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Skip to toolbar Contributed by Ken Tanaka As a lifelong devotee of color I bought The Secret Lives of Color in early 2018. It’s a wonderful little work that strongly reminds me of a class I took as a very young weekend student…

Bhutan: 813 | Global Covid-19 Cases Confirmed cases: 88,042,785 | Recovered: 48,554,371 Deaths: 1,898,529

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The annual Lhuentse tshechu ended yesterday with the consecration and unfurling of Guru Thongdrel. The four-day tshechu was conducted behind closed doors.

The three-day annual Sarpang tshechu ended on December 24 in Gelephu.・ Owing to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, no spectators were allowed.・

After shopkeepers tested negative for Covid-19, shops in Thimphu opened yesterday. However, many of them ran out of vegetables as residents rushed out to stock up.・

Coinciding with the 113th National Day, Teachers of Bhutan Volunteers (VToB), a teachers・・ voluntary group, launched its website on December 17. The website aims to promote solidarity to transform challenges into opportunities through voluntary initiatives.

Kinley Tshering (left) and Tandin Wangchuk became Bhutan・・s first judokas to attain the Second-Dan black belt. They were awarded the recognition recently in Japan, where they are pursuing their Bachelors in Sports Management at Seisa Dohto University in Hokkaido. They managed to fulfil the requirements for Second-Dan qualification, including mastery of techniques with at least two or more wins in significant judo tournaments.・

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Picture This: How Pictures Work

Picture This: How Pictures Work

Contributed by Ken Tanaka

Tanaka head shotAs a lifelong devotee of color I bought The Secret Lives of Color in early 2018. It’s a wonderful little work that strongly reminds me of a class I took as a very young weekend student at the Art Institute of Chicago many decades ago. Becoming more aware of color’s influence in your daily visual life, beyond cameras, is such a fundamental step in visual literacy. I recommend this book for any TOP readers. But I strongly recommend giving a copy of this book to a young person—perhaps your children or grandchildren—as a special gift. I took the class I referenced, above, when I was 10 or 11 and I dare say it certainly altered my life’s visual trajectory. Kassia St. Clair’s book holds that same potential for a young person.

There are several other wonderful little books I could recommend for sharpening color and visual skills but one gem shines brightest in my library. Molly Bang’s Picture This: How Pictures Work is a tiny powerhouse that may help relax a tedious grip on all those silly “composition” rules chanted by photography buffs. Bang, an author and illustrator of children’s books, teaches 2D communication essentially through a series of figure-ground relationship lessons. Her book is aimed at a generally young audience of budding future artists and illustrators but it’s a perfect lesson plan for amateur photographers who may not have benefited from any formal aesthetic education. Don’t be put off by its elementary tone; give it your attention and work through it with your camera. It will probably reward you.

Kassia St. Clair’s The Secret Lives of Color and Molly Bang’s Picture This: How Pictures Work are perfect reads for photo fans to start a still-locked-down 2021 productively!

Ken Tanaka

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Book of interest this week:

Picture This: How Pictures Work, By Molly Bang
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