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. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #150

Start your Monday off right:

  1. How to Talk Minnesotan is for my Dad's side of the family who originated from the land of 1000 lakes.  
  2. As the Hurricane Irma prepared to slam into Florida, this article on how zoos attempt to handle the fury popped up. The best part of the whole article is the picture of the flamingos huddled in a bathroom staring at the mirror. 
  3. Italian-born photographer, Daniel Faro, traveled through Britain's most western portion of the island, Cornwall. I have no idea how far the area is from London but these beautiful photos feel a world part from the capital.  
  4. Lecia is a legendary name in photography. The brand shares how they assemble a legendary M10 camera.  
  5. Maximilian Motel created this amazing series combing an astronaut roaming the deserted streets of Cuba. I would love to know if the astronaut was added in post or part of the original photograph.  
  6. Edo Zollo wanders the streets of London after dark capturing those who are fighting the draw of their bed. A great collection of moody images with an almost cinematic feel to them. 
  7. "If you're to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start."             Charles Bukowski 
  8. Nassim Nicholas Taleb burst into the public eye with the book, Black Swan. He is working on his fifth book on risk and posting chapters prior to finishing the manuscript. The logic of risk taking has helped enlighten what proper risk taking is. 

  9. Micheal Pederson leaves these hilarious signs and street "installations" around Sydney. I would love to see people's reaction to stumbling on one of these.  

  10. It may seem like a small goal but tremendous progress can be made if you get 1% better every day. The power of compounding is well understood in financial terms. The same lessons apply to every endeavor as James Clear points out. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #149

Start your Monday off right:

  1. A French group of bikers updated the design of the traditional fixed gear bike allowing the back wheel to swing side to side. I have no idea if this makes the bike a lot harder to ride or more fun (or both). 
  2. An interview with Sarah Walk, a photographer from Dayton, Ohio, who takes these gorgeous intimate photos of people.  
  3. The photographer, Damien Rayuela, traveled the world's longest railroad, the Trans-Siberian, with his camera in hand documenting his fellow travelers. 
  4. Barbed wire is an almost forgot item for most Americans today. Yet, barbed wire transformed this country in a way equal to the telephone. 
  5. The skateboarding video, "Alpha", is both beautifully shot in black and white employing creative angles. The insane tricks is just the cherry on top. 
  6. “A life that doesn’t include hard-won accomplishment and triumph over obstacles may not be a satisfying one. There is something deeply fulfilling — even thrilling — in doing almost anything difficult extremely well. There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present — to feeling good in the now — is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow. We all need a future. Something beyond and greater than our own present gratification, at which to aim or feel we’ve contributed.” 
    — Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
  7. I found the quote above reading "If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing".  The article presents the interesting case that happiness comes from over coming obstacles to achieve goals. 

  8. Alec Soth is the odds on favorite to be one of the greatest photographers on our generation. He has a massive exhibit in Germany right now and he sat down with Ignant to talk about the exhibit and his process. 

  9. Mike Boyd has a youtube channel where he learns various skills in the shortest amount of time possible. He shares his "secrets" on how to learn anything quickly