Saturday, 14 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: Watchful Eye On American Farmers
CREDIT: © Andrew Sacks/AndrewSacksPictures.com
WHERE: Michigan, USA. WHAT: online agricultural photo book.
Thumbnail clicks pops-up source pages with larger images.
Andrew Sacks is a Chelsea near Detroit, Michigan, based photographer who specializes in industrial, agricultural, and family subjects. When we visited his web site we particularly enjoyed an online flip-book entitled 'Ready For Spring: the new season on America's farms', which gives an insight into the lives and experiences of a diverse range of American farming operations and farmers.
The book is also available as a 4.4Mb movie in QuickTime format: this has much larger pictures and more readable text, but unless you possess sufficient technical competence to arrange a download to disk (so that the frames can be shown individually), we think you will find it a very frustrating viewing experience. After we had downloaded to disk, we found the flip-book thoroughly enjoyable: the frames are said to be 'comps' (a graphics industry term meaning 'compositionals', indicating very low resolution pictures), but in this medium they are entirely satisfactory.
There are five main galleries linked from the home page: Agriculture, Family, Industry, Historic, and Globes. The images in our thumbnail strip are (L to R):  Minnesota farm family in wheat field;  hog house consultant;  cutting irrigated alfalfa, Dodge City, Kansas; and  strawberry farmers, Fresno, California. The Historic gallery contains four sub galleries from the 1960s, and Globes contains a number of different map images of the Middle East. We especially liked one of the pictures in the Industry gallery called 'Neon Email Sign', which we thought would make a very compelling sign to hang outside an Internet café!
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)