The word Data has been popping up everywhere in the
past several months, particularly in reference to all things
photographic. This word echoed in my head as I listened to speakers at
PhotoShelter’s Luminance conference last September. By the time NASA astronaut
Dr. Donald Pettit had finished presenting his awe-inspiring photos from space and
explaining how the images can be interpreted as datasets, I was certain that we had
both an inspiring issue theme and an unforgettable It’s a Living feature story (page
48). After you’ve read “Exploring the Final Frontier” in print, visit PDNedu’s digital
edition to watch an episode of Pettit’s “Science off the Sphere” video series, and
check out his Luminance conference lecture at < http://bit.ly/VRtH7n>.
In Bruce Myren’s landscape series “The Fortieth Parallel” One to Watch (page
42) classic landscape photography is reinterpreted using GPS navigation data
to offer us a random view of equidistant points on a path of great significance,
straight across the United States.
Our Business Smarts story had its genesis in a photo education survey conducted
by Bill Gratton of the Mac Group. In “A Part-Time Future” (page 66), Dr. Glenn Rand
reports on the survey results, offering practical advice for aspiring educators given the
age demographics of current photo teachers and increased demand for adjuncts.
As mentioned above, PDNedu’s digital edition was introduced in spring 2012,
making our magazine readily available to all, at no cost. For this issue, we’ve
bundled a number of videos as bonus content—from Corey Rich’s ascent of Pakistan’s Trango Tower to Donald Pettit’s yo-yo tricks in space and then some. See
for yourself by visiting < http://bit.ly/XxpmV6> and sharing with friends!
As always, we encourage reader comments and suggestions for the future. In
the meantime, keep creating great work and please stay in touch. Here’s wishing
you a successful spring semester. See you again in the fall!
— Jill Waterman
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