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. 

Thoughts my 365 project

Tomorrow marks the end of my 365 project. It honestly feels weird to arrive at the end. For most of the last year, the end felt has so far away. I only missed posting an image on 2 days. It wasnt that I was busy but rather I just put it off and forgot about it as I went to bed. I let chores of the day prevent me from uploading an image. The failures only reinforced the importance of doing the vital things in the day first and then you can do whatever you want. Here are my thoughts on the end of my 365.

  • Creative boredom is my creative fuel. I hate the feeling of producing the same image over and over again. Once I have creatively explored everything a process has to offer, I need to change up the process. I will add another variable or take something away. Embrace the uncomfortable feeling of being forced to produce work while simultaneously not being satisfied with the work you are creating. You will find a solution if you give yourself time and energy. 
  • The power of a 365 project is that you reached the above uncomfortable feeling quickly and often. I have seen more than one photographer quit rather then face this uncomfortable feeling. Embrace the fact that not every image you post will go into your portfolio and focus on growing creatively. 
  • For my, quantity drives quality. I dont have the personality to painstakingly frame the image just right and measure the light to ensure its exposed exactly as I intend. I am not a creative sniper. My strength is being able to put bullets down range (to continue this analogy). I will create my best work burning through rolls of film. In the midst of the failures, I find my favorite images. 
  • Play the telephone game with your style (or another photographer's style). I started the 365 project "reproducing" Ernst Haas's motion work with a pinhole camera. I am ending the 365 project "reproducing" my pinhole work with a traditional camera. Each attempt to interpret a style or an idea create a mutation in the original idea. A stylistic feedback loop keeps layering the mutations until your images are vastly different than the original idea. 
  • I want to work in longer photographic form. Right now, I feel my work is single images tied together via my style. I want to create a body of work that is understood and appreciated as a body of work. I have no idea how this feeling will manifest or what that work might be. 

I should have tracked exactly how many rolls of film I shot but here is my rough estimation.

85 rolls of 120 (medium format) film. 

  • 10 Rolls of Delta 3200 
  • 30 Rolls of Ektar 100
  • 25 Rolls of Portra 400
  • 10 Rolls of HP5 400
  • 10 Rolls of FP4+ 125

Add another 20 rolls of 35mm film ranging from Adox Color Implosion, Fujichrome, Ektar 100, HP5, Fuji Superia 1600, Kodak Gold 400, and Kodak Elite Chrome.

So what's next......I dont know exactly. I am pretty sure that I want to do a 365 with all instant film. I will shot and post on the same day. The idea is to mix instax with polaroid and my remain stock of fuji peel apart film. I might start it this weekend at Polacon 2017 down in Dallas. We shall see.

Thanks for following this project and all encouragement.

 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #151

Start your Monday off right:

  1. The festival of Els Enfarinats is "food fight" with flour, eggs, and fireworks with participates dressed in military grab. The photos feel like they were screenshots from an absurd video game. 
  2. This massive grain silo in Cape Town, South Africa was converted into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. The space is absolutely stunning. It feels a little like a concrete bee hive. 
  3. The magic of a drone is that it allows you a view of this world completely foreign to us. Niaz Uddin's portfolio is a prefect example of what is possible with these new devices. 
  4. Tria Giovan has been traveling to Cuba multiple times from 1990 to 1996 and the images offer a different perspective of the island than what you usually think of. 
  5. Tom M Johnson's series, "Pittsburgh Parking Lot Booths And Their Attendants", captures the unique individuals and their work structures that dot all over Pittsburgh.  
  6. "I would rather have questions that can't be answered than answers which can't be questioned."
    — Richard Feynman
  7. Danny Hess started making surfboards after he broke his favorite board and couldnt find a similar board. He now creates beautiful wooden boards that he shapes by hand. 

  8. Maria Svarbova's "Swimming Pool" series feels like a Wes Anderson movie. The bright colors of the synchronized swimmers contrast the old school Soviet era swimming pools found in Slovakia. 

  9. In this beautiful video, Chris Burkard speaks on how he started surfing and photographing in the freezing Atlantic ocean.