Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #159

Start your Monday off right:

  1. As the holiday season approaches, the chances of board games being pulled out once the table has been cleared increases. Mathematicians figured out the optimal way to play Monopoly to crush your family at the classic game.  
  2. Jeremy May creates dense layers of colors from old books and carves unique jewelry out of the new material. 
  3. The gorgeous short film, Matereality, was created with nothing but iron powder, high reflective pigments and magnets paired with amazing sound track. 
  4. The illustrator, Mattias Adolfsson, flips through his crowded sketchbook which appears like a fun blend of Where's Waldo and Dr. Seuss. 
  5. Luca Tombolini captures the moment the sunset turn rosy red striking ancient rock formation with a large format camera. 
  6. The creative firm, Dorothy, created a cutaway print of the famous Arriflex 35 IIC movie camera filled movie scenes. A perfect Christmas gift for a big movie fan. 
  7. "If you can’t adapt, changes become threats instead of opportunities."
    Shane Parrish
  8. Photographer, Phil Toledano, speaks to how the work he has created is a direct result of the passing of his parents. He mentions the odd feeling of wanting his parents to see what he created but those creations only happened as a result of their passing.  

  9. The Peking to Paris rally is a race between those cities but you can only use a car build before 1976. This video is the story on one of teams attempting the race. 

  10. Jeffery Saddoris is one of my favorite podcast interviewers out there. He just uploaded his entire catalog of past interviews unto his website. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #158

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Tater tot hotdish immediately takes me to Minnesota sitting around a table catching up with my aunts. uncles, and cousins. The dish feels perfect now that the weather dipped below freezing. 
  2. While visiting one of my best friends, he handed me a cookbook and said, "If you dont owe this, I buying this for you for Christmas." Samin Nosrat's Salt Fat Acid Heat was not only informative but also beautifully done. The collaboration between her and the water color artist was top notch. 
  3. MoMA in NYC pulls back the curtain on life in the Museum with their new series, At The Museum. I will be binge watching these later this week. 
  4. I cant believe Fabio Zingg is only 18 years old considering the images he is creating traveling around Europe. For another instagram recommendation, check out Mikael Stahl
  5. Designers are starting to look to nature to solve problems such as the noise the bullet train made exiting tunnels in Japan. As our problems grow more complex, biomimicry is growing practice.  
  6. Tom Wallisch skies down the streets of Nelson, British Columbia in this insane video. I cant imagine the work required to organize and execute this video. 
  7. “No one is going to stand up and hand you a plate of progress in life. You must make progress by your own sheer will, discipline, and efforts every day.”
    – Brendon Burchard
  8. Oliver Sacks, a great neurologist and poet of science, speaks to how imitation is the root of creativity in The River of Consciousness.    

  9. Mary Iverson blends found photography with oil and acrylic paint, ink to produce these beautiful geometric paintings. 

  10. There is a tension between getting work done and the experimental play required for creative work. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume 157

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Stefan Draschan spend hours hanging around museums waiting to photograph people who match the artwork. The resulting pairs are so similar that it would seem that it was staged. 
  2. Finding himself in Death Valley during a dust storm, Matthew Ord creates this gorgeous series in the swirling dust.  I am willing to bet he still is finding sand in his equipment. 
  3. I have spent a lot of time watching videos of Stefan Kunz creating his awesome typography pieces. In a world where most work is created with technology, its super impressive to do what he does with pencil, pen, or chalk. 
  4. James Lake transforms simple cardboard into stunning sculptures. I hope Amazon sponsors him in the future. 
  5. I have no idea how you can sit in a tiny kayak about to go over a waterfall and not panic. The slow motion sequence only heighten the feeling while watching Cascada.  
  6. “The reason most of us are unhappy most of the time is that we set our goals – not for the person we’re going to be when we reach them – we set our goal for the person we are when we set them.” — Dan Gilbert
  7. Photographer Kuba Rodziewicz traveled to the small country of Georgia documenting the geographical conclusion between Europe and Asia.  

  8. The artist, Oliver Jeffers, talks about how his early childhood experiences formed the artist he is today. A great look at one of my favorite artists. 

  9. Jordan McGee traveled throughout New Zealand to create this breath taking video. This only reinforces my desire to explore this gorgeous land. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #156

Start your Monday off right:

  1. When friends come over for dinner, I struggle with what to bake for desert. This sheet pan brownie recipe looks perfect for a large crowd. The 600 Acres food blog is filled with deserts that even I might be able to bake.  
  2. Chris Dorosz creates his "paintings" by suspending paint in a 3-D frame resulting in impressionistic portraits. I have no idea how he creates the droplets of paint much less hang them all to create the faces.  
  3. Luca Barcellona is one of the best calligraphers working today. I love his slogan of "taking your pleasure seriously" as he took his enjoyment of graffiti into his current art career. 
  4. Belgian photographer, Yuri Andries, travels through India soaking up all the visual beauty the colorful country has to offer. 
  5. Intelligence is something we only attribute to the brain. However, Austin Kleon argues that there is intelligence in your hands. Ideas come to you when you put your hands in motion. 
  6. One of my biggest photographic challenges is transition from the singular image and start creating large projects. Aundre Larrow speaks on how he made the transition. 
  7. "The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."                                                                                      ELIZABETH KÜBLER-ROSS
  8. Imposter syndrome is everywhere. I constantly wrestle with the feeling that I am just faking it. Seth Godin points out that if this was a pure meritocracy, the odds of being in the top spot of a given field is super low. Just accept that imposter syndrome happens and get back to work. 
  9. Rick Rubin has produced some of the greatest albums of all time. He shares 5 Things You Can Learn About The Creative Process
  10. A new film manufacturer out of Russia, Silberra, is raising money to fund the first production run of their film. I am supporting the start up and hope more people will to get more film on the market. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #155

Start your Monday off right:

  1. My wife and I regularly pick up Pho from a local Vietnamese restaurant for date night at home. This recipe might be a perfect chance to try to replicate it at home.   
  2. Two programmers built "dot piano", a web based piano. I spent a while messing around playing the piano horribly.    
  3. The photographer, Marcel Heijnen, has documented the cats who make Hong Kong markets home. Many of the cats appear to camouflaged to the markets they are hiding in. 
  4.  Chemistry is traditionally thought of in boring formulas and not these gorgeous chemical reactions exploding into life.  WenTing Zhu films chemical reactions at the microscopic level giving you a glimpse at world you never see. 
  5. An architect built a quiet backyard oasis in his tiny Brooklyn backyard from scrap supplies. I would love to build a small office similar to this.  
  6. “Read more than you write, live more than you read.” — Junot Díaz
  7. Dan Spitz is the lead guitarist for the heavy metal band, Anthrax, and he is also a master watch maker. I can not imagine having to take apart a tiny watch with over 4K parts and no instructions.  

  8. Olivia Kemp creates large scale draws combing real places she has seen in a world of her own making. I cant imagine creating such a large drawing and potentially messing it up at the last bit.

  9. Dieter Schneider not only is a photographer but also builds wooden cameras designed for wet plate photography. He uploaded a video documenting the entire process of building one of his cameras from scratch. 

  10. CJ Chilvers hits the nail on the head when he points out how people love bashing the amateur when the difference boils down to independence versus dependence. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #154

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. Stir Fries are my go-to "I dont know what's for dinner and I dont really feel like cooking" meals. Omnivore's Cookbook details 7 stir fry sauces you can prepare ahead of time to make those last second dinners. 
  2. Meg Ward's hauntingly moody photography seems to capture the hopeless surrounding her in the fading coal towns of West Virginia. 
  3. I love how Callen Schaub creates machines to create his abstract paintings. His studio is absolutely covered in paint spilling off the canvases. 
  4. Dawoud Bey rightly earned a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for his photography focusing primarily on black communities and young people.  His "Class Pictures" project is top notch. 
  5. Having to driving a cab to pay rent after moving from California to NYC, Ryan   Weideman turned his lens on to his cab riders for 20 years.  
  6. "Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we find ourselves facing in life, only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame around the data, and problems vanish, while new opportunities appear."                                    - Rosamund Stone Zander 
  7. Achromatopsia is an extremely rare condition resulting in a complete color blindness which effects the tiny Micronesian atoll of Pingelap at high rate. Sanne de Wilde used the crazy colors of infrared process to document the phenomenon. 
  8. Austin Kleon points out that creatives often build chaos into their creative process allowing them to find things they werent looking. 
  9. A beautiful blend of realism and abstraction, Daniel Bilmes's paintings just pull you in. I would love to see a process video of him creating a painting.   
  10. Daniel Arnold has an unique way of capturing the NYC street life in a way that I could never do. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Vol #153

Start your Monday off right:

  1. More than ice cream, cakes or pies, fruit crumbles are my favorite deserts. The combination of sweet fruit and the crunchy top is perfection. Here is a recipe that will deliver that crumble goodness.  
  2. The American West has always attracted photographers over the years. Drew Doggett joins the crowd and the results should prompt more photographers to make a similar journey. 
  3. Paper artist, Raya Sader Bujana, creates 1.5 inch paper "cacti" and other flowers in miniature glass terrariums. I love to watch a video of these being assembled. 
  4. The current popularity of skateboarding can be traced to the prevalence of skateboarding videos and magazines. Devoted is a documentary taking a look at the world of skateboarding media. 
  5. Kunstglaser is the German name for a stained glass craftsman and Norbert Sattler is one the modern masters trying to elevate the art form beyond the windows of churches.
  6.  “We must do our work for its own sake, not for fortune or attention or applause.”
    – Steven Pressfield
  7. Randal Levenson traveled across the country in the 70s photographing the unique individuals who make up the carnivals. 

  8. In the world of tiny cameras, Darren Samuelson uses a handmade 14x36 inch camera to create giant panoramic images. 

  9. Giles Duley was told that his photographic career was over after an IED took both of his legs and one arm but his pushed through to create the "I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See" exhibition.  His interview on the A Small Voice podcast was inspiring. He also has released a pair of great videos for Ilford.  

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #152

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Patagonia continues to be one of my favorite companies for doing things like opening an online thrift store to sell used Patagonia items. I wish more companies would follow their lead. 
  2. I love discovering a photographer who I never heard of but had a tremendous impact on the art form. Pete Turner helped raised the stature of color photography from your family snap shots to art. 
  3. Cian Oba-Smith is a young portrait photographer from London. Negative Feedback create this great profile of him and how he creates his images.  
  4. The Traveling Light film conference released a series of interviews with their speakers. I recommend starting with the interview with Jonathan Canlas. 
  5. Mark Powell combines a ball point pen and vintage maps and stationary to create this gorgeous portraits. The superb drawing ability is enhanced by the interplay between the art and the images on the paper. 
  6. "If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's."
    ~ C.G. Jung
  7. Peter Funch has stood on the same street corner in NYC for 9 years between 8:30 - 9:30 am photographing the daily commuters passing by. He released a book, 42ND AND VANDERBILT, of diptychs of those commuters captured over the years. 

  8. Heather Day's abstract paintings are beautiful and seeing the short video on how she creates them only amplifies the fascination. She sat down with the Jealous Curator to talk about her work. 

  9. Brandon Thibodeaux rode his bike through the towns of northern Mississippi Delta documenting life of African Americans at the start of Obama's presidency. "When Morning Comes" is stunningly beautiful body of work and will be released as book very soon. 

  10. The author and professor, Adam Grant, sat down the Farnam Street podcast to talk about givers and takers, building resilience, and selecting which ideas to pursue.