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lately,

exact moments in songs that move me:
1:04/ bruised ghosts/ broken social scene
3:23/ ones who love you/ alvvays
3:10/ astronaut/ beach house
2:32/ graveyard girl/ m83
3:16/ emanate/ phoria

"when words become unclear, i shall focus with photographs. when images become inadequate, i shall be content with silence." — ansel adams

“nobody tells this to people who are beginners, i wish someone told me. all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. but there is this gap. for the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. but your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. and your taste is why your work disappoints you. a lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. most people i know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. we know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. we all go through this. and if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. it is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. and i took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone i’ve ever met. it’s gonna take awhile. it’s normal to take awhile. you’ve just gotta fight your way through.” — ira glass

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Aug 1 2014 5:56 am

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dustin o’halloran / we move lightly

Jul 31 2014 3:50 pm

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Sentences on photography by Torbjørn Rødland

After rationalism and mysticism—twenty lines.

  1. The muteness of a photograph matters as much as its ability to speak.

  2. The juxtaposition of photographs matters as much as the muteness of each.

  3. All photography flattens. Objectification is inescapable.

  4. Photography cannot secure the integrity of its subject any more than it can satisfy the need to touch or taste.

  5. Good ideas are easily bungled.

  6. Banal ideas can be rescued by personal investment and beautiful execution.

  7. Lacking an appealing surface, a photograph should depict surfaces appealingly.

  8. A photograph that refuses to market anything but its own complexities is perverse. Perversion is bliss.

  9. A backlit object is a pregnant object.

  10. To disregard symbols is to disregard a part of human perception.

  11. Photography may employ tools and characteristics of reportage without being reportage.

  12. The only photojournalistic images that remain interesting are the ones that produce or evoke myths.

  13. A photographer in doubt will get better results than a photographer caught up in the freedom of irony.

  14. The aestheticizing eye is a distant eye. The melancholic eye is a distant eye. The ironic eye is a distant eye.

  15. One challenge in photography is to outdistance distance. Immersion is key.

  16. Irony may be applied in homeopathic doses.

  17. A lyrical photograph should be aware of its absurdity. Lyricism grows from awareness.

  18. For the photographer, everyone and everything is a model, including the photograph itself.

  19. The photography characterized by these sentences is informed by conceptual art.

  20. The photography characterized by these sentences is not conceptual photography.

Jul 31 2014 2:00 am

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Jul 31 2014 1:59 am

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Jul 31 2014 1:57 am

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Jul 31 2014 1:55 am

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Jul 31 2014 1:54 am

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Jul 31 2014 1:51 am

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my day in six words:

aplomb / celestial / shape / i’ll miss you

Jul 31 2014 1:50 am

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Jul 31 2014 1:37 am

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"And I realize that no matter where I am, whether in a little room full of thought, or in this endless universe of stars and mountains, it’s all in my mind."

 Jack Kerouac, Lonesome Traveler

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