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Ben Gould’s Blindside Lost Andes Malbec 2016

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

As a big fan of Naked Wines Australia I was shattered to open my monthly 15 bottle case to find the first bottle in my order, the one I’d been drooling to consume, Ben Gould’s Blindside Lost Andes Malbec 2016, was missing. It had been swapped out for an equal value bottle, which is fair enough, but I thought “Noooo, not the Malbec”.

Ben Gould was great. I mentioned on his Naked Wines page that I didn’t receive one of his delectable bottles in my recent case and he sorted it with Naked Wines immediately. Within 24 hours he dispatched 3 free bottles of that wine to my doorstep. It arrived this afternoon as a distant thunder storm rolled past the valley with the first desperate sprinkles of promised rain at the end of a hot day. I’d been sweating in the garden up to my elbows in weeds for most of the afternoon. Maybe it’ll rain; but perhaps it’ll just steam until I fall on the bed sometime tonight.

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The Photographer’s Lexicon

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

I like the way this is explained, but I can’t remember who explained it in these words – a photograph is the sum of all the movies you ever watched, all the music you ever enjoyed, every photograph you ever saw, all the books you ever read and the loves you’ve won and lost. A photograph is the sum of all that preceded it’s creation from the mind of the photographer.

That’s pretty close to how I remember it being said. And, wow, that’s a profound explanation for what I’d describe as a ‘real’ photograph of any merit. Any creative process passes through the filter of a human mind that sets the situation and chooses the subject. Even snapshots are a result of that filtration of a lifetime of experiences.

But knowing about that mental filter is not enough of an explanation if you want to know the secret of making good (or great) photographs.

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Social Media, Image Theft & Naive Cock-Jockeys

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

To share or not to share. It’s not even a question. I share a lot of erotic pictures on social media. Both contemporary and vintage. And, yes, I’ve shared a hell of a lot of images that lack the photographer/model credit.

But I’m not going to change my ways because some simple-minded cock-jockey asserts every unattributed photograph is a direct act of theft. If they think that I’m a thief then they seriously misunderstand images on the World Wide Web. And the nature of social media in general.

As an amateur photographer I do understand the desire (even need) for attribution. Intellectual Property is a serious issue. However, people also need to understand how (particularly vintage) pictures wind up online in the first instance.

Step one usually entails an unpaid entity scanning and uploading a picture to social media. If that person fails to acknowledge the publication the picture was scanned from, the photographer who made the picture, or the subject matter… it is beyond my control to easily discover that information from the image.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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