Hopefully this list gives you a few gift ideas just before Christmas.
A little while ago The Camera Store started stocking a new, old product, called Sunprints.There are two varieties, one comes with an acrylic sheet, necessary to
squish things down and keep still on the paper, and the other variety
comes without the acrylic, both are available in two-sizes.
Reading a lot lately, amidst personal struggles, going to and from clinics for family, a book by John Caputo on “Philosophy and Theology” made it clear to me that my mind operates much more in the prior realm, so much so that I think (!) this review will reveal what I want to call “anterior” dialectic.
The book is what it says it is, avoiding the glut of self-help that plagues the “how-to” market. The Filmmaker’s Handbook is how to how-to. It is intelligently written throughout, and the examples and selections that Pincus and Ascher make are subtly and gracefully chosen; there is brilliance in using a sublime still of Anna Karina in Jean Luc Godard’s Vivre sa Vie to expound on the possible virtue lens flare, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a philosophically dense topic like persistence of vision addressed at all, not to mention so deftly.
“Lately, I read Stephen Shore’s “The Nature of Photographs” and I foundit hypnotic. I think everyone interested in photography should read it.
Shore is a master educator on the subject of photography, and his
insights on focus and the frame have so much more to do with
mindfulness, and the transmutation of consciousness. I shouldn’t say too
much and blow the magic of it.”