Iterations

Iterations

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An audio journal of inspiration and ideas


62: What’s Next?
May 22 • 9 min
 What happens next? That’s the question isn’t it? It’s something I get asked a lot, especially lately, both from friends and from strangers. I wish I had an answer but honestly I’m still spending a fair bit of time struggling to answer “what now?” I’m…
61: Hang On Tightly, Let Go Lightly
Mar 10 • 7 min
Do you know the Serenity prayer? Even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve likely heard it. It goes: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” Originally…
60: Are You Overdue for an Update?
Dec 11, 2019 • 9 min
In the last Iteration I talked about the importance of giving yourself little victories in the work that you do — tiny wins that you can finish in a day or two that can often re-energize you or jumpstart your creative momentum on larger, more…
59: Big Projects, Little Victories
Nov 27, 2019 • 8 min
We’re getting close to the end of the year and if you’re like me, you’re already looking ahead to 2020 – maybe you have been for a while – trying to come up with some great new project or maybe multiple projects that will make the next year better than…
58: Only One Way to Find Out
Nov 10, 2019 • 8 min
My dad and I never really did a lot together when I was growing up. I mean, yes I spent summers with him and my stepmother Linda in Arizona but it was always with a group of people - and don’t get me wrong, it was a terrific way to spend the summer. But…
57: Asking a Deeper Why
Oct 13, 2019 • 8 min
Earlier this week, Adrianne and I watched the first episode of the new season of Abstract on the Netflix . For those of you who haven’t seen it, Abstract is a fantastic show about art and design. It follows roughly the same format as something like Chef’s…
56: Go Off on a Tangent
Sep 28, 2019 • 8 min
Adrianne and I were in the car the other day — I don’t remember where we were going but I do remember that we were listening to Classic Vinyl on XM because we both really dig Meg Griffin. The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic came on and whatever…
55: Sometimes It’s Better Not To
Sep 10, 2019 • 7 min
A couple weeks ago, I had a terrific conversation with an artist whose work I’ve admired for years. And while it was a treat to get to talk to someone who has inspired me for decades, the work was only a small part of the conversation. Instead, we just…
54: Find Your Pepper
Jul 2, 2019 • 8 min
Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with David duChemin about subject as it relates to photography — specifically, some of the differences between photographs of a subject, versus photographs about a subject. It can feel like a tricky…
53: A Different Kind of Interaction
Jun 17, 2019 • 7 min
I had something else planned for this episode, but I got a little surprise in the mail and decided to go in a different direction. On Wednesday of last week, as I went to take Cooper on his ten o’ clock walk, I noticed a big padded envelope on the front…
52: Like Seeing Myself for the First Time
May 24, 2019 • 6 min
As many of you know, three weeks ago today I had surgery on my eyes to correct a muscle imbalance and while the physical recovery has been fairly uneventful, the emotional and existential healing has been incredibly profound. The condition is called…
51: Roll Up Your Sleeves and Do Something
Apr 30, 2019 • 9 min
Let’s talk about inspiration-specifically what to do when you can’t seem to find any. Generally, there seems to be two schools of thought around it. In one camp are those who more or less wait for inspiration to strike, which is sort of in line with the…
50: More Than the Raw Materials
Apr 18, 2019 • 7 min
Lately, I’ve been thinking about our connection to objects and how, at least for some of us, certain objects can represent a specific time in our lives or evoke a particular state of mind or, in the case of artists, inform the type of work we are able to…
49: A Handful of Connections and Stories
Mar 15, 2019 • 9 min
I’ve been frustrated with my own photography for quite a while, and I think that frustration played a big part in the whole “which camera should I buy?” saga. Look, I think I am a good photographer — sometimes maybe even really good — but lately I’ve been…
48: Is There Money in Podcasting?
Mar 7, 2019 • 11 min
The other day, a friend of mine sent me a text message asking why I haven’t set up a Patreon for my podcasts. “Why would I do that?” I asked. “Asks the person who has wondered how he can get paid for the podcast he puts out,” he replied. There were a few…
47: Which One Do You Want To Be?
Feb 21, 2019 • 12 min
A number of you have asked why I am selling what review after review calls the best APS-C camera on the market today to buy a two-year old Micro 4/3 camera that I’ve already bought and returned once before? Well, it’s complicated, but if you’ll give me a…
46: Who’s in Your Corner?
Feb 8, 2019 • 7 min
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward I have been drawing as far back as I can remember. My mom used to tell me that I could draw before I could talk.…
45: A Little Bit Out of Your Depth
Jan 29, 2019 • 9 min
Over the weekend, I took a workshop in encaustic painting. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it’s basically painting with hot wax and it’s a process that’s been around for literally thousands of years. The are records of the Greeks using it as…
44: Your Own Personal Algorithm
Jan 13, 2019 • 10 min
Earlier this week I put up an image on Instagram with the caption “Time for a reboot.” It’s basically a “glitchy” version of my signature logo that I use as my avatar on Instagram and Twitter. I posted it because I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking…
43: Leaning Heavy on the Making
Jan 1, 2019 • 7 min
Last week, we were in New Hampshire celebrating Christmas with family. Now, I’ve got to tell you that I love handmade gifts and this year my eleven-year-old niece Anya made me a gift that I absolutely love. It’s a canvas board which, for those of you who…
42: The Stuff That Trips Us Up
Dec 24, 2018 • 7 min
I’ve been sitting on something for a while because I didn’t know how or even if I should share it. But, I think it’s important and while I won’t share it in its entirety, I would like to share a portion of it because as I said, I think it’s important —…
41: Everything is a Tradeoff
Dec 3, 2018 • 8 min
Iteration 37 was called The Myth of the Perfect Thing and in it I chronicled part of my years long search for a new camera to replace or at least complement my Fuji X-Pro1, ultimately leading me to the Olympus EM1 Mkii. A few days after I recorded that…
40: Stepping Away From What’s Familiar
Nov 26, 2018 • 7 min
I woke up the other morning thinking about The Beatles, specifically the dramatic changes their work went through over the course of their career. From what I know of them, they began doing covers of other people’s material – mostly early American rock…
39: Just Tell Them What You Want to Say
Nov 10, 2018 • 7 min
There’s a scene in the new remake of A Star is Born that’s been rattling around in my head since I saw the film. It’s the scene where Bradley Cooper’s character Jackson is talking to Lady Gaga’s character Ally about self-expression and finding her voice.…
38: The Eggleston of my High School
Oct 31, 2018 • 9 min
When I was a kid, there was a big department store chain called The May Company. It was sort of like a Macy’s and the one nearest our house was at an outdoor mall called the Eastland Center. In the lower level of The May Company, they had an art supply…
37: The Myth of the Perfect Thing
Oct 22, 2018 • 7 min
At the end of 1999, I bought my first new car: a 2000 Chevy Blazer Sport in black, with a dark grey interior. I had never bought a new car before and the purchase process took months. Literally. I think I test drove every car available under $30,000 —…
36: Let it Flow
Oct 2, 2018 • 11 min
Yesterday was our first day back from a 9-day working vacation in France and Germany and I’ve got to tell you, I still haven’t fully readjusted to East Coast time, but I wanted to talk a little about the trip while it was still fresh in my mind. I spent…
35: There is Only the Trying
Sep 17, 2018 • 6 min
I had a friend in college—let’s call him Michael—who was one of the most interesting people I had ever met up to that point in my life. He was the first person I’d met who had…almost an “aura” about him, for lack of a better word, along with several…
34: The Space(s) to Fail
Aug 27, 2018 • 9 min
Next month, we will have been in this house for two years and it’s taken me all of that time to finally get around to beginning the build out of the two basement spaces that will ultimately become my studios — one for podcasting and digital media and the…
33: Just Add Wall
Aug 11, 2018 • 9 min
In this episode, I want to talk about prints. You remember prints, right–little pieces of paper with pictures on them? Your parents probably had albums or maybe boxes of them that you would flip through on holidays or birthdays or the night before you…
32: Between the Emotional Guardrails
Aug 1, 2018 • 10 min
A couple weeks ago, I spoke to a friend from college who I hadn’t spoken to in…well, longer than it should have been. It’s something I’m really trying to work on, but as you probably know, sometimes life gets in the way. Anyway, during the course of our…
31: Art Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum
Jul 20, 2018 • 8 min
Earlier this week, we recorded the last episode of On Taking Pictures after more than six years of weekly episodes. While the show was ostensibly about photography, the legacy of the show is 325 episodes—about 600 hours, give or take—of conversations that…
30: The King, The Boss, and Me
Jun 29, 2018 • 9 min
Tomorrow would have been my mom’s 74th birthday and while not a day goes by that I don’t miss her, I am grateful for the life I was allowed to share with her. She was generous, compassionate, and the most unconditionally loving person I have ever met. She…
29:The Catalyst to Practice
Jun 22, 2018 • 6 min
E3 was last week and for those of you who may not know what that is, it’s the Electronic Entertainment Expo and if you’re a gamer, it’s like Mecca. Every year, game studios and indie developers descend on the LA convention center for the chance to show…
28: A Genuine Interest
Jun 6, 2018 • 9 min
Recently, I was talking to a friend of mine about Process Driven and he asked me why I did the show. Not from the standpoint of having the conversations, but rather why release them into the world. “What do you get out of it?” he asked. As I thought about…
27: The Problem With Iconic
May 20, 2018 • 6 min
Lately I’ve been seeing, or maybe just noticing, the word “iconic” as a means for makers to describe their own work—“my name is so and so and I make iconic portraits of whatever…,” and I’ve got to tell you, I’m having a hard time with how it’s being used.…
26: What We Don’t Have Is You
May 4, 2018 • 8 min
As much as I love artists like Rauschenberg, deKooning and even Boucher, the first artist I knew by name was Frank Frazetta. He painted worlds I had never seen before, filled with warriors being pulled by a team of polar bears, red eyed demons on…
25: Show Up
Apr 19, 2018 • 9 min
Earlier today, Bill and I recorded episode 312 of On Taking Pictures and while I wouldn’t say it was our best show—it was a good show. I think every show is a good show for one reason or another. It was one of the more significant shows because of the…