Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #145

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Hand block printing is an ancient method abandoned for more commercial methods. However, the Block Shop produces beautiful prints and fabrics in India using the historical techniques.  
  2. These cucumber noodles with sesame dressing feel like the perfect meal for the hot humid August days we are currently experiencing. 
  3. James Moreton captures those mysterious foggy roads found in Northern Ireland. The grainy film used only heightens the feeling that the roads will take you to unknown places. 
  4. Animator, Steve Kirby, teamed up with illustrator, Andrew Fox, to bring to life Fox's quirky calligraphy animals in this playful video. 
  5. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” — George Bernard Shaw
  6. If you need another Instagram account to follow, I highly recommend the All Format Film Photography Collective. Top notch work all around. 
  7. Aristotle Roufanis's series, Alone Together, captures the light from apartments while the surrounding rooms are black.  
  8. A fascinating conversation on living a meaningful life between Ed Latimore who is a professional heavyweight boxer, physics major, and philosopher and Shane Parrish who runs the Farnam Street blog. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #144

Start your week off right:

  1. A massive book collection is generation thing in my family and I am well on my way to building my own collection. My only regret is that I dont have one of these gorgeous bookcases to house my collection. 
  2. The British National Library scanned and released Da Vinci's notebooks online. My only complaint is that I don't know Italian. 
  3. The evolution of Pisacco's style is illustrated via his self portraits from age 15-90. The first self portrait is a realistic in a way that might be surprising for those unaware of his classical foundation. 
  4. When you isolate small aspects of modern buildings, the resulting image can look like it was from a spaceship. This is what Lars Stieger has done to great effect. 
  5. I am pretty sure I share Hiut Denim Co's "Do One Thing Well" list ever quarter. It always includes amazing products and travel destinations. 
  6. National Geographic's "Travel Photographer of the year" award contains an amazing set of images as one would expect from the publication with such an impressive visual reputation. 
  7. Carissa Bonet's series, City Space, simultaneously feels like traditional street photography and something very different. I have stared at the series for several minutes trying to put my finger on what exactly I feeling without an answer. 
  8. Skateboarder, Christian Flores, found a set of stairs and then spent two years trying to land a laser flip. This level of determination is widly inspiring and necessary if you are going to keep growing.
  9.  “Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.”
    ― James P. Carse
  10. Boredom might be an endangered phenomenon with the rise of smartphones. I feel the impulse to pull out my phone with any break in the day. But boredom might be vital to our own creativity.