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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Great Minds...

This is kinda cool—compare Anthony Collins' Mona Lisa with the current cover of The New Yorker, which shows a couple chimping a picture of a painting on a tiny digicam while standing in front of the painting.


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(Cartoon by Michael Leunig)


Blogger fivetonsflax said...

That's last week's New Yorker. :-)

8:57 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Well, this one's current for me until the next one comes in the mail.

I've already finished this one, though....


10:16 PM  
Blogger Anais said...

Reminds me of a Leunig (Australian cartoonist/ poet) cartoon which shows a man and his son sitting on a couch watching a setting sun over mountains on the tv, with their backs to the window which showcases the same scene....

I tried finding a link but didn't ahve any success!

11:19 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...


I like it, and I think I know what it means, but where did it start, and with whom, and why?

3:26 AM  
Blogger Anthony Collins said...

Thanks Mike.
On a similar theme:

This couple found a peaceful spot but if you don't like crowds don't go to a major Parisian attraction on the week before the Easter school break!

3:49 AM  
Blogger regomodo said...

Aha, thought i recognised some of those pictures. He's a fellow Exeterian

4:21 AM  
Blogger Christian said...

I take it that 'chimping' is a derogatory terms for checking the information on a camera's display after taking a picture. However, to me it seems common sense to check the histogram after a shot; I mean, the couple in the illustration have plenty of time, the painting is not running anywhere.

Or is it that pros always get the exposure right?

5:18 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...



7:03 AM  
Blogger Max said...

On the tv sunset, I have this picture, which is not special at all, it shows a couple of eminent mountains in Ushuaia in the back and the same two on a street sign. The funny thing is all tourists were a lot more interested in getting pictures of themselves against the sign, instead of the real landscape.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Ira The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon said...

Reminds me of a quote attributed to Terry Winograd:

"I shoot pictures to see what the world looks like in pictures."


12:37 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

...Well, sort of. His first name was Garry, and although his last name was actually Winograd, he and others always spelled it "Winogrand." And the verbatim quote is "I photograph to find out what the world looks like photographed."

(A more obtuse and yet somehow more amusing statement of the same principle was when he said, "The way I understand it, a photographer's relationship to his medium is responsible for his relationship to the world is responsible for his relationship to his medium.")


1:10 PM  
Blogger John said...

As a photography teacher once told me "If you have to take a picture you missed the whole point." This was after going to the Steens Moutains in Oregon and not taking one photograph.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"If you have to take a picture you missed the whole point"

That seems like a rather odd thing for a photography teacher to say! Not sure I agree with that one....


12:40 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Thanks for the link Mike. I like that it is the sound that defines chimping. Keep quiet, and you're reviewing, or editing, or improving. Ha!

3:52 AM  
Blogger bpr said...

I've noticed a variation on this. At concerts or whatever, lots of kids film bits on their mobile phones or digicams nowadays.

I find it very hard not ot watch the show on the pokey little screens waving around in front of me...

12:01 PM  
Blogger Andrew Fildes said...

De Michel Leunig??? That's Michael Leunig, Australian national treasure and wonderful cartoonist.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I traveled extensively during the past summer, and was always amused of the swarms of digicams in the museums of Paris, Rome, and London. Whether you chimp or not, taking a picture of a masterpiece by itself is pointless. The only few times I did it was with my wife in the frame, usually striking a mock pose similar to that in the painting. With all the crappy lighting and no flash policy in virtually every museum, all efforts are doomed from the start.

11:29 PM  

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