January 21st, 2004

rock shadow

application to a photography class

My first exposure to photography that I recall was at the age of five, when I discovered my grandfather's Ansel Adams books. I thought the prints were beautiful: his aspens and driftwood seemed to glow with color even though they were greyscale. Not long after, I was given my first camera, which used 110 film (as I proudly proclaimed to peers with boring 35mm cameras). I learned the importance of contrast early when, for my first photo session, I spent a long winter afternoon taking a whole roll of pictures of a beautiful ice sculpture caused by a drip in the rain gutter, only to find that the pictures turned out as amorphous white masses when developed.

Over the years I upgraded to various other automatic cameras, until my first year of college when I bought a single-lens reflex with the help of my artist aunt. I spent the next year hauling it everywhere I went, snapping artistic shots whenever the inspiration hit. I experimented with abstract photography and even astrophotography, recording the star trails of Orion and Canis Minor. A year ago I was given a high-quality digital camera, and have since come to appreciate the ability to snap as many shots as I want without having to worry about the cost of developing them all. I shy away from extensive photoshopping, though, as I endeavor to take good photographs rather than salvage mediocre ones.

Though my fascination and involvement with photography has spanned many years, I have never had the opportunity to take a class in photography. When I saw your class listing, I jumped at the chance to change this, and learn more formally about the artistic medium with which I've long been enamored.
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rock shadow

intellectual property overseas

dag29580863 pointed me to this interesting compilation of research that suggests that patents do more harm than good. I've just skimmed a few of the articles, but they look interesting. He heard of the link at IDLELO, a conference on open source and open content in Africa, which he was attending last week. (I'm trying to get him to put his conference report on his heretofore-empty blog. :~) Speaking of which, gooeyduck should also post about her experiences building a sustainable house in Bluff, Utah - it'd be good publicity, hint hint! :~))

I know a bit about intellectual property in the U.S. from Lessig's books and sundry other articles, but not much about IP elsewhere in the world. In the last lecture of the ICT4B class last semester, Michael Shamos talked about IP in other countries. It was one of my favorite lectures of the semester. Collapse )
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