Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #137

Start your Monday off right:

  1. When you're 89, obsessed with trains, and own a winery, you might as well build a giant model train using a locomotive system designed over a 100 years ago using magnets. He is now trying to build a full size version for public use. 
  2. Asbury Park F.C. has everything you could want in a soccer club except for a team and playing games. It's an insider joke taken to the absolute extreme and I love every part of it. 
  3. I didnt realize Red Bull had an action sports photography page but they do and its awesome. Even if you don't have any interest in that side of photography, you can pull inspiration from the page and their instagram page.  
  4. Kris Llorens recent work pairs minimalist landscapes with bright almost unnatural colors to create these surreal images.  
  5. By tediously cutting small sections off a log of wood and applying stop motion animation techniques, Brett Foxwell created this spell binding video. The grain and knots in the wood appear to flow like waves or the tide.  
  6. "In the act of creativity, being careful guarantees sameness and mediocrity, which means your work will be invisible." - George Lois
  7. Maarten Rots is an abstract photographer who finds little slices of life which are often missed and creates beautiful photographs from them. He produces a quarterly magazine of his work, March & Rock, which i highly recommend. I own multiple issues. 

  8. While injured and unable to continue work on documenting a neighborhood in Detroit, Erik Henderson dreamed up this giant camera. The camera may not look like it did in his dreams but the results are stunning. 

  9. Jason Zook took an idea of getting paid for wearing a t-shirt and turned it into a million dollar business. And then it into a nightmare. This a great profile on his creative entrepreneurial journey. 

  10. The artist, Erik Wahl, stat down Jonthan Fields to talk about art, money, creativity, and power. A great conversation. 

"The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium......

The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it.
— Edward Weston

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #136

Start your Monday off right:

  1. My friend and I shared an $18 cab ride in order to try In-N-Out and the burger, thankfully, lived up to the hype. The I Am A Food Blog took on the challenge of replicating the legendary burger. The recipe for the famous spread is worth it alone for your next bbq. 
  2. I stumbled upon Kane Hopkins's feed on a recommendation from a fellow photographer and was blown away. His portraits are visually simple but emotionally complex. 
  3. The street artists, Vhils, doesnt use the common tools of a brush and paint but rather a chisel to use the layers underneath the wall to create his stunning art. This is more remarkable considering he often "paints" multi-story buildings. 
  4. Chris Glass created the collaborative project, PhotoScouting, as a way to improve his photography as well as learn more about the city of Cincinnati. The core of the project is the photowalks which are now attended by a large group of people.  
  5. "YOU MAKE ALL KINDS OF MISTAKES, BUT AS LONG AS YOU ARE GENEROUS AND TRUE AND ALSO FIERCE, YOU CANNOT HURT THE WORLD OR EVEN SERIOUSLY DISTRESS HER."
    Winston Churchill
  6. Ariel Wilson's bold pastel color palette works perfectly with her often simple illustration to form a great visual style. I discovered her work from an interview in Lagom magazine.

  7.  Gianluca Pardelli coach surfed his way through post-Soviet Central Asia and the Southern Siberian States. He returned with an amazing set of images. 

  8. Modern life is designed to destroy boredom. We carry around a device which grants us a magical key to the entire world. Yet, boredom is vital for creative projects. Creative work is not a factory but has seasons which require empty space. 

  9. Failure in the framework of an experiment is not the end of the idea but rather a data point which could provide the key to actual success. Ideo, one of best design company in world, released 8 ways to fail your way to success