Start your Monday off right:
- A last minute decision not to apply to law school led Jake, the owner of Side Project Skateboards, to find a job in his girlfriend's family carpentry business. The trajectory led him to start turning piles of scrap wood into gorgeous skateboards.
- Mitch Dobrowner ventures out with his camera as most everyone is running for cover in front of the massive thunderstorms that build in a Midwestern summer. The results are these incredible black and white images of clouds menacing the plains.
- Ramen noodles are a staple of college life. Yet the instant versions pale in comparison to the actual dish they were created from. This short documentary looks at how much work goes into owning a ramen shop in Japan. It made me very hungry.
- The photographer, Alessio Fangano, uses a slow shutter speed to create these impressionist images which he titled Movingscapes. This series from Venice is my favorite of his work.
“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.”
— The Art of Possibility, by Benjamin and Rosamund Stone Zander
3 photographers (Bill Burke, Bob Hower, and Ted Wathen) spent 3 years in the late 70s documenting life in Kentucky. The resulting series is a perfect look at heartland America.
There is nothing new under the sun or that how the saying goes. Ideas ebb and flow with time. Certain ideas may dominant the present only to retreat again. Austin Kleon's advice is to steal from the old ideas. Use those forgot ideas to challenge the dominant ideas of the present. And this is the easiest way to develop more original work.