My walk to work, from the East Village down to SoHo.
September 11th, 2001
Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, conducted a blind smartphone camera test and the results were very surprising.
Spoiler: Neither the iPhone XS nor the Pixel 3 won. This shocked me (and most of Brownlee’s friends), but once he break down why it makes more sense.
One of my favorite albums from my youth is Ill Communication by the Beastie Boys.
This is the cover:
The photograph was shot by Bruce Davidson. I didn’t know about him until now, but after some quick Google Image searches, I’ve discovered he’s an amazing photographer (he’s still alive at 84):
John Chiara does his photography from scratch.
Even as taking pictures has gotten simpler, Mr. Chiara, 46, constructs his own box cameras — known as camera obscuras — that draw in light through a small hole onto photographic paper.
His biggest camera is the size of a small elephant, which he hauls on a trailer and positions in front of his subjects.
To take a photograph, he squeezes his body inside the camera and pulls a trap door behind him. He positions a sheet of photographic paper as large as four feet by six feet and then manipulates the light and length of exposure.
A single picture takes about half a day.
Chiara’s photos have an amazing, imperfect, analog feel to them.
They’re not even square. I love it.
Taken from Instagram
The DeSoto make was founded by Walter Chrysler on August 4, 1928, and introduced for the 1929 model year. It was named after the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. The DeSoto logo featured a stylized image of the explorer who led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States (Florida, Georgia, and Alabama), and was the first documented European to have crossed the Mississippi River.