I saw really earnest documentary photographers who, had you put 35mm cameras in their hands, would’ve suddenly been about level horizons and juxtaposing foregrounds and backgrounds. None of that; this process was completely unselfconscious, fun and experiential. It had nothing to do with the photography that they usually make, to the point that they didn’t realize they were making pictures! Since then we’ve seen them apply the cellphone in serious photojournalism contexts – Ron Haviv in Libya for example.
The casual nature of making the image is transformative for the photographer and the photographed. Ron talks about when, in Libya, he chose not to take his cameras with him, he became invisible. All the fighters had cellphones too and were taking photos. Ron was just another person snapping away. [Wired]
“The way we relate to imagery is changing,” says Mayes, who thinks the pace of change is astonishing. Fortune magazine reported in September 2012 that “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” That same month, Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram, just shy of two years in existence, surpassed 100 million users. Instagram users, who are signing up a rate of one per second, have taken over one billion images with the app. Such frenzied activity will account for some but not all of of the 250 million images uploaded to Facebook every day. [Wired]
When it comes to assessing the chances of some complicated combination of events, gut feelings are pretty much useless. Pundits are no better at forecasting election outcomes than they would be at predicting the final path of a hurricane. [NYT]
Italy's highest court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a couple who said they should not have been convicted of obscene acts in public because they had sex outside while the rest of their town was inside watching a soccer match. [Reuters]
Question: On November 4, 2012, a man was arrested for two separate drunk driving incidents at two completely different locations, by the same officer. Both incidents occurred at 1:08 a.m. The man did not have a time machine — how did this happen?