The Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #191

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Kaffeeform took used coffee grounds and natural glues to create this awesome coffee cups. They look like they were crafted from marble wood. 
  2. I have no idea how sculptor, Alex Chinneck, added a zipper to the front of this condemned building in Kent, England. I originally thought it was painted to appear like a zipper but it is in fact real.  
  3. You have no idea who Jerry and Rita Alter are but all the evidence points to them as the thieves of a Willem de Kooning in 1985. This is all coming out after their death when their estate was sold to an antiques dealer who discovered the de Kooning in the collection. 
  4. The photographer, Steve Roe, combined a fractal prism and the neon lights of Japan to create these images which feel like they were taken out of Blade Runner. 
  5. The photo book publisher, The Velvet Cell, is having a 50% off summer sale and it ends today (August 6th). Check out their collection if you want to add to your photobook library. 
  6. “I used to resent obstacles along the path, thinking ‘if only that hadn’t happened life would be so good.’ then I suddenly realized, life is the obstacles. There is no underlying path.” – Janna Levin 
  7. John Dykstra's surreal photographs blew me away. He combines 2D and 3D elements perfectly to throw off the viewer.  His work is so unlike anyone else I have seen. 

  8. Instead of focusing on the crazy summer street festivals in Spain,  David Salcedo found the quiet moments that surround these raucous events in his series, Fuchina.  

  9. Ruth Beatty, a designer for North Face, talks about the necessity of vulnerability in creative work.  A great message that deserves reminding. 

  10. Illustrator Christoph Niemann spoke at Ted about how artists tap into emotion and our minds all without using words. We are fluent in a visual language without realizing it. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #190

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I know no idea how you create pasta as colorful as Linda Miller Nicholson but her results are stunning. Her interview with Saveur provides a little more backstory on her process. 
  2. We all can picture the conductor waving his arms in front of the orchestra but what is he actually doing on stage? This video explains what the conductor is doing with each gesture. 
  3. The legendary architect, Frank Gehry, talks about creating feeling with his designs and how he came to pull from the design of fish for some of his buildings. 
  4. Melissa McCracken sees colors when she hears to music, a condition called synesthesia, and these beautiful paintings are the colors she hears. Its crazy to think of music in terms of color like this. 
  5. Peter Braunholz traveled 20K miles through the small towns and villages in Europe creating subtle "urban" landscapes for his series, Topophilia. This is a perfect example of a series which relies on the whole body of work rather than a single image. 
  6. “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.”
    – Albert Einstein
  7. Lenscratch 2018 Road Trip Exhibition is a great photo collection of the classic summer road trip.  

  8. Scott Belsky talks about his new book, The Messy Middle, which is the part of any creative work where the initial excitement has worn off but you havent finished it yet. Many creative projects have died in this phase. 

  9. In classic internet clickbate titles, These 20 Pictures Will Teach You More than Reading 100 Books is a pretty far fetched title even though the pictures/article is solid. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #189

Start your Monday off right:

  1. This factory is a whirling maze of one of a kind machines all working together to produce rubber gloves. I laughed at the spinning ceramic hands racing through the facility. 
  2.  Macrons are legendarily difficult to make. Tasty produced thousands of batches to figure out the most fool proof way to make macrons. I might have to make a batch or two. 
  3. The Van Gogh Museum just released close to 1000 digital versions of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings. I love being able to scroll through his less popular paintings that I havent seen before. 
  4. Francisco Negroni captures the insane storms which arise around erupting volcanoes in Chile. The scenes are so crazy that they almost dont seem real.  After the lava has cooled, Luca Galavotti creates these landscapes which feel very other worldly. 
  5. The light in Western USA has a magic quality which is hard to quantify. Chiara Zonca's images are a perfect example of that light in its best form. 
  6. "Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide whether it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” —  Andy Warhol
  7. While staying in Chennai, India, Joris Hermans walked the beaches with a camera capturing the memorable people he would come across. 

  8. Daniel Agdag created this stunning short video using 1258 cardboard art deco pieces and props. 

  9.  The Mulligan Brothers cut a short video of Casey Neistat talking about how he shows up each and every day and what happened as a result. Its inspiring stuff. 

  10. The Great Discontent is one of my go-to sites for long form interviews. They spoke with photographer, Noah Kalina, about his work and journey in photography. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #188

Start your Monday off right now:

  1. I stumbled across the Instagram account, Cabin Love, and it only heightened my desire to buy a piece of land in the middle of nowhere and build a cabin on it. Cabin Love teamed up with Prairie Mountain Folk School to offer classes in building your own cabin. 
  2. Chef Brian Konefal of Coppa Cafe explains why foraging for ingredients is so vital for him and his restaurant. I love how he takes parts of a plant that I would never think of eating. 
  3. Photographer, Tom Hegen, flew above the nearly 2 billion blooming tulips in Holland to create this colorful and abstract series. If I stumbled on these in a museum, I would be hard pressed to figure them out. 
  4. These 5 woman fashion photographer who helped changed the fashion industry. A great look at some photographers who may have been ignored so far. 
  5. Ben Lowly started off at a war photographer but left the battle field after numerous tours to get into photojournalism and underwater photography. A great talk on how to tell story with your camera. 
  6. “It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” ― Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Masaki Yamamoto spent a couple years capturing his family's daily life spent in their small one room house.  

  8. Olivier Bekaert brought his film cameras to Japan and his images show a different side of the country as he focuses more on the rural elements instead of Tokyo. 

  9. Photographers, Daniel Arnold and Andre Wagner, team up for New York Times article on the "The Impolite Pleasure of People-Watching". I love how each one has their own style but they work together so well. 

  10. Bruce Polin pulls a cart carrying his 8x10 camera and equipment through Prospect Park looking for people who his sit for portraits. The resulting series is top notch. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #187

Start your Monday off right:

  1. One of my favorite food blogs, Lady & Pups, created a number of "instant" soup mixes allowing you to enjoy Pho and Japanese Curry Udon at home without buying the mystery pack from the grocery store. 
  2. Napkin finance makes financial concepts simple to understand by using illustrations on a napkin to convey the ideas. 
  3. I love when My Modern Met does a sketchbook post. All I want to do is flip through the rest of the pages of each sketchbook. 
  4. Tiny Heirloom makes these gorgeous small houses on wheels. I would love to put one of these on a lake in the middle of no where. 
  5. Every so often Hiut Denim company releases their Do One Thing Well list which 75 products or experiences which caught their eye. I always find something interesting on this list. 
  6. David Rothenberg explores the neighborhood of East Elmhurst, Queens which lives under the constant barrage of planes landing at LaGuardia Airport. The planes are so low to the ground at various points that he can capture faces of people staring out of the window. 
  7. "It’s as simple and as complex as that. You’re the only you that’s ever been. Keep showing up despite the chaos. Be humble in the pursuit of your art and ruthless about finding the time to make it. Find friends with whom you can weather the tragic gaps. Give one another loving, honest feedback and teach each other how to make money in weird, sustaining ways. Collaborate and commiserate. Make relationships that are reciprocal, not transactional. Make lives that aren’t easy, but rife with good material. Make art that matters."
    — Courtney Martin
  8. The coastal town of Lowestoft in Suffolk is the subject of Kate Hayward's series, "Between Darkness and Light".  I love how even if she didnt show the see, you could tell pretty quickly that the town was on the coasts. 

  9. Raymond Depardon did everything from photo journalism to landscape photography from the 1960s to the 1990s. He is another photographer I have never heard but his work is fabulous. 

  10. I have linked to both Giles Dudley and Zach Wolfe's work in the past but I just stumbled on new videos from both photographers. Each story is inspiring in very different ways. 

  11. Ashleigh Coleman did the latest episode of "Photowalks" with Local Analog. You get to see how she works and interacts with people to create her wonderful portrait of the south. 

  12. Austin Kleon's recent post, "You don’t have to live in public", resonated with a growing desire in me to stop much of my social media use. As soon as I begin to entertain these ideas, my FOMO (fear of missing out) kicks in hardcore. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #186

Start your Monday off right:

  1. My biggest food weakness is Asian noodles. I love it all. Naturally, I was fascinated watching these two different chefs make very different type of noodles starting from just flour and water. Now I am hungry. 
  2. The National Geographic travel photographs of the year is an impressive collection of photographs. My favorite is the black and white image from inside of a trolley car in Japan.  
  3. Tortus Copenhagen is a ceramic artist who created a memorizing video of clay being thrown on a wheel. Its easy to get lost in the spinning clay. 
  4. Adobe recreated lost fonts from the legendary Bauhaus school of design. I also love this service that turns your handwriting into a font. I strongly considering doing this. 
  5. Fiona Struengmann bought 7K photographs collected over 50 years at a flea market and physically alters the images to produce her work. 
  6. “Time and again I was seeing that if I could handle the winds of the current storm, they would end up blowing in some great gift … Challenging situations create the force needed to bring about change. The problem is that we generally use all the stirred up energy intended to bring about change, to resist change. I was learning to sit quietly in the midst of the howling winds and wait to see what constructing action was being asked of me.”
    – Michael Singer
  7. Zach Wolfe turned his love of hip-hop into a career as a portrait photographer documenting the whose who of hip-hop. I had never heard of Zach before but I have definitely seen some of these images. 

  8. The street art festival, Pow Wow, returned to Hawaii. I love watching artist paint giant murals. 

  9. Sam Parkes traveled through the high plateaus of central Mexico to the Southern tip of Tierra Del Fuego with his trusty camera showing a different side of Mexico. 

  10. Italian photographer, Mario Carnicelli, traveled to the USA in the 1960s and produced this body of work which was recently rediscovered after 50 years. It feels like Mad Men came to life. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #185

Start your Monday off right:

  1. The skateboarder, Braydon Szafranski, bombs down the long windy road leading out of Arches National Park in Moab, UT. The video instantly brought me back to visiting the park with its insane views. 
  2. Dan Mancina lost his vision due to a degenerative eye disease yet he refused to stop skateboarding. He explains how he has to find obstacles with reference points which allow him to hit the trick without seeing it.   
  3. The famous street fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, kept massive scrapbooks that he used as references for his photographs. I love seeing behind the scenes look at people's creative processes. 
  4. Justin Peters takes stock photographs and combines them to create this fantastic surreal images. It would be fun to see a video of how he edits these together. 
  5. Manne Wahlström is a portrait photographer who style ranges from classic environmental portraits to more conceptional work. 
  6. “People that feel happy, successful, and fulfilled by their lives and work all have one thing in common: they feel as though they are making progress on something that matters...what I do, as stupid as it sounds, is I don’t focus on balancing everything. I focus on just making sure I make progress on one thing a day. That’s right you heard me, just one thing a day that matters to me. Now, if I can make progress on one thing a day that matters to me, then I can let go and let the rest of my day get hijacked by kids, by my spouse, by phone calls, by emails, by social media, by all kinds of things that come up and tend to hijack your day when you are a busy person.”
    – Mel Robbins
  7. Unlearning might be as important as learning as the world keeps changing at an ever increasing pace. Derek Sivers points this out in a recent post on the subject. 

  8. I stumbled on Frank Ockenfels 3's work and immediately fell down the rabbit hole watching as many interviews as I could. This is my favorite interview where he talks about how photograph doesnt have rules.  

  9. The Observers asks visual artists (mostly photographers) for the photobooks which inspired them the most. They just started but it looks like it will be a great resource for photobooks. 

  10. Seth Godin reveals two secrets for generating good ideas.

  11. Mark Manson explains that certain things in life become more difficult as we try harder (the relationship between effort and reward become inverted). A really interesting concept that I need to explore further. 

  12.   Rainer Maria Rilke on the lonely patience of creative work

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #184

Start your Monday off right:

  1. As the World Cup kicked off this weekend, the Atlantic complied a photo essay of soccer fields from around the world. The diversity of the fields is insane from the top of buildings and mountains to on ice floats. 
  2. Micheal Greenfield creates custom guitars and he shares his process in this hour long documentary. I love watching craftsman at the top of their game work. 
  3. The Faroe Islands are often these bright green islands in the middle of nowhere but Felix Linden captured the islands covered in snow. I love the moody 3rd image with the glow of the sun radiating from behind the dark clouds. 
  4. David Bowen set up a flower stack in Minnesota and had its movements from the wind copied by a set of flower stacks in Spain. The result art exhibit is memorizing. 
  5. Matthew Brandt recreated George N. Barnard’s 19th century images of a devastated, post-Sherman Atlanta in his new series, 1864. The common albumen recipe was supplemented with ingredients which often define the South. 
  6. “Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of others, instead, seek what they sought.” — Matsuo Basho
  7. Joey L recently did a series on a coconut farm in Thailand. Its a great collection of environmental portraits and I loved seeing him waist deep in a channel to get the shot. 

  8. Isabella Stahl traveled back to native Northern Sweden to create this body, The Shadow Dusk, highlighting the often lonely landscape and the ever increasing urbanization of the area.  

  9. A chance encounter with Randy outside of a casino in Ely, Nevada lead photographer, Robin de Puy, to create this series of portraits of the boy. Its amazing how one little encounter can have such a profound impact.  

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #183

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Dan Dan Noodles are the famous noodles from Sichuan, China. Here is a recipe to create your own instant mix so all you have to do is combine noodles, broth, and the mix to satisfy your noodle craving.  
  2. Madeline Tolle traveled the desolate desert back roads of California with a tent and a camera. The resulting images are gorgeous.  
  3. Someone described Lee K's portraits as Van Gogh mixed with a wind map and it totally fits. I particularly love his color portraits. 
  4. Marta Klonowska takes thousands of shards and turns them into small animals. I wouldnt want to see one of these sculptures fall off a table and shatter on the floor. 
  5. John Irvine shared his project, MYRKVIFIÖRD, which is still very much in progress but the early results look great. I am excited to see where this project goes. 
  6. “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at
    the end of the day whispering, 'I will try again tomorrow.'” - Mary Anne Radmacher
  7. Scott Hays has been photographing a 237 miles road through Northern Colorado with his 4x5 camera. I really love the image of the grain silos. 

  8. David Douglas Duncan was best known as a war photographer but his images also appeared in National Geographic. He passed away and the NY Times ran a great piece on him. 

  9. Alex Boyd sat down with Ffoton to talk about his recent work on St. Kilda Islands off the coast of Scotland. Gorgeous work and a great discussion about it. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #182

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Soon after I arrived home from my 6700 mile trip, this list of van conversions popped into my feed. If you want to travel in comfort without the hassle of navigating a large RV, these are perfect. 
  2. Marcus Lyon edits his overhead photography to create these images of urban sprawl. These are done so well that I would have assume these places actually existed.  
  3. From the outside, this house appears like any other in Cincinnati’s Camp Washington neighborhood. However, all the upstairs floors were removed leaving a giant space where he put a swing. 
  4. A giant ball equipped with charcoal spikes is thrown around this room covered in paper leaving black marks everywhere. You see the room progressively get marked up. 
  5. Ingrid Fettel's great Ted Talk on Where Joy Hides and How to Find It. The talk is a great reminder to search out joy in your life. 
  6. I could never imagine spending years drawing a single image but this is what Manabu Ikeda does to create these ridiculous complex images. You could probably spending hours finding all the little details in each piece. 
  7. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did."
    ~Mark Twain
  8. I wasnt familiar with Jan Grarup, a Danish conflict photographer, prior to this but his work wrecked me. It's an intimate look at the worst of human nature and what people are capable of. 

  9. Matthew Genitempo in his series, Jasper, explores the lives of several individuals who live in isolation in the Ozark Mountains. The images are haunting beautiful as the choice of B&W enhances the eerie light found in the mountains. 

  10. Jeffery Saddoris has restarted his great podcast, Process Driven. I highly recommend subscribing. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #181

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Have you ever considered how the glass in your lens is manufactured? Here is an in depth tour of Nikon's Hikari Glass factory in Akita, Japan.
  2. I love this laser cut wood maps of different cities and topographical elements. The layers of wood transform into a graphical element rather than just informational. 
  3. Jerry Business uses his cellphone to photography his toys out in their "natural environment". I love how he doesnt care about the passing crowds as he lays down in the middle of the road to get the picture. 
  4. Dan Wood's "Gap in the Hedge" retraces his weekly trips with his Mom to the Rhondda Valley in his latest project.  The book is available for pre-order from Another Place Press
  5. With the success of Vivian Maier, people are looking for old negatives in estate sales. A collection of photos from NYC's parks in the Summer of 78 and another set from Lower East Side from 70s and 80s are recent discoveries.   
  6. “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” — General George Patton
  7. Willy Ronis photographed Paris his entire life until his death in 2009. The image of the little boy running down the street with the baguette under his arm cracked me up.  

  8. Eliza Ivanova is an artist and animator at Pixel Studio. Her IG account is filled with great pencil sketches.  

  9. The Process Driven Podcast is back with a great episode with Maarten Rots. The episode is definitely worth a listen. 

  10. The internet is filled with productivity tips and advice. Frank Chimero's "Modest Guide to Productivity" is one of the better lists. 

  11. Tim Urban is writes long in depth posts filled with fun illustrations. His latest article is on "How to pick a career you actually want" is great example of why he is so good. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #180

Start your Monday off right:

  1. A crispy chicken sandwich is one of my favorite things in the world. This is an easy recipe and you dont even need to have a deep fryer.  
  2. The British climber, Rob Durran, has been traveling and climbing in Jordan for 15 years. He filmed an episode of Elemental Journeys on his latest trip and staying (and climbing) with the local Bedouins. The landscape is insanely gorgeous. 
  3. The city of Vorkuta in Russia sits above the Arctic Circle far removed from Moscow. This photo essay by Tomeu Coll feels like you stepped back in time to an almost foreign world. 
  4. Andrea Modica took her trusty 8x10 camera to the Mummers Day Parade capturing portraits of "Wenches". I love her softer approach to this images rather then focusing on the sear madness of the Mummers. 
  5. Richard Turner is one of the greatest card magicians of all time and he is also blind. I am definitely watching the documentary on his life, Dealt, when I get a chance.  
  6. “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” – Albert Einstein
  7. Tyler Roste photographed the struggling towns and their population along the Northern Delaware River which separates Pennsylvania and New York and New Jersey for his series "Men of Men". 

  8. The local news did a short piece on Christopher Burkett who is a large format landscape photographer. The best part of the piece was when he was working in his darkroom producing insane cibachrome prints from his remaining stock after the paper was discontinued. 

  9. Ainslie Henderson built stop motion puppets out of dead leaves and pieces of technology and then created a short movie. Its amazing how this characters come to life from things you have around your house. 

  10. Andrea Torres Balaguer pushes the boundary of portrait photography in his series, Faceless. As the name suggestions, the faces of each subject is obscured by their hair or paint applied to the final print. 

  11. "You Don't Have To Live Life By The Rules" is a perfect title for a talk given by Mr. Bingo. His career path has broken every rule possible and yet he continues to make waves through the internet. 

  12. "You don't get what you don't ask for" is one of the hardest things I am slowly learning in relation to my photography business. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #179

Start your Monday off right: 

  1. It's called the Gambler 500 and it looks like a blast. People "race" beater cars which they have modified to be even more ridiculous along a 500 mile course in Oregon. I would love to enter this. 
  2. I probably spent way too much time scrolling through this tumblr site of memorizing black and white GIFs. They remind me of something MC Escher would create. 
  3. Oscar Oiwa created a 360 degree drawing on the insider of vinyl balloon using 120 markers allowing you to set into the middle of his drawing. 
  4. I love the juxtaposition (and humor) found in Maciej Dakowicz's street photography. I love the dog sleeping on the peddle of the bicycle. 
  5. Tom Hegen captures the stunning beauty of salt production in Europe using a drone. The majority of these images feel more like abstract paintings then photographs. 
  6. “I am the architect of my own self, my own character and destiny. It is no use whingeing about what I might have been, I am the things I have done and nothing more.”
    – Jean-Paul Sartre
  7. Renan Viana uses miniature figures to create these often humorous series. I love how he carries a tackle box of figures around with him.  

  8. I wasnt familiar with the pioneering female designer,  Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, but her design work is delightfully Swiss inspired. Her work is definitely something to study and pull inspiration from.  

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #178

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Kiyomi builds tiny pieces for dollhouses in her spare time. The precision and accuracy of each piece is mind blowing. I would love to see a video of her assembling one of them. 
  2. The award for the best sketchbook I have seen should go to José Naranja. His books seem like publishable books rather then the messy version of my own. 
  3. Peter Zelewski has spent the last 3 years photographing twins for his "Alike But Not Alike" series. I spent a while trying to find the differences in each set of twins. 
  4. The portrait on the top of the page from Lai Gutiérrez's series on Cuba really grabbed me. It reveals just enough to portrait the taxi drive and his environment. 
  5. The School of Visual Arts has a massive trove of free lectures on photography (and other visual arts) on their YouTube channel. Its a great resource to find new ideas and inspiration. 
  6. “If you’re open to learning, you get your life-lessons delivered as gently as the tickle of a feather. But if you’re defensive, if you stubbornly persist in being right instead of learning the lesson at hand, if you stop paying attention to the tickles, the nudges, the clues—boom! Sledgehammer.”
    ― Gay Hendricks
  7. Alberto Selvestrel's series, "Images" is almost painterly in the way elements are juxtaposed in each frame. The work reminds me a lot of Maarten Rots's brilliant work.  

  8. As more a visual person, I have struggled through the years with my writing. Austin Kleon offers great pointers how artists (particularly visual artists) can become better writers. 

  9. I wasnt familiar with Cole Younger prior to this interview on Ground Up but I really resonated with his story about how the camera saved his life. 

  10. Chris Eyre-Walker sat down with landscape photographer Simon Baxter in a great episode of Adventure Photography on Location.  

Finding Your Creative Style

This is my understanding of how to develop a creative style. This is not the only way but this is the process that I used. I hope you find it useful. 

  1. Define what sparks your curiosity: The foundation of your style is what creatively lights you up. What image/images stopped you in your tracks? Who are the photographers that you get lost in their work and repeatedly come back to them? Be specific. Assemble a mood board or print out the images to tape to the wall. Is there a trend or an unifying trait? Break it down like ingredients of a recipe. I have found it very difficult to describe what images that excite me but I know them instantly when I see those images.  
  2. Emulate your favorites: This may seem like an odd place to start finding your style but it gives you a bench mark to compare and evaluate your work.  Ira Glass sums up your current state perfectly when he describes a gap between your taste and the quality of your creative output. I will leave this long quote here just in case someone has not seen it. 

    “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”                                                                                                      ― Ira Glass

    With deliberate practice, you can close this gap. I purposefully use the term deliberate practice because this doesn't happen by mere accident. Give yourself assignments or elements to work on. Maybe find a group of fellow photographers who will critique your work and provide constructive criticism. Know where you stand, where you are going, and then develop a plan to get there. 

  3. Creative frustration: You will reach a point where you can no longer just copy a style or a photographer's work.  The best way I can describe the feeling is that it feels like you are putting on a disguise or a facade and being frustrated/annoyed by that realization. This creative frustration forces you to take a leap beyond what you have done so far. The leap could be come in the form of combining another photographic idea to your emulated work. Or applying the same style but with different equipment or subject matter. It is your chance to wander off the establish path and strike out on your creative own.  

  4. Crisis Phase: Failure and missteps are all part of the experimental process but they challenge your ego as a photographer. You mentally establish yourself as a good photographer able to get close to the masters and then destroy this image in order to progress beyond what you have created before. It sucks. It is a hard process. Unfortunately, there is no way around this process. You can chose to stay in the emulation phase or you have just have to work through the suck until you get to the other side. 

    "You must be willing to embrace a season of incompetence in order to move to the next level and continue developing your voice."                                                     - Todd Henry

    Your failures do not have to be out in the open. Sharing them may help speed up finding the answer but its not necessary. Side project are a perfect arenas for experimentation. Your first idea (or even your 13th) may not work. But each iteration is feedback which will allow you to find the solution you are looking. 

  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4: The creative joy of solving step #4 will slowly fade away as you get completely comfortable with your new style. Over time, the same creative frustration will creep into your work. This will prompt another creative leap. This is the creative loop which drives us forward. 

    "What is a master but a master student? And if that's true, then there's a responsibility on you to keep getting better and to explore avenues of your profession."   - Neil Peart 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #177

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I have no idea how someone becomes the "Paper Airplane Guy" but John Collins managed to achieve my 9 year old goal. He shows you how to fold a couple different paper airplanes that will beat the pants off your normal plane. 
  2. Luca D'Onofrio creates 29 different handmade pastas. You could tell he has made more pasta then he can probably remember as each hand motion seems drilled to perfection.
  3. Tomiyasu Hayahisa photographed a ping pong table in a public park across from his dorm room through out the year. I love how people used the table for various uses often in keeping with the respective season. .
  4. I absolutely love the look of infraded photography which captures the infraded spectrum of light which is invisible to the naked eye.  Paolo Pettigiani captures the stunning Dolomites in this manner. 
  5. This is a list of the "quietest" (aka least traveled) road in each state. I can easily see someone doing a photo series on these roads.  
  6. "I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, "Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."  
    Ernest Hemingway
  7. "The End of the Road" is a perfect title for Andrea Pugiotto's series on Alaska. The tremendous beauty of nature goes hand in hand with the struggle to survive and make ends meet. 

  8. The light from the rising (or setting sun) creates these gorgeous pink and purple hues on the cold mountains of the Arctic Norway. I cant imagine how cold Maya Beano was when she captured this images. 

  9. I love how the amount of paint used to create each portrait adds a dimension of shadows which transform each image in Mathieu Laca's paintings. Absolutely brilliant work. 

  10. Austin Kleon's talk at Bond 2018 is a must watch for all creatives as he offers advice on how to push your work forward in the tough times. I love his idea that creative work is like Ground Hog's Day. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #176

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Did you know a prized camel can sell for more than 1 million dollars? Neither did I but Vice sent a reporter to the famous camel races in Saudi Arabia. There is even a camel beauty pageant.  
  2. On the opposite spectrum of racing, the DIY Hack Derby invites bike frame builders to build a bike for under $400 by hand and race each over a couple of days. I love the idea and seems like a ton of fun. 
  3. I was not familiar with the work of the Dutch street photographer, Ed van der Elsken, but his work is top notch. He started on the streets of Amsterdam right after World War 2 and helped define how the Dutch saw themselves post war. 
  4. Rachelle Mendez finds colorful minimal scenes in the cross sections of buildings. A few in this set almost appear like paintings rather than photographs.  
  5. Kevin Faingnaert spent 3 months traveling through Bolivia, Argentina, and Peru and created this love letter to this part of the world. This part of the world is gorgeously different and diverse. 
  6. “Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.” Seneca
  7. I am fascinated how people can create stop motion movies of the scale of "Isle of Dogs". They have to create each expression for each character. I would love to watch a documentary on the entire process. 

  8. PDN released this year's 30 Emerging Photographers list and its filled with awesome work. A great place to find inspiration and something different. 

  9.  Masha Ivashintsova's daughter found 30K negatives in her attic after her passing. The images reveal what life was like during the USSR. 

  10. In the area of time management and productivity hacking, we are terrified about doing nothing. Jenny Odell argues that doing nothing is precisely the place to figure out what is next. You need to create space for new ideas to form. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #175

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Elspeth Beard was the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world at the age of 23 back in 1974. This is her story of the epic journey. 
  2. I was completely unaware of the Chinese-American history in the Mississippi Delta. Andrew Hung and  Emanuel Hahn turned their cameras on the community which has been in the region for over 100 years. 
  3. This short documentary about Gangolf Ulbricht, a papermaker, is a fascinating look into the process of paper making. My appreciation for the craft of making paper is only increasing as I print more of my work.  
  4. Ben Smith had a fascinating conversation with Irish photographer and publisher, Éanna de Fréine, on his podcast, A Small Voice. I have really enjoyed the work coming out of the Velvet Cell publishing company.    
  5. Simon Sinek breaks down the difference between intensity and consistency in terms of effort toward reaching a goal. I am guilty of focusing on intensity over consistency in all areas of my life. 
  6. “In a long distance race, everyone gets tired. The winner is the runner who figures out where to put the tired, figures out how to store it away until after the race is over. Sure, he’s tired. Everyone is. That’s not the point. The point is to run.”
    – Seth Godin
  7. Areca Roe created these "landscapes" out of fake fur and elements from model train scenery which reminder her of the pioneering Western photographers of the late 1800s. 

  8. By layering photographs,  Alessio Trerotoli creates a moody painterly image with his new series, Raindrop Blues.  

  9. I am not sure I entirely agree with the premise that social media is dumbing down photography but I definitely sympathetic to the idea. I think the author did miss the fact that Instagram places more emphasis on the single image vs a body of work. 

  10. Neil Ta showed Sara Lando his project on Cuba and her reaction/comment apply to the vast majority of photographers. It took a lot of courage posting what she said but I think its invaluable for other photographers. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #174

Start your Monday off right:

  1. David Chang's new Netflix cooking show, Ugly Delicious, is absolutely brilliant. He takes a look at certain foods and how they show up in various cultures. To be warned, you will get very hungry watching each episode. 
  2. Tom Gran started a drawing challenge on January 1 where he adds another character to a giant fight scene each day. He is currently on day 70 and the scene is already crazy. 
  3. Pigeon racing is an old sport of the working class in Northern Europe. Zak Waters spent a couple of years photographing the sport and the characters who race the birds. The project is being kickstarted as a book and I picked up a copy. 
  4. Reuben Wu paired up a drone and long exposures of gorgeous rock formation to create this set of images. I am surprised a photographer hasnt done this already. 
  5. Ben Coleman created the video series, "Why I Create", exploring various artist's and their why. I have watched a couple of the them and was highly impressed. 
  6. Josh Neff's series, "Outer Limits", explores life far removed from cities. I cant wait to see who this series evolves and matures over time.  
  7. “Here is the hardest thing for many people about adulthood: Staying awake. That is, resisting the somnambulance that will grow like weeds over any state of habitual life, excepting acute crises. You have to actively invite experiences into your life that will interrupt the smallness of your story and the calcifying generalizations you make about the world based on your own private universe.”   Sara Hendren
  8. Elliot Verdier spent 4 months traveling through Kyrgyzstan capturing the generational differences between the elderly who long for the days of USSR and the more westernized youth.  

  9. A great reminder that creative energy is renewable. "One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water." This quote is from Annie Dillard. 

  10. Seth Godin's thoughts on writer's block need to be repeated to creatives until the concept of writer's block finally dies. He released a podcast on it and I would encourage everyone to listen to it. 

Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #173

Start your Monday off right:

  1. I wasnt familiar with a perpetual calendar prior to viewing this video but the end result was "simple" wooden box which advanced to the next date by flipping it. I love that the creator had to dig through old patents to figure out the mechanism for advancing the number with no machines. 
  2. One of my odder obsessions is with heirloom vegetables. I get so mad that people only associate a vegetable with its perfectly bland and shippable version found in grocery stores. I was so excited to see Row 7 Seeds startup to offer vegetable breeders a place to sell their new and old creations. 
  3. Landscape photographer, Olivier Du Tre, sat down with the crew at The Camera Store Tv to talk about his analog process and printing. 
  4. Kate Ballis transformed Palm Springs into a scene from another planet with infrared photography. I love how the green cacti turn a steel grey blue. 
  5. I never heard of Eigg Island but Danny North's series, "As I found Her",  makes me want to visit the forgotten island. I love North's environmental portraits especially the young girl sitting on the chair on the greenhouse. 
  6. "The thing is to become a master and, in your old age, to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing."                       Ernest Hemingway
  7. Carl Lavia teamed up with photographer, Lorna Le Bredonchel, to produce large scale architectural sketches of 69 UK cities. I would love to stand in front of these massive drawing and find all the little details buried in each piece. 

  8. Pau Buscató is a street photographer from Oslo, Norway who finds these great juxtaposition and color combination.  

  9.  Kazuaki Harada builds these whimsical wooden toys. His Instagram is filled with great videos of his creations.  

  10. Photographer, Sam Parkes, traveled throughout Cuba capturing the youth of the island in black and white.