Photowalking with Miss Aniela in San Francisco

The smothering, by Miss Aniela
©2008 Miss Aniela

For a long time now I’ve been a big fan of the photographic work of Natalie Dybisz, better known on the internet as, Miss Aniela (pronounced ‘Ann-yella’). She’s a fine-art photographer based in South East UK, who originally received a lot of notoriety on Flickr for her self-portraitrs. She took multiple shots of herself in the same space and then combined them. Since then she’s primarily stayed in the self-portrait genre, but has expanded her work quite a bit.

I just read on her blog that she’s coming to Seattle (Jan 31st), San Francisco (Feb 2rd & 3rd), and Los Angeles (Feb 4th), and she’s inviting all who want to come, to a studio shoot and some photowalks. She’s posted her full schedule, here. Although I’m not normally one for group photography, I’m going to try and make one of the photowalks here in San Francisco. It would be great to get the opportunity to meet her.

If you live in the Bay Area, and you’re into photography, you should try to make it out. Maybe I’ll even see you there.

If you’d like to know what other photographers I like, I have a long list over at my photoblog.

Miss Aniela: Website | Flickr

Apple Posts 2.2.1 Software Update for iPhone & iPod Touch

Today Apple released the 2.2.1 Software Update for iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch. No new features, but it is supposed to improve the stability of Mobile Safari, and fix an annoying bug that caused images saved from mail to be displayed incorrectly when added to your iPhone’s camera roll.

The iPod Touch version of the software update includes the 2 fixes mentioned above, and corrects an issue with some Apple Lossless encoded audio files that were skipping during playback.

If iTunes doesn’t prompt you to install the update when you connect your iPhone or iPod Touch, simply click the “Check for Updates” button.



Auditorium is an addictive new game set to be released on January 30th, 2009, but you can play a demo of it right now over at

I’m not normally much of a game player, but in this case all I can say is, WOW! This thing is freakin’ awesome!

I won’t say too much about the specifics of play, because I think figuring it out is part of the fun. All I’m going to give you is a quote from the site:

“Auditorium is about the process of discovery and play. There are no right or wrong answers; there are many ways to solve every puzzle. To get started, fill up the first audio container. We hope you enjoy the demo of Auditorium.”

I suggest everyone go play… right now!

via Quality Peoples

President Barack Obama Takes Ofice

Barack Obama in the rain at the University of Mary Washington
Image Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Today was the day. George W. Bush officially moved out, and Barack Obama moved in. Everything seemed just a little brighter today. I have much higher hopes for the future.

President Obama’s official portrait was released the other day. There was a lot of fuss made about the fact that it’s the first presidential portrait taken with a digital camera (Canon 5D Mark II). Personally, I think it’s a little uninspired. I much prefer the image above by Alex Brandon. Whenever I look at it I think to myself… there is no spoon.