The FT-4X is a playful generalist. Don’t pigeonhole it.
We think of undoctored photographs as unassailably truthful documents. What you see is what was actually there in front of the lens. But in this fascinating experiment conducted by Canon-backed The Lab, a program started to spread photography knowledge through educational exercises, the photographer’s power to “draw” the image they envision is revealed.
The experiment is far from scientific or “fair,” and on some level is as manipulative as a reality show, but it’s still interesting to see the results. What they did is have six photographers each separately take a portrait of the same man (whom we assume is a professional actor). But each photographer is told that the subject is something different: A millionaire, a fisherman, an ex-convict, a psychic, et cetera. Here are the results:
The hoodwinked photographers of course cannot be faulted for creating images that fit the narrative they’re given, and if anything I’d say the resultant images are a testament to their talents. But it is striking to see how preconceived beliefs influence photographic choices. Imagine you were in a war-torn region with a camera, and asked to photograph a man with a rifle; by one account you hear he’s butchered an entire village, another account indicates he saved twenty children. What would each image look like?
There are a lot of things you can have delivered to your home on a monthly basis: magazines, hot sauces, underwear and beer are just a few. The second place winner at the Husky Startup Challenge, genius.box, takes that basic concept but replaces the Fruit of the Looms with simple to perform science experiments. Aimed at children between the ages of eight and 12, the projects inside each package teach a basic lesson in science, technology, engineering or math through a hands-on experience. All of the materials needed for each experiment are included, along with a lesson plan, instructions and “factoid” cards with tidbits of interesting trivia, such as the number of elements on the periodic scale.
The two boxes trotted out for demo day by creators Kate Pipa and Shivangi Shah covered the science and technology portions of the STEM equation. One was a kitchen chemistry set for growing crystals and the other a simple electronics kit, based partially around parts of a Snap Circuits set, that has kids building an electromagnet and lighting up an LED. This isn’t exactly a return to hardcore chemistry sets of the past (you’ll find no radioactive materials or poisons in here), but it’s certainly a step in the right direction for an America whose love affair with science is on the rocks. Every four weeks a child would get a whole new educational playset for the target price of $20 a month. Which is quite a bit cheaper than your standard chemistry set or electronics kit. To be kept in the loop as genius.box works to get off the ground, sign up at the more coverage link.