Farewell. The Flying Pig Has Left The Building.

Steve Hynd, August 16, 2012

After four years on the Typepad site, eight years total blogging, Newshoggers is closing it's doors today. We've been coasting the last year or so, with many of us moving on to bigger projects (Hey, Eric!) or simply running out of blogging enthusiasm, and it's time to give the old flying pig a rest.

We've done okay over those eight years, although never being quite PC enough to gain wider acceptance from the partisan "party right or wrong" crowds. We like to think we moved political conversations a little, on the ever-present wish to rush to war with Iran, on the need for a real Left that isn't licking corporatist Dem boots every cycle, on America's foreign misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We like to think we made a small difference while writing under that flying pig banner. We did pretty good for a bunch with no ties to big-party apparatuses or think tanks.

Those eight years of blogging will still exist. Because we're ending this typepad account, we've been archiving the typepad blog here. And the original blogger archive is still here. There will still be new content from the old 'hoggers crew too. Ron writes for The Moderate Voice, I post at The Agonist and Eric Martin's lucid foreign policy thoughts can be read at Democracy Arsenal.

I'd like to thank all our regular commenters, readers and the other bloggers who regularly linked to our posts over the years to agree or disagree. You all made writing for 'hoggers an amazingly fun and stimulating experience.

Thank you very much.

Note: This is an archive copy of Newshoggers. Most of the pictures are gone but the words are all here. There may be some occasional new content, John may do some posts and Ron will cross post some of his contributions to The Moderate Voice so check back.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Photography as Art

Commentary By Ron Beasley

I have been a photographer for most of my life.  I went digital and closed my darkroom over 10 yeras ago.  I have digitized my better negatives.  Here is one of my favorites:

But we have the masters-Ansel Adams of course is known by many.  I suspect that Adams would have embraced digital photography and if he was still alive he would have written books on how to make the most out of the new media.

But can digital really duplicate the wonderful art of Edward Steichen?  This is a magnificent picture:

Art like times change.  But photography is no longer what it was.  A point and shot camera today has the resolution of a 4 X 5 view camera.  But you still have to see a good image.  But to do art photographic seeing is still necessary.  In the old silver days you had to see what the film saw now you have to see what the charge coupled device sees.  Today it is easier to make pictures but it is not easier to make art.

1 comment:

  1. Both very ominous and foreboding images. Haunting. After reading your piece on Wyden this a.m. - I wonder if you'll become a photographer again by 2016?