The froth is coming off

With the right instructions, the unfamiliar becomes manageable. We follow the recipe with the hope that the convoluted reality seeps away into the froth. Yet, had we followed our instincts we may not have gotten stuck in the first place. If we don’t take Google Maps with a grain of salt, we will find ourselves […]

Stuck in traffic 🚦

Nowhere to go, a forced patience at the mercy of algorithmic street lights. No right on red, Big Brother proclaims. When we’re stuck at the corner, there isn’t more to do than look at the variations of our surroundings. The city never stops. Why should its people, albeit looking blankly inscrutable? PS “Diplomacy is the […]

Walden, water, and wifi

One day we’re going to miss the powerful silence of the natural world, the way it smells and begs for an inquisition. That’s because “most people are on the world, not in it,” wrote the father of national parks John Muir. In putting a “fence around nature,” we lock ourselves into a secluded wall of […]

Newsletter: ‘8 hours of what we will’

Below are this week’s interesting links and recent discoveries for your weekend reading. The London Milkman. Photographer Fred Morley staged the famous photo of a milkman walking through the destruction of London after the German blitz during the Second World War. “Morley walked around the rubble of London until he found a group of firefighters trying to put […]

Processing “reality” through the camera lens 📷

We must look at our surroundings with a keen eye otherwise every day just becomes transactional in nature. Writes Susan Sontag in [easyazon_link identifier=”0312420099″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]On Photography[/easyazon_link]: “Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it, and participating in public event comes more and more to be equivalent to looking at it […]

Making precedes meaning

We can only construct with the tools at our disposal. Before cameras, artists painted pictures of the world. However, it wasn’t necessary to paint with exactitude; like writing, images were fabricated in the mind’s eye before putting color to the canvas, ink to the paper. We never know what we’ll get until we put it […]