All photographers, beginning to advanced should read this. Roger is a clear thinker, good explainer and a terrific writer.
[via Leandro Karunungan]
Photo Journal Pictures of the Day.
The Indian idol maker half way through is worth the entire set (and the set is great otherwise).
A father of three, Mr. Mocha, 51, served 12 years in prison after robbing nine banks on Long Island.
Powerful slide show of images by Todd Heisler with narration by Mark Mocha.
These narrated slide shows are really getting to me, they’re such a powerful way to tell a story.
This is fascinating. A long time Mac developer and die hard is pissed enough at Apple over their not allowing Google’s new iPhone app for Google Voice into the App Store that he’s dumping the iPhone until Apple makes this right.
I agree with him although I’m not sure I’d go so far as to dump the iPhone. He has the skills to make a killer online petition which I’d sign in a minute.
[via David Clark]
An art finance company that lent celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz $24 million against the value of her entire collection and her properties has sued her for violating the terms of the agreement.
Crap, when will famous artists (athletes, movie stars, etc.) learn to handle money?
[via Dale Allyn]
Kimball has started an entire project to capture people’s biographies in short form, Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard). He can fit up to 600 words on a card.
This is a wonderful piece. Worth a listen.
Bill Eppridge (now 71) narrates a slide show of his pictures for Life Magazine of Woodstock. This is really worth watching and hearing.
Public Radio Player 2.0, lets you scroll through over 400 stations and over 800 podcasts, picking favorites for later listening. An alphabetical navigation strip on the right augments search by title, call letters and description.
The reviews scare me a but (supposedly slow) but I just downloaded it and will try it in the next few days. Actually, it’s not only slow but tough to navigate. This one’s much better although it does not stream live shows, just allows browsing past podcasts and streams:
I immediately found Fresh Air from yesterday and started re-listening to Terry’s interview with Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno who has written an amazing book of poetry on her daughter’s murder.
The Big Picture looks at Lightning.
Wow, an incredible collection of lightning shots from all over the world. I’ve never attempted to capture lightning but this collection whets my appetite.
A rare survivor among the stately wood-crib elevators that once towered over rural America, this 105-foot-tall structure has been reincarnated as one of the strangest new homes for contemporary art in the Northeast, a place that feels like a Lower East Side gallery transplanted into a treehouse, redolent of damp pine and the animal feed that once filled the spaces.
Wow, right up the road from us in Wassaic, NY. I’ve got to get over there to see this.
This research has important practical implications. It suggests that there are several simple steps we can all take to increase creativity, such as traveling to faraway places (or even just thinking about such places), thinking about the distant future, communicating with people who are dissimilar to us, and considering unlikely alternatives to reality. Perhaps the modern environment, with its increased access to people, sights, music, and food from faraway places, helps us become more creative not only by exposing us to a variety of styles and ideas, but also by allowing us to think more abstractly. So the next time you’re stuck on a problem that seems impossible don’t give up. Instead, try to gain a little psychological distance, and pretend the problem came from somewhere very far away.
Quite a fascinating and useful piece of research. No wonder I do more photographic work when my friends come visit me and still more when I visit them. I certainly get stimulated when I travel and while I’ve not noticed manic creative sessions upon returning home, I’m going to be looking for them now.
I still don’t get it fully although I’m closer. I don’t think my brain does quantum mechanics. Great stuff though and the characters explaining it are as interesting as the thought experiment.
[via Justin Blanton]
The Big Picture: Stories from Israel, Tanzania and Malaysia
What a world we live in. Incredible juxtaposition of photographs from three very different places on earth. People are people everywhere. Wow. Well done Alan (Alan Taylor edits The Big Picture).
My favorite photoblogger interviewed.
A promotional video for the new movie Where the Wild Things Are. Maurice Sendak talks about how Spike Jonze has taken the book and made something new out of it (it seems like he’s pleased). Looks great, can’t wait to see it.
My flickr contact Michael Greenwood has done a great job of both photographing and processing this succulent.