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Life in lockdown highlighted in British Photography Awards’ entries

Filed by Lucire staff/August 8, 2020/11.51







Mert Keçe

It’s no surprise that the pandemic is the subject to many of the entries for the British Photographic Assignment 2020, held by the British Photography Awards.
   The awards are open to UK residents and photographers of British nationality around the world, and are open till January 1, 2021.
   Mert Keçe’s The New Normal is a series featuring brick façades and individuals isolated in their homes. Said Keçe, ‘An ongoing series of photographs I’ve been working on during the pandemic inspired by a photo I’d taken of a stranger a couple days after lockdown was announced. The series aims to explore people adapting their way of life to being stuck indoors all day long because of the pandemic. A big thank you to everyone who participated in modelling for the project.’
   Earlier, photos by Claire Armitage released by the charity-oriented awards showed her teenage children coping with life in lockdown, in contrast to what she was witnessing on social media. The series was called There’s No Place Like Home. ‘Everyone has gone into this lockdown from a different place, but we’ve probably all gone into it in a state of shock in one way or another. I went into it already dealing with a particularly difficult bout of depression and also helping my children trying to deal with a number of challenges of their own, none of which are helped by this current, unknown and unprecedented situation,’ she said.
   ‘It was never meant to be a project, but isn’t that how so many start? I was having a particularly bad day and had switched off social media because whilst I was struggling to get out of bed and make my children food, there were all these people posting their children’s timetables and how wonderful it was to spend time together creating wonderful and amazing projects. As a good friend of mine put it, “If I see one more Mum who’s created the Terracotta Army out of plant pots with a five-year-old, I’ll scream,” because when you feel you are failing badly, everyone else’s “perfect lives” are hard to take, even when you know nothing is that perfect in reality.
   ‘This is also really hard for my children. They are teenagers and their parents are the last people they want to spend all their time with right now, but all of a sudden, they are stuck with us. Or rather, they are stuck in their rooms gaming, watching Netflix, and Facetiming mostly, so apart from dinner, I wanted to find something that gave us a moment of humour and some bonding time (even when they huffed about it); something we could collaborate on and maybe make us smile, even for five minutes. I am trying to find touch points with my teenagers that they will remember and enjoy … hopefully. It’s also about nostalgia for that innocence of toddlers playing hide and seek, who believe you can’t see them, if they can’t see you, this is the most fun.’
















Claire Armitage

 


Samsung reveals five powerful Galaxy devices for work and play

Filed by Lucire staff/August 5, 2020/22.22




Korean giant Samsung has announced five new devices: two Galaxy smartphones (the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra), two tablets (Tab S7 and S7+), the Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Buds Live (wireless earbuds), and a next-generation foldable smartphone (Galaxy Z Fold 2).
   The new entrants emphasize power and innovation, making Samsung a technophile’s dream. The Note 20s are made for work and play, coming with an enhanced S Pen, said to be more lifelike and accurate for those wanting to jot down ideas on their phones. The Note 20 phones are also designed to work more seamlessly with Windows 10, including syncing with various Microsoft programs.
   The phones have ultra-low latency 5G, wifi 6 optimization, 120 Hz displays, and an aspect ratio of 21:9. The cameras can film in 8K at 24 fps, and the pro mode can take shooting to 120 fps in full high-def. The Note 20s can connect wirelessly to smart TVs using Samsung DeX.
   Batteries are designed to last all day, and 50 per cent charge can be obtained in half an hour.
   The Ultra’s Infinity-O screen measures 6·9 inches, using Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED, with a resolution of 3,088 by 1,440 pixels, for a pixel depth of 496 ppi. The regular Note 20 comes close, with 6·7 inches and a Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display with a 2,400 by 1,080 resolution (393 ppi).
   The tablets also refresh at 120 Hz, with the Tab S7+ featuring a 12·4-inch Super AMOLED display. The regular Tab S7 measures 11 inches. They also have an improved S Pen and can be used to extend a PC’s display.
   The Watch 3 is slimmed-down and has enhanced health information, with Samsung promising a blood oxygen feature, where one can measure and track oxygen saturation. There is a running analysis program, and VO2 Max follows one’s cardio progress.
   The Galaxy Buds Live are wireless and comfortable earbuds, and feature 12 mm speakers. Samsung says they will play deeper, richer sounds thanks to their bass ducts. They also feature active noise cancellation.
   Finally, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the best of both a smartphone and a tablet. It features two nearly bezel-less Infinity-O displays, with the cover screen measuring 6·2 inches and the main screen 7·6 inches.

 


Asus launches ROG Phone 3, first gaming phone to pass TÜV Rheinland eye care certification

Filed by Lucire staff/August 4, 2020/12.50


We have long been critical of the tech industry for not creating more gadgets that reduce blue light, instead expecting people to adapt to technology by donning blue-light glasses. In this context, it’s a welcome sight to see Asus launch its ROG Phone 3 gaming phone, the first of its type to pass the TÜV Rheinland Group’s certification on eye care.
   The phone has a 144 Hz AMOLED display, measuring 6·59 inches. It has an industry-leading 270 Hz touch-sampling rate, decreasing the touch latency to a mere 25 ms.
   The ROG Phone 3 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 856 Plus 5G mobile platform, which Asus says is the world’s fastest. The CPU is clocked at 3·1 GHz. It can handle up to 16 Gbyte LPDDRS RAM, and 512 Gbyte UFS 3·1 ROM.
   Adherence to TÜV Rheinland’s standards can reduce the harmful blue light emitted by screens. The new phone’s blue-light reduction is handled by hardware, using the latest 2020 standard that avoids a yellowish distortion of the image. Asus has improved the LCD panel, further reducing blue-light emission. There is also low screen flicker, helping to reduce eye fatigue and suppress blue-light emissions.
   TÜV Rheinland’s Taiwanese office said it looked forward to working with Asus on future eye-friendly products.

 


Former Lucire beauty ed. could be Ms Health & Fitness, with your help

Filed by Lucire staff/July 21, 2020/21.20

Former Lucire beauty editor Angela Braden is in the running for Ms Health & Fitness, vying for the title and the chance to be on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine.
   There’s also US$20,000 cash as part of the prize package.
   Angela’s currently 11th in her group, and you can vote for the top 20 before Thursday, July 30, 11 p.m. EDT, so she is in with a decent chance.
   At 47, with two children, Angela says the key to being fit and healthy is to ‘Love yourself.
   ‘Approach everything holistically and in the most natural ways possible, i.e. nourishing yourself with real whole pure food of the highest quality. It’s an inside job. Supplement smart! You don’t need breast or butt implants, only need Superfoods, Emotional Freedom Technique (I’m certified), love, and to harness your sexual energy (follow Kim Anami). It’s life-giving! This pic is no make-up, no filter. No implants. Love your raw self at any age through clean living!’
   Angela plans to donate Emotional Freedom Technique sessions for trauma healing to US military veterans should she win.
   There are free daily votes (a Facebook log-in is required) or you can purchase Warrior Votes. The money they’re raising through these helps Homes for Wounded Warriors, who provide financial assistance and support to US military veterans by building and remodelling their homes to help with their changed abilities.
   Head to mshealthandfitness.com/2020/angela-braden to vote.

 


Yoshikimono part of Tokyo National Museum’s Kimono exhibition

Filed by Lucire staff/July 16, 2020/11.14




Yoshikimono

Artist and musician Yoshiki’s kimono designs will be among those on display at the Tokyo National Museum (東京国立博物館) for its Kimono exhibition, which runs till August 23.
   There are 300 pieces in the exhibition, including those worn by Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu, spanning a period from the 12th century to today. There are also paintings of kimonos.
   It follows an earlier selection by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in February.
   Yoshiki’s Yoshikimono brand blends tradition with modernity. His own father owned a kimono producer. His 2020 collection featured imagery from Stan Lee’s Blood Red Dragon (which Lee had based on Yoshiki), and the anime series Attack on Titan.
   On his work’s appearance at the Tokyo National Museum, Yoshiki said, ‘I have come to receive many offers from overseas, but I am truly honoured to have my creations exhibited in Japan, the origin of kimono culture, at the prestigious Tokyo National Museum. I feel gratitude to all of my fans who are constantly supporting me. It would make me happy if you could see the exhibition.’
   More information on the exhibition can be found at kimonoten2020.exhibit.jp/english.html.




Yoshikimono

 


German actress Tiana Pongs releases insider’s guide to modelling

Filed by Lucire staff/July 2, 2020/12.23

German model and actress Tiana Pongs, who had authored Der kleine Model Guide in her native country some years ago, has released an updated English-language equivalent, Keep Smiling: a Career Guide for Models, from the same publisher, Ebozon Verlag.
   According to the publisher, the guide ‘explains, step by step, how to start, what the everyday life looks like and how emerging models can successfully establish themselves on the international market.’
   Pongs runs through advice on securing an agency, photographers and clients, photo shoots, and general conditions. She also discusses fees, tax advisers, travel, and beauty and nutrition. The book also has a verified list of international agencies.
   She also covers the seedier side of the business, including ‘dirty offers’, as well as personal difficulties such as homesickness.


Tiana Pongs’ original German edition, from the same publisher

 


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