“I have always been unsatisfied with life as most people live it. Always I want to live more intensely and richly. Why muck and conceal one’s true longings and loves, when by speaking of them one might find someone to understand them, and by acting on them one might discover oneself”—Everett Ruess - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Everett Ruess in many ways defined the template. A poet, painter and confidant to a leathery set of Western artists in the 1930s, including Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, the 20-year-old Mr. Ruess rode off into the desert of the Southwest in 1934 with two burros and a notebook full of dreams, never to be seen again. Over the next 75 years, the West became tamer, but Mr. Ruess and his legend did not, and the lingering mystery of his disappearance only added to the romantic aura of the time and fueled the periodic search for evidence of his fate.”—A Mystery of the West Is Solved - NYTimes.com
the thing is someone is going to do it. a group of ambitious, talented, forward thinking photographers, writers, musicians, filmmakers and creative marketing people are going to crack the cooperation puzzle and build a new dynamic media company that’s solely owned by the artists. they’ll figure out how to cut out the publishers, editors and studios. and they’ll have a business model that can at least keep the endeavor afloat until they gain some sort of critical mass.
all the tools are available to do this right now. it’ll just take the right combination of people who are dedicated to being organized and willing to give up a bit of individual gain for the collective idea…
“The Cult of Done Manifesto
1.There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
2.Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3.There is no editing stage.
4.Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
5.Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6.The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7.Once you’re done you can throw it away.
8.Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
9.People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10.Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11.Destruction is a variant of done.
12.If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
13.Done is the engine of more.”—Flickr: Discussing All night bullshit session in Your photo isn’t really that great
“Street photography is the ultimate cop-out. It’s for people who are too lazy to engage with the real world, for people who are scared of the intimacy of meaningful photography so seek out the sequential one-one-hundred-and-twenty-fifth-second-stand of the street, for people who just want to hang around on street corners snapping strangers, smoking fags and drinking coffee with fond imaginings that they will be the next Cartier-Bresson/Winogrand/Parke.”—Colin Pantall’s blog: How not to Photograph: Street Credibility
“My apartment is infested with koala bears. It’s the cutest infestation ever. Way better than cockroaches. When I turn on the light, a bunch of koala bears scatter, but I don’t want them too. I’m like, “Hey… Hold on fellows… Let me hold one of you, and feed you a leaf.” Koala bears are so cute, why do they have to be so far away from me. We need to ship a few over, so I can hold one, and pat it on its head.
-”— Mitch Hedberg
“The business prevalence of social media and easily obtained, sophisticated Web site software has created entry points for anyone who wants to have a personal press, eroding the concept of a dues-paying professional culture. Instead of climbing a ladder to the top, for today’s newbies, the bottom rung is the new top rung. Sometimes it’s the only rung. Why embark on the five-to-20-year plan with a shaky established media concern when you can broadcast yourself—sans office politics, expectations management, or even clothes if you don’t feel like wearing them—all from the comfort of your own bedroom?”—The Media’s Lost Generation (via bryanformhals)
“In today’s news business, Arianna Huffington and Matt Drudge both have prestige jobs," says Dan Abrams, a legal correspondent for NBC and CEO of recently founded media-strategy-firm Abrams Research. "They have created entities without anyone tapping them to do it; they just did it. The future kingmakers will be more entrepreneurial.”—The Media’s Lost Generation
“Even now, with his work in important museum collections around the country, a survivor’s hustle remains and sometimes still comes in handy: a few weeks ago, at his dentist’s office in Albuquerque, he traded a nice print for a root canal. “The market has taken a body blow, and I needed the dental work,” he explained, adding, “I was so happy to do it.””—Art - Danny Lyon, Stubbornly Practicing His Principles of Photography - NYTimes.com
“Potentially creative men like Shaw build the personal fundament of their work during a self-decreed moratorium, during which they often starve themselves, socially, erotically, and, last but not least, nutritionally, in order to let the grosser weeds die out, and make way for the growth of their inner garden. Often, when the weeds are dead, so is the garden. At the decisive moment, however, some make contact with a nutriment specific for their gifts. For Shaw, of course, this gift was literature.”—Erik Erickson from The Gift by Lewis Hyde
“With film, so much is at risk. You are never, ever sure you got the shot until you process the film, and depending where you are in the world and your assignment this could be days or weeks, or in the case of my old friend Frans Lanting, months! You learn to be psychic and to live in denial. You are denying your burning desire to see what you got. And sometimes when you think you sort of missed the shot but are not quite sure, you can deny it for the time being and move on, hopeful yet ignorant. (Contrarily, with digital you will know you missed the greatest shot of your life right then and there, thus inducing plans for suicide, and casting a pall of depression over your shoot.)”—THE ZEN OF FILM vs. DIGITAL GRATIFICATION « doug menuez 2.0: go fast, don’t crash