Incongruous

January 9, 2018

BW photograph of a Bissell vacuum cleaner laying in the leaves-front view.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The Sociological theory of Symbolic Interactionism is based on the meaning(s) that are given to words.  According to that theory, members of a given society must reach agreement regarding those meanings in order to communicate effectively.  This brief photo essay is a visual representation of the Oxford English Dictionary definition of incongruous.

BW photograph of a Bissell vacuum cleaner laying in the leaves-back view.

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BW photograph of a Bissell vacuum cleaner laying in the leaves-side view.

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Are we in agreement as to the meaning of the word as represented here?

Take care.

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Evidence

January 7, 2018

BW photograph of an icy Morgan Run and some rocks.

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This is a follow-up to the previous post.

The bomb cyclone that tore up the East Coast over the past couple of days has moved on, but it is still frigid (single digit if not below zero ambient temps with wind chill factors that makes the air much colder) in many areas.   However difficult this has been, and this is not at all to minimize the loss of life and inhospitable conditions (which was the reason for the homeless statistics previously posted) created by the combination of extreme cold, snow, wind, and flooding, it is still a relatively isolated (chronologically speaking), short-term event.

In Alaska, the problem is a bit different.

In addition, all along the perimeter of the United States, residents are dealing with a much more longer-term issue: habitat loss due to sea and flood-level rise as a result of climate change.  Given the current administration’s on-going commitment to the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, this is a very real problem of the now, not the future.

BW photograph of a lone tree against a large rock with layered snow.

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Given that mitigation is clearly not an option until there is a willful political change in thinking and action (the mid-term elections later this year?), adaptation becomes a “solution”.  However, as the above report (linked under “habitat loss”) indicates, the funding for such large-scale efforts is sorely lacking, particularly for the more fiscally challenged portions of the country.  Even in relatively affluent areas, the drop in real-estate values makes for an economic dis-incentive.

Economics aside, the need for re-location also creates a titanic change in the culture for coastal residents, particularly for those whose livelihood has been linked to the land and water for generations.

BW photograph of a snowy trail leading into the woods at Morgan Run.

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There are no easy ways to deal with climate change.  Having said that, this is a problem that will only escalate as time moves on and efforts at mitigation are ignored or “rolled-back”.

Take care.

 

 

 

 

Deep Cold

January 4, 2018

BW photograph of Morgan Run after a recent snowfall in a cold spell.

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Yes, indeed.

BW photograph of a section of Morgan Run frozen by winter temps.

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And then there is this and this…take note of the use of the word “bomb” in this context.

BW photograph of a stick laying upon a rock surrounded by crystallized snow.

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Given the content of the above reports, there are larger numbers also worthy of attention.  According to the 2016 Annual Report on Homelessness as prepared by Maryland’s Interagency Council on Homelessness, the PIT (Point In Time) count yielded 7,352 people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore.  The PIT is done on one night during the last two weeks in January.  According to the same report, the Annualized number (the number served in shelters and other types of housing between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016) grows the population experiencing homelessness to 29,670.

According to the 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress, there were 549,928 people experiencing homelessness in the United States on one night in January when the count was made.  22% of those were children.  39,471 were Veterans.

Take care.

Exposure and Privacy

January 1, 2018

BW photograph of a toilet sitting in a store window.

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Exposure in the age of digital, and especially when using a cell phone, photography has undergone a sea change.  Arguably, today’s technology has rendered this as a non-issue to the degree that many most likely have no idea what their devices are doing when a photograph is taken.  In the days of film photography, as a direct result of the nature of that medium, the resulting photograph was heavily dependent on exposure, especially when using slide film.  The photographer needed to be precise with regard to the interaction of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture setting in order to achieve optimal results.  Print film was much more forgiving in that regard.  While it remains a truism that there is no single ‘best” exposure for any given scene, there sure are multitudes of mistakes to be made when transforming light into pixel response.  Software applications can “repair” a great deal of this (the aptly named “fix it Photoshop” or “FIPS” approach) and automatically in many cases; however, it is still generally useful to start with the ISO, shutter speed, aperture setting for the desired effect.  Otherwise, one is just taking chances.  Of course, the photographer may be perfectly comfortable with the device being in charge and may not consider, or even be aware of, the risks.

The word “exposure” also has other meanings-more on that in a bit.

Privacy seems to be nearly as antiquated a concept as photographic exposure in this digital era.  EULAs (End User Licensing Agreements) are quite long, complex, and written in legalize that (almost) guarantees that they will not be read.  Just click “Yes” and move on.   The problem is, of course, that buried within the EULA is the language related to what a given company can do with the data mined from the consumer’s use of a product or service.  As such, it is important to recognize that the consumer is (generally) not the manufacturer’s/service provider’s customer-advertising companies are.  Such companies pay for access to the consumer’s data so as to be able to specifically target ads for products/services based on a consumer’s browsing/purchasing history.

Therein lies the link between exposure and privacy.  The more cavalier one is about accessing sites and signing EULAs, the greater the likelihood that, at some point, one becomes vulnerable to identity theft.  The recent Equifax breach is one such example.

One would do well to keep from having their privacy as exposed as the above photograph implies.

Take care.

Light

December 31, 2017

BW photograph of Morgan Run looking upstream.

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To a certain mindset, 2017 was a pessimist’s dream.  Here’s looking to the light of what could be in 2018.

Happy New Year!

Remnants Redux

December 27, 2017

BW photograph of the sun shining through trees.

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The angular intricacy of leafless trees provide a striking graphic when silhouetted against the low winter sun.

BW photograph of a fallen autumn leaf in water.

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The leaves themselves appear to be much more delicate and vulnerable-an effect that seems to be enhanced once they are on the ground.

Be sure to look up and down…

Take care.

Remnants

December 27, 2017

BW photograph of dried fall oak leaves piled in a stairwell.

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The Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, was December 21st.  Weather-wise, winter most definitely has arrived in many parts of the U.S.  We are also now closing in on the new year.

BW photograph of dried fall oak leaves piled in a stairwell.

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These photos, though, are a reminder of just a bit ago when it was Fall-the leaves turned and eventually came down.

BW photograph of dried fall leaves in an alley against a wall.

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Going back a bit further, these same leaves provided a respite from the summer sun.

A bit before that, they provided the green the signaled the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

As we close the circle, that time is now ahead of us.

Take care.