Issue Two

As you saw in Issue One and again here, I will feature one or two photos per issue. These are taken from my own recent work.

I decided to take the year off from Instagram in 2021 (and will likely never return). I quickly found that without an insta-audience, I lost my motivation for shooting photos. If no one will see (and like) them, why bother?

Eventually I started to regain interest in photography for its own sake. It encourages you to actually slow down and look at a thing (which is why I can’t take a camera when I’m walking for exercise). After working a day job with code on a computer, it feels amazing to point the camera, frame a shot, release the shutter, and edit the results to perfection.

I put my best images on my photo site at nathan.photos. No likes, no comments, no algorithm choosing what you see (I don’t even have analytics). Just my favorite photos. And you can look at them. With your eyes.

Nathan


If you don’t follow Craig Mod’s walks in Japan, you should. He just started a new one and you can subscribe to the pop-up newsletter here. I quite enjoy Craig’s photos and informal prose detailing the interesting people and places he encounters.

Also check out Craig’s book Kissa by Kissa for a one of a kind gift (for yourself…?). They seriously don’t make them like that anymore.


The moral question upon seeing the gap between owners and buyers, between the poor and ultra-rich, between capitalist owners and workers, is how do we end it? Yet in an economy where most people work long hours, are struggling to get by, and have deeply internalized the status quo, that question becomes: How do I get in?

That’s how a million-dollar jpeg of a digital rock turns out to make sense.

–Ali Breland in “Who Goes Crypto?” for Mother Jones

There are two approaches to solving wealth inequality: “how do we level?” and “how do I get in?” Be wary of those who adhere to the latter. This mentality leads to all kinds of evils.

A just society is one where all of its members are on equal footing. Injustice is the result of accepting (and internalizing) class aspiration as normal. Don’t kid yourself into thinking you’ll help others once you’ve “arrived.” Instead, fight for a society in which we all arrive together.


Years of gripping an iPhone securely (“the claw”) can lead to “smartphone pinkie.” I haven’t consulted a doctor, but I’m fairly certain this explains the intense pain I feel in both pinkies when they get turned a certain way.

The good news is, the effect seems to be reversible. Since I became aware of the issue, I’ve made a point of holding my phone with pinkie wrapped in line with my other fingers instead of twisted underneath the phone. It seems that particular pain seems to be waning.


Thanks to a Google Doodle, I was reminded of Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel. While apparently more talented than her brother Felix, her father told her that for her, music could only be a hobby (“an ornament”). Felix—who supported his sister’s music pursuits and relied on her for feedback—became well known in their lifetimes while Fanny was only appreciated later. You can fight the patriarchy by listening to some of Fanny Hensel’s best work.


I don’t want to live in a future defined by super weird megalomaniacs. But for a while now I’ve been jacking into something similar to the Icelandverse called Maine and it’s pretty spectacular.