asterox101

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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

Is it though? IS IT?!! Congrats on that. That camera makes me wish I was more into video.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 19:12 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to thaw out my R5...

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 19:04 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

I would think getting the most out of the situation would be to play coy so potential Trump supporters and Biden supporters would BOTH go to see their opinions validated in the film. :) Souza's definitely cut out a large part of his potential audience here.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 19:03 UTC
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ncsakany: Enjoyable interview, thanks. But perhaps for articles sure to ignite flames from both sides, disable the comments section?

Seems like the article is about a photographer and the role of photography in realms of power and influence to me.

I like that there are people behind these devices. And that the products of photography can be artistic, documentary and meaningful. My old drawing professor used to call photography a "Demi-art" and that never sat right for me - felt it shortchanged the practice and the practitioners.

I don't believe the issue is the presence of politics - though that can truly be exhausting. I believe the issue is our poor ability to discuss it and integrate it respectfully.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 18:57 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

Understood.

Right - the Pence example was really about the idea of context and domain knowledge. But obviously Pence is serving under Trump - so one would expect specific revelation. Souza is not. He is voicing his opinion like a regular citizen with all the challenges we face parsing information in today's age. My only point was that his background context may give him a different, and richer, perspective and thus, a more resonant voice on even familiar matters.

I don't know that any special revelation should be a requirement, particularly for an opinion. And it wouldn't seem to invalidate that opinion or make it less worthy of consideration. If, to continue with the Pence example, Pence merely confirmed under oath collusion with Russia - that would be significant without being novel.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 18:50 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

Also my understanding is WH photogs aren't "fired". He didn't have a position to lose when Trump arrived. So the disgruntled employee situation seems unlikely.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 18:29 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

Thanks for the grounded replies by the way. I appreciate it.

I'm curious about the requirement for something "new" from Souza. That'd be a pretty remarkable achievement considering how much new material Trump generates on his own, whether one agree with it or not.

Secondly, this is a small article, likely far from comprehensive, and he's one person. Likely he wants to put forth what he feels is relevant rather than what's novel. If this happens to be a confirmation of things that are already out there, then, given his perspective, I think that's important. If Mike Pence were to come out tomorrow and say "Trump's unfit to lead"- it's not a novel accusation but the perspective gives it a different weight.

Souza may not be following Trump but his duties in the past means he's likely to have a very good sense of the requirements of the job - especially since the photographer shadows the president thru the whole day and doesn't limit him or herself to one department.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 18:28 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

Let's say you love professional basketball. You follow the news about it, the players, etc - but you do this as a fan. You likely have different, and probably less comprehensive, understanding of the game than someone who played a lot of basketball D1 in college. And they would have less than someone who played D-league, then pros, etc. That makes sense for athletes, right?

But fans still probably have less insight than assistant coaches, athletic trainers who work and travel with the teams, reporters that cover the games and get into the locker rooms. Their view on it is different just by the level of access. They may not know a particular player but they know that world more intimately and with greater detail. They may know how that whole industry functions with better clarity.

So I agree that he may not have specific knowledge of Trump the way that he may with Obama or Regan. But he has clearly seen the inner workings far better than anyone outside of those rooms.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 17:53 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: "Since leaving the White House in 2017, Pete has stepped out from behind the camera..."

He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for.

"...to those who say I shouldn’t be speaking out, well, I think they’re wrong."

I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with.

I’m going to be on the right side of history..."

From an insider perspective, or as an outsider?

"He's got strong opinions about an administration he doesn't work for."
So does most of the country apparently.

"I'm interested in hearing him speak out about things he's involved with. Not so interested to hear about things he's not involved with."
He's got a perspective on the office of the presidency not many have. I would think he's got a more informed opinion than those of us (myself included) who have not worked in government, let alone in the White House up close with access to sensitive areas and situations.

I think by definition of his job he's more of an "insider" to the seat of government than most.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 17:33 UTC
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shultz: Crazy money! some of these "designer" bags will cost more than the cameras inside them before long!

I've had similar thoughts. But when I actually look at how I use most of my bags, I realize I use them so much they are probably worth the cost, particularly those I might use every day. For the same reason I never agonize too much about the cost of my mobile phone - I simply use it enough that the cost seems justified to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 18:52 UTC
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aegis212: I'd prefer to have their 30L, but because of idiocy over at Peak... it is not offered in the most desirable color of all bags...black. Why o why o why does the smaller 20L or whatever size it is DOES come in black.

And yet, not the 30L. Beyond stupid. And for that reason alone, they will never ever get my money. Very happy with my WNDRD

it comes in black now

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2018 at 20:00 UTC
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MichelBB: Just another backpack without waist support.

it has a waist belt

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2018 at 20:00 UTC
On article Photo Tip: Five for Five (111 comments in total)

It's easy to say things like "slow down" or "think about composition".

What's nice here is that there is something concrete offered as a methodology for practicing observation of the frame.

The examples don't have to be stunning. They are demonstrating exactly what is intended - the practice of changing perspective and being mindful of the frame.

Since this is an article about a way to practice, the potential results will vary from person to person and will evolve over time.

I imagine there's a fairly wide variety of work and practice methodologies for advanced and professionals alike. Why disparage one practice technique if it's at all helpful to anyone unless it somehow encourages bad habits or you can put forth a superior one?

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2011 at 11:38 UTC as 26th comment
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