Required Reading 4.20.2012

Supreme General

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.

Above: Musician Supreme General on location during a promo shoot for his new album to be released this summer. 

My friend Scott Gable has been busy photographing the antique medical oddities of Dr. Touma’s Medical Museum in West Virginia. His Behance gallery of antique instruments and curiosities makes me a little jealous – some of these items are so cool I wish they were decorating the studio space that Scott and I share.

I had a moment of delirious excitement when I saw the VICE had conducted this interview with filmmaker and author Kenneth Anger – the director of amazing short films like Rabbit’s Moon and Lucifer Rising that I became enamored with in my teens and still greatly enjoy watching today.

As I was getting ready to post this edition of required reading I realized that this is the third time in as many months that I have featured the work Of Andrew Shaylor. I keep stumbling across his work and really connecting with his aesthetic without actively seeking it out – one of my favorite feelings is when I fall in love with the project first without realizing who actually photographed it until later to find out it is an artist I am fond of – and this series on the Hells Angels is no exception. 

Could the nature of a rainbow be the perfect model of human consciousness? I think Ricardo Manzotti’s ideas could easily be applied to the nations of creativity as part of the natural process of the world which creates a new whole rather than something distinctly separate from it.

Wow! what a cool concept for a music/promo video for Benga’s I will Never Change– a stop motion live waveform of the song created using individually cut vinyl records.

A simple and elegant use of shapes and design to express complex philosophical theories. These are beautiful in their execution and effectiveness.

I have, at times, been guilty of committing many of the sins chronicled in The Curse of the Freelancer – but I have been trying to tackle these issue more and more readily to make myself less susceptible to these panic moments that many freelancers suffer. But Isaac Hindin-Miller does have some great insights on how to work through these feelings and get back on track to making things happen. I think it’s just the shot in the arm that freelancers and small business owners need from time to time.

It is really weird to me to see fellow photographers who seem legitimately perturbed by the commonality and widespread use of camera phone apps like Instagram. I find these apps to be great fun and a medium unto themselves for exploring a more casual and instinctual type of image making than what I normally produce in my professional life. This aggressive rejection is indicative of the fear and reactionary attitudes that I sadly find all too common among photographers. However this article that subtly parallels the rise of Instagram and the decline of Kodak does bring up some interesting points about how the landscape of not just of image making, but the mindsets behind imaging technology has changed over the last few years.

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of seeing Colleen Wainwright speak for a second time. Much like the first time I saw her, I left completely inspired and energized by her stories to go home and create something awesome. You should definitely be following her Communicatrix blog if you are not already.

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