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Creativity Photography Travel

Urban stimulants

Photo by Wells Baum (Grand Central Station)
Photo by Wells Baum (Grand Central Station)

There’s a compelling story everywhere you go. But some places (e.g. New York) are more content rich than others.

All you need to do is walk a few blocks and observe with the cerebration of your senses.

The graffiti scrawled on the outside of million dollar apartments, the street smoke billowing out from the sewers, the smell of hot dogs and nuts from the street vendors, the sound of delivery trucks running through potholes, and the scratch you get from someone’s suitcase as they rush by you.

Everything is attractive, a potential a souvenir of the present moment.

New York manufactures an excess of content and inspiration, much like the Internet. Such hyperactivity is overwhelming and hard to parse — some thrive on The City’s ubiquitous stimulus, others feel compelled to escape to Florida to refuel.

External provocation is integral to any environment. After all, that’s why we travel — to be astounded by newness.

If boredom is your enemy, seeking interesting places with variable rewards may be your calling. But that last thing you want is to get abused by the infinite. It’s better to scroll with intention to coalesce out of the void of 24/7 distraction.

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Arts Photography

RIP Photographer Michael Wolf

RIP photographer Michael Wolf, who’s photography of mega cities like Hong Kong and Tokyo continue to amaze.

Thanks Eileen Chengyin Chow for the beautiful Twitter thread honoring his work.

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Arts Creativity Photography

Tips for artists who want to sell

Tips for artists who want to sell

John Baldessari, Tips For Artists Who Want To Sell (1966 – 1968)

Glad to see that the mind’s eye remains changed.

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Creativity Photography Quotes

Ansel Adams: Photography With Intention

Today, the mobile phone makes everyone a photographer. But how many people can create what they actually visualize in their head?

For Ansel Adams, what he saw in front of him was different than what he pictured in his mind’s eye. So he created the ‘zone system,’ allowing him to play with the aperture to achieve different hues of black and white.

Of course, he had to do all this before he even took the picture. Ansel Adams was applying filters before the Polaroid. Today, we can take any image and photoshop afterward to make it look like we want. We also have the luxury of sharing it immediately. But the abundance of photos drowns out great talent. Scarcity worked out in Adam’s favor.

Ansel Adams: Photography With Intention

Yet, Ansel Adams was excited about the future of what would become electronic photography. New mediums require new ways of thinking. But the photographic intention remains the same:

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

Ansel Adams
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Funny Photography Tech

Google street view mirror selfies

Google street view mirror selfies
Google street view mirror selfies
Google street view mirror selfies
Google street view mirror selfies

We’ve gone from the invention and proliferation of 15th century mirrors to human iPhone selfies, to the Google street view robot taking pictures of itself off mirrors.

Progress.

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Photography Quotes

‘Photography is a kind of virtual reality’

Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.

Steven Pinker
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