8 Shots Photography: Blog https://www.8shots.com/blog en-us (C) 8 Shots Photography (8 Shots Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:46:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:46:00 GMT https://www.8shots.com/img/s/v-12/u205397401-o1040735656-50.jpg 8 Shots Photography: Blog https://www.8shots.com/blog 80 120 Report: Mesquite, Fernley top prospects for new warehouse operations https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/report-mesquite-fernley-top-prospects-new-warehouse-operations (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/report-mesquite-fernley-top-prospects-new-warehouse-operations Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:06 GMT Police looking for man who robbed Henderson ATM user https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/police-looking-man-who-robbed-henderson-atm-user (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/police-looking-man-who-robbed-henderson-atm-user Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:39:13 GMT State of the Evolution - March 2015 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/state-of-the-evolution-march-2015
State of the Evolution - March 2015
The default Home Page of a b2evolution v6 install.

Hello b2evolution Folks!

We have a ton of exciting news for you this month! (We hope you’ll understand why we skipped the February news ;)

b2evolution version 6 is here!

We have just released b2evolution version 6.0.0-alpha and it is PACKED with good stuff! Following the previous link will take you to a list but just to mention a few:

  • Several new skins based on the bootstrap framework.
  • It supports a global Home Page for the site.
  • Collections/Blog can be made private, even invisible to non-members if needed.
  • Email capture / quick registration widget.
  • 100% UTF-8. No more weird character hassles when dealing with multiple languages.

We also have a Guided Tour if you’d like ;)

Full story »

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

(8 Shots Photography) New releases https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/state-of-the-evolution-march-2015 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:25:00 GMT
Boston Marathon bombing suspects may have had help making the bombs https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/boston-marathon-bombing-suspects-may-have-had-help-making-bombs (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/boston-marathon-bombing-suspects-may-have-had-help-making-bombs Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:14:47 GMT Metro seeks help finding suspect in Tuesday stabbing https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/metro-seeks-help-finding-suspect-tuesday-stabbing (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/metro-seeks-help-finding-suspect-tuesday-stabbing Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:52:48 GMT UNLV anthropologist helped unearth jaw of earliest human https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/unlv-anthropologist-helped-unearth-jaw-earliest-human (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/unlv-anthropologist-helped-unearth-jaw-earliest-human Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:41:19 GMT Teachers who have sex with students would have to register as sex offenders https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/teachers-who-have-sex-students-would-have-register-sex-offenders (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/teachers-who-have-sex-students-would-have-register-sex-offenders Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:25:29 GMT Hardy seeks more time for BLM comment https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/hardy-seeks-more-time-blm-comment (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/hardy-seeks-more-time-blm-comment Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:04 GMT Expert: Reduce Vegas pedestrian deaths by reducing speed limits https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/expert-reduce-vegas-pedestrian-deaths-reducing-speed-limits (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/expert-reduce-vegas-pedestrian-deaths-reducing-speed-limits Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:50:38 GMT Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 sparks conspiracy theories https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-sparks-conspiracy-theories (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-sparks-conspiracy-theories Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:48:44 GMT Woman was asking about fetuses shortly after they were found in Henderson https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/woman-was-asking-about-fetuses-shortly-after-they-were-found-henderson (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/woman-was-asking-about-fetuses-shortly-after-they-were-found-henderson Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:44:58 GMT Metro investigates body found near Sandy Valley https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/metro-investigates-body-found-near-sandy-valley (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/metro-investigates-body-found-near-sandy-valley Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:22:45 GMT Officials warn US youth about connections to ISIS https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/officials-warn-us-youth-about-connections-isis (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/officials-warn-us-youth-about-connections-isis Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:08:56 GMT National Geographic team discovers lost city in Honduran jungle https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/national-geographic-team-discovers-lost-city-honduran-jungle (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/national-geographic-team-discovers-lost-city-honduran-jungle Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:59:48 GMT North Korea detains Canadian pastor https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/north-korea-detains-canadian-pastor (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/north-korea-detains-canadian-pastor Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:48:15 GMT Ore. woman back in US after 6-month ordeal in East Timor https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/ore-woman-back-us-after-6-month-ordeal-east-timor (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/ore-woman-back-us-after-6-month-ordeal-east-timor Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:18:47 GMT Family of Michael Brown to file lawsuit against Ferguson, Darren Wilson https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/family-michael-brown-file-lawsuit-against-ferguson-darren-wilson (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/family-michael-brown-file-lawsuit-against-ferguson-darren-wilson Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:12:08 GMT Controversial school construction bill clears Assembly, heads to governor https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/controversial-school-construction-bill-clears-assembly-heads-governor (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/controversial-school-construction-bill-clears-assembly-heads-governor Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:04:00 GMT Tearful ex-official pleads guilty to theft from Clark County School District https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/tearful-ex-official-pleads-guilty-theft-clark-county-school-district (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/tearful-ex-official-pleads-guilty-theft-clark-county-school-district Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:05:32 GMT Nevada rape victim tells her story at gun campus-carry hearing https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/nevada-rape-victim-tells-her-story-gun-campus-carry-hearing (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/nevada-rape-victim-tells-her-story-gun-campus-carry-hearing Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:30:19 GMT Metro seeks help finding 2 after Chinatown stabbing https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/metro-seeks-help-finding-2-after-chinatown-stabbing (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/metro-seeks-help-finding-2-after-chinatown-stabbing Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:23:23 GMT Close Encounters of the Art Kind https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30794 © Doug Keyes/Courtesy Klompching Gallery © Doug Keyes/Courtesy Klompching Gallery © Doug Keyes/Courtesy Klompching Gallery © Doug Keyes/Courtesy Klompching Gallery © Doug Keyes/Courtesy Klompching Gallery © Doug Keyes/Courtesy Klompching Gallery

The old adage, “one thing leads to another” applies to artist Doug Keyes‘ latest project, “Portraits.” The complex, multi-layering of a single image was a process he used in his “Collective Memory” series, a catalogue for a Chuck Close exhibition Keyes photographed in 1998. With “Portraits,” Keyes creates entirely new faces from otherwise recognizable and iconic images.

“Sourcing images from books and the internet, and often inspired by portraits experienced in person, Keyes selects images that collectively create an overall representation of each artist’s portraiture work,” Klompching Gallery said in a statement about the work. “The resulting photographs reshape the work of such iconic names as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Martin Schoeller and Frida Kahlo.”

Join Keyes, an American artist who currently resides in Seattle, at a reception for his new show, “Portraits,” this evening at Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn. The exhibition runs through April 11, 2015.

(8 Shots Photography) Portraits/Portraiture Chuck Close Collective Memory Doug Keyes Klompching Gallery https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30794 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:30:24 GMT
Big Fish, Small Pond https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30767 © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions © Eric Schmidt/Wise River Productions

Bozeman, Montana-based photographer Eric Schmidt grew up in California, but he, his wife and their three children planted roots in Montana’s Gallatin Valley a few years ago. Schmidt’s decision to move to a smaller market changed his career and his portfolio in interesting ways. He had more time for personal work [Slides 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8], and he also began getting editorial assignments for the first time. Schmidt’s main focus, even when he was just starting out, was always on landing advertising assignments. He was too “hard-headed” to see the value in magazine work, he says. “Believe it or not, most of my editorial work has happened since relocating to Montana,” Schmidt told PDN via email. “Various publications have reached out to me because they liked my work. In a nutshell, they were looking for a qualified shooter in the region.”

The decision to move away from a large market can be difficult. Since relocating to Bozeman, Schmidt’s made the transition seem easy, continuing to find work with advertising and corporate clients across the country. He’s also expanded his portfolio to include stock photography, CGI and motion.

His first commercial (video) assignment took place shortly after his move to Bozeman. Pulling a crew together was easy, he says, thanks to the film department at Montana State University. “It was a wonderful experience—especially with being able to shoot with the RED for the first time and then working alongside an editor in post. I’ve always felt extremely comfortable directing people, so that part of the shoot was business as usual.

We asked the 20-year photo industry veteran what advice he would give to photographers living in, or contemplating a move to, a smaller market:

1. It’s important to get involved with the community. I sense that smaller markets will have more approachable clients. I’m not sure why… maybe it’s because they don’t receive the overwhelming amount of solicitations that clients in larger markets receive.

2. If becoming the big fish in the small pond is your goal, then you would most definitely need to be a well rounded photographer—perhaps having several portfolios (i.e.  food, lifestyle, architecture, product).

3. Get as much experience as you can in that market and realize that your early assignments are all formidable experiences.Small ones are just as important as the big ones.

4. Include images in your portfolio from other places. Sure, it can be advantageous to have a selection from your particular region, but I would suggest branching your horizons out a bit.

5. Finally, you’ll need more than solid work. There is an abundance of talented photographers in this world and I believe that clients are looking at personalities as well as the work.

To see more of Schmidt’s work, please visit his website or follow him on Instagram.

(8 Shots Photography) Science/Nature Bozeman Eric Schmidt Montana The Big Hole River Wise River Productions https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30767 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:00:03 GMT
10 Reasons You Don't Need a DSLR https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/MzI3ODIyODgz Are DSLRs obsolete? Is mirrorless the way forward? Or will everyone be shooting photos with their iPhones in the future? Here are 10 reasons why you don't really need a DSLR anymore. Special Thanks: Bigstock Video http://www.bigstockphoto.com/video]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/MzI3ODIyODgz Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:00:00 GMT Free Firmware Upgrades For Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/Free-Firmware-Upgrades-For-Canon-XF205-and-XF200-Professional-Camcorders (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/Free-Firmware-Upgrades-For-Canon-XF205-and-XF200-Professional-Camcorders Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:00:00 GMT From Steve Nicks to Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Everyone in Between https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30748 © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery © Danny Clinch/Courtesy Milk Gallery

Danny Clinch may be the planet’s biggest music fan. He’s not only an award-winning music photographer/director, he’s also a musician (Danny plays the harmonica with The Tangiers Blues Band). Clinch’s lengthy resume includes three Grammy Award nominations (as a director), hundreds of album covers, three published books of his own photography, and loads of editorial assignments for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.

A celebration of Clinch’s varied portfolio, “Danny Clinch: Walls of Sound,” opens tomorrow and runs through April 5, 2015 at Milk Gallery. To see more of Clinch’s work, or if you want to see just how cool it is to be Clinch, follow him on Instagram.

Related: Danny Clinch: Still Moving—PDN’s Notable Books of 2014

(8 Shots Photography) Celebrity/Entertainment Danny Clinch Danny Clinch: Walls of Sound Milk Gallery Still Moving https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30748 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:15:37 GMT
A People’s History…of British Fashion https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30734 © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel © What We Wore by Nina Manandhar/Courtesy Prestel

It’s hard to imagine in today’s world of camera phones, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and the like, that there was a time when photos of yourself, friends and family were few and far between. Cameras existed but not everyone had one. Fewer photos were taken because film and processing cost money and patience—prints could take up to a week to be developed.

An appreciation for analog photography is what motivated photographer Nina Manandhar to create her blog, What We Wore. The blog, filled with crowd-sourced images of individuals, families and groups, is a big collage of British fashion from the 1950s through the present day.

Images from the blog were recently compiled into a book, What We Wore: A People’s History of British Style (Prestel, November 2014), which “encompasses the worlds of Mods, punks, ravers, grime kids, and everything in between, with photos submitted by everyday British people as well as celebrities, including Tracey Emin, Jeremy Deller, Jazzie B., DJ Harvey, and Don Letts.”

(8 Shots Photography) Fashion A People's History of British Style British fashion Nina Manandhar Prestel What We Wore https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/30734 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:00:07 GMT
Canon Receives Prestigious Accolade From <i>FORTUNE</i> Magazine https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/Canon-Receives-Prestigious-Accolade-From-i-FORTUNE-/i-Magazine FORTUNE magazine World's Most Admired Companies list in the computers category.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/Canon-Receives-Prestigious-Accolade-From-i-FORTUNE-/i-Magazine Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:30:00 GMT Canon U.S.A. Announces New Company: Canon BioMedical, Inc. https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/Canon-U-S-A-Announces-New-Company-Canon-BioMedical-Inc (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/Canon-U-S-A-Announces-New-Company-Canon-BioMedical-Inc Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:00:00 GMT Tamron vs Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/MzI2Njc5MzM5 The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II USM is a great lens, but the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USDis quite a bit cheaper - can you get as decent a lens with the Tamron or is it simply a case of "you get what you pay for"?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/3/MzI2Njc5MzM5 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:00:00 GMT Canon's Project Imagination: The Trailer Contest, Now Open For Submissions https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-s-Project-Imagination-The-Trailer-Contest-Now-Open-For-Submissions (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-s-Project-Imagination-The-Trailer-Contest-Now-Open-For-Submissions Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:00:00 GMT It Takes a Village: Q&A with Tidal Magazine’s founder, Anna Wolf https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30703 © Anna Wolf © Anna Wolf © Tidal Magazine/Photo by Anna Wolf © Joel Barhamand © Tidal/Photos by Joel Barhamand © Joel Barhamand © Steven Brahms © Tidal Magazine/Photos by Steven Brahms © Steven Brahms © Tidal Magazine/Photo by Hilary Walsh

In her Editor’s Letter from issue 2 of Tidal magazine, editor-in-chief (and photographer) Anna Wolf writes: “Tidal is truly becoming a place where creative talents come together.” Tidal, a bi-annual print publication that combines fashion, culture and lifestyle stories from both coasts, was an idea Wolf had in the summer of 2013. “I was trying to find a home for a fashion story I had recently shot,” she told PDN via email. “My husband [now Tidal‘s creative director Mike Perry] suggested that I start my own magazine so I had a place to run the images from the shoot.” Wolf took his advice. After a successful Issue 2 launch party in January 2015, Wolf told PDN how she and her team made it happen.

PDN: What is Tidal magazine about?

Anna Wolf: It’s a place where you can turn every page and see something beautiful: fashion that’s approachable, entertaining stories that are fun and not too precious, and celebrity profiles that make you feel like you’re reading an interview with a friend.

PDN: Where did the idea come from and who were/are the original Tidal peeps?

AW: It started with this small desire just to see my shoot in print, and then became a much bigger idea; a place to collaborate with photographers whose work I’ve always loved, to discover new photographers’ work, and to bring them together with writers, illustrators other creatives. [Perry] helped design the first issue along with his assistant at the time, Kayla Kern. We also have executive editor Lisa Butterworth, producer Tara Trullinger, East coast editor Jen Steele, and photo/fashion editors Ash Barhamand and Ian Bradley.

PDN: Are decisions about the magazine’s content, features, cover stories, models, etc. made collectively?

AW: Yes! Deciding on content and how to tell each story is a highly collaborative process. I’m lucky to have such an incredibly talented and thoughtful team.

PDN: So it’s a giant, collaborative endeavor… how do you keep things organized?

AW: We’re continually improving on our process, but we try and keep everything organized in a spreadsheet and on our calendar. We schedule all content, stories, writings, etc. and put deadlines in place to keep us on track. It’s a work in progress but each issue gets that much more organized.

PDN: So Issue 2 just came out—when was the first issue released? Assuming you want to keep things going, what’s next and when? 

AW: Our first issue was Spring/Summer 2014. We do have plans to keep things going; we are having so much fun! Currently we’re working on Issue 3, Spring/Summer 15, which will be out in May. We’re taking our time, making the upcoming issue as strong as it can be.

PDN: Here’s a less fun question—how is this funded? How many issues are produced? 

AW: Tidal is self-funded by me, but I truly feel that it’s worth every penny. It’s such an inspiring project and has allowed me to meet so many new people. We are currently printing 1,000 copies, with hopes to print more as our reach expands and sales go up.

PDN: What else can you tell our readers about the process of producing an independent magazine? 

AW: Oftentimes I think the hardest thing about doing something like this is just making the decision to do it. As difficult as it is pulling the trigger on seemingly big ideas, once you do, all of the details get sorted out.

For more on Tidal or Wolf, please visit their websites.



(8 Shots Photography) Publications Anna Wolf Joel Barhamand Steven Brahms Tidal Magazine Zoë Kravitz https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30703 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Seeing the Forest for the Trees https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30686 © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova © Liza Surova

Liza Surova, a full-time graphic designer and art director, is passionate about photography and uploads her “best” photos on Tumblr (and Instagram). Surova uses her on-going series, “Forest. Ocean. Repeat.,” as a way to stay connected to her family overseas in Russia. “Skype is a great way to keep in touch over the 8,200 kilometres between Port Coquitlam, British Columbia and Moscow,” she writes. “Yet the words fail to describe the beauty (it’s tough to find good connections for video calls in the woods) of the land and ocean, minutes from where I presently live and work.”

Canada’s most western province is referred to as “Beautiful British Columbia” on license plates. And for good reason, Surova says. “Mysterious pine forests abound, brilliant cloud formations touch high mountain ranges, and low mists dig themselves into rich green valleys with deep crystal-clear lakes—everywhere I trek. Taking photographs is an obvious way to capture the beauty of B.C., on my daily hikes.”

Surova was born in Moscow, and graduated from Moscow State University where she studied Media and Graphic Design. Later she moved to Toronto where she completed an advertising and graphic design program at Humber College. Upon graduation she apprenticed at a small ad agency and then moved to British Columbia, where she co-founded the design studio Let’s Panda.

(8 Shots Photography) Landscape British Columbia Forest Ocean Repeat Let's Panda Liza Surova Port Coquitlam https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30686 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:30:52 GMT
Barbie Photo Fashion Doll Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzI1NjA1MDEw First there was the Barbie Video Girl, which Philip Bloom loved using in our special episode of Pro Tog, Cheap Camera Challenge; now Barbie Photo Fashion Doll is here, potentially the camera that all stealthy street photographers have been craving for. Well, maybe not, but it's fun, it's plastic, sort of pink and here's our review of it.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzI1NjA1MDEw Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:00:00 GMT African American Narratives https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30674 © Jack Mitchell/Courtesy Smithsonian Institution

This month sees the launch of Double Exposure, a significant new series of books from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), produced in partnership with London publisher GILES. The three books in the series draw from the growing photography collection of the museum’s seven-year-old Center For African American Media Arts, and include images that span the history of photography, from pre-Civil War daguerreotypes to digital images. The first volume, Through the African Lens, presents an overview of the collection and “illuminates photography’s significance in interpreting and documenting African American art, culture, and history,” writes scholar Deborah Willis in her essay for the book. Through the African Lens includes the work of early black photographers—like renowned daguerreotypist Augustus Washington—and several historically significant images.

One example is McPherson & Oliver’s “Gordon under Medical Inspection, 1863,” which showed the terrible scars on the back of an escaped slave. It was published in newspapers and sold to raise money and awareness for the antislavery cause. Portraits of black soldiers, writers, artists, political leaders and other notable figures by photographers such as Leonard Freed, Lewis Hine and Ernest C. Withers are interspersed with depictions of families and daily life. In her introduction to the series, curator Rhea L. Combs notes how figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, all of whom are depicted in the book, “realized their photographic image could create a counter-narrative to mainstream understandings of African Americans.” Two other books, Civil Rights and the Promise of Equality and African American Women, are due out this July. —Conor Risch

Double Exposure: Through the African American Lens (GILES in association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture) is an 80-page book featuring 60 images.

(8 Shots Photography) Historical Center for African American Media Arts Deborah Willis Double Exposure GILES Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Through the African American Lens https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30674 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:00:25 GMT
Finding Beauty in Cleveland’s Historic Lake View Cemetery https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30658 © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel © Barney Taxel Cover of &quot;The Lake View Cemetery.&quot; © The University of Akron Press/Barney Taxel

Barney Taxel moved to Cleveland from New York City in 1967. Since then, he’s worked as a studio and location photographer for a variety of clients in both the editorial and commercial worlds. He’s also developed a photographic relationship with the city of Cleveland, documenting Cleveland’s West Side Market, one of the country’s oldest operating public markets, and most recently, Lake View Cemetery.

Founded in 1869, Lake View Cemetery was modeled the cemeteries of Victorian England and France, which provided tranquil escapes from bustling cities. Lake View, located on a 285-acre plot of land, was designed to “combine all the attractive features that ‘nature and true art can produce’ to harmonize nature’s alphabet—’stone, earth, wood and water,'” according to an 1870 Cleveland Plain Dealer report Taxel cites. The cemetery is also the permanent resting place for Cleveland’s most prominent citizens, including President James A. Garfield, John D. Rockefeller, and J.H. Wade.

Taxel spent moare than a decade photographing every architectural detail and curious tombstone for his new book, The Lake View Cemetery. The book also includes famous monuments, the Wade Chapel, memorials and historic information.

(8 Shots Photography) Historical Barney Taxel Cleveland's West Side Market Lake View Cemetery The University of Akron Press https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30658 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:30:23 GMT
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzI0ODI4MTI4 We take a look at Canon's update to popular pumpy-action Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM with the "II" version, taking photos of some people in a huge dress and some cheerleaders.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzI0ODI4MTI4 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 GMT Canon U.S.A. Introduces Oc&eacute; VarioPrint i300 First-Of-Its-Kind Digital Press https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-U-S-A-Introduces-Oc-eacute-VarioPrint-i300-First-Of-Its-Kind-Digital-Press (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-U-S-A-Introduces-Oc-eacute-VarioPrint-i300-First-Of-Its-Kind-Digital-Press Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT Boundaries: An Exhibition of Young Photographers https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30626 © Andrew Tomasino/Courtesy YPA © Andrew Tomasino/Courtesy YPA © Hsin Wang/Courtesy YPA © Hsin Wang/Courtesy YPA © Missy David/Courtesy YPA © Missy Davis/Courtesy YPA © Alyssa Meadows/Courtesy YPA © Alyssa Meadows/Courtesy YPA © Logan Wu/Courtesy YPA © Logan Wu/Courtesy YPA
As part of this year’s Young Photographers Alliance (YPA) mentoring program, 45 emerging photographers in various locations around the world produced images and essays on the theme of “Boundaries.” An exhibition of the work produced by the YPA photographers opens tomorrow evening at the Art Directors Club.

During the mentoring session, the photographers were grouped into teams of five. Veteran photographers Steve Giralt and Andrew Hetherington donated their time and expertise to mentor one of the New York City teams, which included photographers Missy Davis, Alyssa Meadows, Andrew Tomasino, Hsin Wang and Logan Wu, whose images are shown above. “We all met regularly as a group at Steve’s studio over a period of four months or so and worked closely with the mentees, from developing their ideas and interpreting the theme with a unique vision, to its execution, to the edit and all steps in between,” Hetherington told PDN via email. Hetherington and Giralt also invited industry professionals to share their experiences of life in the “real” photo world. A group critique was held at the end of the program to help with the final image selection for the exhibition.

“It is very much a two way street. I found myself being as inspired just as much from the mentees as I hope they were from Steve and I,” Hetherington says. “It is rewarding to see that members of the team forged lasting friendships during the program, and are continuing to help, nurture and motivate one another. That is really invaluable. Worth more than the pictures themselves.”

In addition to the mentoring program, the YPA offers scholarships, an educational lecture series, portfolio reviews, and panel discussions with industry professionals like photo editors, art buyers and photo agents. To learn more, please visit the organization’s website.


(8 Shots Photography) Documentary/Photojournalism Alyssa Meadows Andrew Hetherington Hsin Wang Logan Wu Missy Davis Steve Giralt Young Photographers Alliance https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30626 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:05:50 GMT
Canon is Developing Semiconductor Lithography Equipment Employing Nanoimprint Technology https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-is-Developing-Semiconductor-Lithography-Equipment-Employing-Nanoimprint-Techn (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-is-Developing-Semiconductor-Lithography-Equipment-Employing-Nanoimprint-Techn Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:00:00 GMT No Eyes On Me https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30475 © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young © Ryan Young

Towards the end of 2014, photographer Ryan Young was assigned by the French women’s magazine Causette to work with writer Iris Deroeux on a difficult, and heartbreaking topic: exploited children and human trafficking. This was Young’s second-ever commissioned photo story (the first was a photo essay for Esquire earlier in 2014), and his first assignment for Causette.

Young isn’t sure how Causette found him. “I assume it’s because I’m based in LA, which which is where the shoots took place, and I’ve
made a lot of both personal and commissioned work that focuses on youth culture,” Young told PDN via email. The assignment resulted in a five-page feature with eight published images.

Young only only had a week to shoot, so he researched the subject in advance and communicated with Deroeux via email and over the phone. This assignment proved to be challenging—not only because of the time constraints, but also the delicate subject matter. For their own protection, it was essential to hide the girls’ identity. Most of the girls understood the seriousness of the situation, Young says, but one girl asked why he didn’t want to see her face. “She had her hair and makeup prepared, and seemed excited for the camera,” Young says. “I ended up shooting a few of her with her face revealed just so she didn’t feel like she wasted her time getting ready. I never submitted those photos, and they’ll never be posted.”

Young developed an interest in documentary photography while attending school at Art Center College of Design. “In between terms, I began making trips back home to Benicia [California], photographing family, friends and places I’ve lived. Investigating my childhood and rediscovering my roots allowed me to understand myself in conjunction with what draws me to photography—storytelling.”




(8 Shots Photography) Documentary/Photojournalism Alessandro Zuffi Art Center College of Design Causette magazine Les Mineures Prostituées Punies Par La Loi Red Eye Reps Ryan Young https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30475 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:00:13 GMT
Celebrating the Lunar New Year https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30585 © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam © Jason Lam

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Today, February 19, 2015, many Asian cultures ring in their new year – The Year of the Sheep (also known as Year of the Ram or Goat), one of 12 animals assigned to the Chinese zodiac calendar. One of the many ways to celebrate is by watching traditional lion dance,  performed by two dancers dressed up in a costume.

San Francisco-based photographer Jason Lam, a Chinese-American, says he started lion dancing when he was 12 years old. For him, lion dancing “is one of those activities I embraced with great passion because it gave me a place to belong.” To maintain that sense of belonging while he was living in New York City to study at the International Center of Photography last year, he decided to document a local Lion Dance Team, The Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute.

Lam has worked on a few other New York City-based stories centered on Chinese culture, including Childhood: Colorful Chinese Snacks” and “11pm: Late Night Restaurants of Chinatown.” He plans to celebrate the New Year, and says that “seeing family, and enjoying the festivities with one another” is his favorite part of the holiday.

(8 Shots Photography) Documentary/Photojournalism Chinese New Year International Center of Photography Jason Lam Lion Dancing The Year of the Sheep Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30585 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:00:27 GMT
Canon U.S.A. and ECi Collaborate to Launch Dealer Gateway for Canon https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-U-S-A-and-ECi-Collaborate-to-Launch-Dealer-Gateway-for-Canon (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-U-S-A-and-ECi-Collaborate-to-Launch-Dealer-Gateway-for-Canon Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT They Might Be Giants https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30562 © Jeff Stephens/The Photo Division © Jeff Stephens/The Photo Division © Jeff Stephens/The Photo Division © Jeff Stephens/The Photo Division © Jeff Stephens/The Photo Division © Jeff Stephens/The Photo Division © Jeff Stephens/The Photo Division

Though Jeff Stephens enjoys shooting fashion and beauty campaigns, his background is still life photography, which requires a mastery of light, color and reflection. For a 2014 campaign, Stephens used a special set of skills to create carefully composited images of accessories like eyewear, bags, and designer shoes, within different landscapes, for the Neiman Marcus Resort Book.

Nieman Marcus hired Stephens to shoot nine products on white seamless, as well as nine composited shots. Nieman Marcus art director Devin Hall came up with the concept. “[Hall] and I discussed ahead of time on how to execute the idea,” Stephens told PDN via email. “She had a range of stock scenery [and] we picked our favorites in reference to the specific merchandise.” Stephens was left with the task of figuring out the appropriate camera angles and lighting to best match the selected landscapes. “I felt my role on this project was to direct the model and still life, and to deliver imagery that exceeded the art director’s expectations.”

The team, which included Hall, retoucher Joshua Martin and stylists Jocelyn Meinster and Kristen Butler, spent a few days brainstorming the concepts, and Stephens spent three days shooting product. Thanks to careful planning, the composited scenic shots only required four-to-six hours of retouching per image. About four months later, after post-production was complete, the final printed piece was distributed to select Neiman Marcus “Incircle” members (the retailer’s rewards program).

Stephens’ images for the Neiman Marcus Resort Book were recognized in the Advertising category of the 2014 PDN Photo Annual. The 2015 PDN Photo Annual is currently open for entries, with an extended deadline of February 24, 2015. To see more of Stephens’ portfolio, please visit his website or portfolio via his agency, The Photo Division.

Related: Miska Draskoczy‘s “Gowanus Wild”; Mads Nissen’s Ode to the Amazon; Adam DeTour’s Unlikely Cover Models; Antony Sojka‘s photo essay “Tide.”

(8 Shots Photography) Fashion Jeff Stephens Neiman Marcus Neiman Marcus Resort Book PDN Photo Annual The Photo Division https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30562 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:00:45 GMT
Canon U.S.A. Improves Upon Performance, Operability And Usability With New HJ24ex7.5B Broadcast https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-U-S-A-Improves-Upon-Performance-Operability-And-Usability-With-New-HJ24ex7-5B (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-U-S-A-Improves-Upon-Performance-Operability-And-Usability-With-New-HJ24ex7-5B Wed, 18 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT Lee Friedlander Dresses Up for Fashion Week https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30480 © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco © Lee Friedlander, Courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Twice a year, the who’s who of  the fashion industry gather in New York City for a series of runway shows and after parties. If you live in New York, it’s impossible to escape it. The press covers everything, from a run down of “must see” shows to the best street styles. It’s a busy time for photographers who cover the events, running from show to show, capturing the parties and everything in-between.

In 2006, Lee Friedlander was hired by New York Times Magazine Director of Photography Kathy Ryan to photograph backstage at the Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta and Proenza Schouler shows. Many unpublished images from the assignment are now available in a new book, Dressing Up: Fashion Week NYC (Yale University Press, 2015). The 80-page book includes 59 full-page duotone photographs, as well as a conversation between Friedlander and Ryan about the work.


(8 Shots Photography) Fashion Dressing Up: Fashion Week NYC Kathy Ryan Lee Friedlander New York Fashion Week New York Times Magazine https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30480 Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:00:56 GMT
Canon announces the Oc&eacute; ColorWave 700 printing system - a productive workhorse https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-announces-the-Oc-eacute-ColorWave-700-printing-system---a-productive-workhorse ® 700]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Canon-announces-the-Oc-eacute-ColorWave-700-printing-system---a-productive-workhorse Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT Actor Josh Hutcherson Joins Canon U.S.A. And Ron Howard For Project Imagination: The Trailer https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Actor-Josh-Hutcherson-Joins-Canon-U-S-A-And-Ron-Howard-For-Project-Imagination-The- (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/Actor-Josh-Hutcherson-Joins-Canon-U-S-A-And-Ron-Howard-For-Project-Imagination-The- Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 GMT Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzIxOTQ3MzQz We review Canon's latest pancake lens - EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM - on pancake day! Featuring a goat-sheep-shaped pancake for Chinese New Year!!]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzIxOTQ3MzQz Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:00:00 GMT Food Redux https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30477 © Evelina Reinhart © Evelina Reinhart © Evelina Reinhart © Evelina Reinhart © Evelina Reinhart © Evelina Reinhart © Evelina Reinhart © Evelina Reinhart

Evelina Reinhart has chronic acid reflux (also known as GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disease), a painful, brutal illness that basically makes everyday eating an unpleasant experience. This led her to create her own cookbook, The Joy of Eating, which showcases her culinary and photographic skills.

“The project is intended to show that even if you suffer from this disorder, you don’t have to eat bland meals,” Reinhart told PDN via email. “By making these recipes look appetizing, I want to encourage other people with acid reflux to eat a variety of healthy meals.” Reinhart worked on The Joy of Eating for four months while attending the Masters in Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts.

Reinhart kept her process simple with minimal styling, to emphasize “both the purity of the food and its safeness for those of us who suffer from chronic acid reflux.” After the meals were prepared with the help of a professional chef, she placed the finished plate in front of a window, shooting each setup against a white background with natural light. Working quickly was essential in capturing the food at its freshest. “Often dishes had to be prepared again because they no longer looked appealing,” she says.

The Joy of Eating, a 62-page full-color cookbook is available on MagCloud. To see more of Reinhart’s work, including her newest project, “Rustic Allure,” please visit her website or Instagram.




(8 Shots Photography) Food Acid reflux Evelina Reinhart GERD Healthy meals Rustic Allure The Joy of Eating https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30477 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:00:14 GMT
Mads Nissen’s Ode to the Amazon https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30461 © Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures © Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures © Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures © Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures © Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures © Mads Nissen/Panos Pictures

In 1999, when Mads Nissen was 19, he was living and working in Puerto Ayacucho (a “sleepy” Venezuelan town on the edge of the rainforest, he says). Nissen recalls this moment as the catalyst for his infatuation with the Amazon Rainforest:

“I had been walking through the rainforest for several days when I reached a glade and a dense, green wall closed around me. I stood, bare-chested in the center of silence, at the center of the organism. In a state of disintegration, I sat down on a tree stump, remained there and let go. I was no longer anything, and if I died right there in the glade it would be fine—even beautiful.”

It wasn’t until 2006 that he began his long-term series on the region, spending several years studying photojournalism and traveling for other projects before returning.

AMAZONAS, Nissen’s ode to the rainforest, was published in 2013 (Gyldendal Publishing). The photo book captures the wild cornucopia of life in rich black-and-white tones and examines the Amazon as a representation of both “our origin and our future.” Nissen’s core concept was simple: to explore who we are. To execute his vision, he abided by his own strict rules about simplifying his compositions. “If I needed a lot of foreground and layers in my compositions, it’s because the expression of the image wasn’t strong enough,” he says. His image selection stretches from his first trip with a camera in 2006 to the final trip after completing his book dummy.

Nissen has not returned to the Amazon since completing his book, but he knows that he will return, explaining that spending so much time in the rainforest has shaped who he is today. “In no other place can such an abundance of life be found,” he says. “Just as overwhelming is the human culture that encounters, confronts and attempts to control this primeval wilderness. Civilization pushes the boundaries of this virgin territory, tests it, conquers it, only to finally succumb to it, time and time again.” And, despite the growing exploitation of nature, Nissen echoes this sentiment in his book: “I try not to worry that humans are destroying nature; I know that it will win out in the end. I have seen plants shoot up through oil slicks and I know that cockroaches can survive more plutonium than humans. That eases my mind.” —Jacqui Palumbo

Nissens’ “AMAZONAS” images were recognized in the Photojournalism/Sports/Documentary category of the 2014 PDN Photo Annual. The 2015 Photo Annual is currently open for entries, with an extended deadline of February 24, 2015.
RELATED: Mads Nissen Wins World Press Photo of the Year 2014 Prize
(8 Shots Photography) Documentary/Photojournalism Amazon Rainforest AMAZONAS Jacqui Palumbo Mads Nissen PDN Photo Annual Puerto Ayachucho World Press Photo https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30461 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:00:30 GMT
Love vs Photography https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzIwNDM4NDE1 Have you ever wondered how your favourite hobby, photography, stacks up against the good ol' fashioned romance? Probably not. Nonetheless, here's a comparison video to help nobody to figure out whether they should be getting some love action in or taking some photos instead, this valentine's day. Special Thanks: Bigstock Video http://www.bigstockphoto.com/video]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzIwNDM4NDE1 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:00:00 GMT What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30492 © Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin © Conveyor Editions/Photos by Charlie Rubin © Charlie Rubin

 Charlie Rubin‘s series, “Strange Paradise,” oscillates between real and surreal. It is “a kaleidoscopic body of work that explores the convergence of the actual and the artificial,” Rubin writes. These photographs were taken between 2011 and 2014 in Texas, Vermont and New York City, and were mostly shot on film, except for scans of a few found objects. The series is “an escape, a feeling of fantasy, influenced by this mix of virtual and real world I feel like I’m in the middle of sometimes,” Rubin told PDN via email. “I’m interested in the subjects of popular culture, repeating signs of this popular culture, and transforming ordinary objects into artifacts. Sometimes it feel like everything is just floating along, content.”

Strange Paradise was published with a print run of 750 by Conveyor Editions in 2014. Rubin’s relationship with Conveyor was established years ago, as co-founder Christina Labey was a classmate of Rubin’s at Parsons where he received an MFA. The editing process, Rubin says, took two years from start to finish. “I’m glad we took our time,” Rubin says. “It really paid off.”

For more on Rubin’s work, including his commissions, video and photographic textile work, please visit his website or his Instagram.

(8 Shots Photography) Fine Art Charlie Rubin Christina Labey Conveyor Editions Parsons Strange Paradise https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30492 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:00:10 GMT
In the Garden of…Gin https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30446 © Dean West Courtesy Dean West © Dean West © Dean West © Dean West © Dean West © Dean West © Dean West © Dean West

In 2013, Ryan Partnership hired conceptual photographer Dean West to come up with an imaginative image for the United States Bartender’s Guild’s annual “Most Imaginative Bartender” competition, presented by Bombay Sapphire and GQ magazine. This annual event invites bartenders from all across America to make their best and inspired cocktails using Bombay Sapphire gin. West photographed forty-five finalists in the 2013 campaign in a set created to look like an old-fashioned bar. He was hired in 2014 to shoot his second campaign for the brand. Thirty-eight subjects and a whole lot of props ended up in the 8-page advertorial. PDN asked West, who worked with more than 16 people on the shoot, to explain the process.

PDN: Tell me about the concept of the shoot…was it a collaboration?

West: After the success of the 2013 Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender campaign, the Ryan Partnership invited me to become a part of the creative process very early on. The idea was to showcase a botanical marketplace in a flourishing desert oasis [Slide 2]. A place where any true cocktail artist could explore the limitless possibilities of their art—The Sapphire Garden. I worked with the agency early on, however from there, the agency fine-tuned the idea to line up with the brand, consulting with me for photographic solutions for their grand ideas. Once the creative was confirmed, I then worked with my illustrator to refine the original sketch to an image that we would work off for the rest of the production.

PDN: When did pre-production begin, when was it shot, how long did the post-production take?

West: Brainstorming sessions began in March 2014. Producing the estimate for this job took about a month, from trying to locate unique botanicals from around the world to costing out shooting the best sand dunes we could find in Morocco [Slide 9]. Pre-pro began in August after a budget was finalized and I flew straight to Morocco to start building a stock library of sand dunes and desert architecture. All the bartenders were shot in Las Vegas during the event in early September. From there we had exactly four weeks to shoot the rest of the elements and complete the post-production [Slides 3-8].

PDN: This image is a composite. What were the various pieces?

West: The base architecture (sand dunes and ground) were shot in Morocco. This needed to be completed before the shoot in Las Vegas so we could ensure the correct materials were used for matching colorcasts and reflections. The set (produce stand and sapphire bar) were built and shot in Las Vegas along with the bartenders and the remainder of the botanicals.

PDN: What were the biggest technical challenges you had to overcome in putting this together?

West: There were, of course, many challenges to overcome with this project. The biggest, however, was matching the perspective and lighting across the elements. With 38 people and over 50 different elements to be shot and composited, this is where an image can succeed or fail.

Another huge challenge was the cocktails and glassware. As these props are transparent, shooting the drinks against a clean background would not work. For this, we waited until the image was approx 95% complete. The backgrounds were then printed out as large format prints and placed behind the regular-sized cocktails. This ensures the image being seen through the drinks matches up with the background.

To see more of West’s work, please visit his website or follow him on Instagram.

(8 Shots Photography) Conceptual/Still Life Bombay Sapphire Dean West GQ Most Imaginative Bartender Ryan Partnership https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30446 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:00:15 GMT
DJI Inspire 1 Hands-on with Trey Ratcliff https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzE5Njk4OTU0 We take flight with DJI's bigger brother to the Phantom - the Inspire 1 - to create some shoot panoramas with travel photographer, Trey Ratcliff. The on-board camera shoots 4k video but it also has a 14-megapixel sensor, which creates some top-quality RAW photos.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzE5Njk4OTU0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:00:00 GMT Light On Noir https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30339 © Ed Ruscha/Courtesy of the artist/Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Jane O&#039;Neal/Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Helen K. Garber/Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Rouse &amp; Jones/Courtesy of the artists/Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Bill Armstrong/Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Classic film noir movies gave us more than memorable hardboiled detectives and sexy femme fatales. The visual style of film noir—gritty shadows, low-key lighting, tilted horizon lines—has influenced many visual arts, from television and video games to advertising. To celebrate this influence, The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles has teamed up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present “The Noir Effect,” an exhibition examining the influence of film noir on contemporary photography and other media.

The show includes work by Cindy Sherman, who mimics stills from film noir in some of her selfportraits, and Bill Armstrong, whose “Film Noir” series is characterized by deeply saturated colors and abstract shapes, yet manages to capture the ominous mood of film noir. Ronald Corbin captures black-and-white scenes of rain-soaked sidewalks and neon lights that look like they came right out of the movies of the 1940s, but were shot in the 1990s. Other artists in the show include Ed Ruscha, Jane O’Neal and Helen Gardner. —Holly Stuart Hughes

The Noir Effect” runs through March 1, 2015 at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

(8 Shots Photography) Fine Art Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Armstrong Ed Ruscha Helen K. Garber Jane O'Neal Rouse & Jones Skirball Cultural Center The Noir Effect https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30339 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:12:28 GMT
Film on the Gowanus Canal https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30410 © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston © Miska Draskoczy/Courtesy Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston

In the 1800s, the Gowanus Canal, a 1.8 mile long waterway in Brooklyn, was once a busy transportation hub. The canal did not stand the test of time, as waste run-off from nearby buildings and industrial facilities, spilled into it’s once clean water. Today, most residents of Gowanus and it’s surrounding neighborhoods consider it a smelly eyesore. But for one resident, photographer Miska Draskoczy, the canal is his muse.

PDN: What piqued your interest in shooting the canal?

Draskoczy: When I first moved to the neighborhood I became fascinated by how eerie and empty the streets were at night when walking home. At the time I was also hitting a real peak of outdoors activity…so I think the two began to overlap. Once I noticed a thematic thread in what I was shooting, I thought it was an interesting paradox.

PDN: What kind of techniques/equipment were used to get the super-saturated, poppy, bright colors?

Draskoczy: I shot this series on medium-format film, which reacts in strange ways with long exposure and street light. The light just soaks into the negative in a way that doesn’t happen with digital and creates a unique color palette. Then there’s the idea that there’s no real ‘normal’ white balance with weird lighting like sodium vapor street lights, so in some cases I’m arbitrarily defining what normal is as I work the scans to a baseline correction.

PDN: How many images are in the series? Is it ongoing?

Draskoczy: There are about 25 core images in the series. There is a larger edit of around 60 images for a proposed Gowanus Wild book project. Also, Gowanus has changed tremendously in the last year and frankly it doesn’t feel as ‘wild’ as it did before. Lots of people are on the streets late at night, bars and restaurants are open in once-dead areas, squeaky clean developments are springing up. I’d like to do a sequel series, “Gowanus Tamed,” an investigation of nature in the neighborhood once everything is all cleaned up and domesticated.

PDN: Is the combination of opposing themes—organic versus industrial, stillness within urban chaos—a repeated pattern in your work?

Draskoczy: I’ve always been fascinated by city texture. New York City, in particular, is so complex in its layering of construction and consumption over decay and disposal. Nature has always been a big part of my life, too. I grew up in rural areas and spend a lot of time outside the city. So while I’ve done work before that digs into both those themes, this is perhaps the first time the two have come together.

PDN: To make these images you had to navigate around the grossness of the canal. Anything crazy happen?

Draskoczy: I never fell or dropped anything into the canal (thank god). But I noticed cabbies would park on a particular bridge, disappear down a ladder to the water and reappear many minutes later…I had visions of secret drug deals, undercover CIA hand-offs or mutant shape-shifting drivers. The explanation turned out to be far more pedestrian when I saw one of them pulling up their pants after re-emerging. I guess they figure the canal is filled with sewage, so what’s a little bit more.

PDN: What are you working on now?

Draskoczy: I have a dummy for the “Gowanus Wild” book I’m pretty happy with so I’m hoping the project will come together later this year. In the meantime I’ve been shooting a fun project for a while now on the side called “Adverse Reaction,” a series documenting subway graffiti in NYC. These images are much more lo-fi. I want to do a simple book for that soon.

I began taking a plastic camera on climbing trips a couple years ago so I could shoot medium-format film without carrying tons of weight. That’s slowly developing into a long-term series, “Raw are the Bones of My Earth,” which is not just about climbing but adventure and the elemental. Otherwise I’m in the research and experimentation phase for a few long-term projects, trying to figure out which one will stick.

Draskoczy’s “Gowanus Wild” images will be exhibited in April at Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY. His images were also were recognized in the Personal category of the 2014 PDN Photo Annual. The 2015 Photo Annual is currently open for entries, with an extended deadline of February 24, 2015.
(8 Shots Photography) Landscape Davis Orton Gallery Gowanus Wild Miska Draskoczy PDN Photo Annual 2014 PDN Photo Annual 2015 Tepper Takayama Fine Arts https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30410 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 09:00:51 GMT
Stylish Skiers on the Aspen Slopes https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30392 © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Morgan Rachel Levy © Travel + Leisure/Morgan Rachel Levy

For a recent shoot for Travel + Leisure, Denver-based editorial photographer Morgan Rachel Levy hit the slopes of Aspen, Colorado to photograph the locals. This was Levy’s first assignment for the magazine, and the editors asked for a variety of portraits of people with smiling faces for the “On Our Radar” section of the magazine. “I guess based on the work in my portfolio, they were a bit nervous,” Levy told PDN via email. “But fortunately they were able to see past some of my dour-faced portraits and hired me for the shoot anyway.”

Levy spent two days in Aspen shooting skiers, restaurant and hotel staff, customers and scenery. She worked with an assistant and a local PR rep, who helped with location-scouting and people-wrangling. “For the most part, I stalked interesting people on the street and on the mountain that caught my eye, ranging from octogenarians to stylish five-year olds.”

Despite a budget that didn’t necessarily allow for it, Levy shot mostly film, a format she enjoys more than digital. “I was so thrilled to be shooting for Travel +Leisure and wanted to make the best images possible. For me, those pictures still live on a piece of film and not a digital sensor…. I think it’s sometimes worth taking a minor financial hit to create work you feel proud of.”

To see more of Levy’s work, please visit her website or check out her Instagram.






(8 Shots Photography) Travel Aspen Colorado Morgan Rachel Levy On Our Radar Travel + Leisure https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/30392 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 09:00:28 GMT
5 Reasons You Do & Don't Need a Tripod https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzE3NDY3MDgz Fancy a three-legged addition to your photographic setup? Well, you might want to consider these reasons for and against owning a tripod.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/2/MzE3NDY3MDgz Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:00:00 GMT Sh*t Mirrorless Fanboys Say https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzE0ODg1Mjc4 A collection of some of the things a mirrorless fanboy says.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzE0ODg1Mjc4 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Canon 7D Mark II vs 5D Mark III Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzEzNzUzNDQ4 If you're looking to buy a more advanced DSLR from Canon, you'd probably consider the EOS 7D Mark II or 5D Mark III. Although they're different cameras, they both a good set of features for the budding amateur enthusiast photographer or professionals. But which one should you get? Kai takes both out for a spot of bird photography to test the two cameras out.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzEzNzUzNDQ4 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT What Camera Kit You Get For $1000 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzEyNjQ0OTg2 If you had $1000 burning a hole in your pocket, what camera kit could get? Kai and Lok pick their choice of camera, lens and other accessories for $1k - what would you go for?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzEyNjQ0OTg2 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT State of the Evolution - January 2015 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/state-of-the-evolution-january Happy New Year Everyone!

Security Release

You have probably seen the invitation to upgrade on your dashboard last week. If you haven’t, please be advised we issued a security release (version 5.2.1) and for optimal security, we encourage everyone to upgrade.

If you’re using b2evolution 5.1+, you can upgrade very quickly with the auto-upgrade feature. Otherwise you can download the release here.

Translations & language packs

Now that version 5.x is very stable and not evolving much any more, we are updating all the language packs.

If you’d like to help translating b2evolution to your own language, now is a good time to head over to our Transifex Project Page where you can sign up for free and translate one, a hundred, or a thousand strings. You can also use Transifex to efficiently report any inconsistency or any problem you noticed while using the app in your own language: search for the problematic string and leave a comment on it (mark it as an issue). Of course, if you know a better translation, type it in!

b2evolution v. 6

We regularly update the development version of b2evolution version 6 on GitHub. If you’re interested in the latest cutting edge version of b2evolution and don’t mind a few bugs, you can get it from there.

You can also check out the growing list of features here.

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

(8 Shots Photography) Development https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/state-of-the-evolution-january Mon, 19 Jan 2015 03:01:00 GMT
Lytro Illum Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzExMTU4NTY0 We've got our hands on the new Lytro Illum? Perhaps you haven't heard of Light Field Photography, but that's what the Lytro Illum is all about. Watch the video to find out whether Light Field Photography is what you need and if this camera is the tool you need to get you some...erm...Light Field photos.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzExMTU4NTY0 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Sony A7 II Hands-On Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzA4OTc2NTc5 In the first video of Season 6, Kai and Lok decide to make a brand new intro sequence to celebrate reaching 1-million subscribers, while reviewing the new Sony A7 II. Get prepared for an overly ambitious creation that involves loads of action, explosions and some Kinki action!]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2015/1/MzA4OTc2NTc5 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT Lara Jade, Cheap Camera Challenge https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/MzAzNTcxNTc0 Featuring Lara Jade - world-renown fashion photographer - takes on the cheap camera challenge...we have a professional mode, couture clothing and a makeup artist...but we've taken the camera cheapness to a whole new level! The An Pan Man camera (Bread Superman camera) has a stunning 0.3-megapixels and awful features. Add that to the fact that Lara is only in Hong Kong for a layover - she has 6-hours to get 6 different images from 3 different looks - and we have an epic-fashion-photoshoot-on-the-cheap challenge!]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/MzAzNTcxNTc0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:00:00 GMT State of the Evolution - December 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/state-of-the-evolution-december Hello Everyone!

This month we’ve got some heavy releases! One stable and one alpha!

Version 5.2 (stable)

Beginning of December we released b2evolution 5.2.0-stable. Many bug fixes. Rock solid. It’s a recommended upgrade for everyone. Get it here.

Version 6.0 (alpha)

This is codenamed “i7″ and it’s actually not really released yet BUT you can get it on GitHub since today! ;)

This one is really a massive leap forward with tons of new features. We haven’t even documented all the features yet but you’ll find some of them listed here.

This branch actually makes 5.2 seem obsolete already, but as we haven’t fully tested everything yet, we call it “alpha” still. Nevertheless, we wanted to make this available to our true fans without further delay.

If you have some time to play during the Holidays, we believe this should keep you busy for a little while ;)

Please feel free to report bugs for this version already. We’ll make fixes available on GitHub as we progress.

What happened to October & November?

I (francois) haven’t posted any news in the last couple of months. Sorry about that. I was all absorbed in the birth of my first son ;) Despite the silence, we have a great dev team who has worked relentlessly in between. I think that if you look at i7 you will notice! :)

Happy Holidays to all of you!

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

(8 Shots Photography) New releases Development https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/state-of-the-evolution-december Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:42:00 GMT
Camera Swap Ep. 2 - Lubitel 166 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk4NTMyMjQ4 Are you bored of one of your cameras? Well, this is your chance to swap cameras with us! First, we started with the Buzz Lightyear camera touched by The Strobist, which we swapped for the teeny-tiny Pentax Auto 110 and now we have swapped it for a Lomo Lubitel 166.. Want to swap cameras with us? Send us your pics on our community pages!]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk4NTMyMjQ4 Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:00:00 GMT How to Shoot Air Being Shot at High Speed - Speed Shooter ep.4 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk3NDI0NzE2 Speed Shooters have been a smashing hit! In this episode we are plucking things out of thin air to shoot and be shot.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk3NDI0NzE2 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:00:00 GMT Canon 7D Mark II vs 5D Mark III vs 6D https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk1OTgxMzcx In this video, Lok C compares the new Canon 7D Mark II with some full frame EOS alternatives. Which camera is right for you? Watch the video to find out!]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk1OTgxMzcx Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:00:00 GMT Caught on camera: Great Horned Owl spotted “swimming” in Lake Michigan https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/caught-on-camera-great-horned-owl-spotted-swimming-in-lake-michigan http://fox6now.com/2014/12/02/caught-on-camera-great-horned-owl-spotted-swimming-in-lake-michigan/

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/caught-on-camera-great-horned-owl-spotted-swimming-in-lake-michigan Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:48:45 GMT
Canon 7D Mark II Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk0NDg1MDk1 Canon has replaced the venerable EOS 7D after five years with the 7D Mark II - despite the specs looking unremarkably different, one can only figure out whether the Mark II is really worth the upgrade by testing it out with some action photography. Is the 10-fps burst and 65-point AF system good for parkour action?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/12/Mjk0NDg1MDk1 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 08:00:00 GMT Panasonic LX100 Hands-on Review feat. Lok in London https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/11/MjkxNTgwNjQz In this episode, we are reviewing the high-end compact camera - Panasonic LX100. Lok loves this so much so he made an excuse to take it to his London trip.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/11/MjkxNTgwNjQz Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT Nikon D750 Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/11/Mjg0MzA1MDMx Nikon has added another full-frame FX option to their DSLR range with the D750, slotting in between the D610 and D810. But what does the D750 bring to the FX party?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/11/Mjg0MzA1MDMx Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT How to Photograph a Fast Food Ad with an iPhone https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/11/MjgzMTc5MDQw In this video, the challenge has been set to re-create a fast food chain's burger ad pics using the actual food you get from the fast food chains themselves, but the only thing is - everything has to be shot with an iPhone.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/11/MjgzMTc5MDQw Sun, 02 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT Canon 7D Mark II Hands-on Preview https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/MjgxNzMzMjIy We got invited to the launch of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, where we finally got to grips with the successor to the venerable 7D. Watch the vid to find out what the best features of this new prosumer DSLR are.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/MjgxNzMzMjIy Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT Expectation vs Reality: Buying Your First DSLR https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/MjgwNDA1Njkz One has certain expectations when they buy their first DSLR, but what is it actually like in reality?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/MjgwNDA1Njkz Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera Challenge - Alex Ogle https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc4OTU2MDA5 In this episode of Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera Challenge, we are joined by Agence France-Presse photojournalist, Alex Ogle. His camera of choice for his work is a Nikon D810 with a Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G - but what happens when he has to take some photos using a cheap camera?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc4OTU2MDA5 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT GoPro Hero4 Black Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc3ODMyNzQ2 We've got our hands on GoPro's latest ready-for-action camera - the GoPro Hero 4 - to see if the 4k video and 120fps slow motion make this a worthy upgrade. We compare it to the GoPro 3 and 3+ to see how things like the wireless connectivity and video quality has improved.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc3ODMyNzQ2 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT 5 Top Film Cameras for Under $1000 feat. JapanCameraHunter https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc2NDAxNjA0 We met up with Bellamy Hunt aka JapanCameraHunter to get his top 5 picks for classic film cameras for under $1000US plus give you some advice on where to shop for film cameras in Hong Kong.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc2NDAxNjA0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT Sony RX100 III vs Fujifilm X30 Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc1Njk2Mzky We take a look at two of the hippest, feature-packed compact cameras - the Sony RX100 III and the Fujifilm X30 to see which one is the best choice for a point and shoot.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc1Njk2Mzky Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT Congrats Nevada https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/congrats-nevada


Congrats Nevada for FINALLY becoming a #SmartState! #BetterLateThanNever

8 Shots Photography is your #1 #GLBT Photography place to Be.  Make sure to go like us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/8Shots and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/8_shots for a chance to win a #FREE #Photoshoot.  We will make memories last for you as long as you had to wait to make them! 

Make sure you share all of your stories here with us! 

(8 Shots Photography) GLBT Gay Marriage Las Vegas Legal Nevada https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/congrats-nevada Thu, 09 Oct 2014 22:33:26 GMT
Apple iPhone 6 Camera Review Shot With an iPhone 6 Plus https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc0MjQ3MDcy Apple has released the larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but does bigger mean better when it comes to the camera features when compared to the 5 and 5s?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/Mjc0MjQ3MDcy Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT Camera Swap Ep.1 - Pentax Auto 110 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/MjczNTM0NzQw Are you bored of one of your cameras? Well, this is your chance to swap cameras with us! First, we started with the Buzz Lightyear camera touched by The Strobist, which we swapped for the teeny-tiny Pentax in this video. Want to swap cameras with us? Send us your pics on our community pages!]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/10/MjczNTM0NzQw Tue, 07 Oct 2014 09:00:00 GMT Fujifilm X100T Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjcwOTg5MjM3 The X100T is the third iteration of the ever-popular X100 series of cameras from Fuji - an APS-C sensor compact camera with retro-chic looks - and the successor to the X100S. But what’s new and is this a worthy upgrade? The team went to the Occupy Central protests to test out the camera. Pricing Reference]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjcwOTg5MjM3 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:00:00 GMT 8 Things Street Photographers Encounter https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjY3ODEyODAz In this video, Kai shows you 8 things that a street photographer when out on the streets for a shoot plus how to deal with them, with encounters that include a fear of doing street photography, being torn a new orifice and not getting the shot quick enough.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjY3ODEyODAz Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:00:00 GMT Canon 100mm f/2.8L vs 135mm f/2L https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjY1MzY5ODkx We got Tweeted a Tweet on Twitter recently, asking if we could compare the Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro and the 135mm f/2L - a.k.a. Lord of the Red Rings - but despite the fact that they might seem like apples and oranges, which lens has the better overall qualities?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjY1MzY5ODkx Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:00:00 GMT Pimp My Leica M9 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjYzOTQ2MzE0 The Bloody Producer once again puts his Leica M9 on the line by setting Kai a DIY challenge to increase the value of his camera. Will he paint it? Or will he tear the M9 a new battery compartment? Watch the video to find out what happens to the Leica.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjYzOTQ2MzE0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:00:00 GMT State of the Evolution - September 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/state-of-the-evolution-september Hello everyone!

We hope you had a great summer!

Next release

We took a little time off but we’re back at fixing bugs in order to release version 5.1.2 and hopefully stick a “stable” label on it… We’re a bit picky about that ;)

Update: 5.1.2 has been released!


In the meantime, please remember you can always get an up-to-date version, including the latest fixes, on Github here: https://github.com/b2evolution/b2evolution . This would be a good habit to take as we’re going to update GitHub even more frequently in the future. We’re also working on importing the previous project history onto GitHub (thanks to blueyed).


Are you following us on twitter already? https://twitter.com/b2evolution

Before the summer we posted quite a few interesting links about web design, front-end development and more generally: techniques to improve your website that complement the use of b2evolution. Did you find those helpful? Would you like some more?


While version 5.1.2 will remain unchanged, upcoming versions (internally “i7″ which will probably translate to “6.0″) will rely entirely on UTF-8. This is made possible because most web hosts now correctly support UTF-8 in PHP and MySQL which certainly wasn’t the case when we started b2evolution.

But we’re doing it not just because it’s possible. We’re doing it mostly because many users seem to have encoding problems as soon as they run blogs in multiple languages. By standardizing them all on a common character set — and UTF-8 is the de-facto standard for that — all those charset headaches might as well magically go away.

We also have a fallback for old web hosts that don’t have native UTF-8 support, at the expense of a small performance impact.

Globally we feel that moving towards UTF-8 will help us better fulfill our mission of providing a blog/CMS platform that just works from the moment you install it and with any content you add to it.

Stay tuned for more!

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

(8 Shots Photography) Development https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/state-of-the-evolution-september Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:33:00 GMT
35mm vs 50mm - Best First Prime Lens? https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjYyODk3MTQ3 We've given you 5 reasons why you should own a 50mm lens and 5 reasons why you should own a 35mm - they're both good choices for your first prime lens. Choosing your first prime lens is like choosing your first love, we all know how that feels when you make the wrong choice. So which lens should you buy? Pricing Reference: Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjYyODk3MTQ3 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 09:00:00 GMT Nikon D810 vs D800E - Which One Should You Buy? https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjYxNDkwMzg2 The new 36-megapixel full-frame Nikon D810 benefits from not having an AA filter. Although that's what everyone thought the D800E's was supposed to be. In this head-to-head comparison review we put both cameras through their paces to find out whether the D810 is really worth the upgrade or would you be fine with a D800E? Pricing Reference: Nikon D800E Nikon D810]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/9/MjYxNDkwMzg2 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:00:00 GMT Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera Challenge - Harold de Puymorin https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjYwMjQ2Njkz You know the score: we take one cheap camera and challenge one professional photographer to do a photoshoot with it. In this episode, commercial and fine art photographer Harold de Puymorin takes on the challenge with one of the worst cheap cameras yet!]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjYwMjQ2Njkz Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT How to Shoot Earth Shattering High Speed - Speed Shooter Ep. 3 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU5MTY1MTU4 Speed Shooters have been a smashing hit! Now we are literally smashing things in the latest episode of the series. Pricing Reference: TriggerTrap: http://amzn.to/XXX7U0 (US) or http://amzn.to/1pPCoML (UK)]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU5MTY1MTU4 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT Top 10 Photography Noob Fails https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU4NDYwNjU1 It happens to the best of us. Photography fails are forgivable as long as you do it like a pro and avoid these seemingly obvious noob mistakes.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU4NDYwNjU1 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT DigitalRev TV ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Kai Wong & Lok C https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU2NzI1MTgx Kai accepts Cecilia Chow's ALS Ice Bucket challenge and nominates Chase Jarvis, David Hobby, and Lok; who accepted within minutes and nominates Dan Chung, Philip Bloom, and Vincent Laforet. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. Donate by visiting www.ALSA.org and contribute in finding a cure for this disease.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU2NzI1MTgx Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT Kai Wong - What's in My Bag? https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU2MzYwNzI1 You asked us for it and even had a crack at guessing; this is what's inside Kai's camera bag. For a complete list of what's in Kai's bag, check out http://sakoos.com/bag/11111]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU2MzYwNzI1 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT Lok C: Photographing Hong Kong in 4 hours https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU1NjM5MDIy While Kai was on holiday last week, Lok decided to show us how to shoot Hong Kong if you have got only a few hours.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU1NjM5MDIy Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT How to do Hyperlapse Photography https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU0NTc5NDE1 It's time lapse photography, on steroids! We show you how to create hyperlapse video with your basic gear.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjU0NTc5NDE1 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT Lok C - What's in My Bag? https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjUzMTgzMjcy While Kai went awol, Lok decided to give everyone a quick tour of his own camera bag. For a complete list of what's in Lok's bag, see http://sakoos.com/bag/10249]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/8/MjUzMTgzMjcy Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:00:00 GMT Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQ3MTQwNjA2 A standard prime lens to a lens manufacture is like the 911 to Porsche. It's the benchmark and getting it right is crucially important. That's why Sigma has been so ambitious when it comes to designing their new 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens . The question is, have they set a new standard for standard prime?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQ3MTQwNjA2 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT 10 Things that Annoy Photo Enthusiasts https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQ2NDAyMDc2 Most of us are photo enthusiasts, but we all have friends who are not. Here are 10 things that they say or do that annoy the hell out of photo enthusiasts.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQ2NDAyMDc2 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT Battle of the Fast 50mm's: Sigma f1.4 Art vs. Canon f1.2 L vs. Nikon 58mm f1.4G https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQ1MzI4NDIz The battle of the fast 50mm's is back! This time we have brought into the competition the latest standard prime lens from Sigma. The 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens is large in size and ambitious by design. Can it beat its pricier rivals from Canon and Nikon?]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQ1MzI4NDIz Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT How To Learn Photography Without Getting Off Your A%*e https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQzOTMyMjEz Can you practice photography without getting off the sofa? We explore the options...]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQzOTMyMjEz Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT 1 Million Subscribers! DigitalRev TV https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQyNTIyOTQz We threw a party and they all came for us! Yes it's all true. Trust us. It must be true if it's on YouTube.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQyNTIyOTQz Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT Metro investigates southeast valley child death https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/metro-investigates-southeast-valley-child-death (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/metro-investigates-southeast-valley-child-death Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:54:31 GMT Truck hits girl in North Las Vegas https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/truck-hits-girl-north-las-vegas (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/truck-hits-girl-north-las-vegas Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:30:54 GMT Ban on blood donations from gay men protested https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/ban-blood-donations-gay-men-protested (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/ban-blood-donations-gay-men-protested Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:13:49 GMT Metro honors ‘Best of the Badge’ https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/metro-honors-best-badge (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/metro-honors-best-badge Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:48:48 GMT Mom charged in son’s shooting not ‘monster’ https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/mom-charged-son-s-shooting-not-monster (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/mom-charged-son-s-shooting-not-monster Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:39:31 GMT Red Flag brings noise to Las Vegas https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/red-flag-brings-noise-las-vegas (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/red-flag-brings-noise-las-vegas Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:54:46 GMT Clark County considers firefighter pay hike https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/clark-county-considers-firefighter-pay-hike (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/clark-county-considers-firefighter-pay-hike Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:49:40 GMT Failed stunt leads to lawsuit https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/failed-stunt-leads-lawsuit (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/failed-stunt-leads-lawsuit Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:33:39 GMT Florida man sentenced for evading taxes https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/florida-man-sentenced-evading-taxes (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/florida-man-sentenced-evading-taxes Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:35:17 GMT Man indicted in April slaying https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/man-indicted-april-slaying (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/man-indicted-april-slaying Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:30:26 GMT Former Nevada prisoner loses civil case https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/former-nevada-prisoner-loses-civil-case (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/former-nevada-prisoner-loses-civil-case Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:23:49 GMT Man killed in North Las Vegas https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/man-killed-north-las-vegas (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/man-killed-north-las-vegas Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:49:14 GMT Coroner identifies man who commited suicide at Silverton https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/coroner-identifies-man-who-commited-suicide-silverton (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/coroner-identifies-man-who-commited-suicide-silverton Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:40:55 GMT Flavor Flav faces possible New York indictment https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/flavor-flav-faces-possible-new-york-indictment (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/flavor-flav-faces-possible-new-york-indictment Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:36:52 GMT School district wants bullying lawsuit tossed https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/school-district-wants-bullying-lawsuit-tossed (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/school-district-wants-bullying-lawsuit-tossed Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:19:11 GMT Behind the Scene of Sony A7s Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQyMTkwNzA3 Watch the main video first: http://bit.ly/SonyA7sDR]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQyMTkwNzA3 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT Sony A7S Hands-on Review https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQyMTg4NjA4 The Sony A7S is a full frame mirror-less camera that handles high ISO photos and 4K videos. Is this the high-end DSLR killer? We find out by testing it's capacity in the dark.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/MjQyMTg4NjA4 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:00:00 GMT Woman struck, killed on Boulder Highway identified https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/woman-struck-killed-boulder-highway-identified (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/woman-struck-killed-boulder-highway-identified Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:39:24 GMT Pedestrian injured after being struck by mirror on shuttle bus https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/pedestrian-injured-after-being-struck-mirror-shuttle-bus (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/pedestrian-injured-after-being-struck-mirror-shuttle-bus Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:34:47 GMT Unger correction https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/unger-correction (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/unger-correction Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:33:57 GMT Police seek 3-year-old missing girl https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/police-seek-3-year-old-missing-girl (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/police-seek-3-year-old-missing-girl Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:34:13 GMT Downtown Las Vegas revival stirs artist’s Dublin memories https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/downtown-las-vegas-revival-stirs-artist-s-dublin-memories (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/downtown-las-vegas-revival-stirs-artist-s-dublin-memories Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:56:53 GMT Canon PowerShot N Digital Camera Honored with the Bronze International Design Excellence Award https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/Canon-PowerShot-N-Digital-Camera-Honored-with-the-Bronze-International-Design-Excel Canon U.S.A, Inc. today recognizes that its parent company, Canon Inc., announced the Company's PowerShot N digital camera has been recognized with the Bronze International Design Excellence Award.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/Canon-PowerShot-N-Digital-Camera-Honored-with-the-Bronze-International-Design-Excel Thu, 03 Jul 2014 06:00:00 GMT
State of the Evolution - July 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/state-of-the-evolution-july Here's a quick update on what we've been working on since the last update ;)


GitHub has become the go-to place for open source projects of all kinds. It was about time for b2evolution to be on GitHub too. We're happy to announce the new b2evolution git repository on GitHub:


This repository is already ahead of the latest 5.1.1-beta.

We are updating it weekly for now and we plan to use it as the primary development repository in the (near) future. Which means you will have extremely easy access to bug-fixes and new features in real-time as we work on them.

If you're unfamiliar with git and github, it is still very easy to download and keep up to date with this repository if you use the Git Client tool that can be downloaded from the GitHub home page.

Site Redesign

We changed our intro last month and changed it again today! There's so many possible angles to look at b2evolution that it's a bit tricky to choose one that really catches the gist of it...

We also streamlined the design some more. It's starting to look much more modern.

Anyways, as always, feedback on the homepage design is very welcome.

As a side note, let us give a plug to Font Awesome which we're now starting to use across the whole site.

Update: We also updated the design of the news blog ;)

Development Focus

The last month of development was very focused on performance. More specifically on reducing the number of files being loaded with each page b2evolution serves and also the size of the files.

This was achieve with several techniques:

  • Concatenating multiples CSS and JS files into one;
  • Minifying the CSS and JS files;
  • Doing the above two automatically using Grunt (Note: You'll find our Gruntfile.js in the GitHub repository mentioned above));
  • Loading non essential JS files asynchronously;
  • Using an icon font instead of image sprites;
  • Loading some resources from public CDNs...

You may already have noticed page load time improvements on this site. You will benefit from the same in b2evolution 5.1.2.


We expect to release version 5.1.2 before the end of July. We may call it "stable" instead of "beta" if it passes the tests.

Stay tuned!

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

(8 Shots Photography) b2evolution.net Development https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/7/state-of-the-evolution-july Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:32:00 GMT
Canon Launches Entry Level Oc&eacute; VarioStream 7170 and 7110 Digital Continuous Feed Special https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-Launches-Entry-Level-Oc-eacute-VarioStream-7170-and-7110-Digital-Continuous-F ® 7170 and 7110.]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-Launches-Entry-Level-Oc-eacute-VarioStream-7170-and-7110-Digital-Continuous-F Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:00:00 GMT The Compact, Powerful imageFORMULA DR-M160II Delivers Exceptional Image Quality https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/The-Compact-Powerful-imageFORMULA-DR-M160II-Delivers-Exceptional-Image-Quality (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/The-Compact-Powerful-imageFORMULA-DR-M160II-Delivers-Exceptional-Image-Quality Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT Canon U.S.A. and Virtual Imaging Inc., Announce the RadPRO OMNERA 400A Auto-Positioning DR System https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-U-S-A-and-Virtual-Imaging-Inc-Announce-the-RadPRO-OMNERA-400A-Auto-Positionin (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-U-S-A-and-Virtual-Imaging-Inc-Announce-the-RadPRO-OMNERA-400A-Auto-Positionin Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:00:00 GMT Canon U.S.A. Showcases New Imaging And Display Offerings At Infocomm 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-U-S-A-Showcases-New-Imaging-And-Display-Offerings-At-Infocomm-2014 (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-U-S-A-Showcases-New-Imaging-And-Display-Offerings-At-Infocomm-2014 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:00:00 GMT b2evo 5.1.1 (beta) released https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/b2evo-5-1-1-beta b2evolution 5.1.1-beta has been released.

Check out the Changelog + Download page »

This release is only available for download on b2evolution.net. We are no longer uploading download packages to Sourceforge. (We actually found their download process annoying because it frequently presented ads with a confusing download button which made you download an unwanted product instead of b2evolution!)

We are also planing to migrate the source code to GitHub in the near future. In the meantime we will keep updating the CVS repository on SourceForge (but only the CVS repository, not the downloads section).

Note: this release is probably completely fit for production. We just call it "beta" because we want to clean up and test some more before calling it "finished". We're just a little perfectionists like that... ;)

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

(8 Shots Photography) New releases https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/b2evo-5-1-1-beta Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:32:00 GMT
Canon Acquires Milestone to Make Major Advance in Network Video Surveillance Business https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-Acquires-Milestone-to-Make-Major-Advance-in-Network-Video-Surveillance-Business (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-Acquires-Milestone-to-Make-Major-Advance-in-Network-Video-Surveillance-Business Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT Canon Commemorates 25 Years Since The Launch Of The Flagship Model EOS-1 Series https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-Commemorates-25-Years-Since-The-Launch-Of-The-Flagship-Model-EOS-1-Series (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/Canon-Commemorates-25-Years-Since-The-Launch-Of-The-Flagship-Model-EOS-1-Series Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:00:00 GMT Q&A with Ted Mamola, owner of Embers Grille and Lion’s Tail Tavern https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/qa-ted-mamola-owner-embers-grille-and-lion-s-tail-tavern (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/qa-ted-mamola-owner-embers-grille-and-lion-s-tail-tavern Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:47:08 GMT Review: Billy Joel embraces the glitzy, goofy, sober at MGM Grand https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/review-billy-joel-embraces-glitzy-goofy-sober-mgm-grand-1 (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/review-billy-joel-embraces-glitzy-goofy-sober-mgm-grand-1 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:53:26 GMT Review: Billy Joel embraces the glitzy, goofy, sober at MGM Grand https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/review-billy-joel-embraces-glitzy-goofy-sober-mgm-grand (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/review-billy-joel-embraces-glitzy-goofy-sober-mgm-grand Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:53:26 GMT Clark County explores establishing assessment center to serve troubled youth https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/clark-county-explores-establishing-assessment-center-serve-troubled-youth (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/clark-county-explores-establishing-assessment-center-serve-troubled-youth Sun, 08 Jun 2014 21:24:24 GMT Audra McDonald, Bryan Cranston, NPH win Tonys https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/audra-mcdonald-bryan-cranston-nph-win-tonys (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/audra-mcdonald-bryan-cranston-nph-win-tonys Sun, 08 Jun 2014 20:39:30 GMT A 9-second stretch looms large, Spurs lose 98-96 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/9-second-stretch-looms-large-spurs-lose-98-96 (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/9-second-stretch-looms-large-spurs-lose-98-96 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 20:24:12 GMT State, North Las Vegas still wrestiling with senior complex operators https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/state-north-las-vegas-still-wrestiling-senior-complex-operators (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/state-north-las-vegas-still-wrestiling-senior-complex-operators Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:59:48 GMT Look, in the gym! It’s a squat, it’s a lunge — it’s superset! https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/look-gym-it-s-squat-it-s-lunge-it-s-superset (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/look-gym-it-s-squat-it-s-lunge-it-s-superset Sun, 08 Jun 2014 19:16:17 GMT Teen finishes 40-mile walk while carrying brother https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/teen-finishes-40-mile-walk-while-carrying-brother (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/teen-finishes-40-mile-walk-while-carrying-brother Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:21:18 GMT Bad luck, bad decisions spur unexpected, and strange, injuries https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/bad-luck-bad-decisions-spur-unexpected-and-strange-injuries (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/bad-luck-bad-decisions-spur-unexpected-and-strange-injuries Sun, 08 Jun 2014 17:18:28 GMT Miss Nevada named Miss USA https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/miss-nevada-named-miss-usa (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/miss-nevada-named-miss-usa Sun, 08 Jun 2014 16:25:10 GMT Israel no longer a cause that unifies American Jews https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/israel-no-longer-cause-unifies-american-jews (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/israel-no-longer-cause-unifies-american-jews Sun, 08 Jun 2014 15:22:19 GMT Spencer Gifts latest shop to be scrutinized by Henderson over adult merchandise https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/spencer-gifts-latest-shop-be-scrutinized-henderson-over-adult-merchandise (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/spencer-gifts-latest-shop-be-scrutinized-henderson-over-adult-merchandise Sun, 08 Jun 2014 13:09:08 GMT ‘Fault’ casts clouds over Tom Cruise at box office with $48.2M https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/fault-casts-clouds-over-tom-cruise-box-office-482m (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/fault-casts-clouds-over-tom-cruise-box-office-482m Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:04:36 GMT Shooters in Metro ambush that left five dead spoke of white supremacy and a desire to kill police https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/shooters-metro-ambush-left-five-dead-spoke-white-supremacy-and-desire-kill-police (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/shooters-metro-ambush-left-five-dead-spoke-white-supremacy-and-desire-kill-police Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:36:34 GMT Aid targeted for southern Arizona site holding migrant kids https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/aid-targeted-southern-arizona-site-holding-migrant-kids (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/aid-targeted-southern-arizona-site-holding-migrant-kids Sun, 08 Jun 2014 10:53:20 GMT Researcher on the trail of desert ‘monsters’ https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/researcher-trail-desert-monsters (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/researcher-trail-desert-monsters Sun, 08 Jun 2014 10:23:55 GMT Tennessee pastor’s wife ministers to strippers https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/tennessee-pastor-s-wife-ministers-strippers (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/tennessee-pastor-s-wife-ministers-strippers Sun, 08 Jun 2014 10:04:18 GMT Central valley crash sends at least 1 to hospital https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/central-valley-crash-sends-least-1-hospital (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/central-valley-crash-sends-least-1-hospital Sun, 08 Jun 2014 09:39:07 GMT Actor Tracy Morgan, 2 others critical; trucker charged https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/actor-tracy-morgan-2-others-critical-trucker-charged (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/actor-tracy-morgan-2-others-critical-trucker-charged Sun, 08 Jun 2014 08:33:39 GMT State of the Evolution - June 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/state-of-the-evolution

You might have noticed a slight redesign of the b2evolution.net site header.

This was long overdue but was only made possible recently after we finally converted 100% of the pages of this site to be served dynamically by b2evolution.

So, now, of course, such a change is trivial as we only have the site_header file to modify in order to achieve this. But imagine that before that, the site had grown progressively since 2003 with many pages beeing static Dreamweaver files, others being handled by other software like phpBB (now integrated into b2evolution) and many sub-domains (likes skins, plugins, etc.) being handled by spearate installs of b2evolution, spearately installed and customized by contributors on separate servers. They all had the best intentions at the time but it had turned into a maintenance nightmare.

Now everything is back on one single b2evolution v 5.1.1 install. Maintenance will be easier and evolving the global site design/architecture will be easier too.


Speaking of 5.1.1, it is already available to test in the demo section. (Note: for security reasons, the demo runs on a separate server — sorry if it’s a bit slower soemtimes — but the demo homepage is on the main server).

A new downloadable release of 5.1.1 will be made available before June 15th.

A little bit of CSS

Regarding the recent design changes, you may have noticed the little triangle under the currently active main “tab” (which don’t look, like tabs anymore ;):

State of the Evolution - June 2014
Active tab highlighted with a triangle

In case you’re wondering this is achieved with a little white square that is rotated by 45 degrees in CSS. The square itself is added dynamically by CSS using a :after selector.

Full story »

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(8 Shots Photography) b2evolution.net https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/6/state-of-the-evolution Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:27:00 GMT
Canon To Exhibit Latest Digital Cinema Technologies At The 2014 Cine Gear Expo In Los Angeles https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Canon-To-Exhibit-Latest-Digital-Cinema-Technologies-At-The-2014-Cine-Gear-Expo-In-L (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Canon-To-Exhibit-Latest-Digital-Cinema-Technologies-At-The-2014-Cine-Gear-Expo-In-L Thu, 29 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT Canon U.S.A. Announces Canon In Action Tour 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Canon-U-S-A-Announces-Canon-In-Action-Tour-2014 (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Canon-U-S-A-Announces-Canon-In-Action-Tour-2014 Thu, 29 May 2014 08:00:00 GMT Canon's New Marketing Campaign Sparks A Culture Of Striving For More https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Canon-s-New-Marketing-Campaign-Sparks-A-Culture-Of-Striving-For-More (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Canon-s-New-Marketing-Campaign-Sparks-A-Culture-Of-Striving-For-More Tue, 27 May 2014 06:00:00 GMT PD: 1 critically injured in central Las Vegas shooting https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/pd-1-critically-injured-in-central-las-vegas-shooting (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/pd-1-critically-injured-in-central-las-vegas-shooting Fri, 23 May 2014 19:20:14 GMT Tourists flock to Las Vegas for Memorial Day weekend https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Tourists-flock-to-Las-Vegas-for-Memorial-Day-weekend (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Tourists-flock-to-Las-Vegas-for-Memorial-Day-weekend Fri, 23 May 2014 19:00:25 GMT Metro stages pre-Memorial Day sobriety checkpoint https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Metro-stages-pre-Memorial-Day-sobriety-checkpoint (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Metro-stages-pre-Memorial-Day-sobriety-checkpoint Fri, 23 May 2014 19:00:25 GMT Punk Rock Bowling festival closes downtown Las Vegas streets https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/punk-rock-bowling-festival-closes-downtown-las-vegas-streets (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/punk-rock-bowling-festival-closes-downtown-las-vegas-streets Fri, 23 May 2014 11:51:56 GMT Co-sleeping probed in deaths of 2 Las Vegas infants https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/co-sleeping-probed-in-deaths-of-2-las-vegas-infants (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/co-sleeping-probed-in-deaths-of-2-las-vegas-infants Fri, 23 May 2014 10:51:46 GMT Police: Driver hits motorcyclist, flees on foot in west Vegas https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/police-driver-hits-motorcyclist-flees-on-foot-in-west-vegas (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/police-driver-hits-motorcyclist-flees-on-foot-in-west-vegas Fri, 23 May 2014 10:51:46 GMT Car sought in east Las Vegas robbery https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/car-sought-in-east-las-vegas-robbery (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/car-sought-in-east-las-vegas-robbery Fri, 23 May 2014 10:51:46 GMT Vegas man pleads guilty in fatal 2010 ax attack https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/vegas-man-pleads-guilty-in-fatal-2010-ax-attack (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/vegas-man-pleads-guilty-in-fatal-2010-ax-attack Fri, 23 May 2014 10:51:46 GMT Car hits pedestrian on east Las Vegas sidewalk https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/car-hits-pedestrain-on-east-las-vegas-sidewalk (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/car-hits-pedestrain-on-east-las-vegas-sidewalk Fri, 23 May 2014 09:51:39 GMT Police seek man in downtown Vegas battery, robbery https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/police-seek-man-in-downtown-vegas-battery-robbery (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/police-seek-man-in-downtown-vegas-battery-robbery Fri, 23 May 2014 08:10:37 GMT Where is the Gay Marriage Disaster? https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Where-is-the-Gay-Marriage-Disaster It's been ten years since same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts. So, precisely what are the results of this deregulation? Anti-gay activists predicted disaster for "the family," but were always quite vague about how.

Of course, they may claim that 10 years is not enough time to gage the extent of the disaster, but surely trends should have already emerged. Exactly how much time is necessary? I have problems when special interest groups predict long-term disasters of any kind. They are usually wrong, outcomes are affected by too many variables. This is the bane of central planning.

Whether some like it or not, the "overpopulation" disaster in vogue in the 1960s just didn't happen. The predicted famines, with the hundreds of millions of deaths, didn't take place. In fact, the general trend has been the world becoming more food-secure with population growths rates continuing to fall. Some right-wing "financial experts" have been predicting utter economic collapse and hyper-inflation for decades, and still haven't been right. The "Y2K" disaster predicted by loons such as Gary North just didn't happen.

Of course, the further out you project your disaster, the more likely it is you may eventually be right. The sun will swallow the earth someday, just not in a time frame that could possibly concern us. Disasters in vogue politically, however tend to be more short term, ranging from the next few decades to the next hundred or so years. I get highly suspicious of those. They project long enough in advance so to not suffer the humiliation of being spectacularly wrong, but are still short term enough to scare people to further a political agenda.

So it is with the vague, general "family" disaster same-sex marriage is supposed to create.

In Massachusetts we don't see collapse of birth rates. The trend line has been downward, but that has been true of the entire country for almost 60 years. That trend will increase because we have an aging population. All this unrelated to marriage deregulation. There is a lot of good news in that trend line, however.

Teen birth rates have been falling. Actually, both teen pregnancy and single motherhood, which conservatives think are bad things, have been falling. They remain highest in states utterly opposed to same-sex marriage and lowest in states that deregulated spousal choice. In Massachusetts, teen birth rates are at the lowest levels ever recorded there; they have the second lowest teen-pregnancy rate in the nation. Out of the ten states with the lowest teen pregnancy rates, nine of them recognize same-sex marriage. Only one of the ten with the highest does--New Mexico, and that is a recent addition. Arkansas is also one of the worst states for teen-pregnancy and same-sex marriage was briefly allowed, but is back on hold, so it remains unsettled.

Another no-no on the Right is single motherhood, so they should be praising Massachusetts, not damning it. There, the percentage of unmarried mothers is 34.6% compared to the national average of 40.8%.

Men and women in Massachusetts do wait a few years longer to marry than Americans in general, but as Pew Research notes, a higher median age at marriage correlates with "high shares of college-educated adults.... Indicating that highly educated individuals marry later in life." It also means they divorce less. In less-educated states, which tend to be ones most opposed to spousal deregulation, "adults are more likely than average to marry three or more times."

Whereas 5% of all U.S. adults have been married three or more times, the percentage in Massachusetts is just 2%. When it comes to divorce in general, the latest Statistical Abstract from the Census Bureau, for 2009, shows Massachusetts having the lowest divorce rate in the country.

What has been true in Massachusetts has been true nationally. Marriages in states that regulate spousal selection according to gender are less stable. Statistician Nate Silver looked at the data and said: "Those states which have tended to take more liberal policies toward gay marriage have tended also to have larger declines in their divorce rates."

His conclusion was, "I would be surprised if there were any statistical evidence that interpreting the right of marriage to apply to same-sex couples would be injurious to heterosexual couples in any material way." No same-sex marriage is not the reason these states have lower divorce rates, or lower teen pregnancy rates. Same-sex couples marrying have no positive impact on the state of marriage in general, neither do they have a detrimental one. That undermines the entire conservative case against equality.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Where-is-the-Gay-Marriage-Disaster Fri, 16 May 2014 22:41:58 GMT
New CDC PrEP Guidelines Could Transform HIV Prevention https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/New-CDC-PrEP-Guidelines-Could-Transform-HIV-Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a major step toward transforming HIV prevention in the U.S. May 14 by recommending that health-care providers consider prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to uninfected patients at substantial risk of becoming infected. The CDC issued new clinical guidelines that could lead to a significant expansion of PrEP use by gay and bisexual men, heterosexual women and men, and injection drug users.

The new CDC guidelines build on a review of the data from several studies in recent years that showed that HIV-uninfected individuals who take specific antiretroviral medications -- a practice known as pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis (aka "PrEP") -- could significantly lower their risk of becoming infected. The idea of PrEP to prevent infections is not new. For example, before people go to countries that have high concentrations of malaria-transmitting mosquitos, they may take antimalarial drugs as a preventive strategy. PrEP works by ensuring that medication is present in the body that prevents an exposure becoming an established infection. The CDC noted that "[w]hen taken daily as directed, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent. Inconsistent use results in much lower levels of protection." In other words, consistent daily PrEP use is comparable to, if not more protective than, using condoms in the real world. A number of studies conducted over the past quarter century have found that people who reported consistent condom use reduced their risk of HIV transmission during anal sex by 70 to 87 percent and reduced the risk of HIV transmission during vaginal sex by 80 to 85 percent.

The guidelines recommend that PrEP be considered for the following types of HIV-uninfected patients:

  • Anyone who is in an ongoing sexual relationship with an HIV-infected partner.

  • A gay or bisexual man who has had sex without a condom or has been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection within the past six months and is not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative.

  • A heterosexual man or woman who does not always use condoms when having sex with partners known to be at risk for HIV (for example, injecting drug users or bisexual male partners of unknown HIV status) and is not in a mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who recently tested HIV-negative.

  • Anyone who has, within the past six months, injected illicit drugs and shared equipment or been in a treatment program for injection drug use.

The CDC estimates that approximately 500,000 Americans would be eligible for PrEP use, according to the above criteria. If some of those at risk for HIV infection use PrEP, the 50,000 new HIV infections that have been occurring in the U.S. each year could be reduced. Modeling studies suggest the most effective deployment of PrEP will be in combination with scaled-up HIV treatment of people who are known to be HIV-infected, as this was also shown to reduce infections. Recent modeling of PrEP implementation coupled with scaled-up HIV treatment predicts that PrEP could significantly reduce HIV incidence and prevalence, saving health-care costs and lost economic productivity.

In response to clinical research trials that showed that taking a daily regimen of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and emtricitabine (TDF/FTC) lowered the risk of HIV infection among men who have sex with men and heterosexual men and women, in July 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of TDF/FTC for PrEP. A subsequent study showed that PrEP could lower the risk for injection drug users.

Some have raised concerns about PrEP related to potential side effects, risk compensation (the idea that people will stop using condoms if PrEP becomes available), and non-adherence leading to antiretroviral drug resistance. However, a review of five major clinical trials involving about 6,000 participants by the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, a nonprofit think tank, found no concerning increases in side effects, risk compensation, or development of drug resistance in participants. Ongoing monitoring of PrEP safety in the real world is being done in several demonstration projects in the U.S. and around the world, and so far there are no red flags. This is not to say that if a person does not consistently take the medication and/or does not follow up in care, there can't be problems, but the CDC's guidelines make it clear that in weighing the evidence, the good outweighed the bad.

There were two studies of PrEP in young African women that did not demonstrate benefit because many of the participants did not adhere to taking the pill once a day. In other words, PrEP will not work if people don't take it. PrEP is a medical intervention, and people who want to use it should find providers who are knowledgeable and supportive. The new CDC guidelines stress that potential candidates for PrEP should be tested for HIV and have other safety lab tests done before it is prescribed, and they should be monitored at least every three months while using PrEP. If people suspect that they have become infected with HIV around the time they used PrEP, they should discontinue PrEP use immediately and see a provider in order to minimize the risk of developing drug-resistant HIV.

Fenway Health and The Fenway Institute commend the CDC for acting relatively quickly on recent scientific developments and urging providers to consider PrEP as an option for their patients. As Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, told The New York Times, "On average, it takes a decade for a scientific breakthrough to be adopted. We hope we can shorten that time frame and increase people's survival." While condoms and lubricant are a proven method for preventing sexual transmission of HIV, many individuals are not using condoms and could benefit from PrEP.

More than 30 years after the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed, some 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and 600,000 people with AIDS have died in our country. Every year in the U.S., among the roughly 50,000 individuals who are newly infected, two thirds are gay and bisexual men and transgender women, and African Americans are disproportionately affected among all ethnic and racial groups in the U.S. It's time for an all-hands-on-deck approach. We must use every tool in our toolkit to prevent new infections. This includes condoms and lubricants, syringe exchange, and safer sex education. And it also includes PrEP.

Sean Cahill, Ph.D., is Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute. Kenneth Mayer, M.D., is Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, Infectious Disease Attending and Director of HIV Prevention Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/New-CDC-PrEP-Guidelines-Could-Transform-HIV-Prevention Fri, 16 May 2014 19:19:12 GMT
Michael Sam Documentary Postponed After Oprah's Network Meets With Rams https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Michael-Sam-Documentary-Postponed-After-Oprah-s-Network-Meets-With-Rams The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, has been postponed.

Erik Logan, president of the network, said Friday that the postponement was made after meetings with the St. Louis Rams. "After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, 'The Untitled Michael Sam Project' has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team," Logan said in a statement.

"It's clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams."

As a seventh-round draft pick, Sam will face hefty challenges just to make the Rams. Being the subject of a TV documentary could have been a major distraction for the defensive end from Missouri.

"This (postponement) will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates," added Sam's agent, Cameron Weiss. "Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message."


AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Michael-Sam-Documentary-Postponed-After-Oprah-s-Network-Meets-With-Rams Fri, 16 May 2014 18:20:27 GMT
The Dallas Principles, Five Years Later https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/The-Dallas-Principles-Five-Years-Later Five years ago, from May 15 to 17, 24 LGBT activists met in Dallas to promulgate the Dallas Principles in a virtual non-step weekend in the basement of the Hyatt Regency at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport just off Terminal C. Participants included Juan Ahonen-Jover, Ken Ahonen-Jover, John Bare, Jarrett Barrios, Jeffrey H. Campagna, Mandy Carter, Michael Coe, Jimmy Creech, Allison Duncan, Michael Guest, Joanne Herman, Donald Hitchcock, Lane Hudson, Charles Merrill, Dixon Osburn, Lisa Polyak, Barbra Casbar Siperstein, Pam Spaulding, Andy Szekeres, Lisa Turner, Jon Winkleman, Joe Falk, Paul Yandura and me. As Will O'Bryan wrote in Metro Weekly that summer, "time will judge the Dallas Principles." So how does it look five years out?




Here are the enumerated Principles, without the preamble and listing of the goals and call to action:

The following eight guiding principles underlie our call to action. In order to achieve full civil rights now, we avow:

1. Full civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals must be enacted now. Delay and excuses are no longer acceptable.

2. We will not leave any part of our community behind.

3. Separate is never equal.

4. Religious beliefs are not a basis upon which to affirm or deny civil rights.

5. The establishment and guardianship of full civil rights is a non-partisan issue.

6. Individual involvement and grassroots action are paramount to success and must be encouraged.

7. Success is measured by the civil rights we all achieve, not by words, access or money raised.

8. Those who seek our support are expected to commit to these principles.

We met six months after the end of the Bush administration and the election of Barack Obama. It was also six months after the passage of Prop 8, which I've touched on here in recent weeks in reference to Jo Becker's book Forcing the Spring. It was a time of great hope as well as fear, and we as yet had no idea whether the Obama administration would come through on its pledges to the LGBT community. A long list of requests had been submitted, but by May there had been no concrete action, and the presidential honeymoon period, severely limited by the previous fall's financial crash, was over.

The Dallas Principles were an effort to codify, in a manifesto of sorts, the values with which the LGBT community could most effectively move forward. I think we did a good job at expressing our beliefs and putting them into language that could be embraced by the community at large.

Let's take them one by one:

1. Clearly, we as yet do not have full civil rights. None of us expected that we would have them five years out, but none of us expected that we would have the marriage-equality victories sweeping the country either. We did expect that ENDA would be enacted early in Obama's presidency, but for various political reasons it was not (and still has not been), and we're still waiting for an executive order banning discrimination against all members of the LGBT community in the federal-contractor workspace. We do have an inclusive federal hate crimes law, and we have repealed "don't ask, don't tell."

2. There have been increasingly few efforts to move forward on gay rights without including the trans community. Even though little is being done to make New York, New Hampshire and Wisconsin fully inclusive in their state protections, the efforts now underway in the South and West are fully inclusive. Transgender persons are now covered under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with respect to employment, supported by the EEOC, and efforts are now underway to expand Title VII to include gay persons as well. Unfortunately, the military still has its head in the sand regarding transgender service, but the community is working hard and speaking out forcefully on the issue.

3. Efforts towards marriage equality long ago left civil unions and domestic partnerships behind. Trans-rights legislation is written to fully mainstream gender-nonconforming individuals.

4. Laws based on freedom of religion have been proposed in many states, and famously one was recently vetoed in Arizona. Protecting religious expression is one of America's founding ideals, but the promotion of people's religious beliefs cannot be allowed to impact the free expression of others.

5. The growing movement for marriage equality is increasingly bipartisan, with support from Andrew Sullivan and Jonathan Rauch in the early days, and now with support from the Cato Institute and Republicans in several states that have passed laws. The upcoming same-sex marriage of the daughter of Prop 8 lead attorney Charles Cooper is only one example of the change in the culture.

6. While the group at AFER introduced federal marriage cases, along with teams at Lambda, GLAD and the ACLU, the groundwork was laid by the spontaneous outburst of revulsion across the country in the immediate aftermath of the Prop 8 defeat. Grassroots action has played a role in the passage of ENDA in the Senate, and individual involvement through various relationships and networking has, as always, proven indispensable in all the victories of the past five years. As it will continue to be as we move forward.

7. While some choose to celebrate total equality prematurely, the vast majority know that, even when their rights are protected in their localities or states, the rights of many others are still significantly curtailed. The States of Equality scorecard is available and frequently updated. And we're coming to the realization that for many members of the LGBT community, formal rights are very important and necessary, but hardly sufficient.

8. This is always a challenge, as exemplified by the recent endorsement by the Victory Fund of Richard Tisei, a gay Republican who supports his tea party colleagues, rather than John Tierney, the Democrat incumbent who happens to be straight but is a great ally. To put it mildly, this has raised some eyebrows in the political community, but it's not the only time the Victory Fund has alienated long-term allies this year.

That's a rough, back-of-the-envelope recapitulation of the past five years. Did the Dallas Principles play a role? I've heard that they have, though, of course, it's always hard to know the extent of the impact. I can state that many of those who wrote the Principles have continued to play outsized roles in moving our community forward, politically, socially and philanthropically, and in the media as well. Most importantly, they continue helping us keep our eyes on the prize and the community in constant movement toward that prize.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/The-Dallas-Principles-Five-Years-Later Fri, 16 May 2014 17:38:26 GMT
The Best Gay Events: Summer 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/The-Best-Gay-Events-Summer-2014 Many people in our community are wondering what to do and where to go for the Summer of 2014. Therefore, I decided to do some research and compile a list of suggestions.

I do realize there are so many events, so feel free to comment with your recommendations, or tweet me @hammerbrad

Matinee-Las Vegas, NV (May 23-26, 2014)

Matinee Las Vegas Festival is the perfect way to kick off the summer! This party brings out hot guys from all over the country. It's a young event with a fresh attitude! The promoters not only bring the best big name deejays, but also the up and coming talent as well. Promoter Jake Resnicow explains, "A Matinée party is all about awe and extravagance. We partner with the hottest and most cutting-edge acts from around the world. It will be breathtaking."
I have to agree! I have attended this festival for the past two years and it is by far one of my favorite events of the year!

Thunder Ground-Los Angeles Pride, CA (June 7-8, 2014)


Andres Rigal and Luke Nero are known for their events that bring out a diverse and colorful crowd. This event will take place at the Los Angeles Pride Festival, where they will actually build an outdoor roller skating rink! Luke explained further, "Andres and I are creating our parties for the new generation, who do not feel the need to have everything be over sexualized. They really want the event itself to be about having a good time." Well...a roller skating rink in the middle of an outdoor Gay Pride festival, now that sounds very entertaining!

1Life Festival-San Bernardino, CA (July 5, 2014)

The first large scale electronic dance music festival produced for the LGBT community, has joined forces with producer Jeffrey Sanker, following the success of White Party Palm Springs 25th Anniversary, to deliver an unforgettable experience with state of the art visuals and effects, top caliber production values and world class performers. The production will come to life on Sat. July 5 at Southern California's National Orange Show Fairgrounds - just 40 minutes from downtown LA. This is a groundbreaking event that should not be missed!

Zoo Party-San Diego Pride, CA (July 20, 2014)
Photo credit: blog.sandiego.org

Zoo Party has taken its place as a truly legendary gay event. The San Diego Zoo provides what must be one of the most dramatic backdrops for a dance party, straight or gay, in the world. The party starts mid-afternoon and goes on right into the night, when the beautiful lights come on and create a stunning ambience. Many of the guys even come in animal costumes!

International Gay Games- Cleveland, OH (August 9-16, 2014)

The international Gay Games are coming to the United States this August attracting athletes from around the world, throwing a number of major parties and events and bringing in world-class DJs and performing artists. They've also caught the attention and support from many companies including Gay Games 9 (GG9) sponsor, GRUNT App. GRUNT is having a model contest (video below) asking GG9 participants to vote for which famous underwear models they want to meet in person at GG9. This awesome event is being held in Cleveland, OH, which means you can attend a world-class event in a place that doesn't cost a lot travel to. Register before May 31, 2014 to participate in any of the 35+ sports at this weeklong event (8/9 - 8/16/2014) and party it up! You don't have to be good. You don't have to be gay. You just have to be 18+.

Ascension-Fire Island Pines, NY (August 15-17, 2014)

Photo credit: Fund in the Sun

Ascension is a gay and lesbian, daytime, world-class beach party with a planned attendance of up to 4,000 guests. Nothing is much better than the miles of warm sand and the breeze of the ocean, as you listen to the uplifting music at this party. Fire Island is a magical place that everyone should experience. This summer and this party would be a great time to start a Fire Island adventure.

Market Days-Chicago, IL (August 9-10, 2014)

Photo credit: Choose Chicago

Market Days is largest two-day street festival in the Midwest with more than 100,000 people from all across the United States in attendance. The festival has a reputation for being one of the best in the country. I could not agree more, this festival is the main thing I miss about living in Chicago!

Southern Decadence-New Orleans, LA (August 27-Sept 3)

Photo credit: Tours by Isabelle

This party is rich in history, starting forty-three years ago! It is known as the "Gay Mardi Gras" and is one of the largest annual celebrations in New Orleans. This event attracts over 125,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered participants. It is a wild party that the city has embraced, so get ready to let your hair down!

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/The-Best-Gay-Events-Summer-2014 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:25:56 GMT
Why Homophobia Is Not Actually a Phobia at All -- and How We Can Combat It https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Why-Homophobia-Is-Not-Actually-a-Phobia-at-All----and-How-We-Can-Combat-It Homophobia is not like having a fear of spiders or heights or the dark. It's significantly less primal or natural (an ultimate irony), and it's really not related to fear at all. Fear is a behavior that makes us retract and cower. Homophobia, of course, does just the opposite. It's a reactionary slingshot that whips catastrophically damaging hurt at incalculable speeds without aim. Homophobia's face is not one of fear but of its absence.

Fortunately for us, there are other avenues in life that require fearlessness too. As a writer for a travel company, I'm perhaps acutely aware that homophobia isn't the only thing that is propelled forward. So are airplanes. More importantly, so are the people on those airplanes. And whether you're an occasional business traveler or an avid jet-setter, every time you clear security or customs, you don't just take luggage; you also take your attitude and drop it like a tack on our global map.

I'm by no means suggesting that every time we get onto a plane we must represent the best version of ourselves, without consideration of moods or the nuance of our own experience. But hey, could you imagine the possibilities if every traveler holed up at an airport bar didn't laugh out of politeness when a stranger made a crude comment about the "bearded woman" winning Eurovision? Or what if we didn't remain silent when someone says they wouldn't mind gay NFL players as long as they didn't have to see them kissing? Or if we acted a bit more indignant about what's going on in Uganda, Nigeria, Russia and other countries hostile toward LGBT people?

Currently, it's a crime to be gay in 77 countries. I don't think I need to emphasize how terrifying that number is, particularly for the citizens of these countries, who are routinely repressed, denied basic human rights and unable to live out fundamental aspects of their identity. It's also worth noting how much the treatment of LGBT people affects other worldwide concerns, like national security, war, and poverty -- all inextricable links in our global puzzle.

But for many of us, though we might consider ourselves progressive and supportive, it's worth asking if we actively mirror these philosophies, particularly when we travel.

Let me give you an example.

Recently, I was traveling through Iceland solo. I was having dinner with a friend when we struck up a casual conversation with two young women who were seated next to us. When I found out they were also from the States, I soon discovered that we both had roots in Colorado and had a mutual affection for skiing. Without thinking twice, I immediately set out trying to convince this cute young girl that she should date my brother (a weird habit of mine), who also lived out west. She politely declined, but with two birthday cocktails under my belt, I continued to rave about my brother and try to convince her to give him a shot.

Of course, what made me a thoughtful sister also made me a less-than-aware traveler, as my new friend had to finally tell me outright that she was a lesbian, as I was clearly not catching any subtleties. Why did I assume she was heterosexual? Who knows exactly, but it's possibly because it's dictated as the common currency of "normal," even among people who know better. Of course, it was no big deal for either of us, and the conversation carried on smoothly, but I can't help but wonder what our interaction might have looked like if we all were encouraged to make fewer -- or better -- assumptions.

In short, the more acceptable and routine it becomes to hear someone say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender without fear of persecution or judgment, the more likely we are to stop assuming everyone is straight (and asking if I can set my brother up). It's two sides of the same coin. We need to correct our laws and policies, of course, but we also need to stop assuming that if something isn't outright homophobic, it isn't complacent.

This Saturday marks the 10th International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. For all who travel (and aspire to): Let's not default to only sharing our personalities and our lives' highlights with strangers; we must also share our commitment to the equal treatment of human beings. Let's be fearless both in our ambitions of where we are heading and in what we carry with us.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Why-Homophobia-Is-Not-Actually-a-Phobia-at-All----and-How-We-Can-Combat-It Fri, 16 May 2014 15:24:01 GMT
The Dallas Voice, Dallas' Gay Newspaper, Turns 30 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/The-Dallas-Voice-Dallas-Gay-Newspaper-Turns-30 2014-05-16-dal05_16_14.jpg

There are certain rights of passage for any gay man living in Dallas: Getting harassed by a drag queen for the first time in the Rose Room; grabbing a burger at Hunky's before hitting the bars then stumbling to Panda's for eggrolls at 2:00 a.m.; and grabbing a copy of Dallas Voice to read cover-to-cover the next morning.

For 30 years, Dallas Voice has been the go-to media source for LGBT Dallas, Fort Worth and the entire state of Texas.

2014-05-16-dal05_16_142.jpg Don Ritz, Robert Moore and William Marberry founded Dallas Voice with a mere $750 investment and a first issue of just 24 pages on May 11, 1984. In 2013, the paper was sold to longtime employees Terry Thompson and Leo Cusimano (pictured, left and center) who then brought on Steve Ramos (right) as senior editor in October.

No matter who was at the helm, however, Dallas Voice has always provided thoroughly reported news that affects the lives of LGBT people and insightful commentary, as well as entertaining features and thoughtful critique of film, television, theater and dining in print and online.

If you're gay in Dallas, you already knew that. The publication has likely been a part of your life in some small, or potentially large, way that can't be overlooked or under appreciated.

Today, Dallas Voice's 30th Anniversary edition hits newsstands. It's a look back on three decades of our vibrant LGBT community and the enormous changes that have taken place socially and politically here and nationwide.

This story originally appeared in the Dallas edition of He Said Magazine.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/The-Dallas-Voice-Dallas-Gay-Newspaper-Turns-30 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:20:49 GMT
Queer Catholics and 'The Third Way' https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Queer-Catholics-and-The-Third-Way Attention Homosexuals:

According to Father John Hollowell of Bazil, Indiana there is a third way. He is the executive producer of a short film titled The Third Way by Blackstone Films in which viewers discover:

There are two camps basically: There are those that say you're going to Hell; God hates homosexuals. And then there are people who say over on this extreme, 'Oh, you can just live an active gay life, God loves everybody. It's okay.'

But there's another camp. The Catholic church puts forth a third way to treat every person, but in this case, particularly persons with same-sex attraction, to be able to say we do not in any way hate or condemn or fear or want to isolate you. At the same time, we can't embrace everything that you choose. So we're gonna choose this third way, and that way is love. We are gonna love you.

Finally. Thank you.

But wait, something seems amiss. Last summer, during the height of the Supreme Court hearings regarding same-sex marriage I had a blog-to-blog encounter with Father John Hollowell. A few months earlier, he wrote a post suggesting the red Human Rights Campaign symbol supporting marriage equality was "the mark of the beast." I responded; it was impassioned. Father John wrote a rebuttal. In reading several of his blog entries, I must say I did not sense anything akin to paragraph 2358 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that states:

"[persons experiencing same-sex attraction] must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided."

In Father John's blog posts related to the LGBT community there is a sense of disrespect and insensitivity. A violation according to the Catholic church's own doctrine.

In terms of The Third Way, what a wonderful story arc and hero's journey! The melodrama and music! How it builds and builds and builds to a triumphant climax! It gives me goose pimples. The narrative, comprised of homosexuals once lost and now found, pivots between an abandoned, winter-cold crumbling church with graffiti, and a warm, embracing and unblemished sanctuary in the "new" enlightened Catholic church. Talk about tugging at one's heartstrings. I don't know about others, but I sure don't care to attend a decaying church with no windows or doors, one that is not protected from the elements and in which I'm the only congregant. I want the nice cozy church, the accepting one, the one where I can be me! And guess what? I can have it. You can too, gay people! Well, as long as you and I vow to live a chaste life.

Oh. Wait. There's the rub. As a gay man, I can be gay, I can act gay, I can even be friends with other gays, the church loves me just as I am. But I must not act on my orientation, my biology.

Is there an app for that?

In the short film one of the narrators says, "Those with same-sex attraction aren't being asked to do anything different than a heterosexual. We're all called to chastity, every single one of us."

Wait. Everyone is called to chastity? The definition of chastity is: the state of not having sex with anyone or the quality or state of being chaste. Um, I don't think that's a reality.

Now, I could point to the total and utter hypocrisy of being chaste in the Catholic church, but that example has been used time and time again. I find a particular statement by Sister Helena Burns, F.S.P., and "Theology of the Body" speaker, quite interesting. In the film she says there can be "lots of sex with no intimacy and lots of intimacy with no sex." In other words, in terms of same-sex attraction -- the film's phrase de jour replacing sexual orientation -- we as a society, especially the homosexual community, confuse intimacy with sex. According to Sister Helena, we gays can be intimate with one another without having sex. Isn't her statement the equivalent of taking weight loss advice from Fat Albert? I mean no disrespect to Sister Helena, or Fat Albert, but I don't think a nun is exactly the go-to person on embracing one's biology.

Sister Helena and Father John deny basic biological impulses, they choose to be chaste as their example, their way of living with God. It is part and parcel to their faith. Good for them. They are willfully giving up sex, not their assumed heterosexuality. They infer in The Third Way, because priests and nuns do it, homosexuals can too. In other words, gays need to marry God, not one another.

So why isn't the same being asked of all heterosexuals? Shouldn't homosexuals and heterosexuals be held to the same standards in the eyes of the church? In the eyes of God? We should all be chaste like Father John and Sister Helena.

Um, I don't think that's a reality either.

Here's the deal, pay close attention, I want to be clear: Homosexuality is not about sex! Sex is the opportunity to be intimate with the person one loves, gay or straight. Is sex abused by some? Yes, by both heteros and homos. But again, isn't taking advice from the Catholic church about sex and abuse the whole weight loss-Fat Albert thing all over again?

The manicured message of The Third Way is a misnomer. It appears to be about love. Isn't love supposed to be the guiding principle of the Catholic church? The guiding principle of all religions? As Christians we are followers of Christ. Christ says we must love one another. Yet in The Third Way, it seems, homosexuals are once again being told by the Catholic church that its love -- Christ's love -- comes with conditions. One must deny their biology in order to receive the love.


Even in high definition, with gripping backdrops, the film's narrative peopled with innocents offering witness or just recounting their personal journey coupled with the climb and crescendo of the music, and with cut-a-ways to the cross upon which Christ was crucified high atop a steeple, it's still the same old tired message repackaged. As my grandmother used to say, "They put lipstick on a pig."

Besides, Jesus Christ said nothing about homosexuality.

For additional information and research read 'The Third Way': A Depressing Study in Catholic, Ex-Gay Therapy

Check out more from J. Patrick Redmond at jpatrickredmond.com, Kaylie Jones Books, and follow him at facebook.com/jpatrickredmond

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Queer-Catholics-and-The-Third-Way Fri, 16 May 2014 15:06:46 GMT
Racial Divide in LGBTQ Communities Could Have Derailed Marriage Debate in Massachusetts https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Racial-Divide-in-LGBTQ-Communities-Could-Have-Derailed-Marriage-Debate-in-Massachusetts Marriage equality in Massachusetts hits its 10-year anniversary on May 17. As we reflect on this momentous occasion, I'm proud of the indefatigable energy and genius that made it possible.

But I didn't always feel that way, and my opinions, and those of LGBTQ communities of color nationwide, were expressed weekly in my column "The Religion Thang" in the now-defunct Boston-based LGBTQ paper InNewsweekly.

In February 2005 I was reporting that tensions here in Massachusetts were growing, and that, once again, there was a color line. The issue was marriage equality for same-sex couples. With the state legislature about to rev up again to debate the issue, and with very little time for white queer religious and political machines to colorize what had been, since its inception, a white movement, voices from African-American queer organizations and communities of color were speaking up about our absence from the conversation.

To the surprise of white LGBTQ organizations, both the LGBTQ African-American community and the straight African-American community had much to say about the white queer political machine's appropriation of the language of the black civil rights movement, done without participation by people of color.

How the marriage debate should have been framed had not been given considerable concern. Communicating in a way that spoke truth to various LGBTQ communities of color and classes was not even considered.

The same-sex marriage debate had brought much consternation and polarization between black and white LGBTQ communities. Much of the finger pointing during the genesis of the ill-framed discussion was aimed at GLAD, which some viewed as a lily-white organization. Many people of color felt that GLAD replicated many of the same race and class divisions present in our federal judicial system.

While the marriage debate was strategically framed as an upper- to middle-class LGBTQ family issue, people of color felt that the "strategy won in court, but not in the court of public opinion," Jacquie Bishop, a Dorchester-based African-American lesbian activist, told me.

In criticizing GLAD for its approach, Dr. Marilyn Monteiro, a Boston-based African-American lesbian scholar, wrote to me in an email:

I've told GLAD this as well -- asking me for money to assist them in "their" struggle; expropriating (and therefore exploiting blacks in particular) the civil rights movement rhetoric; strategies in their interests while still excluding us from leadership positions other than token appointments. Please! It certainly is this way in Beantown, for sure. GLAD asked me to evaluate their web pages. I did. Do you think there have been any changes of the kind I suggested? Hell, no!

A board member of a statewide gay organization who did not want to be identified wrote to me:

The board is interested in looking at its own white privilege as it seeks to work with the African-American religious community. We have realized that most of our communities of faith ... are predominantly white communities. This concerns us. ... We [have] voted to begin a process of understanding white privilege and the ways in which we can seem to be anti-racist.

While many of us LGBTQ African Americans embraced those offers to be inclusive, others felt that the white queer community was coming a day late and a dollar short. And any effort at inclusion appeared disingenuous.

I have been asked by several white activists if it was indeed too late an attempt at trying to get black LGBTQ people more ensconced in the marriage movement. And I have been told by many African-American LGBTQ people that because of our exclusion in the struggle, they were tired of the fight and were now suffering from "marriage fatigue."

But the tables turned in April 2005, when Lee Swislow, soon to be named Executive Director of GLAD, came to the annual Bayard Rustin Community Breakfast. When GLAD reached out to communities of color, inviting a dialogue on an inclusive reframing of the marriage debate, the collective anger and frustration that LGBTQ communities of color collective felt toward the organization began to dissipate.

Because of GLAD's outreach to communities of color, more and more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are marrying. Their efforts generated discussions among us and in our communities in the context of our families and lives. That mattered.

And an idea that was once thought of as anathema to black queer identity, marriage, is being celebrated in our LGBTQ communities and is on the rise. And many of us are now proudly walking down the aisle to tie the knot.

If we had lost this battle, we would have missed a historic opportunity to effect change, not only here in the Bay State but across the country. Let us also remember that the whole world was watching us.

Finally, united we stood as a prophetic movement, because divided we had fallen as a petty people.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Racial-Divide-in-LGBTQ-Communities-Could-Have-Derailed-Marriage-Debate-in-Massachusetts Fri, 16 May 2014 14:58:45 GMT
IDAHOT and the LGBT Bridge to Global Human Dignity https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/IDAHOT-and-the-LGBT-Bridge-to-Global-Human-Dignity On May 17, like one global heart, the LGBT people of Earth will unite for their own survival and liberation on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), with nations and activists marking the occasion on all seven continents. And to mark IDAHOT in the United States, the Pledge for Full LGBT Equality is mobilizing a "Day of Organizing" to activate the over 240 groups and 600 activists in 44 states who support the pledge to build a nationwide campaign for full federal equality for LGBT persons.

Fortunately, in the 21st century, the cause of LGBT justice is part of the zeitgeist, but mountains still remain ahead. At long last, our omnipresent community and the human-rights world are awakening to our entitlement to equal and full protection from discrimination under international law, propelled by the United Nations' exciting new Free & Equal campaign. Yet, as we all know, here in New York City, as in the halls of power in Moscow and Washington, D.C., and around the globe, we LGBT human beings still endure unspeakable pain and suffering, rejection, abuse, oppression, and denial of the basic human right to be safe and secure to simply exist.

It is time to band together and rise up to protect our children from this societal abuse, and to save humanity from the ills of divisiveness.

The fact remains that we live as unwelcome souls in every nation, as 2,000 years of religious and political judgment and persecution continue virtually unfettered, cruelly depriving some 10 percent of humanity safe passage on this planet. And as a result, here we are, the LGBT warriors for justice, demanding respect and dignity as a truth of principle grounded in all social compacts and every prophet's teaching.

Indeed, by all written accounts, all human beings are created equal. And in faith, all souls are equal.

In recent times, the worldwide LGBT community has increasingly rejected inhuman abuse, blossoming in ways unimaginable only a few years ago. Yet horrifically still, in Uganda, Nigeria, Mississippi, Texas, Russia, and Iraq, figures such as Vladimir Putin, Ted Cruz, Yoweri Museveni, John Boehner, and Timothy Dolan maniacally refuse to recognize the human rights of LGBT human beings. Who are these people, and what do they represent? Sadly, they reflect the darkest elements of human nature: judgment, anger, and a lack of compassion. But for these misguided men and all others sharing their view, the conundrum we present is inescapable.

LGBT people, by our very existence, are raising a profound question. We represent the essence of the dilemma of whether to love or to judge. Our plight ignites instinctual compassion. Our abuse challenges our humanity. And through our quest, each lost soul, trapped in hatred, that learns to love us as equals takes a journey. Each anti-gay mind that finds its way to compassion has a liberating epiphany. And with that, they come closer to a oneness of spirit with the divine, with Mother Earth, and with one another. They set themselves free.

So now, today, with the LGBT cause erupting everywhere, in every culture, in every religion, in every nation, the people of Earth must decide whether to respect LGBT human beings as equals or remain in the man-bound purgatory of judgment. It is a heavy cross to bear for our people, but it's a miraculous purpose as well, as we the LGBT people of Earth help to unite us all in loving-kindness, in a world of brotherly and sisterly love, as foretold. And to accelerate our collective liberation, we must demand our full equality everywhere.

Toward this mighty goal, in the United States on May 17, highly motivated Equality Pledge groups and grassroots activists are organizing locally to form state teams for the Equality Pledge Network, an action campaign that will launch officially on July 2, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fifty years we've waited, but our time has come, and our people are ready.

With the wind in our sails, veterans like Matt Forman (former Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), Michelangelo Signorile (HuffPost Gay Voices editor at large), Geoff Kors (formerly of Equality California), and Ann Northrop (of Gay U.S.A.) have each joined the call for full civil rights, many opposing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as unequal and unacceptable. Celebrity activists are also leading the call, like Leslie Jordan of Will & Grace fame, and Del Shores of Sordid Lives and Queer as Folk.

As a blessed bonus in this quest, I personally have figured out how to search for my authentic self, the sweet kid who just wanted to be loved, the person I am under the oppression. And I'm pleased to say that I have found him. I found the little boy's anger and fear lurking within, buried under years of torment and telling myself to "butch up," a vast shadow that I could finally acknowledge, soothe, and heal. I also sought "harmony with the oppression," now fully revealed and understood, so I could work within it, inured to its abuse. And I fought my way free from judging our oppressors. Free at last, free at last! We are all on this journey together.

For all of humanity, the LGBT people of Earth, sprinkled like glitter in the sand, are bearing an incredible cross for the most noble of causes. We pose an ethical dilemma through which each person evolves to our spiritual oneness. We are a bridge between the masculine and feminine energies, personifying the peaceful coexistence of the yin and the yang. We are the revelation that all souls are equal. And like all liberation movements, but uniquely because we are the children of all families, we are the next great path to freedom of consciousness, a beacon guiding humanity toward love, a state long prophesied yet far from realized.

So rise up. Rise up, activists. Rise up in your home, office and church. Rise up to serve this great purpose, and be the force of evolution that we are destined to serve. Every gay soul is a liberator. Every trans being is a healer. And together, united around the globe, on each May 17 from now until we are all free, we must collectively rise up to help save ourselves and our communities. And through the suffering we must each hold fast and remember that you, we, indeed all LGBT beings, are the manifestation of the spirit of love in action for our universal well-being.

LGBT equality now! Human dignity for everyone, everywhere, now (if not sooner)!

Take the Pledge for Full LGBT Equality here, or email [email protected] to join the campaign.




(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/IDAHOT-and-the-LGBT-Bridge-to-Global-Human-Dignity Fri, 16 May 2014 14:47:17 GMT
Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Judge's Order Striking Down Gay Marriage Bans https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Arkansas-Supreme-Court-Suspends-Judge-s-Order-Striking-Down-Gay-Marriage-Bans By The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court has suspended a judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples.

The state Supreme Court on Friday granted a request to suspend Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's decision voiding a 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Piazza last week struck down the ban, but expanded that ruling on Thursday to include all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying.

McDaniel and four counties named in the lawsuit asked justices to stay Piazza's ruling while it's on appeal.

More than 450 same-sex couples received marriage licenses since Piazza's ruling last week. Conway, Pulaski and Washington were the only counties issuing licenses to same-sex couples on Friday.

Seventeen other states allow gay marriage. Judges have struck down bans in Idaho, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Virginia. But in Idaho, plans for same-sex marriages to begin Friday were put on hold as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether the governor and attorney general should have more time to file an appeal a judge's ruling overturning its state ban.

The Arkansas Supreme Court had denied a request Wednesday to stay Piazza's initial ruling, but still effectively halted same-sex weddings by also noting that a separate law prohibiting clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples was still on the books.

Piazza revised his order Thursday, saying no one in the state was harmed by the marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples. He rejected the state's request to put his decision on hold, saying gay couples would be harmed by that action.

Pulaski County resumed issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately after Piazza's ruling Thursday, while Washington County began issuing them again Friday morning. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and four counties named in the lawsuit asked the high court to stay Piazza's decision, saying it would lead to confusion among Arkansas' 75 counties.

Friday's ruling came as Democrats in the state Legislature blocked an effort by Republicans to wade into the debate. A resolution calling on the court to uphold the gay marriage ban and invalidate the licenses issued to same-sex couples failed before a legislative panel.

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Arkansas-Supreme-Court-Suspends-Judge-s-Order-Striking-Down-Gay-Marriage-Bans Fri, 16 May 2014 14:43:08 GMT
What Every LGBTQ Teen (And Their School) Needs To Know About Prom https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/What-Every-LGBTQ-Teen-And-Their-School-Needs-To-Know-About-Prom For prom-going LGBTQ teens, the high school ritual can sometimes feel like a twisted "Mean Girls" plotline where spiteful overlords try to dictate what they can wear, who they can hang with and how they can behave.

And in most cases, it's adults -- like those on a Mississippi school board who opted to cancel the high school prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend -- who are the causing the pain.

"A school in Indiana barred a trans girl from wearing a dress to prom," Christopher Clark, senior counsel for the civil rights organization Lambda Legal, told HuffPost in reference to a 2007 case from Gary, Ind. "The principal literally stood in the doorway and blocked her."

Lambda Legal filed suit on behalf of the girl, who ultimately reached a settlement with the district. Luckily for LGBTQ teens at public schools, the law has plenty to say about their rights to express themselves as they choose.

"Issues involving LGBTQ students at a high school prom are governed really by First Amendment protections: freedom of speech and freedom of association," Clark said.

To ensure prom is more like the end of "Footloose" and less like the end of "Carrie," here are four of the most important things LGBTQ teens, their schools and their allies should know:

Your Date Is Your Choice
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Whether you want to go stag, bring a romantic partner of the same sex or go in a big group, it's your right to enjoy prom with whomever you choose -- and there's nothing a public school can say about it, Clark said.

"The law is pretty clear that the selection of who you want to bring to prom is a form of expression that is protected by the United States Constitution. A schools' decision to prohibit someone's date based on his or her gender is a form of illegal sex discrimination."

In the case of the Mississippi school that cancelled prom rather than allow a lesbian couple to attend, the district ultimately reached a settlement, paying $35,000 in damages to the student and adopting a non-discrimination policy, according to CNN.

No One Can Cramp (Or Dictate) Your Style

Schools can stipulate students follow a certain dress code -- such as requiring formal wear -- but any rule has to apply equally to all students, which means girls can rock a tux if they want to.

"Schools cannot be particular about things that students must wear based on someone else's perception of what their gender is," Clark said. "Sometimes school's argue if you let LGBTQ students wear what they want, the whole [concept of prom] will become a joke — the boys will wear dresses and the girls will wear tuxes. But we've found that's just not the case."

In 2011, a Chicago-area student successfully pushed back against her school when it told her she couldn't wear a tuxedo to prom.

Clark said courts have sometimes upheld sex-specific dress codes if they find a school’s concern about safety or disruption is valid. But, Clark notes, "Schools may have a legitimate fear of disruption and a lot of times schools try to use that to shutdown behavior by LGBTQ students; but, courts usually reject that. If the people who have the problem [with the dress code or behavior] are the ones causing the disruption, the law is also pretty clear on that, too: It doesn't mean you shut down the First Amendment, you discipline those people.

"Schools are still wrestling with whether they have gender norms and whether they can enforce them," Clark added. "I think schools are increasingly finding this out, though sometimes they need to be reminded."

You Have A Right To PDA
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Schools can try to set limits on public displays of affection, but they have to apply to everyone. That means if prom rules put the kibosh on grinding, it goes for all couples, not just LGBTQ ones.

"An LGBTQ student is allowed to enjoy the prom the same way other students do," Clark said, "There's no room in the law that says that you can bring a same sex date but that you can't show affection the way other students do."

Inclusion And Equality Are Good For Everyone
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"What I would like to see happen is to have school districts advance the ball when it comes to equality," Clark said. "I'd love to have a discussion to show them [equality] is not that scary. We can help with regard to modifying discrimination or dress code policies and help make prom better for everybody."

Attempts to exclude LGBTQ students or create an unwelcome environment can leave a school vulnerable to legal liability, including a sex discrimination claim under state education laws, Title IX or the U.S. Constitution, Clark noted.

"Most of the cases against schools end up settling. You run up against different levels of resistance with schools — some schools get it as soon as you bring an issue to them. Others need to be sued to get it."

Clark noted that cases can be trickier where private and religious schools are concerned. Still, he said, battling for LGBTQ rights is not about creating winners and losers.

"It's about giving LGBT stories a voice and speak out about what's happening to them and hope to change what's happening to them across the state and country."

(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/What-Every-LGBTQ-Teen-And-Their-School-Needs-To-Know-About-Prom Fri, 16 May 2014 13:58:56 GMT
Jessica Urbina, California Teen, Has Yearbook Photo Omitted Because She Wore A Tuxedo https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Jessica-Urbina-California-Teen-Has-Yearbook-Photo-Omitted-Because-She-Wore-A-Tuxedo Classmates and family members are rallying in support of a California teen whose portrait was reportedly axed from her private school's yearbook and graduation ceremony because she opted to wear a tuxedo.

Officials at San Francisco's Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School said Jessica Urbina, 18, had violated the school's policy of requiring girls to wear dresses in their yearbook photos.

"As we prepare to pass out yearbooks it is always regretful when a student portrait is omitted for any reason," a post on the school's official website read, according to CBS. "As a community we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all students are included in the future. We want to reassure our community that all graduating seniors are represented in the commencement program."

Nonetheless, classmates came to school May 16 wearing bow ties in solidarity with Urbina, who has yet to comment about the case publicly, SFGate reported. Meanwhile, brother Michael Urbina, 21, is spearheading a social media campaign under the #JessicasTux hashtag in support of his younger sister, and says he hopes to meet with school officials over the yearbook issue.

Michael Urbina also shared the following image on Twitter, showing his sister as she appeared in the original yearbook photo:

Please support my sister! Here's a clearer image for everyone to use! http://t.co/Vl6QPypbpj #equity #JessicasTux pic.twitter.com/oNNVAkD2XZ

— Michael Urbina (@michael_urbina) May 16, 2014

Among those to support Urbina was Katie Emanuel, who claimed to be Urbina's girlfriend.

"I support my girlfriend," she told reporters. "I support my school and want it to be the best it can for people like us."

According to NBC, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School Principal Gary Cannon said a photograph of Urbina does appear in the 2014 yearbook, though he provided no other details on how she appears.

Of course, it isn't the first time that a student's yearbook garb has sparked controversy in recent months. Last year, Jeydon Loredo, a transgender student at La Feria Independent High School near the Texas Gulf Coast, was told his portrait would not be included in the school yearbook because it violated "community standards."

Loredo, who was 18 at the time, had worn a tuxedo in the photograph.


(8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Jessica-Urbina-California-Teen-Has-Yearbook-Photo-Omitted-Because-She-Wore-A-Tuxedo Fri, 16 May 2014 13:48:05 GMT
Mixed Messages: Homophobia, Transphobia and the Media https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Mixed-Messages-Homophobia-Transphobia-and-the-Media 2014-05-15-IDAHOT540media.jpg

This post was co-authored with Drusilla Menaker, Senior Media Adviser for IREX.

Around the world, we've seen how media coverage can build tolerance toward or incite violence against various minority groups. This is keenly felt by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as being openly identified as LGBT in many countries can lead to arrest and imprisonment, loss of employment, and familial and community rejection.

In Uganda this spring, a tabloid published the names and photos of people it claimed were the countries "top homos." The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and others condemned the action as a violation of the rights to dignity and privacy. But the damage was done, causing some of those named to relocate or go into hiding.

And lest we think this dynamic is only confined to the global South, in the United States a digital magazine released a story outing a woman as transgender against her wishes earlier this year. In retrospective, the editor acknowledged numerous problems with the reporting and the utter lack of respect or understanding of issues in the trans community.

These negative examples are not the only ways that media portray LGBT individuals and causes, of course. At its best, the media shares perspectives in a manner that enlightens communities and gives a voice to members of different groups. LGBT activists are media-savvy in many places and effectively share their stories across traditional and new media to raise awareness. And we see publications like The Guardian now proposing new guidelines on how to report on transgender people.

The Need for Monitoring Media Coverage

But what is the global picture for how the media is covering LGBT issues?

It's difficult to discuss this issue to any depth without clear data. At IREX, we've had success working with local groups using our Media Content Analysis Tool, which we propose adapting for LGBT communities around the globe. A media monitoring system can measure the overall frequency -- or lack -- of coverage and the language used regarding sexual orientation and gender issues.

Is the language employed homophobic, transphobic or outright hate speech? Is it neutral or progressive? Do voices in the media condone or even call for violence? Are LGBT issues sensationalized or pathologized? Are people being outed? And how fully is the community being represented (e.g., Are transgender issues ignored? Are issues of importance to the LBT women being covered?)

Doing Better

With deeper understanding of the picture in a given country, opportunities emerge for more meaningful engagement between media and LGBT communities:

  • Awareness raising and formal LGBT sensitivity training of journalists, editors, and bloggers;

  • Sharing and developing tools and standards for appropriate coverage;

  • Engaging journalism schools about how (or even if) sexual orientation and gender issues are taught;

  • Recognition for accurate, LGBT-positive media coverage; and

  • Constructive criticism of sensational and inaccurate reporting.

In many countries where media sectors are struggling due to repressive laws and lack of resources, journalists and editors have few opportunities to expand their own understanding. Also, media standards are not under systematic scrutiny by advocacy groups. Not coincidently, these are often also places where the media discourse is not fostering greater acceptance and respect for the human rights of LGBT people -- or worse.

The critical role of the media in shaping perceptions -- both positively and negatively -- about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people must be addressed in international development programming and directly by media outlets themselves. Support, including from international LGBT and rights groups and the donor community, is needed so that media can find ways to contribute positively to promoting tolerance.

Whether it's new funding for monitoring coverage of LGBT issues or incorporating LGBT awareness in current media development initiatives around the world, we can make it so that the stories of LGBT individuals and communities are told with the accuracy and dignity that all people deserve.

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Mark Pryor Acknowledges Voting For Arkansas Marriage Equality Ban https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/Mark-Pryor-Acknowledges-Voting-For-Arkansas-Marriage-Equality-Ban WASHINGTON -- In the wake of a judge's decision allowing same-sex couples to begin marrying in Arkansas, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) has reiterated that he remains one of the only Democratic senators who still does not support marriage equality.

Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Voters approved the ballot measure in 2004 by a 3 to 1 margin, and couples started getting married in the state this week.

On Monday, Pryor restated his opposition to marriage equality and acknowledged that he voted for the ballot measure in 2004. His response was caught in tracking footage obtained by America Rising, the GOP opposition research super PAC.

"My position on that specifically is well-documented," said Pryor. "That was a ballot initiative here in Arkansas ... I voted for the amendment to ban gay marriage in Arkansas."

Watch Pryor's remarks in the video above.

Last year, Pryor also said he was unsure if being gay is a choice. (It's not.)

When asked for comment, Pryor spokesman Erik Dorey noted that while the senator has not changed his mind about same-sex marriage, he supports equality for gays and lesbians in other areas.

"Mark supports the traditional definition of marriage," said Dorey. "He also voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," supported legislation to end workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and as Arkansas' attorney general, Mark was an early champion for laws against hate crimes."

Pryor is facing a challenge from Rep. Tom Cotton (R), who also opposes marriage equality.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) said he intends to appeal Piazza's ruling, even though he personally backs marriage equality. McDaniel is the first statewide elected official in Arkansas to publicly announce his support for the issue.

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b2evo 5.0.9 (stable) released https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/5/b2evo-5-0-9-stable b2evolution version 5.0.9-stable has been released!

Download & Upgrade instructions here »

This is a maintenance release containing fixes for all bugs discovered since version 5.0.8.

We are committed to fully address issues with v 5.0 until v 5.1 is considered completely stable.

Original post blogged on b2evolution.

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The video shows one diver ripping off the air supply of another diver. 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Football Offseason TrainingWed, Apr 9, 2014 (5:17 p.m.)Brian Arcadia lifts weights at Rancho High School Monday, April 7, 2014. 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High Roller At Sunset https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/High-Roller-At-Sunset High Roller At SunsetWed, Apr 9, 2014 (9:49 p.m.)Sunset views are shown from the 550 foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, the tallest in the world, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The wheel is the centerpie

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Ombudsman Education Services and CCSD Budget https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Ombudsman-Education-Services-and-CCSD-Budget Ombudsman Education Services and CCSD BudgetWed, Apr 9, 2014 (10:01 p.m.)Through a combination of computer-based, individualized and small-group instruction, Ombudsman allows at-risk students like Peeters to quickly earn missing

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Runner and Cancer Survivor Helene Neville https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Runner-and-Cancer-Survivor-Helene-Neville Runner and Cancer Survivor Helene NevilleWed, Apr 9, 2014 (9:19 p.m.)Las Vegas runner and cancer survivor Helene Neville.

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UNLV Postseason Football Ban https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/UNLV-Postseason-Football-Ban UNLV Postseason Football BanThu, Apr 10, 2014 (6:46 p.m.)UNLV Director of Athletics Tina Kunzer-Murphy is joined by UNLV President Donald Snyder and UNLV Head Football Coach Bobby Hauck for a press conference reg

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10 Apr 2014 11:37:00 GMT Illumination-Aware Age Progression Can Guess What a Kid Will Look Like at 80 From Just One Photo https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01 Illumination-Aware Age Progression

What will you look like when you're 80? This tech might help you find out

As photographers, we're often tasked with making people look as young as possible in photos, but a new technology is meant to do exactly the opposite. Illumination-Aware Age Progression is a project by three scientists, Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, Supasorn Suwajanakorn, and Steven M. Seitz and it's meant to take a photo of a child and guess what he or she will look as they age up to 80 years old.

Cameras have helped computers learn all kinds of things about the human face in recent years, and some have even learned how to judge a person's age simply by looking at a photo of their face. The results of this project look pretty impressive.

The next logical step seems to be to run the algorithm backwards to see how accurate it can really be. Of course, there are all kinds of other factors that can change the way a person looks over the years. I'm almost afraid to see what it would do with my face.

Illumination-Aware Age Progression
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Illumination-Aware Age Progression

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Artist: Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy

Venue: Portikus, Frankfurt

Exhibition Title: Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model

Date: February 15 – April 20, 2014

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Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet at Portikus

Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet at Portikus

Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet at Portikus

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


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Images courtesy of Portikus, Frankfurt. Photos by Helena Schlichting. 

Press Release:

Portikus is proud to realize a unique exhibition project by Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy. Over the course of several years, the two artists have established an intensive dialogue that is now taking form in Frankfurt. A few years ago, independently from one another, McCarthy and Bouchet both had made a work that transformed the Guggenheim New York into a toilet. This coincidence sparked an ongoing conversation about shared interests in the politics of art institutions and their architecture. It has lead them to develop a site-specific project for Portikus that takes up these concerns in a multi-layered exhibition structure involving not only the main exhibition space, but the office, the monumental attic space, the exterior of the building, the island that the institution is housed on as well as external locations within the city. The project will culminate in an extensive publication, documenting the process and the final outcome of Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model.

Denying visitors the usual right of passage into the exhibition space, Bouchet and McCarthy have diverted access via a spiral staircase down to the island and through the back entrance of the building. Not only does this raise questions about the accessibility of art institutions in general, but—and this is specifically addressed through the architecture of Portikus—an aspect of fortification within today’s cultural industry. The gesture of rerouting the flow of people turns the simple act of visiting an exhibition into a performative storming of a medieval fortress. Analogies of war, military defense structures, and armed forces continue to appear throughout the exhibition, hinting at the U.S. domination of the visual arts industry since World War II: oil paintings of the Guggenheim Bilbao as a military battleship are sprawled around numerous public sites in the city; superhero Captain America and his arch-enemy, the Red Skull (portrayed as an Italian fascist following the iconography of the 1940s comic), act as live protagonists in the show; hot tar in the form of energy drink “gummi” is being poured out of Portikus’s arrow slit windows, and its drawbridge-like entrance is blocked off by sandbags and barb wire. During their research for the exhibition, Bouchet and McCarthy came across a medieval torture device of the cruelest kind, the “Spanish Donkey,” used in medieval times to split people in half—alive. This, too, in an adapted form, takes a significant place in the show as well as on the exhibition poster designed by the artists.

The main gallery presents the center piece of the exhibition, a sculpture of the Guggenheim Bilbao, originally designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. An over-scaled architectural model, this version of Bilbao is reminiscent of a battered, ragged warship that has washed up to the shores of the island after defeat. A long pipe extends upwards from the sculpture, through to the ceiling of the upper gallery. Here, hundreds of liters of liquid gummi are disposed of into the very core of the museum. This is also where the production of the A-Hole Sport Drink happens, a Beef & Banana flavored sports drink acting as a pseudo-exhibition sponsor through aggressive product placement. The drink is needed to create the adrenalin-boosting concoction The Bigga Picka Uppa—one liter of A-Hole with a Snickers bar dropped into it. Playing further on the “Bilbao Effect,” the artists also include over 60 paintings and a gigantic inflatable displaying Bilboa sunscreen lotion from Italy, Hollywood actors, star architects, as well as portraits of themselves.

For the first time since the completion of the new Portikus building in 2006, visitors have access to the colossal attic space, designed by the architect Christoph Mäckler as a citation of an artist’s studio. The space has been transformed by Bouchet and McCarthy into what is commonly referred to as a “live/work artist loft,” and will serve as the set for a performance, developed, produced and filmed by the two artists in collaboration with Damon McCarthy. The loft will host a dinner party typical of the art world, presenting a collection of personal and fictional anecdotes, some of which recall the brutality of the torture devices and warfare stratagems referenced in other parts of the exhibition.

The project for Portikus exemplifies both artists’ use of excess, exaggeration, parody, mis-appropriation, dysfunctionality, and immoderation. There is a synthesis of shared beliefs and interests as well as a common aesthetics that facilitates a playful and highly proliferous gathering, drafting, and framing of ideas. Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model also extends an homage to the late Jason Rhoades, a close friend of both McCarthy and Bouchet, whose Costner Complex (Perfect Process) counts amongst the most legendary exhibitions in Portikus’s history.

This collaborative “tour de force” turns Portikus into a rampant Gesamtkunstwerk. By employing a language of exorbitance, and extending this beyond the exhibition space into various locations in the city, Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy create a sprawling exhibition that points at the multifaceted excesses of contemporary art production and commodification.

Link: Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy  at Portikus

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Colbert to succeed Letterman https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-7 ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-7 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:21:39 GMT Search area for black boxes shrinks https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-30 ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-30 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:23 GMT Searching staggering depths for black boxes https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-29 ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-29 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:00:23 GMT New Gear: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3G ED VR Zoom Lens https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-1 Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3G ED VR Zoom Lens

Nikon's super-zoom lens gets a little less F-stop and a lot lighter

The all-in-one zoom lens is the bread-and-butter lens for many introductory-level and midrange DSLRs. For many shooters that don't need super-fast apertures, they really can be a kind of "do it all" lens. Nikon's newest entry into the space is an 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 VR.

The lens that came before it was the 18-300mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR, which obviously had an advantage in terms of aperture at the long end. But, in return, the new F/3.5-6.3G is 30-percent lighter than the older lens. It has a 16.7x zoom range that gives you a full-frame equivalent focal range from 27-450mm.

Inside, there are 16 elements in 12 groups. Three of the elements are aspherical, while three are made from Extra-low Dispersion glass to increase contrast and cut down on things like chromatic aberration. It uses a Silent Wave Motor for focusing, and promises up to four stops of stabilization thanks to the built-in VR.

The lens will cost $899.95 when it's released in May. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see lens makers start to focus on lenses like this even more. As high ISO performance gets better, the loss of aperture at the long end becomes less of a deal breaker. The glass and coatings are getting better, too, which cuts down on the lack of sharpness and distortion that can sometimes be born from mega focal ranges.

We'll bring you a full review once a retail unit makes its way into the lab.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3G ED VR Zoom Lens
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3G ED VR Zoom Lens

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(8 Shots Photography) Lenses zooms Super-zooms all-in-one nikkor Nikon Gear https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-1 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:30:59 GMT
The Incredible Scientific Technique That Lets You Capture Soundwaves On Camera https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-2

This centuries old technique will actually show sound moving through the air

We've all seen diagrams of how sound works, of how waves radiate from something that makes noise. But wouldn't you like to be able to actually see how that sound spreads? How it ripples through the atmosphere? It turns out that you can, and it takes a centuries old technique known as Schlieren flow visualization.

As explained by NPR, this technique uses a light source, two parabolic mirrors, and then a light blocking edge to create a very specific image on a camera's sensor. This setup shows disturbances in the air from airflow and heat—but also from sound waves. The video below explains it very well, and it's an incredible real life look at everything from a clap to a gun being fired.

The videos themselves come from Michael Hargather, a professor of mechanical engineering at New Mexico Tech, who specializes in "the development and application of optical techniques to the study of high-speed compressible flows and explosions."

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(8 Shots Photography) Projects News science https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-2 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:21:58 GMT
New Gear: Nikon Returns to Android With Coolpix S810c https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-3

Alongside a 12x zoom, and 16MP BSI CMOS sensor

Nikon flirted with the world of Android with 2012's S800c, and now the company has just announced the Coolpix S810c with a larger touchscreen, longer zoom, and smaller body.

The S810c uses Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean), an already slightly outdated version of the OS. It also features a 12x 25–300mm equivalent f/3.3-6.3 lens, and a 3-inch, 1,229,000 dot touchscreen, and will take MicroSD cards in addition to using 1.1GB of onboard storage.

Since it's a fully functional Android device, you can, of course, use it for all the things you'd usually use Android for, such as browsing the web and sending emails. You'll also be able to tap into the world of Android image editing apps to alter the photos taken with the S810c. However, the original S800c wasn't exactly well reviewed, and it remains to be seen if Nikon has addressed some of the concerns of sluggishness from the older version.

The Coolpix S810c will be available in early May for $349.95, in either black or white.

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(8 Shots Photography) News Point-and-shoot New gear Android Nikon https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-3 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:51:24 GMT
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Artist: Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy

Venue: Parisa Kind, Frankfurt

Exhibition Title: Spanish Donkey A-Hole Sport Drink Bilboa Sunscreen Model Drawings

Date: February 15 – April 5, 2014

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Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet at Parisa Kind

Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet at Parisa Kind

Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.


Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy, excerpt from Special Effects, 2014.



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Video and images courtesy of Parisa Kind, Frankfurt

Press Release:

We are very pleased to present the exhibition, “Spanish Donkey A-Hole Sport Drink Bilboa Model Drawings”, by Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy. The drawings, collages and floor reliefs presented in this show are related to the exhibition “Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model” at Portikus in Frankfurt, which opens on February, 14th – Valentine’s day.

In 2007, the artists collaborated on a set of drawings based around Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The artists had both long felt that the general form of the museum obviously looked like a warship. In these drawings, the Museum is depicted as a battleship, or has battleship details added; large artillery cannons, helicopter and fighter jet staging areas, as well as visitors and museum staff in naval uniforms.

A selection of floor reliefs that were finished during the installation period of the Portikus exhibition, will also be on display in the exhibition. These works had started as optical abstractions of Captain America’s shield. Then paintings were created by dropping rocks, bricks, boards, sawhorses, the shields themselves, followed by two forms of liquid brown pigment (paint and energy drink gelatin), combined mid-air while falling onto these sculptural reliefs. The works originally resembled bulls-eyes and hypnosis images, which became targets for gravity based action paintings, with a clear reference to the works of Billy “Dirty” Al Bengston.

Other drawings and collages in the show created in 2013 and 2014, relate more specifically to the Portikus exhibition in Frankfurt, as well as further larger themes. The Portikus building’s similar appearance to a “Spanish Donkey” medieval torture device, and many of the themes addressed in the show; the humiliating aspects of architectures relation to art, Captain America and his arch rival, an italian fascist named the red skull (as portrayed by a Valentino look-a-like) as a metaphor for some imperialistic aspects of US cultural hegemony since WW2, the artists themselves as equally fallible characters, and many more complex arenas. The drawings are in fact complex objects themselves, and represent part of the creative process behind the large scale installation which will be on view at the Portikus. Themes regarding art architecture, art, social criticism, art world machinations, US cultural hegemony, self-deprecation, coincidental spelling mistakes, dinner party dictatorships, and more are represented in this body of works.

Link: Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy at Parisa Kind 

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Check out this month's crop of inspiring photos

Last month's Your Best Shot finalist gallery set the bar high. We had a ton of entries in a short month, so I was surprised when this month's entries lived up to that level. There's the usual excellent mix of portraits, landscapes, black-and-white images with a few wild cards thrown in for good measure.

Check out the full gallery, then head over to our contests page and see all the chances you have to show off your great work and win great prizes. The overall winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Popular Photography magazine


YBS March 2014 Article
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Your Best Shot March 2014 Article

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(8 Shots Photography) Landscapes Portraits Reader Galleries Black and White Photos Your Best Shot https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-4 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:19:50 GMT
Your Best Shot Gallery: March 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-5
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By Jeff Sullivan

The Prey in View
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The Prey in View

By Robert Sommer

A small chameleon which we found in South Africa.

Star Water
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Star Water

By Michael Stein

Stairway Too...
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Stairway Too...

By Richard Bianchir

The Screen
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The Screen

By Julie Grace Immink

My husband in our home, lit by the computer screen.

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By Ivan Galic

Photo shot in basement of Diocletian's palace in Split, Croatia

Coffee Time
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Coffee Time

By Edwin Forsuelo

This photo was taken in a mall in Madaluyong ,Manila.

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By Bob Larson

Shot straight up with the camera resting on the mesh at the Yavapai College Library in Prescott Valley Arizona.

Dawn at the storm cloud
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Dawn at the storm cloud

By lev Vortman

While flying over storm cloud

  • Camera: nikon d 700


Fried Chicken
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Fried Chicken

By Jay Wilson

The iconic Gus's Fried Chicken sign at twilight in Austin, TX

Valley View Sunrise - Yosemite
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Valley View Sunrise - Yosemite

By Michael Girod

This is a blend of 3 exposures using layer masks in Photoshop. The beautiful colors in the sky didn't last long, only about 5 minutes, and then fog started to move in, some of which can be seen to the right.

Back To Nature
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Back To Nature

By Brian Lin

In camera multiple exposure. An application of a tutorial from the current issue of the magazine. The grass is like the hair, and the flowers like the hairbands. Together they give the subject a new look.

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By Kevin Bentley

Downtown Detroit on the day before opening day of Baseball. Great light and the city is active again after a long winter.

Preparing for Tourists
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Preparing for Tourists

By Scott Clowney

A vendor replenishes her stock of goods for tourists who trek the 15th Street corridor between the White House and National Mall.

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By Christopher Johnson

I came to revisit this location when I noticed all the low lying clouds forming on my drive back from work. I wanted to try out a new wide angle lens I just purchased and thought this location would be perfect. Not sure if the sun was going to die behind the ring of atmosphere on the horizon I was pleasantly surprised. This is a really cool location that was brought to my attention by a friend of mine a few weeks earlier.

You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.
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You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.

By Brian Johnson

I like trying new things and being creative. I was shooting in a graveyard and the though why not have Amber jump. I had her do it a few time to make it look like she was floating. I was working hard to make sure the background fit. I moved around a little till I got her in the spot that I thought was best which was in between the two trees. She really likes this image,

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By John Matzick

Seattle Center typifies the mix of old and new and is one of the main reasons I enjoy Seattles architecture

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By Dany Peschl

From To the Mountains series

Sound Painting
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Sound Painting

By Muhammad al-Qatam

High speed photography really opens a world you do not even imagine. This is my take in sound sculpture photography. I used water based paint, diluted with water to the right viscosity. Then using my dad's old speakers and with the help of my brother, took so many shots, using different colour combinations

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By Chee Keong Lim

A monk doing his prayer at cambodia

Sacramento Tornado March 2014
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Sacramento Tornado March 2014

By Joe Inabinett

My wife and I chased this tornado around town until we found a parking lot to sit in an watch from a distance. Fortunately it didn't touch down until after going right over top of us! This giant funnel came within 25-30 feet of the ground!

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By Declan Molloy

Start of an Icelandic road trip, sun just about to peer over the horizon.

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By DIggie Vitt

This is a photo that was taken in Redding california. I wanted to portray a photo that shows someone leaving the "norm." Be yourself.

Madison Avenue Taxi
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Madison Avenue Taxi

By Matthew Kirschner

Shot from behind a taxi waiting at a red light on Madison Avenue, which creates great reflections. Shot on Kodak Porta 160 film.

Rural Contrast
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Rural Contrast

By Jack Cohen

The midday sun beats down on a farmer's truck as it rolls along the English countryside.

  • Camera: Nikon D300s


The Edge of Darkness
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The Edge of Darkness

By Craig Peters

The simple things in life, like light and darkness really come together to create a stunning photo that creates almost a creeping edge of darkness where the light ends.

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By autumn chapman

Arden relaxing in a hammock.

Mother Ganga
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Mother Ganga

By Mariana Silva

"Mother Ganga, daughter of the Vedas, river of illumination, protector of us all, breaker of the chain of birth and rebirth. Everywhere this river flows, that area is the darkness" Aravind Adiga

Horseshoe Crab Sunset
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Horseshoe Crab Sunset

By Justin Nixon

After weeks of dull gray skies the potential for a colorful sunset was growing, with altostratus clouds gathering in the west. It was a last minute decision to hop in the jeep and drive out on the beach and capture the sunset that grew more colorful by the minute. After rushing to the edge of Gordon's Pond, a lone horseshoe crab shell made for an interesting foreground. I used a Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse GND filter and a LEE filter holder to get match the exposure from foreground to sunset sky.

Surfers at sunset
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Surfers at sunset

By Wes Eisenhauer

3 surfers walk home on the beach after an evening session on the waves.

Tux Built For Performance
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Tux Built For Performance

By Bobby Ramirez

Rockin the green socks in honor of St Patty's day and testing the limitations of the new tux.

  • Camera: 5d MK2


Fox Glance
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Fox Glance

By Sam Morris

This moment came as the light broke through the clouds and trees, he turned with a glance of curiosity and gave me the unusual composition I was after. A scene I'll never be lucky enough to see again in my life -which is what I love the most about photography. Thetford Forest, England

Sunset on the Chesapeake Bay
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Sunset on the Chesapeake Bay

By Jeremy Nelson

I've always had a love of water. Growing up on Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio, I was born with water in my blood. For the past 6 years I lived near Harpers Ferry, WV where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers combined. Recently, I moved to Maryland's Easter Shore, along the Chesapeake Bay. My first photo outing in my new town led me to the banks of the Chesapeake Bay at Thomas Point in Annapolis, MD. I new I had to capture the beauty of my new surroundings.

Beak Fencing
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Beak Fencing


Great blue heron parent and offspring having a discussion.

Blue Hour Pier
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Blue Hour Pier

By Ca'Mareo Waller

I've always wanted to capture a shot during the blue hour following a sunset. The opportunity arose during a recent trip to Texas. I happened to be in the right place at the right time so I jumped at the opportunity. Being able to capture some of the clouds and different hues was just icing on the cake.

Joy jump at Tajmahal
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Joy jump at Tajmahal

By Vasanthan Muneeswaran

A young man was jumping in joy...

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By Raymond Bellamy

Found in the older part of Huntersville, NC.

  • Camera: Nikon D5000


Follow the long dirt path
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Follow the long dirt path

By Diego Ledezma

I was taking a hike throughout the Marin headlands (exactly on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge) a few weeks ago to seek some inspiration for a photography project when I noticed this symmetrical composition. We were lucky enough to be blessed with rainy weather in the San Francisco Bay Area for a few weeks, and I felt that I really should take care of it before the clouds burned away.

Fallen Angel
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Fallen Angel

By Emily Dozois

A self portrait by eighteen year old Emily Dozois created to express the feeling of failure or being a disappointment to others. The flower petals symbolize a loss of hope, but her red hair shows that she still has some remaining.

Naked Body Painting Party
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Naked Body Painting Party

By CS Muncy

NEW YORK, NY - A participant in the annual "Naked Body Painting Party" poses for a "safe for work" portrait. Photo by CS Muncy

Pillaging the Bowl - (no photoshop)-
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Pillaging the Bowl - (no photoshop)-

By Brandon Edwards

(already submitted once,I wanted to give better context)I used two speed lights. One with an umbrella on an arm hanging over the edge of the bowl for a rim, another with a red gel to even out the shadows and create atmosphere. I didn't use a back light because I felt the natural light in the scene separated the subject from the background, also causing a shadow to come towards the camera on his left side.

Light from Heaven
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Light from Heaven

By Khant Zaw

Two young novices praying Ancient Buddha image in one of the temple in Bagan.

Day on the Lake
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Day on the Lake

By Gabe Wise

This is a screen grab out of a time-lapse I shot. The reflection of the sky in the water adds greatly to the image. Compositionally speaking, the clouds act as diagonals to bring the viewer into a very sharp and defined boat.

Under the Umbrella
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Under the Umbrella

By Darrell Sano

The spare rain needed in San Francisco was welcome to all, to temper the drought, while finally providing cloudy, expressive skies. I took this shot while walking under my umbrella on Market Street, San Francisco. Rain, finally.

  • Camera: Fujifilm X100
  • Focal Length: 23mm (35mm eq.)


Don't Look Down
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Don't Look Down

By Nicolas Fitzgerald

Shot in Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This was taken over the spillway at a natural spring in the park.


In the river
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In the river

By Annik Dhooghe

Flowing water

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By Mihail Kopychko

Spring forest.

Spring Light
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Spring Light

By Michelle Roller

Model- Malia Barnes Hair and makeup- Alicia Hathaway

magic photographer
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magic photographer

By ionut andrei serban

I first visited the Sahara Desert and Marok. Here I discovered a new world with different values ​​and a beautiful story ..... I tried to take with me a part of this world and play all these emotions through camera

Tree on the Gardiner River
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Tree on the Gardiner River

By Pauline Murrill

I have taken many photos of this tree. The conditions were so perfect this time, The temperature and the light to accent the beauty of the fallen tree and the river. It was about 15 degees out and the sun was just right to capture the steam rising from the warmer river and accenting the tree. I see this tree every morning on my way to work.

Wedding Band
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Wedding Band

By Cristina Fotieo

A countryside wedding band processional marches to the bride's home against a backdrop of firework smoke.

  • Camera: Canon Rebel xTi


Kitchen Window
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Kitchen Window

By Michael Barrow


Milky way
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Milky way

By Manish Mamtani

Milky way rising over Arches National Park

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By laura bello

Model: Paige Carson


(8 Shots Photography) Landscapes Portraits Reader Galleries black and white Photos your best shot https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-5 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:14:56 GMT
Gerhard Nordström at Kunsthal Charlottenborg https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Gerhard-Nordstr-m-at-Kunsthal-Charlottenborg Gerhard Nordström at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Artist: Gerhard Nordström

Venue: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Exhibition Title: Magten og æren – volden, pengene (The Power and the Glory – the violence, the money)

Date: February 28 – March 30, 2014

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Gerhard Nordström at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Gerhard Nordström at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Gerhard Nordström at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


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Images courtesy of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Photos by Jenny Thornell.

Press Release:

Kunsthal Charlottenborg is proud to present the solo exhibition Magten og æren – volden, pengene (The Power and the Glory – the violence, the money by Swedish artist Gerhard Nordström (b. 1925). Gerhard Nordström is best known for his overt opposition against the abuse of power and against pollution, messages that he conveys in his art by depicting social injustice and the consequences of consumer society.

The director of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Jacob Fabricius, says: ”I have always been deeply fascinated by Gerhard Nordström’s imagery and universe. Particularly by his ability to use images to evoke and pin down an atmosphere that is by turns chilling, wise, and enthralling. There are few politically active painters in the Nordic countries today, and I believe that it is important to remember the potential of painting – it is a crucial part of the history of art.”

From the early 1960s onwards Gerhard Nordström has insisted on using oils to create his political artworks. In spite of this so-called classic method his works have a distinctively contemporary quality, offering razor-sharp political and social commentary. In an era of rapid political and social change, of information maelstroms and mass-media image overload, these artworks – these frozen moments – still manage to imprint themselves on our retinas, constantly reminding us of the consequences of greed and power.

The exhibition will encompass paintings and sculpture; the main lynchpins are the series Banco di Santo Spirito (1984) and De Antimilitäriska Planscherna (“The Anti-Militarist Wall Charts”) (1960-1969).

The series of antimilitarist wall charts mix politics with satire in an almost cartoon-like painterly style, pointing to the absurdity of the means and ends of warfare with their combinations of images and texts. In a similar move, the painted portraits of religious figures from the installation Banco di Santo Spirito represent marked contrasts to the glorifying papal portraits typical of art history.

These explicitly political paintings may seem far removed from Nordström’s rather more subtle empty landscapes from the 1970s and 1980s. However, the sheer emptiness of these landscapes reveals the consequences of pollution, testifying to the consequences of man’s presence in the world. Yet another example of how everything is political – and hence important – in Nordström’s universe.

Link: Gerhard Nordström at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

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Mickey Rooney will: Surprise for family https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-2 ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-2 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:19:41 GMT After the fall, George Wallace to close standup show — and hints at TV project https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/After-the-fall-George-Wallace-to-close-standup-show-and-hints-at-TV-project (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/After-the-fall-George-Wallace-to-close-standup-show-and-hints-at-TV-project Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:57:00 GMT IMGembed Claims 85% of Images on the Web are Stolen, Wants to Fix It https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-6

According to IMGembed, the vast majority of photos on the internet aren't okayed, or even sourced

It should hardly come as a surprise, but the overwhelming majority of images that are used online are being used illegally. Between Tumblr, blog posts, Twitter, imgur, and a host of unsavory corners of the web, most of the photos that get uploaded are taken from somewhere without permission. Now, licensing and embedding tool IMGembed has a released a white paper saying that the number is 85%, and offering its own services as a way to help limit it.

Frankly, the 85% number even sound conservative, and the report doesn't indicate how this number was generated. But it does identify a number of reasons for the widespread misuse of photos, citing market confusion, time constraints, copyright trolling, and low risk as being major contributors.

IMGembed is a service that allows photographers a substantial amount of control over how their image is used, and what rates they get for it. Rather than just having an image that can be downloaded, and easily stolen, it instead generates an embeddable HTML code. It does have a suite of free images for use too, but those are usually limited to just 10,000 impressions.

IMGembed can be seen as part of a larger trend towards major image hosting and licensing sites moving towards embedded image tools rather than straight downloads. Flickr has recently overhauled its embedding function, plus there are tools like Stipple. And let's not forget Getty's recent move to make its entire archive available to embed.

However, many websites still aren't set up to properly use embedded images. Our own CMS, for example, requires an image file to generate a thumbnail on the front page—which we wouldn't be able to get from one of these services.

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The Rant: April 8, 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/The-Rant-April-8-2014 ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/The-Rant-April-8-2014 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:07:00 GMT Boy, 11, beaten with belt 60+ times https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Boy-11-beaten-with-belt-60-times ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Boy-11-beaten-with-belt-60-times Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:56:15 GMT Lisl Ponger at Secession https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Lisl-Ponger-at-Secession Lisl Ponger at Secession

Artist: Lisl Ponger

Venue: Secession, Vienna

Exhibition Title: The Vanishing Middle Class

Curated by: Jeanette Pacher

Date: February 13 – March 30, 2014

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Lisl Ponger at Secession

Lisl Ponger at Secession

Lisl Ponger at Secession

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


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Images courtesy of Secession, Vienna. Photos by Michael Michlmayr.

Press Release:

Lisl Ponger has long explored the constructed nature of (cultural) identity, our—often stereotypical— ideas about and images of the “other,” and the associated questions of visual representation. Her art frequently engages with the academic disciplines of ethnology and anthropology, whose methods and politics become manifest in the collection and exhibition practices of ethnographic museums.

In the Secession’s main hall, Ponger will be realizing a project she has wanted to do for a long time: the Museum für fremde und vertraute Kulturen [Museum for Foreign and Familiar Cultures], in short MuKul. The plans for her own (ethnographic) museum represent a culmination of the interests that underlie her art. Although the museum is fictional, its design is based on painstaking research and precise observation. It is an almost disturbingly detailed recreation of real ethnological museums, a growing number of which have recently adopted names such as world museum, museum of cultures, and the like. The exhibits are identified with inventory numbers and places and dates of purchase, and the museum has object and section labels as well as panels listing the museum staff and all lenders. In a bow to popular demand, there is even a Photopoint in the lobby where visitors can pose for pictures in front of a backdrop.

Lisl Ponger presents two exhibitions in the four exhibition rooms of the MuKul: The Vanishing Middle Class, a show that undertakes what is known as “salvage ethnology” by recording and documenting as many facets as possible of the life of a population group whose future is in peril, and the special exhibition Lisl Ponger. Wild Places with a number of photographic works the artist created between 2000 and 2010.

The exhibition about the disappearance of the middle class is divided into rooms that address particular issues such as “The Rise of the Western Middle Class,” “The Middle Class in Peril,” “From Playing by the Rules to Gaming the System,” “Exhibits for Posterity,” and “The Emerging Middle Classes.” In addition to the historical development of the middle class, the show examines its relation to democracy and capitalism in its neoliberal form—with a particular focus on the effects of tax havens and the banking crisis—as well as newly emerging middle classes in countries such as China. It presents a wealth of illustrative materials, including real and counterfeit branded products serving as status symbols, historic photographs, postcards from tax havens, life masks taken from members of the middle class, board games, coins, and cash envelopes.

The design of the two exhibitions is firmly in keeping with the conventions of different cultural institutions: the artist’s photographic works are presented in a room kept in a neutral white and illuminated by equally neutral lighting, whereas each room of the exhibition The Vanishing Middle Class, from the walls to the bases on which the glass cases rest, is painted in a distinctive color, and the lighting is orchestrated to heighten the aura of the exhibits.

By treating the Western middle class as an object of study in the same way that, even today, exhibitions make a spectacle out of “exotic” peoples or ethnic groups in remote parts of the non-Western world, Ponger’s show strikingly illustrates how many museums operate; the resulting exercise in deconstruction invites critical engagement with these mechanisms.

Lisl Ponger was born in Nuremberg in 1947 and lives and works in Vienna.

Link: Lisl Ponger at Secession

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Artist: Aaron Garber-Maikovska


Exhibition Title: Being One and Then Sum

Date: February 21 – March 29, 2014

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Aaron Garber-Maikovska at STANDARD (OSLO)

Aaron Garber-Maikovska at STANDARD (OSLO)

Full gallery of videos, images, press release and link available after the jump.


Aaron Garber-Maikovska, Tree Target, 2013. Looped video with sound. Duration 4:15. Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.


Aaron Garber-Maikovska, Cabazon, 2013. Looped video with sound. Duration 4:48. Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.


Aaron Garber-Maikovska, Red Robin, 2013. Looped video with sound. Duration 4:57. Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.



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Video and images courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO). Photos by Vegard Kleven.

Press Release:

STANDARD (OSLO) is proud to announce its first solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Garber- Maikovska. Entitled “Being One and then Sum”, Garber-Maikovska’s exhibition brings together three new video works, a group of eleven sculptures, alongside new works from his series of paintings on gator boards further investigating an insular alphabet or merging motion with counter-communication.

“Chopin’s small forms (nocturne, impromptu, waltz, mazurka, scherzo, ballade, prelude) are rooms, single-occupancy, open to hauntings.
Chopin assists my quest to imagine a vocation of pleasure, and to find value in the tiny, the out-of-date, and the wrong.”
- Wayne Kostenbaum, Hotel Theory, Brooklyn, 2007

“Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.”
- Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red, New York, 2013

Think of a colour. It could be any colour (I am thinking about breakfast and hence thinking of the yellow of egg yolk, but that is insignificant; you’re free to choose something else). Think of just the colour itself: its hue, its vibrancy and its depth. Then think of a line that makes enough curves to give this an appearance of a face. Then think of another line that is trying to cross and cancel that out. Then think of a third line that is annoyingly close to being a letter without being one. Then think of all of these things at the same time.

I am trying, but my concentration is poor. I am traveling. I am sitting at the desk in my hotel room. It is too small, even after I have put all of the brochures, the hotel stationery, and the various glossy cards to greet me in the drawer. I have turned off CNN. I have tidied the room. I have put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on my door knob. Yet, I am too painfully aware of this being a place of not belonging and of not working. “The nature of a hotel room, uniform, can ́t be determined by its occupant”, as claimed by Wayne Kostenbaum. “The hotel room’s fixed structure enforces the inhabitant’s passivity.” Like the minibar itself it is a place of minimum needs and maximum compromises. And, to make matters even worse, I just leafed through the weekend edition of the New York Times and ended up reading an article in T Magazine about writers and the rooms where they do their work. The imperfections of this interior are even further exposed. “I spend much of my time gazing out of the window of any writing space I have inhabited”, says Joyce Carol Oates and turns away from her Macbook to face the photographer for the portrait shot. There is snow on the trees outside her window. There is a restaurant named “Big China” facing my window.

I draw the curtains and think that not only am I missing a view, but that I am also missing a view of the works that I am supposed to write about. Instead there is a framed print of a sailboat above my desk. It is in the middle of Germany. Both me and the sailboat are a tad too far from home. I imagine that a work of Aaron Garber-Maikovska would not only help me here but make good companionship in any room intended for writing – that and a view. He equally lacks the latter (his studio has skylights), but faces the opposite problem when it comes to the former: there are too many of these works keeping him company. His most recent group of paintings – executed in ink and pastel on gator boards – so easily smear with contact, and it is not possible to store them or stack them unless you frame them. Hence, they are all present, and like an audition line for a TV talent show, they wrap around one corner after the other with various degrees of hope and signs of artistic ability. With this constant confrontation of the many stages the series has moved through and assurance in the words by Bruce Nauman – that “An awareness of yourself, comes from a certain amount of activity” – Aaron Garber-Maikovska attempts to move further. Always restarting same way: upper left corner; lower left corner; switch off the GPS (read the traffic and terrain); make it back to the top of the board and its upper right corner. The ink seeping into the gator board, leaving a faint line but enough of trace evidence.

Garber-Maikovska’s movements are both utterly mechanical and unavoidably meaningful. As inane as these paintings might appear, any attempts at gestural abstraction inevitably invites an investigation of meaning and possibly also an exhaustion of such. Doubling in terms of gesture, Garber-Maikovska applies pastel on top colours of the ink in his paintings. Even in the cases where he is using the ink lines to trace his colours the consequence is a dissonant layering, a certain stumble, stutter or desynchronization. The pastel is rubbed out and another layer of ink and pastel goes on top; further adding in terms of rhythm and repetition, and once again fading in and out of sync. This switching between syncopation and in-syncopation brings to mind the modulation and movement of his performance-based video works and earlier text-based works. The former – this exhibition contains three recent videos: “Target Tree”, “Cabazon” and “Fast Red Robin” – sees the artist engaged in a semaphore of movement and a mapping out of the interior where the film is shot. The other works would have him flex, fold and force an abstraction of language. As would be the case in the work from 2009, “Always Quoting Emily Dickinson”, where the title is the very same set of words uttered over and over again. Each repetition is seeking to find its own pace and pitch while nevertheless stating the same, until the words and the viewer are equally exhausted and language turns liquid. As pointed out by curator Catherine Taft: “by riffing on the rhythms and textures of words, he is able to slacken their meanings, test their parameters and unhinge them from our more concrete systems of exchange.” Or, as stated by Jan Tumlir: “No particular urge to make effects that might otherwise predominate. No particular urge to make oneself understood or, conversely, to thwart understanding drives this work; rather, the point is to suspend any such readings on our part in favor of accessing language in a state of emergence.” Possibly taking shape of a letter, a sign, a portrait, a cartoon strip, or as calligraphy, these paintings end up resembling the form and function of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs where a stylized picture of an object could equally represent a word, syllable, or sound. Like the minibar being both the symptom, solution and surrender, they all collapse in one. On my way out I notice that the wall across the corridor has two of the same framed sailboat prints stacked on top of each other. They are heading in different directions; even the draft of the hotel corridor got it wrong.

Aaron Garber-Maikovska (b. 1978, Washington DC), lives and works in Los Angeles, where he graduated from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). His works last appeared in the gallery group exhibition “Standard Escape Routes” in April 2013, and have additionally featured in exhibitions at Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago / Berlin; Green Gallery, Milwaukee, and LTD, Los Angeles. This spring will also see him part of a two- artists presentation at Frieze Art Fair, New York, under the auspices of STANDARD (OSLO) and will also be the launch of his first monograph.

Link: Aaron Garber-Maikovska at STANDARD (OSLO)

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Shutterstock Hits 35 Million Images, 400 Million Licenses https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-7

That's a lot of stock photography

Now in its 11th year of business, popular stock photography marketplace Shutterstock has just announced hitting two major milestones: 35 million images have been uploaded, and 400 million images have been licenseed. In celebration of this rather impressive event, Shutterstock has put together 35 of its best images from the entire run of 35 million.

When the company hit the 30 million mark last year, it also released a fun look at just what made up those 30 million photos, showing off how some of the search results look.

To tie in with this landmark, we'd love to hear from any of our readers who have images up on Shutterstock. How has working with them been, and have you seen much traction for your photos? Have you hit the overall average of 11.4 licenses? Or is your work languishing in obscurity? Give us your impressions in the comments!

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New Gear: DJI Announces New Phantom 2 Vision+ Camera Drone https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-8

Alongside a host of firmware updates for older models

DJI has added yet another Phantom to its much-loved lineup, with the newly announced Phantom 2 Vision+. The Phantom 2 Vision+ will go for $1299, just $100 more than its predecessor, the Phantom 2 Vision, but with the addition of a three axis stabilization gimbal, Wi-Fi with a range of up to 2,300 feet, boosted maximum flight speed to 50 feet per second, and the ability to shoot straight down. The Phantom 2 Vision+ also now features a GPS system, so if you let go of the controller, it'll jus stay hovering in place.

Alongside the new piece of gear, DJI also updated a number of its existing units with new firmware. The Phantom 2 and Phantom 2 Vision have both received upgrades.

Interestingly, one of the primary new features released today is special area restriction, which is used to prevent the Phantoms from flying over areas with specially restricted airspace. While the current list is fairly short, there is increasing awareness of these so called "drone cameras", and issues about safety and security. Just yesterday we heard of an athlete who was hit by a falling hexacopter, and injured in a triathlon. Hopefully products like the Phantom Vision 2+, which are designed to be easier to fly, will help prevent accidents like that in the future.

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Dominique-Gonzalez-Foerster-at-Jan-Mot Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot

Artist: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Venue: Jan Mot, Brussels

Exhibition Title: bibliographie

Date: February 22 – March 29, 2014

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot

Images courtesy of the artist and Jan Mot, Brussels/Mexico City


“On Tapis de lecture by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster”

By Ana Pato

BRUSSELS, JAN. 20 – On the occasion of the upcoming exhibition by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, a translation into English was made of a chapter from the book by Ana Pato, Literatura expandida : arquivo e cita- ção na obra de Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, published in 2012.1

I see myself as a failed writer yet still someone with a strong fantasy, an obsessive desire to write.2
–Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

The installation Tapis de lecture (2000) puts together two recurring elements in the work of Gonzalez-Foerster, both essential to the understanding of the process investigated here: the presentation of the book-object in the exhibition space and the desire of creating a reading “place.”

The work was created for the collective exhibition Voilà! Le monde dans la tête, at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris. Organized by Suzanne Pagé, Béatrice Parent and the artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, Voilà! brought together about sixty artists of several countries who in their practice discuss collective memory and private stories based on ideas related to accumulation, inventory, collection, archive, encyclopedia.

Gonzalez-Foerster’s installation was composed by a square rug and books which the artist piled along two of the sides. The titles chosen are part of her own library and constitute some of her fundamental references; they are sci-fi books, detective novels, mystery books, critical essays, cartoons, of authors like J. G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Jorge Luis Borges, W. G. Sebald, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Jean Ricardou, among others.

The way the books were arranged on the rug corresponded to the artist’s proposal for a library: the piles of books were not organized according to classification parameters but followed instead a different logic which approximated atmospheres, images, feelings. In this piling procedure, Gonzalez-Foester organized her archive of ideas; for her, the book itself is a building block. In this sense, it is symptomatic that one of her first artworks, still at the fine arts school, was a bookshelf in which the shelves were supported by books instead of bricks.3

Tapis de Lecture is of an almost disconcerting simplicity. Curator Lisette Lagnado, who has studied since 2002 the way in which the artist’s different propositions concatenate, proposes a nonlinear temporal order to approach Gonzalez-Foerster’s practice. Lagnado describes that piece in the following way:

“This is perhaps why Gonzalez-Foerster’s subsequent Tapis de lecture (Reading Rug) of 2000 was an environment without walls or roof, in contrast to the closure of her sequence of rooms. An innocent invitation to travel, it displays the technological revolution reduced to the interweaving of two types of network – from the printing and typography of the magician Gutenberg to a flying coverlet taken from the bed of One Thousand and One Nights.”4

In Tapis de lecture, Gonzalez-Foerster faces the difficulty of creating, within the exhibition space, an ambiance which stimulates, as she would like, the experience of reading time. The audience walks through the work and is not able to interact with it; choosing a book and lying down on the rug to read it are actions that just do not take place. The question of illegibility and the void, which bothers the artist, will haunt her throughout her production.

Ten years later, with Desert Park (2010), a piece conceived by the artist for Instituto Inhotim, the artist created a diverse experience with a space of reading. The environ- mental installation took the shape of a small desert placed in the middle of the tropical forest where the museum is located. The piece’s artificial and dystopian landscape is inspired by Ballard. A set of bus stop similes made out of concrete was scattered over a small white sand hill; books were left on the benches, most of them science fiction.

In the park, visitors sit to read; as if a feeling of uncanniness caused by that environment poked the desire to read – and/or – as if Ballard’s science fiction could be felt in the Gonzalez-Foerster exhibition site.

In Tapis de lecture, one observes the interest of the artist in dealing with the perception and creation of dystopian spaces, as well as the impossibility of reading and writing. In this sense, it is interesting to recall that critic Jean-Max Colard, as he wrote about the work for the Expodrome exhibition at the Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris in 2007, stated that he saw in that piece evidence of a more comprehensive literature project:

“Keeping away from those readers who insist on a strict separation between high literature and popular creation, Gonzalez-Foerster’s work participates in an ongoing drive toward another reading of texts, one that is more malleable, closer to interpretation, more open to border-crossing and genre-bending – reading as a malleable, ‘plastic’ art form.”5

Gonzalez-Foerster would like to be a writer: “I keep reading all the time, wanting to write and fantasizing about the idea of writing a book ”.6 The impossibility of writing and of creating something new is the central issue in the conception of works like the installations Tapis de lecture (2000), Park – A Plan for Escape (2002), Roman de Münster (2007), TH.2058 (2008), chronotopes & dioramas (2009) and the film De Novo (2009).

Here the hypothesis is that the artist’s loud claim of being incapable to write is no real hindrance but a strategy. The conception of a language made out of sculptures, films and books – expanded literature – and the use, sometimes excessive, of corrupted quotations of other voices, configure signs of an artistic research that seeks new ways of writing and new authorship models.

This operation recasts discussions about a contemporary writing no longer circumscribed to writing’s conventional linguistic systems, but one that allows aggregating the production of images and objects.

1 This text is part of the book by Ana Pato, Literatura expandida : arquivo e citação na obra de Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. São Paulo : Edições SESC : Associação Cultural Videobrasil, 2012. http://site.videobrasil. org.br/en/publicacoes/ensaios/ana-pato. Translation by Gavin Adams.

2 Gonzalez-Foerster, Dominique. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: chronotopes & dioramas. Organized by Dia Art Founda- tion, Nova York, at Dia, Hispanic Society of America, September 23rd 2009 to June 27th 2010, p. 53.

3 Bibliothèque, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, 1985, Accademia di Brera, Milano, Italia.

4 Lagnado, Lisette. Turbineville: shadow && frayeur. In: Morgan, Jessica (org.). TH.2058. Londres: Tate, 2008, v. 01, pp. 113–115.

5 Colard, Jean-Max. Expanded Littérature. In: Gonzalez-Foerster, Dominique and Colard, Jean-Max; Ghesquière, Nicolas; Grassi, Francesca; Lagnado, Lisette; Lec- cia, Ange; Obrist, Hans Ulrich; Rahm, Philippe; Scherf, Angeline (eds.). Expodrome: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & CIE. Paris:ARC/Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris, 2007, Paris, p.67. (trans- lation by Boris Belay)

6 Interview with the artist. In: Pato, op. cit., p. 279.

Link: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Jan Mot

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The Rant: April 7, 2014 https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/The-Rant-April-7-2014 ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/The-Rant-April-7-2014 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:05:00 GMT What a shot! 33 sports photos https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-40 ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/index-40 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:39:29 GMT Teacher, student brawl in classroom https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Teacher-student-brawl-in-classroom ]]> (8 Shots Photography) https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Teacher-student-brawl-in-classroom Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:57:52 GMT Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iPad: Hands-On Preview https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-9 Lightroom Mobile for iPad

Sync your catalogs and edit photos on the go

We’ve been hearing rumors - and seeing demos - of Lightroom’s mobile version for a while now, and we are very happy that its first iteration has been released. WIth it, you can sync your photos between your desktop computer and iPad, make edits offline, and share via social media. There’s also an online gallery that will let you display those same collections (but not edit them) from any computer connected to the Internet.


This is definitely an early release. At press time, it's iPad-only, which means iPhone and Android users are out of luck. And features like star ratings have not yet been integrated (you can flag your favorites though). Still, setting it up is simple and seamless, and in its first version it is already incredibly useful.


How much does it cost? If you’re signed up for the Creative Cloud, unlimited synching is included, whether you’re a member of the Photoshop Photography Program or have one of the other three pricier complete plans. (Note that the Photography Program, which at press time costs $9.99/month and includes only Photoshop and Lightroom, is set to expire on May 31, 2014. But it’s been extended before, and we’re hoping Adobe will extend it again.) Have a normal Lightroom license? You’ll have to sign up for CC if you want the use of Lightroom mobile. For photographers with iPads, we think it is completely worth it.

Here are the basics to get started using Lightroom mobile, and a tour of its best features. -Debbie Grossman

Step 1



Set it up. This is just as easy as you’d hope it would be. Make sure to download the latest version of Lightroom 5 for your computer, and download the Lightroom mobile app from Apple’s app store. On your computer’s LR, click on the identity plate in the top left corner to sign in. Then enter your Creative Cloud account credentials. Open the app on your ipad and do the same thing.


Step 2



Now sync your photos. Lightroom mobile syncs by collection, so you’ve got to create a new collection for every group of images you want to see on your iPad, or choose to sync collections that you’ve already made. If all of your stuff is organized into folders, note that creating a collection from a whole folder is easy and fast—all you need to do is drag the folder down to the Collections panel to create one that contains everything the folder does. Next to the collection on the far left, you’ll now see a little checkbox. Click it to sync. You’ll see a small sync symbol appear to indicate that the folder is available in LR mobile. Then open the app to see your collections appear.


Step 3



The nice thing about syncing is that it goes two ways. You can see photos you add on your computer on your iPad, and iPad photos on your computer. To pull photos from your camera roll into a collection, tap the plus arrow in the top-right corner of the main iPad screen, and tap OK. Then tap the ellipses at the bottom of the new collection's thumbnail to see more options, and tap Enable Auto Import. You can also manually add images from your camera roll. Auto camera roll upload will likely be far more useful when there’s an iPhone app (or when the iPad’s camera gets better!). For now, if you have Photo Stream set up, you can send iPhone images from there to your camera roll and then get them into Lightroom mobile.


Step 4




Adobe tells us that star ratings are imminent (they plan to update the app as frequently as possible with new features), but until then, you can sort and choose your favorites by flagging. View your image full screen, or choose filmstrip view from the menu at the bottom. Then swipe up or down on your image to flag it as a pick or a reject, or to unflag it altogether. Tap the metadata in the top left to see various image attributes. When you’re done, it the arrow in the top left to go back to the main menu.


Step 5



The ability to edit on the go may be the best part about Lightroom mobile (though of course you’ll want to check color when you’re back at a color managed workspace). To see your picked images, tap the down arrow under the folder name in the top center of the screen. Then choose the photo you want to address, and tap the adjustments icon. There’s a gray “dropper” under WHite Balance, or you can use the usual temperature and tint sliders. All of the adjustments of the Basic panel are accessible, including Clarity and Vibrance. You can also get to all of Lightroom’s built-in processing presets. (Still missing: the ability to use your own favorite presets or do processing-heavy tasks like retouching or distortion fixes.)


Step 6



The ability to share makes the app most useful, particularly for photographers who prefer to give the royal treatment to even their Instagrams. When you get something you like, tap the share button in the top right corner. For now, you can only go to services native to the iOS, such as Facebook. To share to Instagram, first save to your camera roll. You can also, of course, send a (non-full-res) image by email or, if it’s set up, by iMessage.


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New Gear: Blackmagic URSA 4K Camera Has Upgradeable Mount, Sensor https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/story01-10 Blackmagic URSA Cinema Camera

A production-quality cinema camera starting at $6,000

The cameras used to make major movies and TV shows can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Seriously, check out the Arri section on the B&H website. But, Blackmagic has always strived to make high-end movie-making more affordable. Their new URSA camera starts at just $6,000 and offers a camera they claim will be right at home on massive productions.

The camera comes with a Super 35 sensor that has 12-stops of dynamic range and shoots 12-bit raw images in Cinema DNG. The sensor is part of a modular "turret," which also includes the lens mount, so you can use the EF mount Canon compatible lenses or a PL mount for more film-specific glass. It's similar in concept to the Ricoh GXR camera system, which was built for still photography.

The camera body has a 10-inch screen that folds out for setting functions and viewing footage.

Since it's built for big productions, the URSA has all the bells and whistles you'd expect for a camera that's built to be part of a rig. They've also put a lot of thought into how it will be operated, giving each user a "zone" so the director of photography won't always be crashing into the audio engineer.

It captures footage to CFast cards and has a clever, smaller touchscreen display to handle control over common settings. It also uses global shutter rather than rolling shutter, which gives it another very distinct advantage over DSLRs for high-end shooting. No jiggle footage.

While this is still likely well outside the reach of even most enthusiast users, it's amazing to see how far true production-grade cinema equipment has come.

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Judith Hopf at Kaufmann Repetto https://www.8shots.com/blog/2014/4/Judith-Hopf-at-Kaufmann-Repetto JH_07-Detail-1 04:03:2014

Artist: Judith Hopf

Venue: Kaufmann Repetto, New York

Exhibition Title: Cracking Nuts

Date: February 22 – March 9, 2014

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Judith Hopf, Some End of Things: the Conception of Youth, 2011. 8 mm transferred to DVD. 3’. Courtesy the artist and kaufmann repetto, Milano/New York.



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