Mr Back, 55, a national newspaper photographer for 25 years who is to be found in Downing Street’s press pen most days, said his images of Mr Thompson carrying an internal BBC email detailing a defence of its coverage of spending cuts were just the latest proof of document-based carelessness by public figures.
He said: “It’s astonishing really. These are people out in public with papers containing important information. They know that there is a photographer outside No 10 and yet they just don’t cover them up. I must have spoken to the Downing Street press office a dozen times to say: ‘For God’s sake tell them to cover up their documents.’
"It is all down to digital technology. Images come out so sharp now that you can read detail that film cameras simply could not pick out. I would say I see a minister carrying readable documents once a month."
— Snap! Why public figures are continually getting caught out by Steve Back - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
10:36 pm • 16 August 2014
One of a series of videos produced from aerial footage, shot with a GoPro camera from the Right To Flight balloon, two hundred feet above the streets of Peckham, South London.
These videos continue my use of the “rorsching” technique, previously used on Google Maps, Street View, and NYC traffic cameras (rorschmap.com), to transform automated and potentially infinite, “neutral” data and footage into abstracted artworks, inviting contemplation and analysis while reducing their utility as information or surveillance.
5:39 pm • 15 August 2014 • 2 notes
‘Mobile app helps illegal immigrants escape stop-and-search checks’. That was last year’s immigrant-baiting headline in the Daily Express. The Stop & Search2 app, created by an anonymous trio of activists known only as Immigrant X, appeared in headlines all over the UK, with Politics.co.uk describing them as a “strange and impressive group” that demonstrates people power in action. The group has even piloted a scheme called Drones for Social Justice, which sends drones to disrupt border agency spot checks.
The thing is, none of it was true. The app, which you can still download on Android, doesn’t work. The drones aren’t real, either. And Immigrant X – far from its description of a three-person network of anti-border activists in an unnamed “Western democracy” – is a fiction. Albeit a fiction with 10,000 Twitter followers.
On social media and their blog, the group documents their drone actions and attempts to evade detection in real-time (it’s unclear how many of its Twitter followers know it is fictional). In reality, Immigrant X is a one-man job: the work of Amsterdam-based, Australian-born creator Rob Simpson, who describes it as both fiction and “faction” – a plausible fictional narrative with roots in the real world. The blurring of fact and fiction is deliberate: the idea is to force viewers to engage with and question the narrative. It’s a provocative experiment in narrative, created through halfway-believable apps and social media accounts, and lent credence by unknowing journalists.
— Inside the strange story of Immigrant X | Dazed
9:41 am • 8 August 2014 • 9 notes
Israeli soldiers graffitis in places where they stayed during the ground invasion in #Gaza (via Twitter / iHaZeMi: Israeli soldiers graffitis …) [Beir Hanoun Girls’ School]
9:30 am • 8 August 2014
“A Lockheed Martin factory in the US that manufactures Hellfire air-to-ground missiles has been operating seven days a week to provide weapons destined for Iraqi government and Kurdish forces under pre-existing support arrangements.”
— Barack Obama authorises air strikes to help Iraqis besieged on mountain by Isis | World news | theguardian.com
8:55 am • 8 August 2014