In Between

In Between

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Small discussions around big things.


22: A Beautiful Cacophony
Sep 15 • 51 min
I spend a lot of time thinking about materials and objects as they relate to art and art making and I spend a fair bit of time talking about it with Jon. In this conversation, we’re talking about some of our first memories of art and of objects that we…
21: The Things We Hold Dear
Aug 14 • 57 min
 When I was a kid, my mom used to say that if the house ever caught fire, the one thing she would grab before anything else was the box of family photos that she kept in her closet, which I’m sure was common for many of us before analog became digital.…
20: Getting Out of the Way and Into the Work
Jul 22 • 53 min
At the end of May, I decided to take a break from social media so I could focus on making without the constant background noise that seemed to be sucking the life out the urge to create anything. It was a self-imposed blackout that I hoped would allow at…
19: Too Many Distractions, Too Little Art
Jun 2 • 45 min
Last week, I decided to take a much needed break from social media. There’s just too much going on in the world that pulls my focus away from the areas of my life that really warrant - and frankly need - that focus - specifically my family and my art. In…
18: Balance and the Dark Side
Mar 13 • 43 min
Back in January, I came across a terrific piece of writing by author Paul Jarvis. One part of it in particular really spoke to some of the things I’ve wrestled with over the years — loving what you do, following your passion, and the costly obsession that…
17: Art In Transit
Feb 27 • 67 min
Several years ago when I wasn’t really sure what direction my life was taking, one of the ideas I kept coming back to was getting a Volkswagen Westfalia van and just driving around the country, allowing the universe to put interesting people and…
16: 1917 and a Shiny Tennis Match
Feb 4 • 65 min
A couple weeks ago, I got a text from my friend Sean who had just gotten out of the cinema seeing 1917, the new World War I epic from director Sam Mendes. The text simply read “so good.” I remember seeing the trailer for the film months ago and thinking…
15: Input, Inspiration, and Possibility
Jan 16 • 58 min
The recent death of Rush drummer Neil Peart hit me like a ton of bricks. While I consider myself a visual artist, I can’t think of a single painter, or sculptor, or photographer whose death has or even would affect me as dramatically as Neil’s has and I…
14: What’s Effort Got to Do with It?
Jan 8 • 59 min
I have a question for you, and the answer depends at least partly on the primary perspective you take - either as an audience member or a maker — when you think about how to answer. It centers around effort in art-making and to what degree the visibility…
13: The Eyes Have It
Oct 31, 2019 • 52 min
“Because I had really poor depth perception, everything in my world flattened into two dimensions. I struggle to incorporate depth into my work because that’s not how I engage with what I see.” — Jo Mackby If you listen to any of my other…
12: A Continual Refinement
Oct 25, 2019 • 47 min
The tormented artist. You’ve heard the term — hell you may even be one yourself. I know I was. For years, I was absolutely convinced that if my art wasn’t the albatross around my neck, that I was somehow unworthy of the title. Why is that? Why do so many…
11: What Counts as Art?
Sep 20, 2019 • 50 min
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about art - specifically, what really counts as art? Is the art the thing that we make? Or, is in the doing? The making itself. Or is art in the reaction to work — the results of the doing? Or, is it something else…
10: Selfish in a Good Way
Aug 30, 2019 • 59 min
A week or so ago, I was talking to my friend Gareth about how frustrated I was in not feeling like I had a clear and consistent creative voice. It’s not uncommon for me to feel overwhelmed and frankly paralyzed by the number of options I have and unable…
09: Who Owns Your Happiness?
Aug 23, 2019 • 46 min
Are you happy? If not, why do you think that is? For a lot of people who make things and share what they make online — myself included — we have a tendency to abdicate our happiness to the fickle whim of the mob. Not enough likes, or hearts, or dollars…
08: Going After it Tooth and Nail
Apr 9, 2019 • 33 min
One of my favorite photo documentaries is Darkness & Light, which is a fantastic look into the mind and work of Richard Avedon. A lot of people know Avedon from his photographs in the American West - bold monochrome portraits set against stark white…
07: Someone Else’s Middle
Apr 2, 2019 • 44 min
One of the struggles in making, regardless of what it is that you make is the tendency to compare ourselves to the artists who inspire us. But what do you do when the work you produce isn’t even close to the work of your creative heroes? Some give up,…
06: Finding a Creative Rudder
Mar 22, 2019 • 50 min
I had a realization recently that the type of photography I was pursuing really didn’t hold much interest for me. I enjoy the process of making pictures, but the subject matter is leaving me feeling disconnected and frankly disappointed with the pictures…
05: Where Does It All Come From?
Feb 14, 2019 • 48 min
Kristopher Matheson is one of my favorite people to talk to. Not only is he a terrific photographer, he’s also funny as hell. We don’t talk often, but when we do, I always come away inspired and wanting to dive a little deeper into my own work. Not too…
04: The Weight of My Own Ideas
Jan 23, 2019 • 54 min
In my last Iteration, I was talking about social media, specifically how this year I was looking to refine or even completely redefine how I use it, personally and professionally. One of the biggest challenges for me historically has been consistency,…
03: Photographic Memories
Jan 7, 2019 • 67 min
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how photographs influence our memories—not just of people and places, but events in our lives. For example, I have realized that there are memories of certain aspects of my childhood that are rooted not in an actual…
02: The Opposite of Joy
Dec 14, 2018 • 57 min
In the last episode, we talked about how I—and maybe even you—rewrote the memories of childhood so they would fit the narrative we crafted about it as an adult, and what happens when childhood photographs begin to poke holes in the story. We also talked…
01: Only Part of the Story
Dec 5, 2018 • 47 min
One of the things that I enjoyed the most — and miss the most — about doing a weekly podcast like On Taking Pictures is having discussions in between episodes with friends and listeners. Sometimes we would go a little deeper on conversations that were…