Taste the rainbow, on loop

There it was, crushing the human will. It was the antithesis to my Kindle Jenner, a screen of sanctity for focus and learning. The lite brite is an attention thief. Like a fresh bag of Skittles, it begs you to consume your favorite colors first. The rainbow hue of Instagram may be the shiniest of […]

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Sharing sameness on the gram

I’ve blogged about it before but it’s worth repeating: Instagram homogenizes creativity. Scroll your feed, and I bet one of the pictures that comes up includes the following: a selfie, a coffee cup in hand, someone standing on a rock, riding in a canoe, or feet up in the sand or mountains, etc. It all looks […]

Firing Table: Grow your Instagram account organically

Instagram users spend as much time on the app as they do on Facebook. Some even predict that Instagram will be as big as Facebook in the next five years with over 2 billion users. If you’re a business, an influencer, or just want to get your work seen, you need to be actively publishing […]

Instagram tweaks its algorithm to favor fresher posts

Instagram is making tweaks to the algorithmic feed it introduced two years ago. While the social network won’t bring back the chronological feed, it will emphasize newer posts first. You’ll also be able to manually refresh your feeds instead of kicked up to the to while browsing. From the Instagram blog: We’ve heard it can […]

Human rationality and craziness

The most successful people are both rational and crazy. As much as robots and artificial intelligence threaten our creativity, there will be some people who cultivate the randomness of thought to continue innovating. Wrote Jean-Luc Godard: “It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.” See the world, not its […]

Instagram ‘homogenized our creativity’

Instagram is a clash of sameness: the same travel pics, coffee cup shots, and innumerable selfies. The app ‘homogenizes‘ photography so that all images look roughly the same. It’s always refreshing to see Instagram users who are trying something different, who are using the platform to explore their creativity instead of posting endless food porn. Not only are […]

AMERICANS — Indians in American life

Seminoles, Braves, Redskins — Indian culture permeates American life from sports teams to table-top advertising. Upon entering the exhibit, there’s a sign titled Indians are everywhere in American life that reads:  “These images are worth a closer look. What if they are not trivial? What if they are instead symbols of great power? What if the […]

Enjoying the silence of GIFs

The mind fills a silent GIF with sound. The flags flickering in the wind, the lightbulb dancing at a Mexico City bar, to the whistle of leaves swinging outside your window. Living in the distraction era, noise is ubiquitous. Standing still, the decibels around turn up to match the horizon. But the calmer it becomes, […]

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 […]

Weathered or not in New York

The weathered we address: What kind of weathered is it? It contains multitudes. Graffitied Exhausted Chipped Bruised Split Tourist Weather-ed Exposed Repaved Rushed ….Retrofitted and restored Weathered rock or stone, broken glass, ruptured pavement, blinding headaches, winters wear down New York but its city dwellers weather in, on, and through in flexible shifts. All photos by […]

The car with a dragon tattoo

The leaves grow sideways, unimpeded from the downward force of nature. The car with a dragon tattoo also roars its way into the future. 2017 is the end of the past Revisiting the roots, 2018 promises to bend into unusual shape.

Remember to frame that vacation photo

If you want to remember a vacation, you’re almost better off framing a picture rather than just posting it on your Instagram feed. According to recent research, owning a physical photo is more likely to encourage someone to share their experience with others. It turns out that digital images are terrible cues. “Back in the […]

We never know where we’re going until we get there

We never know where we’re going until we get there. Sprinkles of clues pique our curiosity along the way, our mind attracted to them like a magnet. Gathering years, we take in ideas, perspectives, and discover insights. The mind hunts for grains in the obvious, the obscure, both in the environment and in other people’s minds. […]

‘It is the visually simple that lasts…’

Black and white appears to reduce environments down to their most pedestrian form. Instead, the constriction of two hues compels complexity. ”History shows us that it is the visually simple that lasts, and that the simple always appears to have an ease of execution.” — On Being a Photographer by Bill Jay and David Hurn The often seen; the […]