It’s always tough following breaking news as rumors start to fly. Yesterday in Boston was no exception. One particular tool jumped out at me as I was following the news: Adaptive Path’s iWitness twitter search. The service, which only works on webkit browsers such as Chrome or Safari, allows to view tweets from specific geography and time. To wit, here are all geo-tagged tweets from Boylston Street bombing locations sent between 2:45pm and 3:15pm. It’s a fascinating look at news unfolding in real time by the people who were there. (found via Metafilter)
A few more links on the subject of the bombings:
- Reddit users have once again provided a comprehensive and continually updated feed of developments in the story, starting before major news outlets had published anything. Threads 1, 2, 3, 4. Boston.com also has a very good feed of news as it unfolds.
- The Atlantic and Time Lightbox were quick to post images from the scene. Lightbox features an interview with Globe photographer John Tlumacki, whose images I believe will come to define the event. The Atlantic features a particularly gruesome image (#8, you’ve been warned), which when I first saw it was uncensored but not has blurred the face of the victim. That’s a very interesting move, and I think it dehumanizes the news. I am surprised that they blurred the face and hope that this is not a trend. The Boston Globe has a particularly moving front page image today, and I think the emotional impact rests partly on being able to see who was involved in this terrible tragedy.
- In image #8 linked above, a man in a cowboy hat is holding the victim’s vein closed with his hand. He can be seen other news videos and photos rushing to help. His name is Carlos Arredondo, an immigrant from Costa Rica whose life had been upended after losing one son in Iraq. Mother Jones has some information about him, and here is a video of him, visibly shaking, describing the events soon after they happened.
- The situation is still unfolding, and much of the area around Copley Square remains closed off to the public. Some young Boston journalists, connected to Tufts I believe, have created BostonSituation.org as a no-nonsense gathering of information for those affected. Built on Google Drive, it’s a brilliant way to use web tools to spread vital information when other methods of communication might be down.
- The website is getting hammered, but if you can get through, BagNewsNotes has been looking at specific images from the coverage. On That Iconic Photo from the Boston Marathon Bombings and War and Terror: What Shocks Me Most About the Bloody Marathon Bombing Pictures (GRAPHIC)
We’ve written about Google Street View-based projects before. Rather than look for serendipitous street photography, Clement Valla‘s project Postcards from Google Earth looks for errors in the algorithm and finds images where roads, bridges, and buildings bend and melt around the landscape in a surreal way. While the website doesn’t have much information, an article at Rhizome explains the process and thoughts behind the project.
Non-profit photography publisher Daylight has started an iPad magazine called Daylight Digital. Published twice a month at $2.99 a month, Daylight Digital focuses on individual artists. The first issue, which is available for free, features new work on Florida by Alec Soth. Here’s a direct link to iTunes to get the magazine.
And while we’re on the subject, the Daylight Photo Awards deadline is May 1.
We’ve written before about the so-called “Ag-Gag” bills that make illegal unauthorized video and photography of agricultural operations in various states. Today, the New York Times has an update on the increasing number of these types of laws throughout the United States: Videos show cruelty on farm, and taping becomes the crime. The NYT’s reporting connects bills across the country to a business advocacy group called the American Legislative Exchange Council. The organization creates model legislation for state legislatures to adopt such as The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act, which would prohibit video and still photography of livestock farms and puts violators on a “terrorist registry.”
Though no laws including a terrorist registry provision have yet been passed, Iowa, Utah and Missouri have passed laws that make it illegal to document operations on farms and agricultural operations without authorization. Indiana and Tennessee will soon vote on similar laws, and California, Pennsylvania, and other states are debating similar measures. The Indiana law would require prospective employees to disclose ties to animal rights groups during the hiring process. Animal rights groups say that these laws make it impossible to document animal cruelty on farms and ranches. Opponents of bills have managed to stall or stop Ag-Gag bills in New Mexico, New Hampshire, and Wyoming.
This week, Jennifer Pawluck, 20, was accused of criminal harassment and arrested after posting a photo (above) to Instagram. The photo shows a graffiti caricature of Montreal police Commander Ian Lafrenière, and was not painted by Pawluck. She photographed the graffiti on a building on March 26, posted it on Instagram, and was arrested at her home on April 3, nearly a week later. According to a CBC report, the police say that the reason for the arrest extends beyond just posting the photo to Instagram but give no further details. Pawluck says that she just wanted to show some well-done graffiti and did not mean for her actions to be threatening. She is scheduled to appear in court to face charges on April 17. Gawker has a bit more.
“instead of trying to pick apart the meaning and motivation behind photographs, these articles will try to find out how photographers are actually surviving in 2013. I want to talk concretely about the challenges facing photographers, and the conditions that affect their work, both in the personal and professional sense of the word.” -Dan Abbe, Why How You Living?, American Photo
We’ve been on the subject of business in photography recently. American Photo has embarked on a fascinating series profiling photographers around the world and how they cobble together a living. Called “How You Living?” the series takes a candid look at what photographers do to get by. Here’s a short explanation about the motivation behind the series. The crux of the interviews, though, is something not often talked about in photography circles: how do you make a living? The short answer is that there are very few people who make their living entirely from taking pictures.
Only a couple of the photographers make some or a substantial part of their income by using a camera. Others fit in photography alongside full-time jobs, freelance design work, teaching, or whatever else it might take. For those of us making a go of freelance photography, this might not be news, but it’s refreshing to hear photographers speak openly about how they make things work. For those of you just starting out, know that you’ll probably need to supplement your photography with other work (or less interesting types of photography) for some time. I know I certainly did.