“The Value of Experience” – Yes, it is important to gain and use the experience of actually DOING something

The ability to capture the innate beauty of a significant piece of architecture over just a few days, and then return with exceptional results, comes from the experience gained over a period of many years. It also requires the knowledge of light, lighting, and architecture. In his book, The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell referred to this as the 10,000 Hours Rule. This is why most of our great architectural photographers — Peter Aaron, Nick Merrick, Tim Hursley, and others — are in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

“Destabilizing the bullying power structure” – Seth proves once again why his blog is NEVER to be missed

Bullying is what happens when an individual with power exercises that power against people who don’t fit in. By threatening to expose or harm or degrade the outlier, the bully reinforces the status quo in a way that increases his power. [Physical bullying is a different phenomenon... I'm mostly writing here about emotional bullying.]

“I will punish you because you don’t fit in, and I will continue to punish you until you do.”

Bullying persists when bureaucracies and hierarchies permit it to continue. It’s easier to keep order in an environment where bullying can thrive (and vice versa), because the very things that permit a few to control the rest also permit bullies to do their work. The bully uses the organization’s desire for conformity to his own ends.

“CD jewel cases become grid of frames”

CD jewel cases become grid of frames

Rob D. Brodman

Turn CD cases into frames

Castoff CD cases are the perfect size for creating a quilt-like grid collection of landscape photos.

From the book Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love: Scan or crop your images to the size of a CD case (5 3/8 in. wide by 4 5/8 in. high) then print on good photopaper and trim. We recommend using standard (not slim) cases. Discard plastic inserts.

This may be the perfect thing for a wall in my office that is now less than spectacular. Heh.

“Fashion Week Sucks Balls” – Well… some of you may disagree, I am sure.

As you approach Lincoln Center (where the main NYFW events takes place), a terrifying, dark desperation hangs in the air. Dozens of photographers wait outside the door, hungrily looking from person to person, hoping to see either a celebrity or someone with a bloggable outfit that they can photograph.

Though there are close to 100 different photographers there, they’re not shooting for anyone you’ve ever heard of. They all “work” for “online magazines” that have “.blogspot.com” in their URLs. You will see the above scene (a woman, who is probably a fashion student, being mobbed because she’s wearing a “funky hat”) play out multiple times. 

But, yeah… the writer has it pretty right.

But that is what happens when you are not in the ‘inside’ of something that really has no ‘inside’… or… something.

Fashion, like pop culture in general, is becoming a sort of characature of itself.

There are terrific people working within that industry for sure. I just hope that they can prevail over the insanity that seems to be surging into it.

I have to go now, there is a workshop on ‘fashion photography’ being taught by a 17 year old high school drop out that the whole world is talking about.

“Embattled country star Mindy McCready Finally Ends her Decades Long Quest for Death”

Before 2005 ended, McCready had suffered two drug overdoses, was arrested on drug charges, was pregnant with McKnight’s child and, authorities say, attempted suicide.

She attempted suicide again in 2008, authorities say, and had another drug overdose in 2010 before joining the cast of VH1′s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” The reality show chronicles the life of celebrities as they’re treated for alcohol and drug addiction.

Personal tragedies aside…

Where the hell were all those “professionals” around her that seemed to be incapable of telling her NO.

Mental illness.
Celebrity for Drugs.
Acclaim and following for Drugs.
More mental illness (Duh!)
More Drugs.

Some people with more talent than her will struggle their whole lives for a tiny sliver of what she had. Some people who are sick and dying will struggle for the rest of their lives to hold on to something… anything… that reminds them of who they are and what they are capable of.

She was rich, beautiful, talented, and obviously a savvy entertainer.

But drugs… with the willing accomplices of the press, her agents, the people (leeches) that surrounded her, the record company, the ‘music industry’ – the all gave her a pass.

She was a meal ticket for them… and they only mourn the loss of that.

They lost her a long time ago.

They just didn’t care.

Prepare for the tearful “We miss you so much, Mindy” moments from these abysmally cretinous vermin.

They only miss her money, and welcome a chance to be on TV faking their loss.

“Get Ready To Lose Your Job” – well, if you are employed doing something that tech can do, you may be screwed.

Meanwhile, “profits have surged as a share of national income, while wages and other labor compensation are down,” notes Paul Krugman. Walter Russell Mead agrees: “The old industrial middle class…has been hollowed out, and no comparable source of stable high income employment has emerged.” Recent data supports that: “Incomes rose more than 11 percent for the top 1 percent of (American) earners during the economic recovery, but barely at all for everybody else … Median household income is about 9 percent lower than it was in 1999.”

Coincidence? Nope. The great tech revolution of the last 30 years is finally beginning to metastasize into every other human domain–in other words, software is eating the world, endangering almost every job there is. I argued a few weeks ago that this means America has now hit peak jobs. Let me now unpack that a bit.

For 50 years now Moore’s Law has been (to oversimplify) doubling computing power every two years. People like Ray Kurzweil and Vernor Vinge look at that astonishing history of nonstop exponential growth and predict a technological singularity within our lifetimes.

But if you are engaged in the creation of something unique that tech cannot do… you may prosper.

“8 College Degrees with the Worst Return on Investment” Photo students with high student loans – see #2

Artists are respected, revered and celebrated. The trick is achieving that status while they’re still alive. After all, the term “starving artist” didn’t come from nowhere. Here are three jobs commonly held by workers with a fine arts degree:

Yeah, baby!

Spend $130,000 for a gig that pays $40K.. IF YOU CAN GET A JOB!

Now that is totally thinking outside the box.

The box of sanity.

The people who encouraged you to take out student loans, and their accomplices at the institutions that have decided to rob your future blind are no higher than con men on the scumbag charts.

If you are paying for this with current dollars and no loans, then fine. You are allowed to burn your money while partying down (dude) at some lame-ass institution of statist, non-relevant bullshit.

So… party on…


The effort to express your vision combined with the battle in the crowded marketplace to sell your talents during the worst economic crisis in history; well it’s dauntingly Sisyphean. Set that against the Congressional and corporate rights grabs and the need to balance work against time with your family and putting the food on the table, well, that will bring you to your knees. It’s not about f-stops and lighting, first you have to figure out who you are. It could be called a mid-life crisis but really it’s a creative crisis that ties together all the issues of our lives. I believe all photographers must go through this to remain relevant. Like Sisyphus, we have to embrace the dark sea as he did the rock, making each stroke against the waves a pleasure and an exercise in free will to create the life we want to live.


Wonderful, salient and very very relative.

Sunk: The Incredible Truth About the ‘Bounty,’ a Ship That Never Should Have Sailed | Outdoor Adventure | OutsideOnline.com

The plan made some of the crew uneasy. None were trained to care for special-needs people, and they were already stretched to the limit with their existing duties.

But Walbridge seemed sure it would work. Kannegiesser showed me a series of texts from both the captain and Christian, sent last fall as plans materialized. Walbridge reported that he’d secured permission for the ship’s new mission, and as the Bounty set sail, Kannegiesser wrote that things were moving along nicely on his end.

“Great,” Walbridge responded. “I think we (mostly you) will make it happen.”

It’s unclear how much all this factored into Walbridge’s decision to set sail on October 25. Kannegiesser and Doug Faunt both say that the St. Petersburg event was on the captain’s mind. But Simonin told me that the HMS Bounty Organization was “not aware of any concrete plans with the DeRamus Foundation at that time.”

Waiting for Sandy to pass, she suggested, just hadn’t seemed necessary. “We’ve been in seas like that before, even worse,” she said, “and we didn’t think it was insurmountable. We always had the utmost confidence in him.”

ON A SNOWY DAY in December, the Bounty’s extended family, including more than 100 former crew, assembled in Fall River, Massachusetts, to memorialize Robin Walbridge and Claudene Christian. They tossed wreathes into the ocean, struggled through eulogies, and stood on the deck of a battleship while DeRamus recited the Pledge of Allegiance. It was an exhausting day. The survivors that I spoke to were all having trouble sleeping. Many were in therapy; some were on indefinite walkabouts as they waited to see what’s next.


“A Letter to My 2 Girls Re: The Internet” – Yes, yes… a good note to all of our daughters.

But I want you to know that the place that I work has no rules. No one tells anyone to “stop” and no one tells anyone what they can and cannot do. There are no spankings on the internet, no timeouts, and no one is denied dessert because of something they did during the day. People on the internet and people who use technology (like your iPods and iPads) can do whatever they want with very little consequence.