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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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Life & Philosophy Quotes

Nassim Taleb: ‘The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations.’

“The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations.”

Nassim Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
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Creativity Productivity & Work Writing

The thrill of online publishing

There’s a little bit of a thrill in publishing online. Thinking and writing out loud makes you vulnerable to criticism. But if you ship something new every day, you’ll get better at connecting with people and clarifying your ideas.

Sometimes it’s better to be done and then be perfect. So many people make excuses for not starting a blog or writing a book because they don’t think they’re good enough. What they’re really saying is that they don’t feel passionate enough to do the work. Get started and test your voice with a few tweets!

Why go unnoticed? Why hold back creative expression? The World Wide Web is an incredible opportunity to entertain opinions and thoughts. The same goes for publishing pictures and video; we all have cameras in our pockets that allow us to tell great stories. Remember:  the best camera is the one you have with you.

Capture the world and tell us about it. Publish half-done and get feedback. Make that shitty rough draft. Keep creating until you strike a chord.

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Creativity Psychology Writing

Write a memoir to make sense of your life

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“Why write? To write. To make something.”

Claude Simon

Most people think of writing as a creative outlet. But it’s also an instrument for coping.

According to recent studies, writing your own memoir has various psychological benefits. Whether for private eyes or for public viewing, writing extensively about traumatic events helps you break free from the cage of anxiety.

“Psychologists believe that by converting emotions and images into words, the author starts to organize and structure memories, particularly memories that may be difficult to comprehend and accept.”

Words can save your life

Making sense of the past not only gives you perspective, it also strengthens your personal operating system by refocusing attention on what matters.

Want to better control your inner-narrative? Consider funneling your thoughts from mind to paper by starting your own memoir.

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