Stephen Wiltshire, The Human Camera. View a short excerpt from the film Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain that shows autistic savant Wiltshire draw a huge panorama of Rome, from memory, after a single helicopter flight over the city.
Many of you probably bought a camera with the intention of documenting something. Documenting the world around us is common among photographers—and wonderful! please keep it up!—whether it is a beautiful landscape, a family portrait, or a hectic street scene. But there’s another kind of photography full of blurry lines, swirling colors, and indefinite forms that I encourage everyone to try your hand at.
I don’t normally cover news items but I thought this one was particularly interesting. Kodak has a patent on a technology that can determine a person’s age by measuring the red-eye in a photograph. Finally, a use for red-eye other than making people look like demons. Just think, in the future, instead of asking people how old they are, businesses of all kinds may just flash you in the face with a camera. A possible use outlined in Kodak’s patent is to be able to sell people age-appropriate advertising with their photo prints. [via DailyTech]
Right-handed people like myself may have never even thought about what it’s like for a left-handed person to use a camera. But look around. When was the last time you saw a camera with the shutter button on the left? Most of the controls are on the right side. Think about what it would be like. Imagine cradling the camera and lens with the other hand. It’s awkward just to think about it. And yet, for left-handed folks, it’s a fact of life.