I think I am doing more damage to my taste buds with coffee in Europe. Sure there is wonderful espresso roasts that are blends. You can get various blend, some might say French roast or Italian roast, but, while some people might enjoy drinking fine wines, cognacs, whiskey, cigars, high grade medical pot – my idea of something fun is enjoying single source coffee roasts and green teas from around the planet.
Yes, I know, I am pretty boring at a party. Don’t drink, don’t do drugs, like to talk about ideas, not what the people are wearing and doing in their personal lives.
I think I will edit down some camera phone video of the cows I shot when I take a break later today. I have to crunch a bunch of design ideas and see where I end up. I find imagery funny. Part of what I love about photojournalism of old is that you were not allowed to do anything to the image. It was that moment in time that someone captured for people to see. I don’t think this holds true today, as the world I came from – entertainment and illusion, seems to have said manipulate everything.
I guess that is why I so enjoyed the trotting of the cows. With professional sports and entertainment, there is what I call the H&B factor (hype and bullshit) that seems to be created to make everything be larger than life. I guess when something is genuine and real in life, it stands out like a beacon of sunlight that pierces through holes in rainclouds.
The other factor might be that I know how to enhance little sound, visual, smell and other cues just enough to get the human mind to believe the H&B factor? Or, I simply did too many experiences, got too old, and really have come to appreciate the simplicity and reality of life?
I have to composite two images today for someone website. They were shocked when I showed them the actual images versus what the final will look like.
“Most of what you see in media is an illusion, it is a bunch of time and simple tricks that you use to make something appear better than it is. That is why entertainment was so interesting to work with. You didn’t need to spend the amount of money for the simulation or precision of medical or military work…. you simply spent just enough to make the human mind think it was seeing reality.”
What is sad is that when you know how to do all this, you see all the H&B in society. Perhaps that is why I relish the idea of the lab in nature. There isn’t much in the way of man-made H&B around, rather, just the beauty of amazing design in nature.
What I do appreciate in clever design, I saw with my cup of coffee before the trotting of the cows. I drink black coffee, no sugar, and no crème I want to taste the coffee.
But I had to take a picture of the way this shop served crème with their coffee. A piece of chocolate molded to hold a serving of fresh coffee crème.
Yes, I gave it away, but not before admired the cleverness and “cute” factor. Then I tasted my coffee and lamented missing my roaster from Stumptown and Kaladi (Denver) sigh.