Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #115

Start your Monday off right:

  1. One of my favorite treats in the world is mac & cheese. I usually take the usual box version and fancy it up with various ingredients stocking my pantry and fridge. However, the giant list of ingredients contained in the magic orange dust concerns me. The Food Lab may have my solution. 3-ingredient mac & cheese that appears as easy as it sounds. This might be my new base recipe.
  2. Dylan Schwartz captures LA from a heliocopter as the sun sets into the Pacafic Ocean. The beautiful moody light at the end of the golden hour works perfectly in this set.
  3. French photojournalist, Yan Morvan, spent 40 years documenting French gangs in the suburbs surrounding Paris and he talks about the similarities between gangs and the soldiers he saw covering 20 wars.  
  4. Paul Graham remind us that conventional wisdom today was once a risky gamble. Genius and madness are often next door neighbors. Place the bets and see how things turn out.  
  6. “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Marianne Williamson
  7. Ian Ruhter is one of my biggest photographic inspirations and his new video, The Carnival of Dreams, only reinforced this fact. He has spent several years documenting the residents of Slab City with his giant wet plate camera. 

  8. Seth Godin perfectly nails the addict nature of the smartphones in his recent post, Pavlov's in Your Pocket. Each little notification is a tiny hit of dopamine making our phones biologically addicting. 
  9. In a related post, Craig Mod regain his attention during a month long residency in Lynchburg, VA without internet. The past two post amount to me admitting that I suffer from the constant desire to check my phone. I need to apply my current favorite quote, "Discipline is freedom", to my own situation and establish boundaries. 
  10. Something every artist needs to hear. Its hard to get out of our own way. The solution is just put out work.