Second Glance

June 21, 2013

If I haven't posted anything for a while, it's usually a "good" sign, because I'm busy with other projects. Over the last weeks, I wrote some articles for the German Embassy in D.C. and helped creating the new issue of the "FFD Rundbrief", the official publication of the German Foreign Services partner organization. I'm in the middle of preparing a presentation for a documentary project on Sunday, and I'm working on a proposal for a 60+ copies fine art book project. In addition, after Addison-Wesley has ceased to exit in Germany (the book publisher that I've been connected to for over 20 years), I'm in the planning stages of the 8th edition of the Handbuch der Java-Programmierung with my new publisher O'Reilly.

Anyway, here is a little story that I'd like to share with you. 

A year ago I sent four pictures to the Washington Post Magazine, for their weekly column "Second Glance". Second Glance is a kind of before-after puzzler where the reader is supposed to find 12 differences between the original and the altered versions of a photograph. Since I have never heard anything from these guys, I had totally forgotten my submission long ago.

However, during a random Google search last week, I was totally surprised to find that one of my pictures had been used by the Washington Post:

Washington D.C.: Georgetown, from Roosevelt Island

Believe it or not, but this pitoresque view of Georgetown University, taken from Roosevelt Island, actually made it into the March, 31st, edition of the Washington Post Magazine (the link is here)! Isn't that cool?

I don't treat it too serious, but I can now safely claim that my pictures have appeared in X, Y, Z and - you guess it - in the Washington Post Magazine!

My wildest dreams have become true ;-)

Try to spot the differences yourself, they have labeled the degree of difficulty as "extreme". The topmost picture is my original (from which they've cropped quite a bit), and the second is the altered version. Picture number three shows the differences between both and is the puzzler's resolution, so don't look at it too early.

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