Wading into the reality of climate change—one portrait at a time

Wading into the reality of climate change— one portrait at a time Photographer Gideon Mendel discusses his “Drowning World” series ahead of his upcoming talk at the Palo Alto Photo Forum Ahmed. Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh; Pakistan. September 2010. (Courtesy of Gideon Mendel) These days it can be difficult to determine which is more alarming—the increasingly frequent news each year of catastrophic weather-related events, or the denialist viewpoint that nothing unusual is happening in that regard. It is ...

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Remastering the darkroom: slow photography pioneer unveils world’s largest ambrotype

Ian Ruhter’s new Silicon Valley photo exhibit blazes trails in a forgotten medium. SILVER TREES by Ian Ruhter. 27'’X35'’ Ambrotype. Lake Tahoe, CA. 2015. (Courtesy of Ian Ruhter) Photographer Ian Ruhter is pretty stoked to be showing his work in Silicon Valley. Yes, the area is home to titans of innovation like Elon Musk, who he admires for out-of-the-box thinking. But the real kicker, he says, is that he’ll be unveiling his own photographic achievements ...

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The Rebirth of Cool: jazz legends featured in new Silicon Valley photo exhibit

The latest photography show at Santa Clara University celebrates the energy and attitude of a distinctly American art form From left: Eric Dolphy, 1964; Miles Davis (foreground), with Cannonball Adderly (lower left), and Jimmy Cobb, 1959. (Courtesy of Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC. All rights reserved.) Jazz is photogenic. Just as how the sport of boxing is well-suited for cinema and travel for literature, jazz renders beautifully in black and white photography. Whether it’s the ...

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[email protected]: Stanford explores the futurism of a centuries-old novel

From artificial intelligence to biomedical technology, the Mary Shelley classic exhibits a remarkable relevance (Illustration by Andrew Strawder) Somewhere amid the news of Facebook’s very dystopian sci-fi-sounding artificial intelligence incident this past July, it was easy enough to think of the simple but critical line delivered by Jeff Goldblum’s character in the original Jurassic Park film — “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if ...

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Seven superb Silicon Valley podcasts NOT about tech

From Stanford to NASA, the Peninsula has a lot to talk about By Emily Olson (Illustration by Kaz Palladino) This New Year’s, resolve to choose local and learn something new by changing up your podcast game. We’ve done the long-range listening for you, cutting out well-worn topics (read: tech), and narrowed it down to a curated list of our seven favorite Peninsula podcasts. Just listen in for 10 (or 30, or 60) minutes a day to get ...

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Veteran food blogger David Lebovitz on his new book and Bay Area beginnings

The Chez Panisse alum speaks on the evolution of blogs, his most important kitchen tool and his favorite food haunts What’s cookin’?: David Lebovitz has been a food blogger since 1999. (Photo courtesy of Ten Speed Press) David Lebovitz was a food blogger before the term even existed. He launched his popular website in 1999, long before the advent of Facebook, Yelp or Wordpress. The longtime cook steadily made a name for himself over the ...

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Feral Photography: amazing animal imagery from Silicon Valley trail cams

Peninsula resident Katharina Pierini has compiled a unique glimpse into the unseen world of Bay Area wildlife By Charles Russo A lone bobcat photographed along the coast. (Photo by Katharina Pierini) Katharina Pierini is surprisingly quick to refer to herself as “skittish.” That can come across as a bit of a dubious admission, especially if you’ve seen the images of her in action— with a chainsaw strapped to her back as she rides a dirt bike ...

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Journalist Franklin Foer tackles Silicon Valley’s “sham populism”

The Atlantic’s staff writer talks big tech (and whether or not we should just throw our smart phones into the sea). By Charles Russo (Illustration by Kaz Palladino) It still doesn’t seem all that long ago that the likes of Google and Facebook were still just enterprising young companies, with slogans like “Don’t Be Evil,” pointing us towards a dynamic futurism. In the last decade, the sweeping influence and staggering power of those same corporations ...

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National Geographic’s Cristina Mittermeier on how imagery can spark activism

Talking photography and environmentalism ahead of Redwood City’s Nat Geo speaker series by Charles Russo At the water line in the Great Bear Sea, British Columbia. (Photo courtesy of Cristina Mittermeier) There are no shortage of quotes about the power of photography, many of them overwrought, but some finely tuned to the nuance and potential of the craft. Speaking with Cristina Mittermeier — contributing photographer, speaker and explorer for National Geographic — I kept thinking of a simple quote, ...

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The secrets of Bruce Lee’s heritage are in….San Bruno?

The Bay Area’s most famous native son provides a case study for what can be unearthed from your family’s official records. By Charles Russo Cheeks of Fury: A four month-old Bruce Lee pictured with his mother in family immigration files. (Document Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration in San Bruno, CA) Don’t let the chubby cheeks and dopey expression fool you, that kid is in fact the most badass martial artist to ever walk ...

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