“I have spent the last fifteen years taking photos of old buildings, pop culture relics, and kitschy, decaying signs in diverse pockets throughout America. From the deep South, to lonesome towns in the Midwest, to the major cities of my home state of California, I photograph what I see, love, and am unable explain in words.”—the new geoffrey ellis photography web site
“On any other network, ‘The Wire’ would not have been renewed after the first season, and even on HBO its continuation was far from certain.” And yet, in late January 2009, in downtown Manhattan, moving in circles populated with media insiders and cultural influencers and hipsters in general, I cannot escape near daily mention of this show. I am fascinated by the meme, and how it’s playing out, and what it says about how word of mouth spreads right now in relationship to the existing (and emerging) channels that filter popular culture.”—The Future of Please Shut Up « The New You Project: Limited Time, Infinite Possibilities
"The way you make yourself valuable on the web is you edit the fucking web for people." Yaaaay Jay! Be an intelligent filter! - via Rachel Sklar quoting Jay Rosen
On a daily basis there’s plenty of good photography related information floating around the web but most of it’s not really worth a full blog entry, especially if you’re only going to contribute to the echo-chamber effect which is very prevalent around the photography blogs. My solution for this is to use Twitter and Tumblr for the daily tidbits. I want this blog to be primarily for promoting new content and LPV related news and not re-hashing what others are doing. As the regular readers of this blog know, I tend to prefer purely visual blog posts. I’m not against writing or dialogue but for me so much of what I read on the web about photography is just hot air. I enjoy some of the interviews and more well thought out essays but most of the daily writing could be summed up on Twitter.
Editors and curators have an obligation to reduce the amount of noise on the web by becoming diligent, trusted filters. Of course, some will claim that Twitter is nothing but noise and I can see their point to a certain degree, but I’d much rather have it filtered there where you’re limited to 140 characters than on a blog where you can ramble til no end. Tumblr fits into all this by creating a place for the one off visual content that you come across on a daily basis. I consider it the LPV back room, a place where I can pass on photography and art related content that caught my attention. I know there are people that feel overwhelmed by the number of feeds and such, but this is the reality of content distribution on the web right now. I know people that only grab content from Twitter and others that only use RSS or bookmarks. For me, different types of content require different distribution methods.
I hate to sound like a Twitter evangelist, but I would encourage all photographers, bloggers and editors to use it. There are several prominent photography blogs up already and a good number of interesting photographers as well.
“I think maybe what’s developing here is there are two kinds of young, alienated heroes,” said Mr. Menaker, who has edited books by both Gary Shteyngart and Benjamin Kunkel. “One is the nerd: the somewhat indulged, un-grown-up guy who has sort of philosophical ideas or objections to society and doesn’t know what to do with himself. The other branch of people are ones who are not fully socially or politically integrated—they’re the tough guys.”—Why Do Young Male Writers Love Icky, Tough Guy Deadbeats? | The New York Observer
“The recession is forcing more and more photographers to set up print sales just to pay the rent. You can’t go a week without a new blog post from one photographer pleading with their audience to support another fellow photographer whose struggling to pay the rent.”
Submissions are open to everyone and can be made through Flickr or via email. Limit is two. All styles welcome. We’ll be selecting around 40 for the show and will likely include a web version as well.
The show is a joint venture with L’Keg Gallery in Los Angeles and will be curated by Bryan Formhals and Walt Goreki.
Opening will Friday, February 27th at L’Keg Gallery
“When you’re writing a book, you’re certainly not sitting there thinking, ‘And wait till they see the Web site!’ ” Larsen said. “But it does offer a great opportunity to experiment with delivering character and narrative across different mediums.”—Essay - See the Web Site, Buy the Book - NYTimes.com
Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes.
I say yes, and Wayne Coyne says yes, and if that makes us the enemy, then good, good, good. We are evil people because we want to live and do things. We are on the wrong side because we should be home, calculating which move would be the least damaging to our downtown reputations. But I say yes because I am curious. I want to see things. I say yes when my high school friend tells me to come out because he’s hanging with Puffy. A real story, that. I say yes when Hollywood says they’ll give me enough money to publish a hundred different books, or send twenty kids through college. Saying no is so fucking boring.
And if anyone wants to hurt me for that, or dismiss me for that, for saying yes, I say Oh do it, do it you motherfuckers, finally, finally, finally.
"AS the New York of today continues to look more like its unsavory 1973 self — a declining economy, upticks in violent crimes like murder and bank robbery and an ever more crumbling infrastructure starved for resources — it remains to be seen whether the romantic feelings of the “Life on Mars” creators (and its viewers) will endure. After all, who wants to turn on a television and be reminded of the bad old days when evidence of bad new days can be seen right outside your window?"