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Arts Photography

Speaking through pixels

The facticity of a photo also lies within the pixels themselves, en route to perception. What we see is what we get. #gif #instagram #amwriting
art by Maximillian Piras

We take pictures intending to show someone else — whether it’s our Instagram followers or our family and friends.

But the illusion of infinite shelf space keeps so many pictures on the phone, gone and long forgotten.

Photos should not be stashed away in the closet or hoarded on the hard drive for safekeeping. Even the snap-happy tourist collects a souvenir of the present that few eyeballs witness.

Photography binds us

We communicate in images. And each viewer brings to the picture their interpretation of the truth.

But the facticity of each photo lies within the intensity of the pixels themselves, en route to perception. We can never look close enough.

Just imagine what it’s like when we train the eye to see.

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Creativity Life & Philosophy

Less is best

We achieve breakthroughs because of restraints, not because of profundity.

There’s a reason we feel happy when someone removes the cashews at a party; given a choice, we’d keep chowing down on them.

A surfeit of choice creates self-control problems. When we have a limited offer on what we can use, eat, etc., we’re more careful in our entire approach.

Constriction is a passport to better decision making, a challenge of a challenge, that forces us to innovate or cope with what we already have.

Everything else appears as a pleasant surprise.

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Arts Creativity

Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn

London-based artist Julie Cockburn discovers old prints of primarily faces and landscapes and uses hand embroidery, ink, and paint turn them into neat-looking collages.

Once I have committed to the designed image, the needlework has to be perfect — there is no longer room for play or error. The result is that each embroidered motif is a gesture of integrity that becomes a part of the old, often dilapidated print.

Julie Cockburn (source: FT)

She says her work requires incredible patience as its slow and methodical.

After she photocopies a print, she sketches over it to find an aesthetic that works. She then spends the next five days to two weeks stitching over the template.

Cockburn is proof that any image can be converted into something more interesting and meaningful.

Take a look at some of her glorious pieces below. Follow her on Instagram.

Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn
Embroidering reality: the photographs of artist Julie Cockburn

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Arts Life & Philosophy Writing

Tying together the world’s attention triggers

Walking with our steady cam, our eyes scan the world. See enough, we write it down.

The more we get down, the more connections we can make — the more disparate items we can intermix the better.

Should we not lace anything, we wait. We given the brain a night’s rest so it can untangle shaggy shapes into coherent bodies of thought.

All of a sudden the ideas come without asking for them, all by turning off.

Reality is a catalog of attention triggers. It is our job to draw analogies across divergent subjects.

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Bending meaning with Max Ernst

Twists and turns, intended distortions, randomness and the irrational all stitched into a collage.

Abstraction makes it compelling. Becoming interested in its weirdness makes it less strange.

To break the rules is human. Thinking different frees one from the cage of conformity and dumps water over a fire of paralysis.

Max Ernst flirted beyond painting, incorporating bits of catalogs and photos to take them in ‘wonderful directions.’ He intended to complicate the rigidness of reality.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work Tech

Making meaning removes meaning

gif by John Walters

Making meaning removes meaning. What we make is what we want to make. The only supervisor is ourselves.

But we do need signals — something that tells us that we’re moving in the right direction.

“The muse has to know where to find you.”

Billy Wilder

Tied up in labor, we forget that the day job is the means of survival. So we play it safe and the pass on the real sex back at home.

Accept professions but don’t become them. Feel free to go home and rage into your work.

Doing the work we enjoy is the best life — after all, more time is better than money.

Everything we don’t want to do feeds our basic survival. That’s why such a priority always feels somehow aslant.