Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #162

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I wish my baking skills were developed enough to make these Whiskey Lapsang Cookie Cream Puffs. I might still make an effort because a failed cream puff isnt the worst thing in the world. 
  2. The freedom and exhilaration of a snowboarder carving down a mountain seems intoxicating especially when you are doing it with a bunch of your buddies. This video definitely gets me interested in learning how to snowboard. 
  3. Mind wandering helps you get into a more creative state and ideas seem to appear out of no where. I love the way they described the process, "Let the soul dangle".  
  4. Ryan Staley's corporate law firm issued him an Iphone and altered his life forever. He carries the camera phone everywhere capturing the people in often unconventional ways. 
  5. I honestly have no idea how to describe Peter Beesley's sculptures. At the very minimum, the piece is a stunningly beautiful piece which reacts physically and chemically to changes in its environment. I would love to see this in person. 
  6. The artist, Andrew Salgado, speaks about his journey to become one of the biggest contemporary artists working right now. 
  7. "There is no courage without vulnerability. But we're all taught to be brave and we're all warned when we're growing up to not be vulnerable. That's the rub. When you have bravery without vulnerability, that's when you get what we're looking at today."    Brene Brown 
  8. Cristian Marianciuc originally started folding origami cranes every day for 365 days and hasnt stopped after 1000 days. He decorates each crane is a new and beautiful way. 

  9. Laura Letinsky creates these still life photographs using a 4x5 film camera. Each one is painstakingly assembled. I discovered her work in her interview with The Great Discontent

  10. Mac Premo created this delightful video on how we built a machine that can bunt a baseball and how it ended up being a one man play. You dont even realize that its an add for We Transfer.  

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #161

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Ken Burns creates incredible in-depth documentaries on varies subjects from baseball, Vietnam War, and jazz. His latest offering is on the National Parks
  2. The photographer, James Tarry, explores depression with expired Polaroid film and pinhole camera. I am thrilled to own one his print from this series.  
  3. The food magazine, Bon Appetit, just launched a new site, Basically, that provides a great combo of learning basic techniques and recipes. 
  4. Alessio Trerotoli's multi exposure images instantly gained him a large following. Each image is a dizzying array of colors and objects layered onto of each other. I could stair at these for a long time. 
  5. A single word in an online comic lead photographer, Alan Taylor, down a rabbit hole resulting in a trip along the ancient Silk Road. This photo series is the end product of that rabbit hole. 
  6. “A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.”
    ― Steven Pressfield
  7. The Race of Gentleman is a step back in time. Old motorcycle and cars racing on the beach of Wildwood, NJ. I will hopefully be there next year with my camera. 

  8. You may not know KAWS but there is a chance you have seen his art. This is his story how he moved from the world of graffiti and took the contemporary art world by storm.

  9. Om Malik's series, "Tuscany on Film", makes me want to visit Italy again.  

  10. I have been trying to figure out how to travel across the country with my camera. Jarod Luebbert's series on heightens that desire. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #160

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. If paragliding wasnt extreme enough, Jean-Baptiste Chandelier takes it to another level in this video. Just watch it and be amazed. 
  2. Mike Kelley uses to a helicopter to capture the beautiful symmetry found at airports. The frames from the Mojave and Victorville boneyards are particularly impressive.
  3. Bartholomäus Traubeck modified a record player to turn the wooden patterns found in cross sections of trees into a piano music. The result is impressive to say the least. 
  4. If you travel the Portuguese country side, you can still find the shepard and his sheep roaming the hills just as Wilson Magalhaes did. The resulting series points to a life very different than our own. 
  5. "OVER THE COURSE OF OUR LIVES, WE MAKE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DECISIONS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY BETS, SOME LARGE AND SOME SMALL. IT PAYS TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE MAKE THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE WHAT ULTIMATELY DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES."
    Ray Dalio
  6. If you're looking for a new notebook, the new Exposition Notebook looks absolutely fabulous. This will be my new notebook once I finish my current Rhodia Notebook. 

  7. Each note from a classical music piece is turned into a dot with the size indicating its duration and the color pointing to the instrument used. The result is these beautiful prints from Nicholas Rougeux

  8. Maxwell Tilse draws miniature versions of buildings all across Europe and photographs the illustration with the original building in the background. 

  9. I find Miles Davis speaking in a rare interview about jazz fascinating. His ideas can be applied to creativity in general.

  10. E.E. Cummings rightly points out how difficult it is to be yourself in a world trying to conform everyone to it.  

Another crazy idea

I have started recording and sharing my editing sessions. You see every frame on a roll of film and I talk about my process, images, and style. The videos are long but if you want a look behind the curtain, this is the most honest look you can get. Enjoy 

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.