"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…"
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?”
Metric mail; because I really don’t check web stats as often as I should… (via One Thing Well) http://bit.ly/clhug3
Understanding starts somewhere… Southbank Favela.
For me, summer started at the weekend, and I intend to make the most of it…
Whut? Mo’ Yashica shots?
(The Other Side Of The Story on Flickr)
Want to use your iPhone while travelling without the ridiculous roaming tariffs? Prepaid sim wiki – nice! http://ow.ly/2j332
"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 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
"Never would I have imagined that nearly fifty years after Selma and two years after the United States…" http://tumblr.com/xiyemru5b
‘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.
“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 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.”
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.
Pretty amazing series of photographs here — Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 – http://ow.ly/2iMc3
"Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people…"
- David Sedaris (via robot-heart)