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Some thoughts about watercolor paints and processes.
A most peculiar book about a most peculiar town
Everyone understands that screens are not paper. So when our photo prints come back looking flat and muddy compared the vibrant image on our monitor, we are disappointed but not exactly shocked. Can this be prevented?
Our ancestors carved “hunger stones” as a warning about climate catastrophe. Will we heed their warning?
Good advice well presented.
The Micro Four Thirds camera format still offers many attractions. In this post I look at five M43 lenses
The opening of Timothy Brooks’s The Confusions of Pleasure is a great one — even if it might not be true.
Exploring aspect ratios in photography, fine art, and publishing.
Palazzo Mastelli, in the sestiere of Canareggio, is a peculiar and characteristically Venetian mélange of Roman fragments, Byzantine elements, and a lot of sixteenth-century construction, all topped with a Gothic balcony. On its walls is a depiction of a camel. Why?
What do these words have in common: awkward birth dirt gap ill mire muggy ransack rotten rugged scant scathe scowl wrong?
A seemingly ordinary clump of turf is actually a radical step in Western painting — and one of its masterpieces.
How much should an advance against royalties be?
How can we convert an image made of pixels into line art?
A monumental example of European book arts of the sixteenth century, and one of the most beautiful books ever produced.
The aged are inclined to live in the past. In 1576, when Thomas Platter was seventy-seven, he published a charming autobiography. It would be admired centuries later by…
Adobe has released a feature that expands on the previous “enhance details.” Super Resolution uses artificial intelligence to increase the resolution of camera raw images. How well does it do?
Photoshop 2021 has introduced some AI features that are a mix of exciting and disturbing.
All taken 14 April 2020 with a Samyang / Rokinon 12mm f2 (wide-angle) lens.
An exhibit of Riso printing presented at San Francisco State under the auspices of the faculty and students of the Design Gallery class of the department of Visual Communication.
Scientific Historica: How the World’s Great Science Books Chart the History of Knowledge, by Brian Clegg
What is wonderful about this book is its visual content, and for that it is highly recommended.
This book’s analysis of how plants work is its most important contribution. For, as Huegel says, “When we understand plants, we understand the foundation of life on earth.”
Although I remain largely unpersuaded by Meisner’s survey of the golden ratio in artworks, his book is well produced and rich with images.
Text of a bit I wrote on what it means to be alive, selected as a notable essay of 2019 in Best American Essays 2019, edited by Rebecca Solnit.
An old book review, recently unearthed.