A BRAND SPANKING NEW ONLINE PORTFOLIO

I’ve made some significant changes to my online portfolios since the new year and today I’m ready to launch this all new mix of work for 2015. Some of these additions are from projects that I’ve been waiting forever to be able to share, while others are classics that I’m reintroducing to better illustrate the direction my work is taking. Click on any of the samples below to check out the full galleries on my main site.

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing a lot more about my new marketing efforts for 2015, including a new print book, new promos, and some fun videos I’m working on right now.

Creative

Portraits of artists, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs – this is where you’ll find some of my edgier and more conceptual portraits in addition to a lot of my editorial work.

Creative Portraits Portfolio

Business

Everything from small business owners to corporate giants.

Luke Copping's Business Portfolio

Everyday

The day-to-day portraits of unique characters, some from assignments, others I’m drawn to photographing for myself.

Everyday Portraits Portfolio

Animals

Rescue dogs, commercial assignments, and private commissions featuring everyone’s favorite furry/feathered/scaly friends.

A look at my animals portrait portfolio

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 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

DEVIN CASKIE

Media Designer Devin Caskie

In the weeks leading up to me moving out of my old studio I spent a lot of time shooting small personal projects like this duo of portraits of the stylish and talented media designer Devin Caskie. Equipment had been packed up and stored for the duration of the renovations we had planned at the new space and I had a short period of downtime between two major projects that allowed me to work on some images that had been stuck in my head for a while like this one. Devin and I have a mutual friend in makeup artist Nicole Barry who brought us together for this project and knew that I would find Devin’s unique style very interesting.

This project marks my first time collaborating with Mark Montalvo of Skin Digital, a wonderful retoucher and digital artist who has handled the post-production on a number of projects for me lately. I am excited to  partner with such a talented creative to make unique imagery and bring even higher production value to personal and client assignments alike. Working with Mark has been a great experience so far because we approach the post-production aspects of an image with a similar philosophy and because he is able to decipher my often rambling and scattered retouching notes.

Media Designer Devin Caskie

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)

9 ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINES THAT WILL BLOW YOU AWAYY

Covers of Blink Magazine and positive negative magazine

Magazines made me fall in love with photography in the first place – I remember hanging out in my school library to read through racks of magazines both old and new and spending nights every month sitting among piles of magazines flipping through them. As I got older the habit stayed, but in new forms, I might spend a night rifling through some of my favorite photo books, or checking out new magazines on a trip to the book store. These days I get a lot of my fix online, a lot of print magazines have moved into electronic publishing, services like Issuu and Magcloud have made it more practical for niche and independent magazines to distribute their publications, and some have even moved directly into a browser based magazine/digest format – My iPad has become my favorite way to browse new work. Here are nine of my favorite magazines full of inspiring images that are available digitally.

Blink Magazine

Blink is a visually stunning non-profit Korean publication created by Kim Aram, the former art director for PHOTO+. Every issue features an eclectic collection of personal work by photographers all over the world; edited, curated, designed, and promoted solely by Kim, who used a large chunk of personal savings to start the project. Blink is simply one of the most interesting and best designed photography magazines on the market today, and a constant  source of first-rate visual stimulation.

You can get their most recent iPad edition here or follow their great Tumblr feed.

+/-

+/- is an annual student publication produced by the senior photography and design majors at the Rochester Institute of Technology (my Alma Mater). Constantly metamorphosing with each years student staff, this small publication has an insight and visual focus that evolves from issue to issue based around the changing collective aesthetics of the student artists behind it.

You can help fund this student production now by visiting +/- on Kickstarter, which will net you the newest electronic edition or more.

VII and the 37th Frame

VII

This in-house magazine of the VII Photo Agency, renowned for the conflict and news images produced by its member photographers – features illuminating, starkly human and sometimes uncomfortably confrontational imagery covering myriad topics from both its full members and those in its mentorship program. An ever-changing stream of the some of the finest documentary photography in the world.

The 37th Frame

An ad free and reader supported online digest featuring an every growing and beautifully curated showcase of emerging photojournalistic talents. The 37th Frame points readers to the some of the best photojournalism from across the web.

The unexposed and See Saw

The Unexposed

Created by Natasha Dominguez to showcase the talents of other emerging photographers like herself, The Unexposed is a series of thematically distinct editions that are distributed online through Issuu. If you are into the subdued and sometimes melancholy style of imagery that the publication leans towards you can be sure to find The Unexposed becoming a fast favorite like I did.

See Saw

Often accompanied by in-depth text pieces and interviews that shed light on the processes and motivations of the artists featured – See Saw Magazine’s articles expose photographers with unique and real experiences to a world of new viewers. The mix of artists presented encompasses both known and newer talents.

Positive magazine and aperture magazine

Posi+tive

Focusing not just on photography, Posi+tive is a publication that combines art, culture, fashion, photography, reportage, and architecture into a bird’s eye look at what is happening in the worlds from an artistic, political, and cultural point of view. While its focus may not strictly be on the photographic, the imagery presented in the each issue is incredible.

They have a really useful archive of their back issues available for those that want to catch up.

Aperture

One of the big names in photography publications, Aperture has been around and well-regarded for a long time, You might even already be reading it, but I wanted to mention them because of their awesome iPad edition available through Zinio. Having aperture with you wherever you go is a real treat, and worth the subscription fee.

You can also follow Aperture’s blog

Deep Sleep

A thematic publication from the U.K. that strives to expose incredible photography within each issue’s given theme, without concern for market trends or commercial influence. Produced quarterly, the 7 issues released so far have grown in scope and the editorial sense becomes sharper and sharper with each edition.

Deep sleep cover

Do you have any of your own favorites to share?

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 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 6.1.2012

Above: Erin’s bike parked by the water last weekend when we spent the day riding along the Lake Erie Shore.


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.


• Make your own luck.

• My new favorite way of getting my much needed Tom Gauld fix.

Competing solely on price is no way to compete at all, price is just one factor to consider when self evaluating your value to customers.

• Clay Shirky on how the six rules of creativity are really just the one rule of creativity. 

BLINK has a killer new iPad app out to compliment the already impressive print version of their photography publication.

David Hockney’s iPad

• An impressively detailed panoramic diagram of the Kowloon waled city – A subject I have been fascinated by since I first saw Greg Girard’s photos of it. 

• A terrifying child makes an effective debt collector in this funny spot for Barclays Pingit. 

• For fellow lovers of old film – MGM’s stable of stars circa 1943

• Aside from the fact that the put on the best concert I have been to this year, M83 makes the most impressive and interesting videos. I like how this new video for Reunion carries on the narrative from Midnight City so seamlessly. More music video projects need to demonstrate this kind of ambition.

Required Reading 4.6.2012

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.


A look at a fascinating new board game that uses conductive jelly to make music, I really like this combination audio and visual elements coming together to create a tactile DIY instrument. | Noisy Jelly

My newest photography blog addiction is a collection of interviews and photo stories of people who the author has met around his home in Brooklyn, NY. | Backyard Bill

Thoughts on adapting to change, dealing with clients, falling too in love with your own ideas, and over-romanticizing your own creativity, and being a professional. | Counterpoint: What the Fuck Makes You Too Good For Advertising

Douglas Sonders has been dropping some welcome philosophical thoughts about photography the past few weeks, like this one about building meaningful relationships with your clients, taking chances on them, and how loyalty will pay you back in the end. | Loyalty – One Of the Biggest Keys to Career Longevity

Masters of Photoshop show you how its (not) done | Masters of Photoshop

Try some of these exercises to get you brain revved up next time you hit a road block or need to sharpen up your mind. | Five Classic Creative Challenges

Another great article on freelancers developing their sense of pricing and understanding how self-worth plays an important role in it. | A List Apart

There is a lot to be said about tenacity. | The Dirty Little Secret of Overnight Success

The big difference between using tools and being an idea-maker. | Using Your Creativity to Its Full Potential

Pretty minimalist t-shirts | Swiss Miss

Required Reading 7.29.2011 -The Heat Can't Slow me Down

Elvis Glasses Portrait

 

 

Elvis Glasses Portrait

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.

This ridiculous heat and humidity is not going to slow me down at all, I’ve been out of the office a lot this week, doing what I love. Seems like as soon as I leave one set this week I am headed directly for another. Next week looks to be just as busy, but I am hoping to be able to start working on a new personal project over the weekend. That personal project mainly involves me wearing Elvis Glasses while I make a series of new images

• I have been spending a lot of time on Behance this week, there are a lot of projects that have really caught my eye as of late. The first is War by Sebastien Vincent.

• My jealousy is rearing up, this is one hell of an amazing one of a kind gift to receive.

• Though it originally made the rounds a few weeks ago, I really do love John Keatley’s on assignment video from Liberia.

• An amazing collection of interesting info-graphics for pretty much everything

• Finally, a perfect site for artists who share my sentiment that the pretentious artist’s statement is one of the most annoying and pointless notions out there. Now you can generate your very own!

• An amazing series of fluid images from Alberto Seveso.

• A punk rock flyer archive 1982-1984

• Being that loose cables are the bane of my desk, I have a feeling I will be investing heavily in these in the future.

• Another project from Behance, that I just love – BodyBag, by Pierre Manning.

• I wanted to wrap this post up with two music videos that I really can’t stop watching. The first is the video for PIeces of The People We Love by The Rapture. Directed by Ben Dickinson. The second is the incredible video for Saul Williams Dance, directed by Cédric Blaisbois.

 

 

 

 

Required Reading 7.15.2011 – Post Party

Photo: Aaron Ingrao

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.

It has been a big and exciting week because me and my friends Scott Gable and Aaron Ingrao opened the doors of our new studio space, Victory Studios, last night with a gala party (more pictures coming next week in a full blog post) As we all clean up and recover from the party last night we are looking forward to creating some amazing new work in the new space in the coming weeks.

• I am a big fan of the music video as a format, here are some of the best music videos you have probably never seen, I particularly like the one for Liars “Scissors” – Via Flavorwire

• An unbelievable behind the scenes video of combining long exposure photography and the human body to create some otherworldly and haunting images.

• Some fantastic tips from the 99% on beating procrastination. 

• An essential tip, how to lay a seamless perfectly flat. 

• The DKNY Fall 2011 images shot by Inez & Vinoodhe is amazing.

• I love the work of Tom Gauld a lot lately. So simple, wonderful, and perfect.

• Visually, Tarsem Signh is one of my favorite directors (The Fall is absolutely gorgeous) I cannot wait to see Immortals when it is released.

• Cannot get enough of the Flickr stream of Brooke Shaden, such beautiful and inspiring images.

• I really want to get a few of these wall sconces for the new studio.

10 apps for more efficient tweeting opened my eyes up to some great apps to make my life a little easier.

• This guy has a seriously sick camera collection. 

Required Reading 7.8.2011 – Extra Pretty

Washing paintbrushes at victory studios

Washing paintbrushes at victory studios

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.

Back from both the holiday weekend and several days of feeling under the weather, but I did manage to get up to some illness related adventures and catch up on quite a bit of work while I was convalescing. We are about a week from opening the new studio and could not be more excited, we can finally say goodbye to the ever-present paintbrush (especially the one above… it’s cursed I tell you) that seemed to magically appear in my hand every time I reached for my camera.

And, as you may have noticed, I have been quite busy revamping and updating the blog over to a new look, one that I feel presents my visual content a little better than the old layout. This is just stage one of a few more planned updates I have slated for the next few months.

• An ever-growing photography tumblr centered around the idea of vintage photography of men – My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

• Warren Ellis’ espousing the importance of an analog notebook,  I keep uncovering more and more creatives I respect who share this outlook on the value of a simple pen and paper.

• Great piece for young and upcoming photographers over at Chase Jarvis’ blog, Yes is for wimps, get used to hearing no, is the perfect rundown on how “no” may end up being your very best friend in this crazy business.

Fashion Gone Rogue is featuring an editorial from Amanda Pratt for Karen #12 that I am just madly in love with.

Blk - Black bottled water

• I have a new obsession with this water I found in the natural foods section of the store while I was sick and looking for vitamins to chase the germs away. I can only describe Blk as the gothest water ever made, the bottle itself is clear… clear and most likely filled with the opaque and refreshing essence of darkness….

Agenda, my new calendar app of choice

• Oh, how I love this new video by the Horrors for Still Life, directed by Oliver Murray

• As an old analog Holga enthusiast, I am really fascinated by the possibility of a digital Holga-D, especially as an innovative open source camera platform.

• On the hunt for some new mixes and work music? I strongly suggest that you stop by the Illuminated Mixtapes for hours of sonic pleasure.

• Been perusing ffffound.com a lot lately on the recommendation of my assistant, Jason (above). Been using it as sort of a quick hit visual research and inspiration clearing house, I log on for five minutes here and there just to click around and see what I come across.

• An important and insightful entry from the inimitable Nubby Twiglet about the importance of starting your journey now and doing what you know you are meant to do.

• Australian fashion label Ksubi presents this short film by Daniel Askill, apparently to reintroduce their colored denim line… and make me re-watch it ten times in a row, this is definitely the one video piece I have not been able to stop watching all week

Required Reading – Back from Holiday

Back from a short but relaxing holiday in a self imposed exile from work, emails, and doing anything that wasn’t relaxing or fun. 3 days spent with my girlfriend eating barbecue, hitting some bars, and visiting family. The weekend culminated last night when we spent the evening together exploring one of Buffalo’s most beautiful waterfront parks. It’s the first time I have walked the entire length of the grounds, and found a few treasures. The first is a huge concrete slab that served as the foundation/parking lot of a former outdoor mega club. The slab is slowly being reclaimed by nature, cracking and splitting with strong plantlife coming up through the fissures.  The next was several huge blocks of white marble of granite (I couldn’t tell) laid out in a pile and nestled up in the shadow of a small green hill. It seems alien for them to be laying there in the middle of such an empty space, these cyclopean blocks of stone that just seemed so out of place, but they were laid out so beautifully. The evening ended with us eating some of Buffalo’s finest tacos. and then early to bed for me so that I could get up for an ASMP breakfast.

Heres some links that I cultivated over the weekend for you.

Luke Copping - Walking away

• The phone call is a dying art in some circles, but its still one oft he finest marketing tools around. Leslie Burns thinks so too. and her opinion is one I trust.

• Clever use of Google AdWords nets a creative a wish list job.

• Richard Branson, long touted for being a publicity hounds, says that entrepreneurs need to build for the future, and that  sometimes showy projects and stunts can be calculated experiments in disguise, not grabs for the headlines. Here are his five tips to running a successful business.

• From Ryan Freitas – 35 Lessons in 35 years

• Take your freelancing to the next level. become a thought leader and exercise some smart control and influence over your fans.

Erin McPartlan

Required Reading

• How do you handle getting your camera stolen? Turn it into a viral meme like Andrew McDonald did!

• Looking to fund that personal project you’ve been dying to work on? try kickstarter

• Because I will be obsessively watching World Cup coverage for the next month, I love these wonderfully done national posters for this years campaign, standouts are the japanese and North Korean versions

• As a response to their previous article 13 Ways to Piss Off an Editor, photoshelter comes back on the flipside with 10 Ways to Piss of a Photographer

Required Reading

• Nostalgia, timeless illustration, and the slick promise of the American Dream abound in this extensive collection of classic American car brochures. So extensive you can follow the evolution of the industry’s design aesthetic within a single manufacturer’s line, often from the 1920’s right through today.

• Via Permission to Suck – The Vernacular Photograph as Accidental Masterpiece – time, nostalgia, and chance create a beautiful link to our visual past.

• A group of unique creative professionals chime in on the future of flash as a medium for photographers to present their work. Presented by Photo Shelter and including Rob Haggart of aphotoeditor.com

• If you are at all interested in or related to the advertising industry, than I strongly recommend that you watch Art & Copy. An engrossing documentary about the history, philosophy, evolution, and rebellion of some of the great figures in contemporary advertising that will change your misconceptions about a field which is often accused of pandering to the lowest common denominator. I think George Lois is my new hero.

• I found this link to Smashing Magazine’s article on the Principles of Minimalist Web Design via Nubbytwiglet.com. So many photographers and creative professionals can benefit from the web design ideas and principals espoused here.