Japanese manga will reach its most sophisticated form when ordinary people, even those who are not manga artists, are able to draw manga about their daily lives and thoughts with ease.
– Keiichi Makino
Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
Translation: don’t forget your smart phone…
Mankind which began in a cave and behind a windbreak will end in the disease-soaked ruins of a slum.
– H.G. (Herbert George) Wells, The Fate of Man
Apparently, Wells had correctly anticipated the upcoming zombie apocalypse.
I used to dream often of a garden in Kyoto, along the eastern hills in a southern part of town that didn’t—quite—exist in life. I would feel myself wandering through a labyrinth of narrow streets to some station-cum-shopping complex on the western side of town. Why I began to dream of this—or why I remade the city in my sleep—of course I never knew. But it was those hills that always called to me in my conscious life, as the great temples and celebrated beauties of the city never could.
– Pico Iyer
One of the architecturally lovelier airport terminals I’ve passed through.
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If I were an evil genius running a multinational empire (instead of a destitute photographer) Petronas Towers would make my shortlist for corporate Minas Morgul. There’s just something so goddamn cocky about erecting not just one, but TWO very tall buildings.
Brassaï: A few years ago, I was in the valley of Les Eyzies in Dordogne. I wanted to see cave art at the source. One thing surprised me: every generation, totally unaware of the ones that preceded it, nevertheless organized the cave in the same way, at a distance of thousands of years. You always find the “kitchen” in the same place.
Picasso: Nothing extraordinary about that! Man doesn’t change. He keeps his habits. Instinctively, all those people found the same corner for their kitchen. To build a city, don’t men choose the same sites? Under cities you always find other cities; other churches under churches, and other houses under houses. Races and religions may have changed, but the marketplace, the living quarters, pilgrimage sites, places of worship, have remained the same. Venus is replaced by the Virgin, but the same life goes on.
– Conversations with Picasso
…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.”
– Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Event, May 2013 (Please also read her later retraction)
Being a great photographer, like most disciplines, requires standing on the shoulders of those who came before you and learning from others’ mistakes as well as your own. One of the mistakes being made is the “good enough” mistake. If you’re shooting for lowest common denominator and low profit margins or low esteem, sure, go ahead and take pictures and share them at the low bar level. The Chicago Sun-Times seems to think that’s okay. Marissa Mayer and Yahoo think it’s okay. Susan Sontag might have something different to say about that. I certainly do.
– Thom Hogan on The Chicago Sun-Times firing their entire staff of professional photographers in order to cut costs.
The images have no direct connection to the quotes. But they are only just “good enough”. Maybe this means I can get work at the The Chicago Sun-Times.
If only this store’s copies weren’t localized for Cantonese speakers, they’d be perfect for me. This is the most manga I’ve seen with my own eyes in a single setting.