Photo Feature: Reflecting on the Past You

Photographer Tom Hussey’s Reflection series illustrates just how much we change in our lives and how it seems to happen all at once, no matter how many years the changes actually take.

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A small section of Tom Hussey’s Reflections 9.

Not only are the photos and the photoshopping highly skilled technically, Mr. Hussey seems to capture something of his models’ personality in this series of 10 photos. (I think my favorite is the chemist in his paneled library.) Enthusiastically recommended.

Melissa Hardy Redefines “Girly”

Melissa Hardy had an epiphany when her daughter was nine months old:

“Why in the world is my generation, the most educated, most well-traveled, most worldly generation of women ever…why are my contemporaries still raising our girls to wish upon a star in hopes that her prince may someday come? Why aren’t we teaching our girls to get into her rocket ship and find that star all on her own?”

She then started a company. In Ms. Hardy’s own words:

“I’m not anti-pink. I’m not anti-princess (although I really do not dig the Disney version). I’m not anti-girly. I’M ANTI-LIMITATION. I want my daughter to be bold. I want her to be unafraid to be intelligent. I want her to be respected for her accomplishments. She will not be raised to think that the world belongs only to boys and that she is merely a pretty thing in it.”

And not just girls. Ms. Hardy continues:

“I came to realize the media was sending hurtful messages to boys, too. My little boy was so sweet and caring, and just like with my daughter, I saw this crush of gender stereotyped merchandise coming towards us. There are so many ways to be a boy, but I felt like the marketplace was giving him a very narrow version of that could be. Our boys have the natural born right of the child to dance, sing, create, inspire, care, love, dream, and play. I want my son to have the freedom to explore his world, without being shamed or ridiculed.”

Ms. Hardy also blogs at Pigtail Pals & Ballcap Buddies where she “educates parents on media literacy, marketing, sexualization, gender stereotypes, and body image”.

Because what matters in a person is between their ears, not between their legs.

Color Vision through a Sound Implant

Neil Harbisson suffers from achromatopsia (seeing everything in shades of gray instead of color). He’s got a head-mounted device called an eyeborg to help him perceive color. The device converts colors into sound waves, which are transmitted to his inner ear via a vibration mechanism on the back of his skull. According to io9, he says:

“Each colour has a specific frequency that I can hear because of the Eyeborg. Infrared is the lowest sound and ultraviolet is the highest sound. I hear them through bone conduction. Basically, the sound goes to the back of the head and then my inner ear hears the different sine waves.”

Harbisson and eyeborg

Photo by Dan Wilton / Dezeen Magazine.

Apparently the merging of man and machine has gone well:

“Harbisson felt that the device was fully integrated into his sense of self when he began to have emotional responses to colors in his environment. He also says that he ‘dreams’ of color. Certain faces and buildings are particularly musical for him — their combinations of tones and colors create sounds that Harbisson finds pleasing.”

Full article on io9; see also article and more photos by Dan Wilton at Dezeen Magazine.

“Seeing” color as sound – that’s so fascinating!