Geography of Poverty in the USA

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This past summer photographer Matt Black covered 18,000 miles of the poorest places in the United States. His Geography of Poverty project was presented in two main ways: a multimedia feature on on MSNBC and a real-time Instagram feed that harnessed the geotagging features of the social media platform to map the country’s marginalized corners. (via Hyperallergic)

‘According to the Census Bureau’s measure of poverty—$11,490 is the annual income for one person or $23,550 for a family of four—over 45 million people fall below the poverty line in the U.S., the largest number on record for the country.

Originating on Black’s Instagram feed (@mattblack_blackmatt), The Geography of Poverty began in his home region of California’s Central Valley. In the heart of the nation’s richest state, conditions rival that of any third world nation, with residents suffering some of the country’s highest unemployment and hunger rates. Combining images, geolocation, and poverty data, the project sought to put these marginalized communities on the map and chart this unseen scope of poverty in rural America. Since the first post in December 2013, The Geography of Poverty has gained over 180,000 followers and earned Black TIME’s title of 2014 Instagram Photographer of the Year.

Following a preplanned route across the four corners of the United States, Black began a three-month road trip this past June, documenting over 70 cities, towns, and rural communities, connected by the fact that more than 20% of their residents fall below the poverty line. From the staggering hunger and food insecurity in the Southwest to the ‘Cancer Valley’ of Louisiana, the persistence of inequality in education and generational opportunity, and rampant unemployment and crime in the post-industrial Mid-West; Black questions what kind of America are we to be – a land of opportunity, or pockets of plenty amidst a landscape of disparity and despair?’

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The Quiet Beauty Of London, Before Olympic Games

Photographer Janie Airey was commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority to photograph London’s Olympic arenas–before the medals and the masses.

It stands to reason that the recent Summer Games in London were the most photographed Olympics in history. Aside from all the people actually getting paid to take pictures, the opening night’s Parade of Nations proved that even the athletes couldn’t resist snapping smartphone shots of the pomp. But while most of the photographs taken over the course of those few weeks captured images of athletes and events, Janie Airey went to London to document a slightly different subject: the Olympic arenas themselves, untouched and utterly beautiful.

Airey says that the Olympic Delivery Authority commissioned the photos just prior to the park opening, though last-minute preparations meant she had limited access to some of the venues. But you wouldn’t know it from her shots; here, the arenas look perfectly complete and event-ready. But the feeling they evoke is one that’s very much at odds with the raucous affair we see on TV. Through Airey’s lens, spaces like the Aquatics building, designed by Zaha Hadid, are still and serene, able to exhibit their own personalities without yet being dominated by those of the athletes.

“Ninety-five percent of my work is photographing people,” Airey says, “so it was very refreshing to go into a space and just have to think about the line and form and working with what was already there. I loved the silence of the buildings. The spaces seemed a little austere and quite clinical, such a contrast to how they’d be a month or two later.” The artist says she hoped to convey, even with the stillness, a bit of “anticipation” of the events to come.

The Olympics are truly epic undertakings–“amazing events on a grand scale,” as Airey describes them–and in terms of pure logistics, the venues have to be built to match, with precisely sized pools, rows of spectator stands, and, of course, places for photographers and TV crews to capture all the action. But not even those in-the-flesh spectators, much less the millions around the world watching on TV and the web, get to really experience the spaces on their own terms. As Airey explains, “You rarely get the chance to appreciate the quiet of the actual architecture. I wanted the photos to reflect that a bit.” (via)

Wacom Cintiq 24HD touch

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The Cintiq 24HD touch offers creative professionals the most natural and complete tool for design, video, art and animation. The integration of multi-touch capabilities directly on the Cintiq screen, along with Wacom’s most advanced pen technology, give you a truly “hands-on” creative experience as you work digitally.

In addition, the new display in the Cintiq 24HD touch offers stellar color performance thanks to advanced LED backlighting. Delivering a 97% Adobe RGB color gamut and over one billion colors, the Cintiq 24HD touch is ideal for any color-critical workflow.

Advanced software support for direct on-screen multi-touch is growing. For example, Corel’s latest Painter™ 12.2 update demonstrates how advanced multi-touch and pen input support provides a harmonious digital painting experience for artists. Multi-touch support varies by operating system and individual application. Many creative software partners are adding Cintiq on-screen gesture support.

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Multi-touch support can be found in both Mac and Windows operating systems, as well as numerous creative software applications. Learn more about gesture support in your favorite software.

Multi-Touch Software Support

The combination of direct, on-screen, pen and multi-touch control offers exciting possibilities for immersive, natural interaction with creative software applications. Wacom is working closely with developers to ensure wide-spread support is included in popular software applications. Current support for multi-touch control depends upon both the software applications that you use and your operating system.

Mac Operating Systems:

The Wacom software driver for the Cintiq 24HD touch enables 2-finger touch in applications running on Mac OSX(5.8 or later) as well as multi-finger custom Wacom gestures. For example you can use 2 –finger touch gestures to pan, scroll, zoom and rotate the canvas in applications that support these features.

Windows Operating Systems:

Direct on-screen multi-touch control is currently only available to Windows 7 users and not users of previous Windows operating systems such as XP, and Vista. Windows 7 natively supports 2-finger multi-touch including panning, scrolling and zooming. However, not all creative applications have developed support for Windows direct multi-touch.

Multi-touch Applications:

Applications with full multi-touch integration have a fully integrated touch experience and will provide the most advanced levels of functionality with the Cintiq 24HD touch. Leading multi-touch applications include Autodesk Muddbox 2013, Autodesk Sketchbook Pro and Corel Painter 12. All three of these applications provide an advanced level of fluid, simultaneous pen and multi-touch control for use in digital painting, sketching and sculpting. Watch the videos to see the amazing multi-touch experience that Autodesk and Corel have created for use with the Cintiq 24HD touch.

Other software developers are actively developing advanced multi-touch gesture support. Check back here frequently for updates on new releases.

Vincent Peters Celebrities

Photographer and filmmaker, Vincent Peters, was born in Germany in 1969. He began his photographic career taking snaps whilst travelling around Thailand in the 1980’s. Since 1990, Peters has concentrated on fashion, beauty and celebrity photography, contributing to nearly every major fashion magazine including French, Italian, British, German, Japanese and Spanish Vogue, Numero, Arena, GQ, Dazed & Confused, Ten and The Face.

Rhei – The Liquid Clock

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Rhei is a prototype of an electro-mechanical clock with a liquid display, and the result of a one-year long passion project, created by Damjan Stanković, executed in collaboration with Marko Pavlović and many other wonderful people.