REQUIRED READING: 8.28.2013

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

I love hearing insights into the lives of other artists. The Reserve Channel keeps impressing me with their unique interview series like Artist Tlk with Pharell Williams and On the Table with Eric Ripert., but my favorite is Capture with Mark Seliger. Check out the episode above with Matt Mahurin and Judd Apatow

Things American: Buffalo is one of the most interesting pieces of writing that I have ever read about my hometown and the direction it is heading in.

Every opening line that the great Elmore Leonard wrote.

Stop being so afraid of change,  I love the last line of this post by Seth Godin “It’s not ruined, it’s merely different”

Chris Capozziello has already successfully funded his Kickstarter campaign for his project The Distance Between UsBut you should still check out the video and work he has produced to tell the story of him and his twin brother Nick, who has Cerebral Palsy. Though this project has reached its goal there is still time to get involved and help it gain additional funding.

This video examination of the Uncanny Valley is fascinating… and not at all (extremely) creepy.

I’ll be keeping Guys With Fancy Lady Hair in my folder reserved for rainy days when I need something to make me laugh.

When was the last time you wrote yourself fan mail? At first I thought this was pretty vain, but after thinking about it for a while I realized just how much sense it really makes.

The Great Discontent has some fantastic and in-depth interviews with all sorts of creative and passionate people. I’ve been putting a lot of time aside in the evenings to catch up with its archives lately.

Want to build your own digital camera?

REQUIRED READING: 7.31.2013

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

Sebastian Linda brings together skateboarding, high-speed video, and colored dust to create the mesmerizing video The Revenge of the Beasts above.

This pop-up zine store that was open though mid July in a Brooklyn subway station featured magazines, journals, photo books, and comics from independent creators and bookstores. I truly hope they keep running with this wonderful concept.

Adrienne Grunwald’s lovely series of portraits of regulars at a New Jersey horse-track is a perfect example of  finding amazing subject matter right around the corner from your house.

An oddly lonesome feeling but beautiful project by Rupert Vandervell that examines human relationships to cities

I’m always fascinated by videos that look inside the worlds of craftsmen and artists, but its twice as interesting when the video takes a look at the touching story of the real life woodshop of Nick Offerman.

I had no idea what a quimp or a grawlix was, but there is a book out there that decipher the secret codes and symbols of comic strips. 

Nine ideas you can steal from the mega successful to build more productive habits. 

Art and nature collide in an incredible way as 80,000 bees print a bottle for Dewar’s Scotch Whisky with their beeswax.

Beautiful faux landscapes made of little more than dust and color.

The Music Bed is a wonderful resource for licensing some cool stock music for your film and multimedia projects

Please tell me you are all as excited about the rebirth of Cosmos as I am? I can’t wait to see Neil deGrasse Tyson step into Carl Sagan’s shoes in 2014

REQUIRED READING 6.26.2013

Diabolical - Natalie Shau
From Diabolical by photographer and illustrator Natalie Shau

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

The RSRV channel has produced this really outstanding interview between Pharrell Williams and Henry Rollins – two interesting artists with a lot to say. I think Henry Rollins continues to make excellent points about saying yes to new things and throwing yourself fully into what you do.

Coverjunkie continues to be one of my favorite resources to see what is happening in the editorial world, and this cover for Fabulous featuring Debbie Harry os a perfect example why – it doesn’t hurt that I just love Debbie Harry too.

Natalie Shau’s work has popped up more and more on my social media feeds as friends of mine seem to always be talking about her. Her illustration and photography is surreal, beautiful and a little dark. I have become a big fan of her art and advertising work over the past few weeks.

Ikea in Swedish is an audio guide to properly pronounce the names of Ikea products. Is it weird that when I found this site I felt a huge sense of relief wash over me?

Zen Habits has this weird ability to predict whatever it is I happen to be stressed about at the moment, and post a blog about it at just the right time. I got a lot out of this article about the worry that some of us face over whether we are working on the right tasks.

I thought it was a bit silly at first, but the ambient coffee shop soundtrack that Coffitivity provides is actually pretty cool for helping to drown out distractions.

Ever have a day when the words just wont come? The change of pace that comes with these speed writing exercises may be just what you need to make a huge change in how you work.

The awesome VSCO is now featuring a curated stream of some of the best mobile photography featured on their new VSCO Grid publishing platform.

#60Inspirations is a project from Spotify that features sixty sings that influenced ten great creative thinkers.

Can talking about your projects and goals too much make you lose your passion for them?

Over the past few weeks I have become a little obsessed with Hannibal, and it thrilled me to find out that there is an accompanying food blog by the show’s food stylist Janice Poon called Feeding Hannibal. The blog covers both the recipes Hannibal makes on the show as well as how Poon creates and styles the “human” delicacies that the gourmand serial killer prepares in each episode.

James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem talks about failure and the difference between laziness and the fear of making mistakes. 

A roundup of the Tumblrs of this year’s PDN 30. There is a ton of amazing photographic work here.

The Open University has produced a cool series of short animated videos on the history of various design movements. Start with this one on Gothic Revival, and then move on to some of the other videos covering movements like: Arts and Crafts, Modernism, Bauhaus, and more.

REQUIRED READING 5.29.2013

Batman/Ian Curtis from the  Post Punk Super Friends by Butcher Billy
Batman/Ian Curtis from the Post Punk Super Friends by Butcher Billy

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

PDN’s Promos We Kept is a wonderful collection of marketing inspiration for photographers. Some of these projects really break away from the generic. I really like this quote from Troy House that I came across on this blog “Photographers hate it when we hear an art director shot their own job, but why are we art directing our own promos?”

Henry Miller wisdom – Go explore the world and let your ego go. Via The Impossible Cool 

These heroes of 80’s music re-imagined as ultra-hip superheroes appeal to both my music and comic nerd tendencies.

It is a bit of mass transit fun to watch people run for trains in slow motions

These images of paper boulders are a perfect example of a simple idea executed ridiculously well.

The twenty-two rules of really good storytelling according to Pixar.

I just love the idea of using a Not to Do list when you are tight on time to help focus.

An oddly meditative collection of images featuring one hundred different abandoned houses. 

Some very smart Bauhaus inspired design comes to the world of food photography in this clever project by Nicola Walsh.

This incredible self portrait work from fourteen year old Zev has totally blown me away – I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot more of his images in the future.

Off Camera is an interesting magazine concept that focuses on long format stories about celebrities without the interference of overly brand conscious PR people – to really get back to fascinating and genuine editorial images.

I was pretty sure I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing any more cheesy bullet time effects until I saw this music video by London Grammar that combines the bullet time idea 600+ low-tech pinhole cameras shooting 35mm film – This is beautiful.

REQUIRED READING 4.24.2013

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

Sometimes the simplest things can be the most touching and beautiful, like this underwater dance routine above by Conor Horgan.

Five really simple and effective business tips for pushovers to help you stop following imaginary rules.

A short sweet guide to giving absolutely no fucks, and why you should start now.

What happens when you turn the waveforms of songs into a 3-D sculptural visualization? you end up with something as beautiful as MICROSONIC LANDSCAPES.

ASMP and Photo Shelter jointly released a must read guide to copyright for photographers and creatives earlier this month that delves into the details on how to actually register and manage your IP (I even contributed a section on implementing copyright into your workflow)

Finally, a meme that appeals to my nerdiness, and actually results in some pretty interesting pictures. 

These cover designs for Code, a fashion magazine from the Netherlands, really impressed me when I caught them on Cover Junkie earlier this month.

An ever growing list of quotes and wisdom about working with and relating to creatives.

A brilliantly animated trip through the filmography of Stanley Kubrick by Martin Woutisseth

Stanley Kubrick – a filmography from Martin Woutisseth on Vimeo.

The Impossible Cool has long been one of my favorite Tumblr destinations, but I am especially enamored lately with this photograph of Buster Keaton that I found there.

Liking Lee Bretschneider’s project Role Play on Behance may make me a huge nerd, but I am so okay with that.

An simple comic that presents big thoughts on creative sustainability, recovering the joy of amateurism, and having a positive effect on your photographic environment.

There is an understandable eerie and still atmosphere to be found in these images of the abandoned radioactive ghost towns of Japan. 

Movie title stills from every decade of cinema – this is an absolute treasure trove for design and film nerds.

Some of the most thought provoking insights into the business of photography today are being shared by Heather Elder in her Community Table blog posts – here is a directory of all of them to date. A must read

As design and food are becoming more and more intertwined Ento explores how the aesthetics of sushi may change the perception of the worlds most sustainable source of protein – this looks beautiful and delicious.

Some damn decent tips for traveling with your photo gear on assignment from Chris Crisman 

This trailer for Who Shot Rock & Roll got me pretty excited

REQUIRED READING 3.27.2013

A selection from Dilka Bear's new exhibit Sleepwalkers Dreams
A selection from Dilka Bear’s new exhibit Sleepwalkers Dreams

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

I am kind of obsessed with the meat pies from this local Buffalo producer that was just named the Best British Shop in the World by the Telegraph Newspaper.

The Evolution of the MTV Animated logo from the 80’s to today — Just for the record, the 90’s ones are my favorites.

A great new Tumblr I have been reading  — Art Buyers are people too.

The work of Dilka Bear has been making its way into my inspiration file a lot recently and Behance has a treasure trove of galleries where you can see her work, including selections from her new exhibit Sleepwalker’s Dreams

Shauna from Nubbytwiglet.com on giving back, being genuine, and making real connections with other bloggers and creatives. 

Take My Picture is a short documentary from GARAGE Magazine that looks at the changes in fashion photography and journalism over the last 20 years – charing it from its beginning as a modest trend to the epochal rise of the street style blogger and the positive and negative changes it brought to the movement.

TAKE MY PICTURE from GARAGE Magazine on Vimeo.

I have wanted to add some more plants and natural elements the new studio since we moved in, this article gave me some great ideas on how to incorporate them into the space – I really like that pallet planter idea.

A list of buzzword double talk BS to never ever use again.

I am a huge fan of TeuxDeux, it is one of two tools (along with Evernote) that I find it really hard to do without. An updated version was recently launched and it adds several new features that make it a great time to check out this invaluable task manager.

One of the keys to being a good freelancer is to be a great negotiator, yet this is one aspect of business that a lot of creatives seem to have trouble with – it seems to clash with the don’t rock the boat / go with the flow mentality a lot of freelancers have when they are first starting out and trying to get work. The 99% has  posted some tips for changing your negotiating mindset that  I really like and were a bit of an epiphany to me as well.

Drift is a hypnotically beautiful video created from footage taken in flight, it goes way beyond your typical Instagrams of plane wings and scenery.

DRIFT from Tim Sessler on Vimeo.

Does your uncertainty about yourself lead others to feel uncertain about you? An interesting question posed by Ash Ambirge on the Middle Finger Project

Google Reader is going away and I am pretty bummed out about it, but alternatives are starting to pop up in the wake of the news of the service shutting down. 

Paddy is a fascinating new analog solution for working with Lightroom, I don’t know why someone didn’t think of this sooner.

Frank Turner, one of my favorite musicians (and pretty much in constant rotation on the playlists at the studio) has a new album coming out next month and the first single sounds pretty great.

REQUIRED READING 2.27.2013

Revolved Forms
A study of repetitive forms and color from Crtomir Just’s Project Revolved Forms

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

Urbio is one of the coolest organizational systems I have ever seen – completely modular and usable in so many ways. I adore the idea of being able to mix plants in with a desk or kitchen system in such a cool way.

Sivu spent three hours in an MRI machine to make this surreal video for Better Man Than He

Ten excellent e-mail tips from Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, I truly need to adopt numbers one and seven.

With so much rampant abuse out there I am so grateful for this refined guide to social media etiquette.

Just so you know – how to coil your cables. 

This gorgeous black & white video for Woodkid’s I Love You rivals his earlier video for Iron, which I raved about in a previous edition of required reading.

An interview with artist and olympian Casey Legler, on her work as a male model.

Keeping your sense of authenticity can be hard as you start working for bigger clients with stricter brand guidelines, here is how photographer Alexa Miller keeps it a little bit more real. 

In 1961 Playboy Magazine put America’s greatet designers together in one room. 

The strange differences between how actors wore makeup in silent films and talkies.

A interesting writing exercise with the goal of helping you sell anything.

Crtomir Just explores themes of repetitive shape and color in his project Revolved Forms.

A new episode of the Reserve Channel photography series Capture. Host Mark Seliger talks about photography with Ben Lowey & Baryshnikov – I love this show.

Have you seen the trailer for the commercial fishing documentary Leviathan yet? Just based on the visuals and sound in the trailer I cannot wait to see it.

Hessian is a brand in search of a product, and it is up for grabs. Wired recently featured a post on this strange but interesting brand for sale.

Silencio is a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti homage band that is strangely addictive to listen to.

I have two old 50 mm lenses sitting on my desk right now, and I think I just found something fun to do with them – time to break out my tools and have some fun freelensing. 

A short documentary on the home of photographer Jay Maisel 

Koken is an interesting new online portfolio solutions for photographers that just launched.

Weirdly effective advertising from Herbaria directed by Andreas Roth – Selling a calming tea by tapping into primal nightmares (If you don’t like clowns, be warned)

REQUIRED READING 1.30.2013

Ink Mixing with Water - a due Colori - Alberto Seveso
Ink mixing with water – From the project a due Colori by Alberto Seveso

Required Reading is a monthly roundup of things that catch my attention: news, links, videos, blogs, and cool projects by other creatives that I want to share with you – fun, inspiring, and a little addictive. 

Sometimes there is no secret trick or easy route, sometimes you just need to work harder than everyone else. 

My newest Tumblr obsession is this surreal and hypnotic stream of Kim Jong-Un looking at things. 

You can find some of the best pulp and fantasy illustration around in this gallery of Heavy Metal Magazine covers from 1977-2013.

For guys and girls who are a little nerdy about their neckwear – how to tie an Eldredge knot

Federico Garcia presents a fun animated listing of important architects and their famous buildings.

Proving that getting used to hearing “no” can get you closer to hearing a “yes” – Jia Jiang tries to desensitize himself to rejection in 100 Days of Rejection Therapy

Mike Joyce of Swissted.com has a new book coming out that features 200 of his redesigned vintage gig posters, you can pre-order it here.

Shooting with vintage and expired film seems to go in and out of vogue every few years, but what about making images with ruined film that has never been exposed. The results are somewhat… cosmic.

A look at The Beat Generation through the annotated photographs of poet Allen Ginsberg. 

Four things to stop doing at your desk this week.

Design Jargon Bullshit is a repository to collect all the horrible buzzword/adspeak/marketing double talk that needs to go away.

The one hundred most appreciated Behance projects of 2012. My favorite of the collection is a project called a due Colori by Alberto Saveso.

A really clever look at the editing process of Kwaku Alston, specifically a shoot with Drew Barrymore.

Done | Not Done is a clever concept for a to do list to remind you of the things that you want to do rather than what you need to do. Seems great for media junkies like me who easily lose track of their expansive movie and book queues.

A frighteningly large (90+ pages) library of skateboard ads from vintage to modern at Skately. A lot to explore, but there are some real gems here.

Strangely Compelling is one long stream of amazing black and white fashion and portrait imagery curated by Simon Engström, very few feeds ever live up to their names like this one does.

Seven tips to survive an unexpected photo assignment with the always entertaining Benjamin Von Wong.

The Amazings is an incredible concept that taps into one of the greatest sources of knowledge out there – experience. I really hope this spreads into a larger movement.

Zack Arias is back from his social media hiatus with a sort of sequel to his incredible Transform (which had a huge effect on me when I forst saw it) called Signal & Noise. We all need a reminder like this sometimes.

REQUIRED READING 11.16.2012

Required Reading is a regular round up of the news, images, words, and videos that inspire me during the week.

• I am fascinated by this 3D photo booth that creates a miniature figurine of anyones that steps inside it.

• A service to help you design your perfect desk and build a harmonious workspace.

• Blake Discher on the need to see your ideas through, even in the face of initial failure.

• An in depth look at creating compelling self portraits, not just for your creative life, but for your frame of mind.

• The director’s cut of the Beautiful commercial for Topman Distil. 

• Exploring the idea of fashion as a signifier. 

REQUIRED READING 10.13.2012

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.

A very important post by Douglas Sonders about how photographers often push themselves to the limits physically and mentally and how we need to be more mindful of taking care of ourselves. Douglas just went through a period of making some pretty substantial changes to his lifestyle and the payoff for him in just a few months has been amazing. I have been on my own journey as well – making some substantial lifestyle alterations the last few months and I have lost 25 lbs as a result find that both my mental focus has improved dramatically.

And while you are busy making some mindful additions to your fitness routine, why not take a look at managing your finances in a more mindful way. Bill Cramer of Wonderful Machine recently shared some insightful information about financial management and tracking for photographers.

Port Magazine takes a look at the 100+ year old Fitzroy Lodge Boxing Club in South London in a stylish video directed by Anthony Austin

A look at what some of the most famous photographs in the world would like like with some tasteless photographers watermarks added.

Richard Pare rediscovers the lost history of Russia’s avant-garde architecture.

MOCAtv and Susan Bright explore the work of photographers turned music video directors. 

As a continuation of the above article. I cannot reiterate enough how amazing Roger Ballen’s work is.

My pal Andy Buscemi and a couple of crazy wedding photographer friends really want to photograph your March 16th South Korean Wedding –  It is an oddly specific wish, but I want to help them make it happen.

 

REQUIRED READING 10.5.2012

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.

Instead of a list of links I have a video to share with you this week. Take a look back at the business of photography over 60 years ago with this vocational film from the 1940’s about options for students thinking about photography as a career. I always get a kick out of the old career films and PSA’s from this era.

 

REQUIRED READING 9.21.2012

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.

Patti Smith’s talking about Robert Maplethorpe in her new book Just Kids, and 25 lessons from creatives gleaned from it.

This project by illustrator Jska Priebe depicting sci-fi heroines as saints is near and dear to my nerdy fanboy heart.

Exploring the workspace of Roy Lichtenstein’s studio. 

A new episode of Mark Seliger’s Capture, which has become my favorite photography interview series  – this time featuring Martin Schoeller and Matthew Modine talking about photographing celebrities and Stanley Kubrick.

Professional Photographer recently shared their list of the 100 most influential photographers of all time. If you are in search of some beautiful new imagery to view there are definitely some names on here you need to study up on. Though if I had my way Rodney Smith would have made the list.

Continuing the conversation about the changing syntax of images in our culture since the advent of social imagery. Rather than simply demonize services like Instagram and Hipstamatic as so many reactionary articles have already done; this piece actually brings up some very valid points about the nature of photography and the changing standards of communication in our culture.

Fragments – A stunning video by Mickey Todiwala exploring the fascinating qualities of the desolate.

REQUIRED READING 9.14.2012

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.

An insightful look at the current state of social media and how people have adapted to use each unique service.

Submissions for the Conscientious Portfolio competition are open, this is a great no fee competition for emerging photographers.

Traveling for your next photo or film assignment, here is how to pack like a pro. 

Thinking of getting into photo assisting? Chris Crisman has twelve tips for you.

Wizard of Oz characters get the hipster treatment.

Thirteen desktop wallpapers to kickstart your creativity. 

You must watch this interview with David Byrne about creativity and how he views marketing considerations.

Beautiful images of intense pigments underwater. 

REQUIRED READING 9.7.2012

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.

Marqueed is a service that lets you markup and annotate images with collaborators online, a great service for discussing retouching with clients.

• A very DIY take on truly analog photographic filters from A Beautiful Mess

• These well choreographed dancing army men made me smile all week.

• Chase Jarvis explores the low angle shots of Quentin Tarantino

• I must have missed this when it first came out, but I really dig Zack Arias’ Creative Mornings talk on not trying so hard to inflate others perception of you.

Required Reading 8.3.2012

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.


• A montage of 135 shots meant to restore your faith in the beauty of cinema, there are some wonderfully concentrated bits of inspiration in here.

Cocoagraph is taking your beautiful photographs and finally making them delicious too – eat art!

• Mark Seliger has a new online interview series called Capture – In the first episode Mark interviews Platon and Dylan McDermott about their photography.

• My favorite incarnation of the dynamic duo – Nico and Andy Warhol as Batman and Robin in 1967

• A really strange and wonderful pairing – Weegee on the set of Dr. Strangelove 

• Boy George’s cover of Lana Del Ray’s Video Games for the win, I just love this version of the song.

• A collection of surreal Japanese sci-fi art

Mike Monteiro fields questions from Twitter on how to manage client expectations. I think his take on selling the process and not the solution is one of the best answers in this roundup.

• Beyond Neon – An insightful and inspiring look at the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas

Required Reading 7.20.2012

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.


• A look at the famous Busby Berkeley’s Dancers in the 1930’s

• The art of simplification has been key to me the last few weeks, as I have started to cut down on my extraneous commitments to really focus on what important to me.

Ninety-One Hangover Cure from the 60’s is an important guide for every photographer or filmmaker who has had to recover from the debauchery of a wrap party that went too hard.

• I could not stop reading this long but fascinating legal examination of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems by Caleb Mason.

• A cool retro look at how bicycles are made.

• Celebrating some of the finest moments in inebriation with Peter O’Toole.

• A beautiful video retelling of Titian’s Metamorphosis for the National Gallery, London.

• For vintage film nerds like me, this collections of variations for the poster to Masaki Kobayashi’ Harakiri is kind of awesome.

• A really fun and creative idea for a photo promo, this seriously looks like so much fun. 

• Looking at the often overlooked semicolon. 

 

Personal Record 7.13.2012

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.


• An inspiring look at cool offices, studios, and workspaces to drool over. This is just getting me more excited for the upcoming studio redesign that I am planning.

 • A look at some cool Japanese ads from the 1950′

• Examining a decade through its graphic style – welcome to the 80’s!

• People on the phone at a movie drive you crazy? check out these suggestions for movie etiquette from the silent era.

• A look at MeatMarket – a new site for creatives and photographers to hook up.

• A new service is now making it easier than ever to properly license popular music for use in video an slideshows for photographers.

Zack Arias has got a new tumblr where he is answering any question about photography from anyone. Really honest answers and no BS advice from a great teacher for emerging photographers.

• A collection of amazingly cool cyberpunk inspired fictional magazines from the movie Bladerunner. 

Required Reading 7.6.2012

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.


• The George Eastman house has put together 4 short documentaries (Two more are soon to be released) on classic photographic processes. check out this great series which includes The Daguerreotype,  The Collodion Process, The Albumen Process, and The Woodyburytype. The Platinum Print and the Gelatin Silver print should be released soon.

What is Art? great minds from Aristophanes to Fellini share their definitions.

• How to retinafy your website.

• Scott Gable is in Alaska for the next month working on an amazing self funded personal project. He shared a brief piece of advice for those with a desire to chase their dreams before he left. 

• Stepehen Pressfield (the author of one of my favorite books – The War Of Art)  on the difference between the artist and the addict. 

• A fascinating article exploring the merits of the oft discussed New Aesthetic and whether or not it is truly deserving of the classification new.