Cheering for Death in the Modern Age

I was saddened by the news that another cyclist in San Francisco was fatally struck.  I first saw the news from the KTVU feed on Facebook which I am subscribed to.  As I looked more closely at the post on Facebook, what immediately caught my attention was how many times the “Like” button had been pressed.  Maybe I’m reading too deeply into the context of “Like” in this situation, but after reading the comments, I’m starting to believe that “Like” does in fact mean “like”.  Check these out:

Nice I love it – Tony Valle

These damn bicyclists think they own the road. . Use you head . If you play with glass your gunna get cut.  – Rafael Tapia

They act dumb on the road – MsLivewire AllDay

There is no information available regarding the cause of this awful tragedy.  And yet bias guides so many to assume the cyclist was at fault, and according to some even deserved what happened.  That’s pretty screwed up, especially for a progressive city like the Bay Area. And here’s a snap of the Likes: cheering-for-death-of-cyclist It just seems to me like we are immersed in an age of complete detachment from the reality of tragedy, an age where unwarranted loss of life is celebrated with LOLs, smiley faces and hateful remarks.

Late Afternoon Light Artifacts

I have been extremely fascinated by digital photography for years. In the time I have been capturing digital images I have gone through trends in what I am hunting down or searching for, visually. I have been interested in late night long exposures, close-ups of paint, cracked textures and blackout portraits to name a few of these trends. At some point down the line I realized that everything is about light. Light is what activates the magic in a photo. So I decided that I would focus on light as a subject. This video contains a few video samples of just that, and I created the soundtrack using Ableton Live.

The Bridge At Twilight

Twilight at the Bridge

On Friday I went on a long bike ride with some friends.  We ended up at the Golden Gate Bridge right around twilight, and I was able to record this image using a steeper ISO than I usually like to use.  It’s pretty rare that I’ll use a tripod, so this is purely the work of steady hands.

I love the subtle convex perspective of the bridge’s architecture.  I also liked this image because to me it’s a good visual metaphor.  Last week was a lot of work and by Friday I just needed to blow off some steam and then cool off into the weekend.  It’s like the sunset colors in this image and the way the Bay appears calm and relaxed.