The farewell of Nikon to the Japanese market, National Geographic‘s homage to Black History Month, Glyn Dewis’ advice on how to protect creativity during this pandemic static period, up to Strobist‘s humor on the classic American contrast between police and liberty of thought. Here are the latest photography-related topics trending this month.
Nikon closes its historic factory in Japan
After more than 100 years of activity, the Japanese multinational camera company Nikon has entered a crisis on the wave of the shut-off of the artistic business due to the pandemic. This is what Marco Crupi says in his blog, reporting the Japanese newspaper Asahi. The company had to give up its plans in Brazil and move to Thailand, closing the Japanese Sendai factory in the city of Natori. Here, the first Nikon EM model was created, which went down in history as the “Little Nikon“.
The historic camera appeared in the ’66 Antonioni’s “Blow Up” film. The film tackles London street photography through the story of Thomas, a photographer looking for shots to print in his future book, aboard his Rolls Royce. A drama that revolves around the murder of a woman, found by Thomas himself, who had previously photographed her in intimacy with her lover. Nikon (Photomic FTN) was also launched into space in ’71, on Apollo 15. Since then, it has continued to participate in various space missions. To top it all off, for its centenary, Nikon released a timelapse made by thousands of images of the Earth as seen from NASA Johnson Space Center.
National Geographic’s Black History Month
If, on the one hand, African Americans see enlisting as a possibility to assert one’s worth, as well as fighting for equality, on the other hand, it is a source of economic income to invest in health and education. Currently, 43% of American troops are African-American volunteers. This is what emerges from the research carried out by the Pew Research Center. Starting from these data, National Geographic has revealed the stories of some of them, in the article “Old-fashioned images evoke the complicated history of Black military service“. Fulton Porter, 53, is currently a doctor but, before realizing his dream, he served during the First Gulf War. His great effort paid off and he was able to handle the fees of the medical school he had enrolled in.
The article shows the photographs of Rashod Taylor, selected by National Geographic. Winner of a Lens Culture’s Critics Choice award, Rashod concentrates the dense history of the Black Military Service in his shots. One of his projects, “My America“, reflects on the duality of the American principle of freedom and equality. His style draws on the symbolism of the complicated reality of a ‘black man living in America‘, which the artist experiences on his skin every day in Illinois.
Glyn Dewis: “Creativity needs stretching”
What can a photographer do to train creativity between one lockdown and another? And what could replace a person’s face?
What you need to look for is anything that can be shifted into an image that you can upload to your computer. Fluidifying equals a ten push-ups set. According to Glyn Dewis, creativity is like a muscle and photographers are bodybuilders. Both have to make sacrifices and keep the chin up without letting go. Training is the secret to not get rusty (or to not lose muscle mass). Covid-19 is the new reality, denying it is a waste of energy. It doesn’t matter if the only type of photography you can do during this time is landscaping and it’s not your style. Who knows, one day, it will become a new path.
Strobist reveals how to protect your creativity from the police during a public shooting in America
Putting Glyn Dewis’s advice into practice and being creative is easy – you just need to be a photographer in the United States. Everything starts with a maple tree, which David H, photographer and author of the story published in Strobist blog, wanted to use as the subject for his autumn timelapse. David was stopped by a police officer because he was reported as suspicious by a passer-by (or einstein, as he prefers to call him). David’s response to the policewoman’s question about what he was doing there was not the happiest. The photographer joked replying he belonged to Al Qaeda. Over five long minutes, he had to convince the agent otherwise.
Lately, in the United States, it seems that people are starting to consider photographers as possible dangerous subjects. This is due to some flyers scattered around the streets like this one, which the Strobist blog has ironically linked to the First Amendment of the American Constitution. It reads: “Don’t let Our planes fall into the wrong hands.” Strobist’s advice is, therefore, to warn the local police when you decide to do an outdoor photoshoot in “Democratic America”.
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