Oh, that’s the guy that _____ was so excited about.” Huh. Flip page, move on.
Today, Nasim Mansurov did a write up on the Photo Plus Expo that occurred in NYC this past week. As I read Nasim’s review, I saw the name of “Insert_Name_of_Photographer_Here” and my first thought was, “No wonder I have never heard of this guy, he is a Canon shooter.”
This made me think out loud the reality that I can’t keep up with everyone who does everything and that my personal photography interests are with friends who I have met, Nokia, Nikon, film, and quirky photographers. Other than Petapixel, I don’t read any of the big news photo blogs like fStoppers or Strobist or the like.
The power of the internet is that you can find your people group and also have a depth of knowledge in a thin slice but not know everyone on the planet who is doing that activity. None of us can, there are too many spheres of influence and interests for any one person to know everything in a field of contemporary knowledge.
I am excited for my friend that he is able to hook such big fish for his client, but really people, it is small ponds all the way down.
Sun 09.15.13 – Various and sundry bits from around the internet that are worth your time:
1) She Makes War has a spot on layered vocals-only song & video (above) called “Delete” about one’s life online. After nearly 20 years online, I would like to delete bits of myself.
2) More Intelligent Life on Humaira Bachal’s fight for her own education and then schools for many others in her community of Moach Goth on the edge of Karachi, Pakistan. This is both a tear-jerker and absolutely inspiring story, go read it:
“Humaira was 13 when a crazy idea struck her. “My mother used to get us ready every day, tie two ponytails for us, put 2-kilo schoolbags on our backs and send us off. We would walk for 20 minutes–but on the way not one other child in this settlement would join us. One, they did not have money, and two, nobody considered girls to be anything. Those who didn’t mind sending girls to school couldn’t afford to, because of fees, and the cost of books and uniforms. By then I was in sixth standard [the equivalent of year eight in Britain]. I thought, I’m a big star, I know everything, so I will teach them myself!”
What would become the Dream Model Street School began in 2001, with one blackboard, at home. Humaira taught ten friends of her age, seven of them girls. She started with the alphabet, in Urdu and English, and proceeded to the names of things. She supplied blank pages from her own notebooks, until it got her into trouble with her teachers. Then the friends went round asking people to donate paper, or bought scrap.
Soon, Tahira, who was 11, and three other girls were teaching alongside Humaira. “We were militant about time. Time for study, time for play, time to eat–and time to go out and recruit. We didn’t have the sense to realise we didn’t have space, books, teachers, money. We went around to houses, telling people, ‘We’ve opened a school, send your children, you must send your children!'””
Tues 08.27.13 – AnilDash is participating in charity: water’s September campaign to bring running water and sanitation to 1000 towns in rural India. Anil asks that we help him bring water to one town in Orissa, India:
‘As I said in the video above, I’ve been haunted by a simple quote from Gandhi: “Sanitation is more important than independence.” Those were the words of a man who gave his life fighting for that independence. It’s that important.’
I think we should. Particularly the we of us who live in California, be it LA or San Francisco, and depend – whether we know it or not – on an intricate system of imported water. We in California’s cities are so removed from the water that comes out of our taps, yet we take it completely for granted that it will come out 24/7 clean, drinkable, and reliable. Let’s help one town in India have the same as we do every day: clean, reliable water.
The video that Anil played in his presentation above:
I would like to propose a novel idea: If you wash dishes by putting concentrated dish soap directly on the sponge and then wash the dish, please please please rinse the dish soap off well with clean water afterwards. Even if you are washing your dishes in very weak dish soap water, please still rinse. Please.
My fave Vietnamese restaurant did not do this today or yesterday with one of the soup bowls. And now three hours after lunch of soup that was suspiciously foamy and smelled faintly of soap even through the sambal & basil, my stomach is churning and I am continuing to spit soap foam out of my mouth every couple of minutes.
The only entertaining part is if I try to drink a sip of diet coke all the liquid in my mouth rapidly foams the point where there is no liquid to swallow. Just foam to spit out.
Rinse, folks, rinse.
Tues 09.11.12 – Eden Kennedy linked to filmmaker Eliot Rausch’s video of an exerpt from Charlie Kaufman’s BAFTA lecture last September. It is just what I needed to be reminded of today.
To all of you who have lost friends or family members in the 9/11/01 tragedy or the wars that followed, my heart goes out to you today.