Just read two fascinating essays about how camera film and, later, digital cameras, were calibrated to represent white people. The essay by Syreeta McFadden is about the subject from a personal perspective: “My mom had saved up quite a bit of money to try to create a pastoral scene of domesticity of our rough and ragged family to give to loved ones. I just couldn’t understand how the camera could get us so wrong.” The other essay, by Rosie Cima, explains the technical side of this with great clarity and also provides some very interesting history.
I’m afraid this is work in progress, to be updated later, dear Wordless Wednesday friends, but I’m determined to post something this week and this is what I’m working on. More to come…
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This photo of a fist fight between nationalists and pro-Russian opposition members shows mathematical perfection of composition. Tajanstvenix of Imgur pointed out that the photo, apparently taken by an unknown Reuters photographer, has a perfect Fibonacci ration or Golden Spiral. An article by Aja Romano of The Daily Dot also shows other photos by Instagram photographers comparing them to famous Renaissance paintings.
A clear concise video with visual examples and explanations of basic rules of composition with photographer Steve McCurry: