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this just in from an esteemed colleague of mine, athena, whom i’m sure you’ll be hearing about if you haven’t already. priceless email + i thought (with her permission) i’d share the pain we’ve all come across. some days are just harder then others.
“I’m in Thailand right now on my annual adventure. I met this Thai breakdance girl last night. I set up a meeting to photograph her. I was soooooo ssooo excited…stayed up all night thinking about it….”woke up” and scouted, planned, charged my batteries and bought her water….she was no show…I’m so sad…all my friends are laughing at me and my heart ache…I got stood up by a Thai girl and I will never she her again…she was so pretty and so talented…oh the photographic pain.”
if you need a push to keep going, here’s a nice take from edward norton appropriately titled innovators: you will feel the terror.
if you’re a bike fan, a short film fan or better yet both don’t miss the 9th annual filmed by bike here in pdx come mid april. should be a well done affair here in a town obsessed with both two wheels + creativity (you just put a bird on it + call it art).
i’ve made the cut as well + the escape will be one of 37 films presented over the course of three days. details about showtime + festivities as they come out but according to a good clinton neighborhood friend “bikes are freakin everywhere”.
currently featured in pdn + national geo traveler’s world in focus contest with a series of images from the blackfeet nation in western montana. more on my site under blackfeet. is it just me or is pdn departing from their mainstays of world in focus + photo annual + offering a contest for every day of the week?
also have work out in a story for oregon state university that was a really interesting piece of work. from getting up at 3am to 10 hours in the car to the weathered + opinionated locals it was a good chunk of old fashioned hands-on photography.
+ if you’re in the right crowd(s) you can see more portrait work from a shoot in seattle at a trapeze arts school in the recent print version of aarp + winter running in the rockies in men’s fitness.
just for your liking…
a huge eyeful of amazing work with karin stack’s images + flipbook on her progress through chemotherapy.
inspiration via american masters on pbs.
speaking of apps, wunderlist seems to be phenomenal. don’t waste your cash on things right now as the syncing here is much better + only looks to be growing.
which leads us to cloudapp, a stand along online sharing tool that fits nicely (+ is compatible) with wunderlist.
been uncomfortable lately? why not?
a handful of times recently i’ve bumped into language + it’s ability to shape our mind + it got me thinking about one’s professional vocabulary. not literally in terms of the words that we use in regards to work but rather the tools at our disposal or at least those incorporated into one’s arsenal.
the argument with language is that since we think with words, different languages or lack thereof, shape one’s thoughts. the old czech proverb, “learn a new language, get a new soul” highlights this. so to does the story told by susan schaller in her book “a man without words” + the radiolab edition. + if that’s not enough delve into scientific american’s take on it in their piece “how language shapes thought – the languages we speak affect our perceptions of the world” by lera boroditsky in the current issue.
i remember being aware of this as a high school + college student but it really wasn’t until i was on a train in malaysia talking with two swedish girls who had been sitting on the rough wodden bench seats longer then i had. after far too long on the train we all became fast friends + they explained the idea of tracemakk (guessing on that spelling as can’t find the word) which they told me was “the feeling of your ass having the taste of wood (from sitting so long)”. there’s no way to really say that in english + definitely not a way that’s so elegant.
personally, as a student + speaker of japanese i find this to be true though not to the extent i would hope. in other words, it’s not a wide open soul shaking revelation that comes with language but rather a nuanced view of things through another lens. but that in fact is life, right. i’ve always maintained that it’s the interpreters of the world that control everything spinning one president’s remarks softer + one dictator’s words smoother + one queen’s speech harsher.
in terms of visual media + design i’ve experienced this not so much with language but more in terms of technique. it’s the rare individual that continual forges ahead with mistakes in learning new ways to communicate rather then stalling after getting comfortable with a handful of methods. not only is this stall dangerous but it completely defeats the very work of creativity. if you rely on x number of tools then undoubtedly your confined to a relatively small window of view.
in order to better express oneself i think that learning various mediums of communication or essential whether it’s more lighting styles in photography, additional design programs or simply exposing oneself to styles that aren’t inherently compelling to you. whatever it takes, to remain comfortable is to risk stagnation.
make mistakes, learn new ways to communicate + see if your thought process is altered + eventually expanded in the process. do it today before you experience torschlusspanik, the stoic German term, meaning “the fear of diminishing opportunities as one gets older”.
when you have it life is beyond good because it’s just getting better + yet there’s really no way to keep it on your side as by definition it has to end sometime. 2011 is rolling like this + while i couldn’t put my finger on it recently someone else was able to do that for me.
use it wisely + keep it on your side.
that’s what happens with all the good projects, all the good stuff in general. i think 2011 is the year for it. can see it in this gallery of scandinavian landscapes for sure + imagine over the course of six weeks in an old “76 toyota corolla that peter boel just keep rolling with it. feeling it. it shows. fantastic work from what i’m glad to call my homeland.
here’s a start from something totally different. something with a bit of momentum though.
if you haven’t had your reflective new year’s walk, now’s the time. a great opportunity to take stock of your personal evolution, your work, your direction + the business you are running. start your copyright registration this year (quarterly), refresh your promo efforts, dive into that wicked project that’s been floating in your head, pull off that adventure you’ve been dreaming of.
here in portland, the chinese garden “the most authentic outside of china” is free this week if that’s your style. i prefer the cover of darkness myself but have recently taken to a new moleskine that pushes me into the light occasionally.
明けましておめでとうございます = happy new year.
great photo project tokyo compression from hong kong based michael wolf. if you’ve ever had the joy of riding in tokyo at rush hour you might feel this a little deeper. unfortunately i had the pleasure a few years ago on my way back to tokyo from pataogonia headquarters south in kamakura. the stories are true. not as bad as it sounds or looks though. i mean, the first gentlemen is even sporting a smile.