Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #181

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Have you ever considered how the glass in your lens is manufactured? Here is an in depth tour of Nikon's Hikari Glass factory in Akita, Japan.
  2. I love this laser cut wood maps of different cities and topographical elements. The layers of wood transform into a graphical element rather than just informational. 
  3. Jerry Business uses his cellphone to photography his toys out in their "natural environment". I love how he doesnt care about the passing crowds as he lays down in the middle of the road to get the picture. 
  4. Dan Wood's "Gap in the Hedge" retraces his weekly trips with his Mom to the Rhondda Valley in his latest project.  The book is available for pre-order from Another Place Press
  5. With the success of Vivian Maier, people are looking for old negatives in estate sales. A collection of photos from NYC's parks in the Summer of 78 and another set from Lower East Side from 70s and 80s are recent discoveries.   
  6. “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” — General George Patton
  7. Willy Ronis photographed Paris his entire life until his death in 2009. The image of the little boy running down the street with the baguette under his arm cracked me up.  

  8. Eliza Ivanova is an artist and animator at Pixel Studio. Her IG account is filled with great pencil sketches.  

  9. The Process Driven Podcast is back with a great episode with Maarten Rots. The episode is definitely worth a listen. 

  10. The internet is filled with productivity tips and advice. Frank Chimero's "Modest Guide to Productivity" is one of the better lists. 

  11. Tim Urban is writes long in depth posts filled with fun illustrations. His latest article is on "How to pick a career you actually want" is great example of why he is so good. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #180

Start your Monday off right:

  1. A crispy chicken sandwich is one of my favorite things in the world. This is an easy recipe and you dont even need to have a deep fryer.  
  2. The British climber, Rob Durran, has been traveling and climbing in Jordan for 15 years. He filmed an episode of Elemental Journeys on his latest trip and staying (and climbing) with the local Bedouins. The landscape is insanely gorgeous. 
  3. The city of Vorkuta in Russia sits above the Arctic Circle far removed from Moscow. This photo essay by Tomeu Coll feels like you stepped back in time to an almost foreign world. 
  4. Andrea Modica took her trusty 8x10 camera to the Mummers Day Parade capturing portraits of "Wenches". I love her softer approach to this images rather then focusing on the sear madness of the Mummers. 
  5. Richard Turner is one of the greatest card magicians of all time and he is also blind. I am definitely watching the documentary on his life, Dealt, when I get a chance.  
  6. “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
  7. Tyler Roste photographed the struggling towns and their population along the Northern Delaware River which separates Pennsylvania and New York and New Jersey for his series "Men of Men". 

  8. The local news did a short piece on Christopher Burkett who is a large format landscape photographer. The best part of the piece was when he was working in his darkroom producing insane cibachrome prints from his remaining stock after the paper was discontinued. 

  9. Ainslie Henderson built stop motion puppets out of dead leaves and pieces of technology and then created a short movie. Its amazing how this characters come to life from things you have around your house. 

  10. Andrea Torres Balaguer pushes the boundary of portrait photography in his series, Faceless. As the name suggestions, the faces of each subject is obscured by their hair or paint applied to the final print. 

  11. "You Don't Have To Live Life By The Rules" is a perfect title for a talk given by Mr. Bingo. His career path has broken every rule possible and yet he continues to make waves through the internet. 

  12. "You don't get what you don't ask for" is one of the hardest things I am slowly learning in relation to my photography business. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #179

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. It's called the Gambler 500 and it looks like a blast. People "race" beater cars which they have modified to be even more ridiculous along a 500 mile course in Oregon. I would love to enter this. 
  2. I probably spent way too much time scrolling through this tumblr site of memorizing black and white GIFs. They remind me of something MC Escher would create. 
  3. Oscar Oiwa created a 360 degree drawing on the insider of vinyl balloon using 120 markers allowing you to set into the middle of his drawing. 
  4. I love the juxtaposition (and humor) found in Maciej Dakowicz's street photography. I love the dog sleeping on the peddle of the bicycle. 
  5. Tom Hegen captures the stunning beauty of salt production in Europe using a drone. The majority of these images feel more like abstract paintings then photographs. 
  6. “I am the architect of my own self, my own character and destiny. It is no use whingeing about what I might have been, I am the things I have done and nothing more.”
    – Jean-Paul Sartre
  7. Renan Viana uses miniature figures to create these often humorous series. I love how he carries a tackle box of figures around with him.  

  8. I wasnt familiar with the pioneering female designer,  Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, but her design work is delightfully Swiss inspired. Her work is definitely something to study and pull inspiration from.  

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #178

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Kiyomi builds tiny pieces for dollhouses in her spare time. The precision and accuracy of each piece is mind blowing. I would love to see a video of her assembling one of them. 
  2. The award for the best sketchbook I have seen should go to José Naranja. His books seem like publishable books rather then the messy version of my own. 
  3. Peter Zelewski has spent the last 3 years photographing twins for his "Alike But Not Alike" series. I spent a while trying to find the differences in each set of twins. 
  4. The portrait on the top of the page from Lai Gutiérrez's series on Cuba really grabbed me. It reveals just enough to portrait the taxi drive and his environment. 
  5. The School of Visual Arts has a massive trove of free lectures on photography (and other visual arts) on their YouTube channel. Its a great resource to find new ideas and inspiration. 
  6. “If you’re open to learning, you get your life-lessons delivered as gently as the tickle of a feather. But if you’re defensive, if you stubbornly persist in being right instead of learning the lesson at hand, if you stop paying attention to the tickles, the nudges, the clues—boom! Sledgehammer.”
    ― Gay Hendricks
  7. Alberto Selvestrel's series, "Images" is almost painterly in the way elements are juxtaposed in each frame. The work reminds me a lot of Maarten Rots's brilliant work.  

  8. As more a visual person, I have struggled through the years with my writing. Austin Kleon offers great pointers how artists (particularly visual artists) can become better writers. 

  9. I wasnt familiar with Cole Younger prior to this interview on Ground Up but I really resonated with his story about how the camera saved his life. 

  10. Chris Eyre-Walker sat down with landscape photographer Simon Baxter in a great episode of Adventure Photography on Location.  
     

Finding Your Creative Style

This is my understanding of how to develop a creative style. This is not the only way but this is the process that I used. I hope you find it useful. 

  1. Define what sparks your curiosity: The foundation of your style is what creatively lights you up. What image/images stopped you in your tracks? Who are the photographers that you get lost in their work and repeatedly come back to them? Be specific. Assemble a mood board or print out the images to tape to the wall. Is there a trend or an unifying trait? Break it down like ingredients of a recipe. I have found it very difficult to describe what images that excite me but I know them instantly when I see those images.  
     
  2. Emulate your favorites: This may seem like an odd place to start finding your style but it gives you a bench mark to compare and evaluate your work.  Ira Glass sums up your current state perfectly when he describes a gap between your taste and the quality of your creative output. I will leave this long quote here just in case someone has not seen it. 

    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”                                                                                                      ― Ira Glass

    With deliberate practice, you can close this gap. I purposefully use the term deliberate practice because this doesn't happen by mere accident. Give yourself assignments or elements to work on. Maybe find a group of fellow photographers who will critique your work and provide constructive criticism. Know where you stand, where you are going, and then develop a plan to get there. 

  3. Creative frustration: You will reach a point where you can no longer just copy a style or a photographer's work.  The best way I can describe the feeling is that it feels like you are putting on a disguise or a facade and being frustrated/annoyed by that realization. This creative frustration forces you to take a leap beyond what you have done so far. The leap could be come in the form of combining another photographic idea to your emulated work. Or applying the same style but with different equipment or subject matter. It is your chance to wander off the establish path and strike out on your creative own.  

  4. Crisis Phase: Failure and missteps are all part of the experimental process but they challenge your ego as a photographer. You mentally establish yourself as a good photographer able to get close to the masters and then destroy this image in order to progress beyond what you have created before. It sucks. It is a hard process. Unfortunately, there is no way around this process. You can chose to stay in the emulation phase or you have just have to work through the suck until you get to the other side. 

    "You must be willing to embrace a season of incompetence in order to move to the next level and continue developing your voice."                                                     - Todd Henry

    Your failures do not have to be out in the open. Sharing them may help speed up finding the answer but its not necessary. Side project are a perfect arenas for experimentation. Your first idea (or even your 13th) may not work. But each iteration is feedback which will allow you to find the solution you are looking. 

  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4: The creative joy of solving step #4 will slowly fade away as you get completely comfortable with your new style. Over time, the same creative frustration will creep into your work. This will prompt another creative leap. This is the creative loop which drives us forward. 

    "What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession."   - Neil Peart 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #177

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I have no idea how someone becomes the "Paper Airplane Guy" but John Collins managed to achieve my 9 year old goal. He shows you how to fold a couple different paper airplanes that will beat the pants off your normal plane. 
  2. Luca D'Onofrio creates 29 different handmade pastas. You could tell he has made more pasta then he can probably remember as each hand motion seems drilled to perfection.
  3. Tomiyasu Hayahisa photographed a ping pong table in a public park across from his dorm room through out the year. I love how people used the table for various uses often in keeping with the respective season. .
  4. I absolutely love the look of infraded photography which captures the infraded spectrum of light which is invisible to the naked eye.  Paolo Pettigiani captures the stunning Dolomites in this manner. 
  5. This is a list of the "quietest" (aka least traveled) road in each state. I can easily see someone doing a photo series on these roads.  
  6. "I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."  
    Ernest Hemingway
  7. "The End of the Road" is a perfect title for Andrea Pugiotto's series on Alaska. The tremendous beauty of nature goes hand in hand with the struggle to survive and make ends meet. 

  8. The light from the rising (or setting sun) creates these gorgeous pink and purple hues on the cold mountains of the Arctic Norway. I cant imagine how cold Maya Beano was when she captured this images. 

  9. I love how the amount of paint used to create each portrait adds a dimension of shadows which transform each image in Mathieu Laca's paintings. Absolutely brilliant work. 

  10. Austin Kleon's talk at Bond 2018 is a must watch for all creatives as he offers advice on how to push your work forward in the tough times. I love his idea that creative work is like Ground Hog's Day. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #176

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Did you know a prized camel can sell for more than 1 million dollars? Neither did I but Vice sent a reporter to the famous camel races in Saudi Arabia. There is even a camel beauty pageant.  
  2. On the opposite spectrum of racing, the DIY Hack Derby invites bike frame builders to build a bike for under $400 by hand and race each over a couple of days. I love the idea and seems like a ton of fun. 
  3. I was not familiar with the work of the Dutch street photographer, Ed van der Elsken, but his work is top notch. He started on the streets of Amsterdam right after World War 2 and helped define how the Dutch saw themselves post war. 
  4. Rachelle Mendez finds colorful minimal scenes in the cross sections of buildings. A few in this set almost appear like paintings rather than photographs.  
  5. Kevin Faingnaert spent 3 months traveling through Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru and created this love letter to this part of the world. This part of the world is gorgeously different and diverse. 
  6. “Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.” Seneca
  7. I am fascinated how people can create stop motion movies of the scale of "Isle of Dogs". They have to create each expression for each character. I would love to watch a documentary on the entire process. 

  8. PDN released this year's 30 Emerging Photographers list and its filled with awesome work. A great place to find inspiration and something different. 

  9.  Masha Ivashintsova's daughter found 30K negatives in her attic after her passing. The images reveal what life was like during the USSR. 

  10. In the area of time management and productivity hacking, we are terrified about doing nothing. Jenny Odell argues that doing nothing is precisely the place to figure out what is next. You need to create space for new ideas to form. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #175

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Elspeth Beard was the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world at the age of 23 back in 1974. This is her story of the epic journey. 
  2. I was completely unaware of the Chinese-American history in the Mississippi Delta. Andrew Hung and  Emanuel Hahn turned their cameras on the community which has been in the region for over 100 years. 
  3. This short documentary about Gangolf Ulbricht, a papermaker, is a fascinating look into the process of paper making. My appreciation for the craft of making paper is only increasing as I print more of my work.  
  4. Ben Smith had a fascinating conversation with Irish photographer and publisher, Éanna de Fréine, on his podcast, A Small Voice. I have really enjoyed the work coming out of the Velvet Cell publishing company.    
  5. Simon Sinek breaks down the difference between intensity and consistency in terms of effort toward reaching a goal. I am guilty of focusing on intensity over consistency in all areas of my life. 
  6. “In a long distance race, everyone gets tired. The winner is the runner who figures out where to put the tired, figures out how to store it away until after the race is over. Sure, he’s tired. Everyone is. That’s not the point. The point is to run.”
    – Seth Godin
  7. Areca Roe created these "landscapes" out of fake fur and elements from model train scenery which reminder her of the pioneering Western photographers of the late 1800s. 

  8. By layering photographs,  Alessio Trerotoli creates a moody painterly image with his new series, Raindrop Blues.  

  9. I am not sure I entirely agree with the premise that social media is dumbing down photography but I definitely sympathetic to the idea. I think the author did miss the fact that Instagram places more emphasis on the single image vs a body of work. 

  10. Neil Ta showed Sara Lando his project on Cuba and her reaction/comment apply to the vast majority of photographers. It took a lot of courage posting what she said but I think its invaluable for other photographers. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #174

Start your Monday off right:

  1. David Chang's new Netflix cooking show, Ugly Delicious, is absolutely brilliant. He takes a look at certain foods and how they show up in various cultures. To be warned, you will get very hungry watching each episode. 
  2. Tom Gran started a drawing challenge on January 1 where he adds another character to a giant fight scene each day. He is currently on day 70 and the scene is already crazy. 
  3. Pigeon racing is an old sport of the working class in Northern Europe. Zak Waters spent a couple of years photographing the sport and the characters who race the birds. The project is being kickstarted as a book and I picked up a copy. 
  4. Reuben Wu paired up a drone and long exposures of gorgeous rock formation to create this set of images. I am surprised a photographer hasnt done this already. 
  5. Ben Coleman created the video series, "Why I Create", exploring various artist's and their why. I have watched a couple of the them and was highly impressed. 
  6. Josh Neff's series, "Outer Limits", explores life far removed from cities. I cant wait to see who this series evolves and matures over time.  
  7. “Here is the hardest thing for many people about adulthood: Staying awake. That is, resisting the somnambulance that will grow like weeds over any state of habitual life, excepting acute crises. You have to actively invite experiences into your life that will interrupt the smallness of your story and the calcifying generalizations you make about the world based on your own private universe.”   Sara Hendren
  8. Elliot Verdier spent 4 months traveling through Kyrgyzstan capturing the generational differences between the elderly who long for the days of USSR and the more westernized youth.  

  9. A great reminder that creative energy is renewable. "One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water." This quote is from Annie Dillard. 

  10. Seth Godin's thoughts on writer's block need to be repeated to creatives until the concept of writer's block finally dies. He released a podcast on it and I would encourage everyone to listen to it. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #173

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I wasnt familiar with a perpetual calendar prior to viewing this video but the end result was "simple" wooden box which advanced to the next date by flipping it. I love that the creator had to dig through old patents to figure out the mechanism for advancing the number with no machines. 
  2. One of my odder obsessions is with heirloom vegetables. I get so mad that people only associate a vegetable with its perfectly bland and shippable version found in grocery stores. I was so excited to see Row 7 Seeds startup to offer vegetable breeders a place to sell their new and old creations. 
  3. Landscape photographer, Olivier Du Tre, sat down with the crew at The Camera Store Tv to talk about his analog process and printing. 
  4. Kate Ballis transformed Palm Springs into a scene from another planet with infrared photography. I love how the green cacti turn a steel grey blue. 
  5. I never heard of Eigg Island but Danny North's series, "As I found Her",  makes me want to visit the forgotten island. I love North's environmental portraits especially the young girl sitting on the chair on the greenhouse. 
  6. "The thing is to become a master and, in your old age, to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing."                       Ernest Hemingway
  7. Carl Lavia teamed up with photographer, Lorna Le Bredonchel, to produce large scale architectural sketches of 69 UK cities. I would love to stand in front of these massive drawing and find all the little details buried in each piece. 

  8. Pau Buscató is a street photographer from Oslo, Norway who finds these great juxtaposition and color combination.  

  9.  Kazuaki Harada builds these whimsical wooden toys. His Instagram is filled with great videos of his creations.  

  10. Photographer, Sam Parkes, traveled throughout Cuba capturing the youth of the island in black and white. 

the 6x17 way of life

Wednesday, I took the Intrepid 4x5 with a 6x17 roll film back to flex a different photographic muscle than my usual work. The sun finally poked out of the clouds after a couple days of rain. I exposed a roll of Ektar 100 and FP4+ for a total of 8 images. Here is a little video of my setup. 

I still have a ton to learn about more traditional landscape photography and composing images in the 6x17 format but it was fun to do something different with no idea how it would turn out. Here is are some of the early results. 

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Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #172

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I wish I found Epicurious's 58 cooking projects for a rainy day at the start of this soggy weekend. The list includes slow roast meat and delicious deserts. 
  2. James Nolan Gandy built this simple drawing machines that produces these elaborate and beautiful "graphs". I found myself mesmerized watching the videos on his Instagram account.  
  3. Designer, Michelle Rial, use items found around the house to make this charts and graphs. If you scroll back far enough on her Instagram account, you can see this "art form" develop. 
  4. Erwin Olaf creates highly stylized portraits which feel more like paintings than photographs. This series, "Rain", feels like if Gregory Crewdson shot more intimate portraits. 
  5. Ryan Steed is a documentary photography teacher in Memphis and his series, "Went Out For Cigarettes", is worthy of an individual teaching. I absolutely love his image of the multi colored flamingos.  
  6. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.
    — VIKTOR FRANKL
  7. Mike McQuade creates beautiful editorial illustrations for various print and online mediums which feel like layered art piece similar to screen prints. 

  8. Joshua K Jackson spoke to the London Institute of Photography about his brilliant street photography. Its great to hear more about his images and style.  

  9. An artist (Caroline Caldwell) and a writer (RJ Rushmore) decided to fight against the sheer volume of adds bombarding people in NYC and replace adds with art work for 52 weeks. 

  10. I am still trying to wrap my head around the implications of "Instagram is killing the way we experience art". There is no denying the platform has had a tremendous impact on art.  I might to write all my thoughts on the piece. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #171

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. As the winter slowly wanes, I find myself craving the bright green of plants. I think I pick up a few big plants for house from these recommendations
  2. I have no idea how to pronounce Pluspuu but they produce these gorgeous modular cabins. I hope one day that I will able to purchase one of these. 
  3. Chris Rowland has an illustration style influenced by the cartoons he read as a kid. I love how he took a style and made it his own. 
  4. Properly fermented sourdough bread is a magical experience. It is so different then the bread that populates the grocery shelves. Here is a love letter to the kitchen alchemy known as sourdough.  
  5. Libby Oliver takes portraits of people "wearing" every article of clothes they own. You can barely see the buried people but you can still tell a little about their personality. 
  6. Lee Friedlander took his camera to parties from 1956 to 2016 and the images make you feel like you're right in the middle of chaos. 
  7. “The secret to being good at anything is to approach it like a curious idiot, rather than a know-it-all genius.” — Jorge Quinteros
  8. Every Ash Wednesday since 1997, Greg Miller heads out into NYC with his 8x10 and photograph those who received ashes. A great body of work  

  9. Andre Wagner is one of my favorite street photographers and he sits down with the Kodakery podcast to talk about his work.  

  10. Dia Takacsova brought his camera (and dog) to Svalbard, the northernmost settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population. The desolate beauty is worth the journey. 

"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 #170

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Artist, Neal Aronowitz, developed this "concrete canvas" which allows him to create flexible sheets of wet concrete and manipulate them into these glorious flowing concrete tables. These defy what you think about when you imagine an concrete table. 
  2. Adam Savage visits the famous Aardman Studios where Wallace and Gromit is created to learn how the studio keeps the massive amount of clay consistent through the entire production of the movie. 
  3. Mitch Goldstein, an Assistant Professor of Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, created a series of Venn diagrams accurately describing the creative life. 
  4. The colorful portraits of regular British people is the highly recognizable style of Niall McDiarmid. He broke a video camera with him on one of his many trips outside the center of London. 
  5. Shawn Huckins paints these beautiful portraits of in the style popular around the Revolutionary War and adds funny texts or other additions. 
  6. “The things that you put inside your head are like lego blocks. If you are trying to build with just with one shape and one colour your creations will always be limited. The more blocks you have and the more diverse their shapes and colours, the more interesting castles you can build.”
    – Maria Popova.
  7. Joseph Fox captured the characters of a local demolish derby in England. The portrait of the kid in the push car painted like a derby car is top notch. 

  8. Self portraiture scares me. I feel so awkward standing in front of my own camera. Lizzy Gadd's self portraits are so good that I might actually try it again.  

  9. Nick Carver heads out into the Sonoran Desert capturing the unique beauty of the spare landscape and giant cacti. I love how the panoramic images turned out. 

  10. Kristopher Matheson produced a gorgeous zine, Minutiae - Trafficking Art, focus on the abstract images created out traffic lines in Tokyo. He printed and bound the zine himself. Highly recommended 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #169

Start your Monday off right

  1. Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours was preeminent encyclopedia of colors and where the colors are located in nature. This book as been replaced by Pantone books or the internet. 
  2. Fried chicken (in my humble opinion) is one of the best things in life. The combination of the crunch paired with juicy chicken warms my heart. This recipe for Beijing Supermarket Fried Chicken looks particularly delicious.  
  3. You may not know who Louis Draper but his photographs of Harlem will make you remember. After his death, his sister spent every Sunday for a year organizing the negatives and slides from 45 years of shooting. 
  4. Two friends teamed up to sail 2 boats up the waterways of Europe. One boat is a collaborative space for discussions and workshops and the other is a giant camera obscura. 
  5. Visual designer, Dimitris Ladopoulos, turned his two favorite paintings in color treemaps and had them printed in 3D with textured fabric. I love to stand in front of these. 
  6. "If you wish to improve, be content to appear clueless or stupid in extraneous matters - don't wish to seem knowledgeable. And if some regard you as important, distrust yourself."      Epictetus 
  7. Frank Chimero has a fascinating idea dubbed, "whiteboard accounting", to figure out how much money you need as a freelancer and then stop working on commercial projects after you hit that number. 

  8. If you are looking a single website to find new photographers, Woman Photograph is a comprehensive list of female documentary photographers across the globe. The work on display is top notch. 

  9. Austin Kleon points out that the way we talk about influence is backwards. The past doesn't influence present but rather the present plays with ideas of the past. 

  10. David DuChemin lays out three obstacles which often prevent photographers from mastering their craft. Spoiler alter...its not the camera you use. 

Schrodinger's Camera

This is the crazy idea you may have heard Dave Allen and I came up with live on Episode #41 of the Creative Bar. Could you create a great photograph with a disposable camera without knowing the film you are using? 

Schrödinger's cat is the famous thought experiment of quantum mechanics applying the idea of superposition to an "everyday experience". The cat is simultaneously alive or dead until you open the box and determine the answer. The film is simultaneously color and black and white until you find out the answer. The film is simultaneously ISO 100 to ISO 1600 until you get your negatives back. 

  • Sign up and we will send you a load disposable camera. (It will take us a little bit to load up the disposable cameras and shipping them out)
  • You can shot whatever you want 
  • Send the camera back to us and we will develop it for you 
  • We will create a book out of the results. 
  • We will send each photographer a copy of the book and their negatives. This will be the first time the photographers will be able to see their images. 
  • We will sell the book to fund the cameras, film, and book production costs 
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Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #168

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Robby Cuthbert combines woodworking with bridge building techniques to create a floating coffee table held together by wires under tension. A fascinating combination of ideas to create something new. 
  2. Kendall Plant spent 17 days (260 miles) walking the famous John Muir Trail and she documented her entry into the wildness in gorgeous detail. I would love to hike the JM trail at some point in the future. 
  3. For those unaware, board games have undergone a massive renaissance with the success of Settlers of Catan. These innovative games came out of Germany and have supplanted the Scrabble and Monopoly we all use to play.   
  4. The Young Jerks doesnt sound a top notch design firm but Dan Cassaro and Dan Christofferson are producing some of my favorite work under that name. 
  5. I was not aware of Jean-Claude Gautrand's photography before this post but his work is top notch. He photographed Paris for decades documenting the changes from 50s all way up to the 2010s. 
  6. "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone." 
    Henry David Thoreau 
  7. Ibarionex Perello asks the important question, "Do Great Photographers Make Bad Pictures?". We hold great photographers on a pedestal but analyzing their contract sheets reveals that they are still human.   

  8. John Keatley at the Tugboat Institute Summit delivers a great talk, "Know Yourself", about how he followed his own curiosity both in career choice and personal work. 

  9. I love the idea behind photo ping-pong. An artist posts an image and then a second artist responds with an image. This process continues as a visual volley. 

  10. Austin Kleon catalogued the 100 things that made his 2017. There is so much awesome and interesting in the list that its taking me a while to go through all the links.