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"I am comfortable with the idea of being a photographer, just being a photographer. I don’t want to be an…" http://tumblr.com/xiyf0nfh2

"I am comfortable with the idea of being a photographer, just being a photographer. I don’t want to be an..." http://tumblr.com/xiyf0nfh2
Aug 5

"I am comfortable with the idea of being a photographer, just being a photographer. I don’t want to…"

“I am comfortable with the idea of being a photographer, just being a photographer. I don’t want to be an artist; I want to be a photographer. That’s what I do. And a photographer is someone who looks at the world and tries to make some sense of it for themselves, and for everyone else. And that’s what I want to do.”

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Stanley Greene’s Redemption and Revenge - Lens Blog - NYTimes.com

Ars (Photo-)Poetica?

Aug 5

"No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no." – Derek Sivers http://instapaper.com/znnbwp114

"No more yes. It's either HELL YEAH! or no." - Derek Sivers http://instapaper.com/znnbwp114
Aug 5

"TLRs have a lot of soul to them; they’re ugly, cantankerous little lightboxes. People always kind of…" http://tumblr.com/xiyextwsf

"TLRs have a lot of soul to them; they’re ugly, cantankerous little lightboxes. People always kind of..." http://tumblr.com/xiyextwsf
Aug 4

"TLRs have a lot of soul to them; they’re ugly, cantankerous little lightboxes. People always kind of…"

“TLRs have a lot of soul to them; they’re ugly, cantankerous little lightboxes. People always kind of look at you funny when you’re carrying one around… but that’s a perfect in for a conversation, and then maybe some impromptu street portraits. I think SLRs are a little forward — that is, people know you’re pointing it at them, and that can sometimes be a turn off and can raise some hostilities. With TLRs, you just look a bit confused, as if the thing in your hands is some sort of Rubik’s Cube. Plus, women love a man who touts a rugged, double-barreled photo machine. Just ask my wife. At least, I think that’s why she’s with me.”

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What is the main camera you shoot with, and any others you use? - the myth of fingerprints

I picked up a Yashica 124G last Christmas after an unhealthy amount of research (aka fawning/obsessing over vintage TLRs) - but nothing I read prepared me for the responses I received to the camera on the street. On the one hand, there’s none of the “response to threat” reaction that you sometimes get when you hoist an SLR to eye level and point it in someone’s direction. On the other hand, there’s a degree of fascination that’s somewhat surprising. To be fair, unless you’re a camera geek in this digital age, TLRs just don’t look like cameras. To the average person in the street, a camera either looks like a point-and-shoot or an SLR. Period. The twin-lensed box they see me with obviously has something to do with the work of capturing images, but it might as well be steam-punk from an alternate reality to most. Just another reminder that, while our realities may overlap, we live in different worlds. 

One of the more memorable questions I’ve been asked: “how many megapixels does it have?”

Aug 4

Metric mail; because I really don’t check web stats as often as I should… (via One Thing Well) http://bit.ly/clhug3

Metric mail; because I really don't check web stats as often as I should... (via One Thing Well) http://bit.ly/clhug3
Aug 4

Understanding starts somewhere… Southbank Favela.



Understanding starts somewhere… Southbank Favela.

Aug 3

Do you really want to be busy?. – Thinking aloud http://instapaper.com/zR5lxbuQ

Do you really want to be busy?. - Thinking aloud http://instapaper.com/zR5lxbuQ
Aug 3

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-8-1)

Most Listened To (Week Ending 2010-8-1):
  1. Daisuke Tanabe (56)
  2. Mike Slott (33)
  3. Mice Parade (11)
  4. Mount Kimbie (8)
  5. ritmo sportivo (5)

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Aug 2

For me, summer started at the weekend, and I intend to make the…



For me, summer started at the weekend, and I intend to make the most of it…

Aug 2

Photo: Whut? Mo’ Yashica shots? (The Other Side Of The Story on Flickr) http://tumblr.com/xiyes2wqe

Photo: Whut? Mo’ Yashica shots? (The Other Side Of The Story on Flickr) http://tumblr.com/xiyes2wqe
Aug 2

Whut? Mo’ Yashica shots?  (The Other Side Of The Story on…



Whut? Mo’ Yashica shots? 

(The Other Side Of The Story on Flickr)

Aug 2

Want to use your iPhone while travelling without the ridiculous roaming tariffs? Prepaid sim wiki – nice! http://ow.ly/2j332

Want to use your iPhone while travelling without the ridiculous roaming tariffs? Prepaid sim wiki - nice! http://ow.ly/2j332
Aug 2

"I must say that while poems of “the moment” occasionally can be pulled off without revision, they are…" http://tumblr.com/xiyepcir1

"I must say that while poems of “the moment” occasionally can be pulled off without revision, they are..." http://tumblr.com/xiyepcir1
Aug 1

"I must say that while poems of “the moment” occasionally can be pulled off without…"

I must say that while poems of “the moment” occasionally can be pulled off without revision, they are rare in my experience, though I’m happy for the few that have occurred like that. And it all depends on what we mean by “the moment.” If the moment includes, say, an imaginative premise that keeps leading to discovered language, then, yes, many poems can take immediate flight that way. But if you mean the poem that originates from some big event in your life, well, too many poets are wedded to such events, and their poems are often constricted by that kind of allegiance.

I would say that if you don’t distort the original experience in some way you may be in compositional trouble. I’ve come to realize that the poem is more important than the experience that triggered the poem. You need to realize that no reader cares about your life, or should care. In the making of many of my poems, even ones that seem very personal, I’ve distorted many things. I have a fidelity to the credible, not necessarily the actual.



- Commonline | the E-Journal: The CommonLine Interview: Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Dunn
Aug 1

"Never would I have imagined that nearly fifty years after Selma and two years after the United States…" http://tumblr.com/xiyemru5b

"Never would I have imagined that nearly fifty years after Selma and two years after the United States..." http://tumblr.com/xiyemru5b
Jul 31

"Never would I have imagined that nearly fifty years after Selma and two years after the United…"

“Never would I have imagined that nearly fifty years after Selma and two years after the United States sent its first black president to the White House we’d be where we are today, dealing with a predominant national storyline revolving around race, around racism and supposed “reverse racism”, and around what we should really just cut to the chase and start calling by what it really is: racism’s Second Great Awakening.”

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‘Fear of a Black Planet’ - Matt Langer

Dear Matt - the Tumblr dashboard only has one heart to signify “like”. This is one of those rare occasions when I don’t think one heart is enough. 

Jul 31

“I want to be engaged and excited, not just satisfied. I want to choose when, how, and with whom to work. I… http://tumblr.com/xiyek282l

“I want to be engaged and excited, not just satisfied. I want to choose when, how, and with whom to work. I... http://tumblr.com/xiyek282l
Jul 30

“I want to be engaged and excited, not just satisfied. I want to choose when, how, and with…

“I want to be engaged and excited, not just satisfied.

I want to choose when, how, and with whom to work.

I want to have a direct connection between my income, and my audience. I want to sell directly to, and interact directly with, the “end consumers” of what I create. No middlemen.

I want to create the kind of company I dream of working for.

I want to work with awesome people, who are exuberant and optimistic. Who are gutsy enough to challenge the status quo (and me). Who believe that long-term relationships are more important than short-term money.”

Gluue - A blog about work, life, and internet apps. By Paste Interactive

I recently wrote a post about being a working poet in the face of coming hard times (vis à vis the recession and budget cuts in the UK) which sparked off a little back and forth on Facebook. What I’ve realised is that I really didn’t make a distinction between poetry as an art and poetry as a business. My bad. Please excuse. In my world, poetry as an art involves me over-dosing on the work of my favourite poets (and more often than not, over-dosing on a lot of poetry that does absolutely nothing for me in the search for something new); searching for inspiration in exhibitions, newspaper articles, novels, overheard conversations… &c; research (believe it or not); editing and redrafting; and above all, writing. Poetry as a business is everything that happens around that other stuff. It’s putting myself forward for residencies. It’s timely responses to emails about gigs, presentations, workshops and projects. It’s figuring out which gigs, presentations, workshops and projects I should actually take to push me in the direction I want to go. It’s maintaining my web presence. It’s following up on publishing opportunities. It’s being able to put food on the table and a travelcard in my pocket (I gave up on full car ownership a while back - after years of being everyone’s designated driver, I’ve decided it’s not worth owning a car in this city. At least not until I have kids. But that’s another blog post…) keeping my telephone up and running, paying the bills and still having money in the bank. It’s about making sure that I can afford to designate sacred writing time. It’s about taking an interest in my “industry/sector” and supporting positive change. All that and more. 

I’m not going to bang the drum again about the stereotype of poets as floaty artist-type people (as opposed to pragmatic professionals). I just want to know - if I assembled a bunch of poets (a pride? a gaggle?) and challenged them to think about their own manifestos in response to the one above, what would they come up with? Personally, I read it, and I got excited. I started thinking about all the things I’ve done, and all the things I could be doing. What my world would look like if I had all of the above in place. But hey, maybe that’s just me. 

Jul 30

Pretty amazing series of photographs here — Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 – http://ow.ly/2iMc3

Pretty amazing series of photographs here -- Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 – http://ow.ly/2iMc3
Jul 30