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Ruinscapes

Guest Artist – Zara Albion-Lawson

I am happy to present another guest contributor to Random Sights & Diversions – Zara Albion-Lawson.

Ruinscapes” is a series of recent images of mostly abandoned buildings and spaces. These urban landscapes have been shot in various locations from Melbourne to Cambodia. In Zara Albion-Lawson’s envisioning, each image not only reflects past activity but captures a presence and vitality in an otherwise abandoned space. I hope you enjoy the gallery. If you enjoy these images, please leave a comment.

Zara Albion-Lawson is a talented professional photographer based in Melbourne Australia. (Visit Zara’s websiteThe 26th Letter.  Zara Albion-Lawson’s Blog.) With a degree in Photomedia and 10 years of experience in professional photography, Albion-Lawson specializes professionally in fine portraiture, as well as fashion, product photography and commercial images for advertising and marketing campaigns, and her personal fine art photography. Zara’s work is marked by a youthful verve and vision combined with excellent composition and command of the craft. Zara is also a friend and a former colleague of mine, and I’m delighted she is contributing this gallery.

(Click on any of the thumbnails to view the gallery.)

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Whither the Book?

Guest Contributor

This is a guest post by Jack Dzamba, from his blog, →Whither the Book.  Check out Jack’s provocative and thoughtful blog which includes many resources on new interactive media. Random Sights welcomes guest bloggers. Write one post or a series. Contact me through the blog if you are interested.

Whither the Book?

THE BOOK, both print and even current versions of the electronic reader, are already near artifacts. Book publishing is in the death throes of the last century, bound up in static, linear publications. At the same time, the technology of the new media has developed to such a degree of creativity and innovation that Alice Rawsthorn commented in the New York Times of November 28, 2010 that,

These devices offer thrilling possibilities for us to do much more than read words on a screen, and it is deeply disappointing that so few designers and publishers are embracing them.

At the same time, the Fine Art community, artists, museums, and developers have risen to the challenges and opportunities of new media. Tablets, smart phones, and the myriad of new apps enable artists and art lovers to experience art in the most comprehensive and dynamic ways. Just as the iPod changed the shape of the music industry, the Fine Art, and indeed the entire book publishing industry, is on the brink of a paradigm change. Can The Book adapt and survive?

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