An austerely beautiful autumn day today - a chill northerly wind only partially counteracted by a bright sun. The red kites that live along the M40 were particularly noticeable, about 20 of them massing over some trees about six miles north west of High Wycombe - they made a beautiful sight.
"As for [Henri Cartier Bresson], I think that any art where there is a single obvious meaning is a failure except in advertising and propaganda.... The perfect photograph should hurt to look at, but be compelling enough that you can't look away."
These comments are by a guy called Hugh Crawford and are from a thread on The Online Photographer and for me sum up what I think Art, and photography, are largely about, albeit that I would replace "hurt" with "invoke melancholy". Why melancholy? Because the most beautiful things in life (and Art should, I think, be about beauty) contain elements, however small, that are indicative of their own decay. It is why great Art cannot be appreciated at its greatest at the moment of its conception.
Interesting. Now that I have a Mac, I find that I hate Quicktime even more than I did previously. It really is like something out of the stone age, slow and arrogant and awful. On the other hand, I will admit, without let or hindrance, that I like the touchpad on my Mac - it comes naturally now for me to use one, two, three or four finger gestures that mean moving through a workflow, for example using Nikon Capture NX, is faster and more satisfying than it could ever be with a mouse.
Update: 27th July 2016
This is my 3rd most popular post ever. Weird. No labels. A reasonably decent photo but nothing out of the ordinary. No text until today. Odd. Ah well.
And in case you're interested, my most popular post is a telephone number. Not some beautifully executed photograph or a brilliantly executed short piece of writing. A telephone number. Ah well.
Wahey, I've discovered a little programme designed to quickly and easily resize images on my Mac (one area where the PC wins hands down - Powertools, Resizer, install, right click, resize.... no faffing needed) - thanks to nplima (Nuno - Nuno Lima?) on macrumours for leading me to smallimage. I've not correctly installed it on my machine yet but I'm getting there. Anyway, some examples:
Whoops, back again - couldn't resist it (and things going a bit slowly over on 5000k - no offence Alan, I know you are busy). Anyway, from a comment regarding the Daily Mail, Britain's most hateful paper (and that is saying a lot):
"I don't know what it is about Mail readers, but they always annoy me more than any other people reading papers in public. All those middle-aged, puffy-faced women, soaking up the hatred on the northern line, as they read about the latest manufactured moral panic - it's a bit like watching someone shooting up smack in the seat next to you."