Required Reading

Required Reading is a weekly listing of all the bits of visual inspiration, cool videos, news, hip links, and miscellaneous information that rattles my head during the week. The stuff that’s worth bookmarking and gets my brain-juices flowing – hopefully yours as well.

It has been a tough two weeks for me and my family, but I am trying to get back into the swing of day-to-day work again – so here is an extra dense required reading for you featuring a lot of the links I have collected the last two weeks.

• I am entranced by these slow motion skydiving videos shot with GoPro, a camera that I am very impressed by. Surreal and beautifully shot.

• One smart article from the ever insightful The 99% about the war on friction, those little tasks that prevent you from making your ideas tangible.

• As I am literally a few minutes way from going to pick up the keys to my new studio, I have been a little obsessed with building a new workspace from the ground up. This one caught my eyes a few days ago.

• You won’t hear me go on and on about blockbusters often, but being a major nerd I am kind of flipping over all the great upcoming sci-fi films that are slated for release in the near future. Some of these may be total cheese-fests, but I think I have some major reasons to stop by my favorite drive-in this summer.

• For those of you creatives who are in the process of putting together your fresh new portfolios – stop by Douglas Sonders’ blog to check out his in depth article on putting together a rocking book. Featuring advice from several guests including me, Suzanne Sease, and Clint Davis.

• I love Chris Owyoung’s work… Almost as much as I love Foreigner.

• Another recent article from the 99% that compliments a lot of the points I try to make on this blog – How to Overcome Resistance And Get Out Of Your Own Way.

Chase Jarvis on what really matters – Simple and true…. learn it…. live it.

• A very cool look inside the photo studio from Photo Shelter.

• A short visual essay on China’s Punk rebellion I came across on Photography Served.

• Some quick tips on how to stay creative… find your own ways beyond these

• Oh yes….. a behind the scenes look at the work of Mario Testino.

• The trailer for Gail Mooney and Erin Kelly’s new film Opening Our Eyes gives a glimpse of a film that is sure to be a revelation in storytelling and inspiration.

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