Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Give it Everything - Cameron Wurf (Thu 25 Dec 2014)

PD's Open - Five Islands OC6 Regatta / Lake Illawarra (Sun 19 Oct 2014)

Cameron Wurf (*) writes on Giving it Everything (*):
give it everything you have to get the best possible result you can achieve. That way when you cross the line you have no regrets because you've given it all you have and you can now relax and enjoy what you've just done, win or lose.
via Socal ing with Cal! (*) by Cameron Wurf (*).

Happy New Year.

On Riding a Bicycle - Ernest Hemingway / Garry Loughlin (Wed 23 Oct 2014)

Untitled - Quai de la Seine / Paris (Mon 15 Sep 2014)

Ernest Hemingway (*) writes on bicycles (*):
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are...
via California (part 2) (*) by Garry Loughlin (*).

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I'm Nobody! Who are you? - Emily Dickinson (1891)

Self Portrait - near Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation / Paris (Thu 18 Sep 2014)

Emily Dickinson (*) Poem (*):
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
Seen in Eye to Eye: Photographs by Vivian Maier (*)

On Instagram - Stephen Shore / ASX (Tue 30 Dec 2014)

Nibbles - Ealing / London (Sat 13 Sep 2014)

Stephen Shore (*) writes on Instagram (*):
One thing is it’s fun. I like the quality of conversation that goes on, where there’s a group of people who I know are looking at my posts every day, or whenever I do it, and I in turn am looking at theirs, eagerly, waiting to see what they post. And it’s a very different kind of communication than what goes on in a book or a gallery, where you just put the work out there and there’s no sense of dialogue.
via Stephen Shore ‘Likes’ Instagram (*) by Stephen Shore (*).

Happy with my little nook here on the Internet. No need for regular viewers or constant feedback. I had that opportunity on (*) a long time ago - well before Flickr (*) and Instagram. I learnt a lot, but mainly watched. Not really my thing. It's too hard to be engaging in critiquing and providing insightful feedback. Might be lazy or untalented (*), it's just who I am. I don't expecting to be signing up to Instagram in the near future.

Monday, December 29, 2014

On Recognition - artlyst (Sat 27 Dec 2014)

Untitled - The Met / New York (Mon 15 Aug 2011)

artlyst (*) writes on Recognition (*) and Vivian Maier (*):
After a lifetime in domestic servitude, secretly documenting the streets of America through 100,000 photographs, Maier had died in great old-age, and in poverty - just on the edge of global recognition - never to know that her work would even receive a glimmer of praise, or understanding.
via Vivian Maier: The Secret Photographer Gets A Retrospective In Amsterdam (*) by artlyst (*).

On Legacy - Tim Grierson (Tue16 Dec 2014)

Sunset - MÄ¡arr ix-Xini / Gozo / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

Tim Grierson (*) writes on Legacy (*):
What we do in this world will perhaps outlive us, but once we’re gone we’ll have no way of knowing.
via Mr Turner (*) by Tim Grierson (*).

Saturday, December 27, 2014

On Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Less Decisive Moment - Gaby Wood / Sean O'Hagan (Wed 24 Dec 2014)

Street Portrait - Paris (Thu 18 Sep 2014)

Gaby Wood (*) writes on Henri Cartier-Bresson (*) and the Decisive Moment (*):
The reason his photographs often feel numbly impersonal now is not just that they are familiar. It’s that they’re so coolly composed, so infernally correct that there’s nothing raw about them, and you find yourself thinking: would it not be more interesting if his moments were a little less decisive?
via Cartier-Bresson's classic is back – but his Decisive Moment has passed (*) by Sean O'Hagan (*).

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

On The Future - be aggressively open-minded - Paul Graham (Sun 21 Dec 2014)

The Juggler - Barcelona (Tue 06 Aug 2013)

Paul Graham (*) writes on the Future (*):
It seems to me that beliefs about the future are so rarely correct that they usually aren't worth the extra rigidity they impose, and that the best strategy is simply to be aggressively open-minded.
via How to be an Expert in a Changing World (*) by Paul Graham (*).

Sunday, December 21, 2014

On Strength - Vernon Gambetta (Fri 19 Dec 2014)

Flower Detail - Monet's Garden / Girverny (Wed 17 Sep 2014)

Vernon Gambetta (*) asks a question on Strength (*):
How much strength is enough?
via Evolution of Strength Training – A Personal Perspective - 51 Years of Experiences (Part Three) (*) by Vernon Gambetta (*).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

On Taking Photographs - Trent Parke / The Eye of Photography (Thu 18 Dec 2014)

Street Portrait - London (Fri 12 Sep 2014)

Trent Parke (*) writes on taking Photographs (*):
Most of the time I’m in another world.
via Special Books : Minutes to Midnight, par Trent Parke (*) by The Eye of Photography (*).

Friday, December 19, 2014

On Error Messages - Venkat / Ribbonfarm (Fri 19 Dec 2014)

Flower Detail - Monet's Garden / Giverny (Wed 17 Sep 2014)

Venkat (*) writes on Failure (*):
Even an unhelpful error message is better than nothing.
via Learning from Crashes (*) by Venkat (*).

I have seen this error message a few times recently:
Error: Unknown Error.
Probably the most unhelpful error message I have seen in all my time coding Python to an external third party API. At least you know you have an error, even if it is as far away from the root as it just about can be.

On Failure - Venkat / Ribbonfarm (Fri 19 Dec 2014)

Flower Detail - Monet's Garden / Giverny (Wed 17 Sep 2014)

Venkat (*) writes on Failure (*):
You just have to have failed at a given level enough times to have become well-calibrated to the severity of your own responses, and effective at managing those responses. You are adapted to a domain at an advanced beginner level when you can keep trying indefinitely despite failing. You are at an intermediate level when you can look at failure data to learn, instead of being so traumatized you look away in aversion. You’re advanced when you begin failing in ways nobody has failed before.
via Learning from Crashes (*) by Venkat (*).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Downwind Session - Whosus - Port Kembla to Shellharbour (Sat 29 Nov 2014)

Downwind Session - Whosus - Port Kembla to Shellharbour (Sat 29 Nov 2014)

An amazing session. A bit of a sample of what it was like here (a long past post from Oct 2009. That video I have on my PC since 2008 before we even had Whosus). Thanks Michelle for the great photos, and Annett and Michelle for making it happen.

Resuming normal transmission, hopefully, following a technical glitch and a bit of a break.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A photograph of a person will always.. - Looking for Snapshots (Mon 16 Sep 2013)

Darcel (*) - Cafe Sofia (*) / Erskineville (Fri 08 Feb 2013)

Looking for Snapshots (*) writes on Portrait Photography (*):
a photograph of a person will always tell us something about the relationship between the photographer and the subject—that is, it will show the relationship as well as the subject. In most kinds of photos the relationship is so attenuated that the subject is really all that’s left. But in a snapshot the relationship is a real and enduring one, not a merely professional one that exists only for the purpose of the shoot. We can see it clearly in the photo along with the subject, and we can also see that the photo occasion itself is tangled up in it.
via Relationships (*) by Looking for Snapshots (*).

Getting Started - Bernadette / The Story of Telling (Mon 01 Dec 2014)

Eiffel Tower #3 - Paris (Tue 16 Sep 2014)

Bernadette (*) writes on Getting Started (*):
The best way to do anything is to begin, then to adjust your course based on what happens next.
via What’s The Best Way? (*) by The Story of Telling (*).

I did this when I started out (*) on this blog (*) almost 6 years ago. And I am still doing it 1750 posts (this post being it) later.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Learned - Leo Babauta / The Minimalists (Sun 30 Nov 2014)

Untitled - Rue de l'Aqueduc / Paris (Thu 19 Sep 2014)

Leo Babauta (*) writes on Learning (*):
I learned to trust that we’d be OK, even starting life afresh [..]. I learned that we can adapt and survive, and cope with the fear of not being OK.
via A Simpler Family Life: Starting Life Anew with Our Six Kids (*) by The Minimalists (*).

Friday, November 28, 2014

On Imperfection - Stephen Glibert / Lucy Feagins (Fri 28 Nov 2014)

Untitled - Murano (Wed 10 Sep 2014)

Stephen Glibert (*) writes Imperfection (*):
Imperfection became my new perfection, and I commenced ‘unlearning’ many skills.
via Stephen Glibert (*) by Lucy Feagins (*).

Monday, November 24, 2014

On Opinion, Truth and Emotion - Colin Pantell / Jorg Colberg (Mon 24 Nov 2014)

Untitled - "Don't Let a Kiss Fool You" - Copenhagen (Fri 22 Aug 2013)

Colin Pantell (*) writes on Opinion (*), Truth (*) and Emotion (*):
Have an opinion, tell some truth, show some emotion.
via The Helicopterism of Art-Editorial Photography (*) by Jorg Colberg (*) originally from The Dreck of Photographic Muzak (*).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On Thinking and Landscape - Alain de Botton / swissmiss (Sat 22 Nov 2014)

Europe 2013 (*). - Central Australia / Timor Sea / Indonesia / nearing Singapore - Sydney to Singapore (Fri 12 Jul 2013)

Alain de Botton (*) writes on thinking (*):
Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape.

The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do.
via Journeys are the midwives of thought (*) by swissmiss (*).

Friday, November 21, 2014

On Venice - Mirsada Hadzic / Adam Marelli (Fri 21 Nov 2014)

Untitled - Venice (Wed 10 Sep 2014)

Adam Marelli (*) writes on the Words and Photos (*) of Mirsada Hadzic (*):
there is nothing more reassuring than reading the words of a perfect stranger who is saying exactly what you feel
via Venice, through the eyes of a Writer, Mirsada Hadzic (*) by Adam Marelli (*).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Reflecting on Life Lessons - Venkat (Thu 20 Nov 2014)

47 (*) - Kensington / London (Fri 12 Sep 2014)

ribbonfarm (*) reflects on Life Lessons (*):
the lessons you can easily generalize and share are typically not original, and the lessons that are original typically cannot be generalized and shared. Only modeled in slightly puzzling ways.
via Learning to Fly by Missing the Ground (*) by Venkat (*).

On the Future of Design - Dan Saffer / Bernadette (Wed 19 Nov 2014)

Untitlted - Darlinghurst (Oct 2014)

Dan Saffer (*) writes on the Future of Design (*):
If we don’t design human values into the things we create, we’ll find ourselves in a world that is alien to us.
the way all progress moves forward is by someone thinking differently, trying something that no one else has tried, breaking the established traditions and rules.
via (*) via The future of design: stay one step ahead of the algorithm (*) by Dan Saffer (*).

Along the same lines of thought for Dan's last point, Bernadette (*) writes:
What is the competition too scared to try?

Say and do that thing.
via The First Step To Building A Marketing Campaign (*) by The Story of Telling (*).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On Subtlety and Meaning - Colin / Exile Lifestyle (Wed 19 Nov 2014)

Untitled - Tour of Great Britain / London (Sun 14 Sep 2014)

Colin (*) writes with brilliant clarity and subtlety on Meaning (*):
the most meaningful bits have also been the most subtle.
via Subtlety (*) by Exile Lifestyle (*).

Monday, November 17, 2014

On Reflection - Saul Leiter (Wed 19 Aug 2009) / Adam Harrison Levy (Wed 27 Nov 2013)

Reflection - Uluru (*) / Central Australia (Fri 04 May 2001)

Saul Leiter (*) tries to Reflects (*) on a Life (*) well Lived (*):
I don’t understand how I did what I did.
via Saul Leiter: Remembered (*) by Adam Harrison Levy (*).

Looking Down, Looking Out - Cirkewwa / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

Looking Down, Looking Out - Cirkewwa / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

On Saul Leiter - Saul Leiter Early Color / Martin Harrison (Jul 2005)

Untitled - Lower East Side / New York (Wed 17 Aug 2011)

Martin Harrison (*) writes on Saul Leiter (*), Color Photography (*) and embracing the Unpredictable (*):
Yet he found ways to circumvent these restrictions - exploiting the color distortions in outdated film stock and embracing the unpredictable color rendition in emulsions available from some of the smaller manufacturers. His openness to the accidental, and willingness to forgo the photographer's legendary control, are crucial components of Leiter's ethos, anticipating precepts that remained exceptional, even among photography's avante-garde, until the advent of postmodernism in the 1970's.
via SAUL LEITER Early Color (*) by Martin Harrison (*).

Sunday, November 16, 2014

On Happiness - Viktor Frankl / Emily Esfahani Smith (Wed 09 Jan 2013)

Street Portrait - Bologna (Sat 30 Aug 1014)

Viktor Frankl (*) writes on Happiness (*):
It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.
As Emily Esfahani Smith (*) notes:
happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to be happy.
via There's More to Life Than Being Happy (*) by Emily Esfahani Smith (*).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

On Leadership - A Thoughtful Leader / Ken Oehler (Fri 14 Nov 2014)

Untitled - Westminster Bridge / London (Sun 14 Sep 2014)

Ken Oehler (*) writes on Leadership (*) [quoting a thoughtful leader of an engineering department]:
People won’t remember what I did, but they will remember how I made them feel.
via What Makes Someone an Engaging Leader (*) by Ken Oehler (*).

Never a more true observation.

Friday, November 14, 2014

On Meaning - Emily Esfahani-Smith / Shooting Wide Open (Thu 13 Nov 2014)

Stairway to ..? - Venice (Tue 09 Sep 2014)

Emily Esfahani-Smith (*) writes on Meaning (*) [and Happiness (*)]:
Meaning is not only about transcending the self, but also about transcending the present moment. [..]

Meaning is enduring. It connects the past to the present to the future. [..]

Having negative events happen to you decreases your happiness but increases the amount of meaning you have in life.
via There's More to Life Than Being Happy (*) by Emily Esfahani-Smith (*) via happiness and meaning (*) by Shooting Wide Open (*).

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Being optimistic is .. - Christopher Boots / Lucy Feagins (Thu 13 Nov 2014)

Hanging in there - Bologna / Italy (Fri 29 Aug 2014)

Christopher Boots (*) writes on being Optimistic (*) and Moving Forward (*):
Being optimistic is great and at times the only thing that can drive you, but be grounded and base your decisions on being pragmatic too.
via Christopher Boots (*) by Lucy Feagins (*) of the The Design Files (*).

Getting Better - Michael Johnston (Wed 12 Nov 2014)

Untitled - The Photographers Gallery (*) / London (Sun 14 Sep 2014)

Michael Johnston (*) writes:
Getting better is never bad.
via The Digital Variant: One Camera, One Lens, One Year (*) by Michael Johnston (*).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

On Automation - Nicholas Carr / Jenny Shank (Tue 11 Nov 2014)

Police Smash £1M Tube Phones Gang (*) - London Tube (Fri 12 Sep 2014)

Nicholas Carr (*) from his book The Glass Cage (*):
Automation often frees us from that which makes us feel free.
via Nicholas Carr’s ‘Glass Cage': Automation Will Hurt Society in Long Run (*) by Jenny Shank (*).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Photography and Editing - Larry Towell / James Estrin (Mon 10 Nov 2014)

Untitled - Venice (*) (Wed 16 Sep 2009)

Larry Towell (*) writes on Photography (*) and Editing (*):
Photography is not just about seeing and taking pictures, it’s also about making sense of the photograph and making sense of it is what editing does, .. You take a series of photographs, you tell a story (*) with them and many pictures fall between the cracks in the process. [..]

When you’re editing you’re editing towards a certain end, and when that end is met you forget about the pictures that didn’t make it, .. What this Magnum project has done is allowed us to go back and re-edit. There isn’t enough re-editing being done today.
via Magnum’s Archive of Once-Orphaned Photos (*) by James Estrin (*).


Monday, November 10, 2014

A Reflection on the Little Things - Kirk Tuck (Sun 09 Nov 2014)

The Little Things - Monet's Garden / Giverny (Wed 17 Sep 2014)

Kirk Tuck (*) writes Success (*) and Failure (*):
Funny how all the little things add up to success or failure
via I wrote a blog about an LED panel on Friday. I wrote it in a hurry. I didn't like it so I ultimately deleted it. I'll get a new one up after tomorrow's shoot. (*) by Kirk Tuck (*).

A reflection on the Little Things. My experience (*). Little things are hard to catch first time around. Only when you reflect (*) that you can see the reason for the success or failure. That's why it is important to reflect. Now you have this experience, if you are paying attention, you can catch the little things next time around. This is what experience brings to a situation. Sometimes it is ignored or undervalued, but good people want to find it, draw on it and react to it. In some ways this blog is a reflection of the little things and that's what keeps me going. Thanks Kirk, I learnt a lot from those little words above.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

On Photography - jtinseoul (Sat 08 Nov 2014)

Street Portrait - Obey - Westminster Bridge / London (Sun 14 Sep 2014)

jtinseoul (*) writes on Photography (*):
When I take “street” photos (*) now, they are a little different. I don’t feel I’m of the HCB (*) school of finding moments. I don’t care much about moments. I probably won’t be famous, so the photos I take are for me. Things that are unique to where I am and things that will remind me of what it felt like to be here.
via November 8th, 2014. (*) by jtinseoul (*).

Saturday, November 8, 2014

When it Works - Christopher Nolan / Andrew Purcell / Spectrum (Sat 08 Nov 2014)

Crossing the Garonne - Toulouse (*) / France (Sat 19 Sep 2009)

Christopher Nolan (*) writes Inspiration (*):
when something works the way you intended it to, just in that moment it's a tremendous thrill.
via Interview: Christopher Nolan (*) by Andrew Purcell (*).

Yes. We all know that feeling. It happens when that program compiles and runs the first time, and works exactly as you intended. That's a rarity, but it happened a lot when I was using Eiffel (*). It happens in sport. It happens with photography, though sometimes you don't know it worked until years later.

Always get a nice quote out of the Interview from the Saturdays Paper Spectrum Magazine (*).

On Photography - Jennifer McClure / Elizabeth Avedon (Fri 07 Nov 2014)

Joanne and Betty - Take 2 - Victoria / Gozo / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

Joanne and Betty (my Mum and our No.1 Supporter) - Take 1 - Victoria / Gozo / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

Jennifer McClure (*) writes Photography (*):
there is often a huge difference between intention and execution, there is no shame in reshooting, you must be genuinely interested in your subjects, and your photos have to tell a story
via Elizabeth Avedon Castell Photography Exhibition (*) by Elizabeth Avedon (*).

As always these learnings can be applied to all aspects of our lives. BTW, Gozo and the rest of Malta for that matter. What an amazing place.

Joanne and Betty - Take 1 - Victoria / Gozo / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

Friday, November 7, 2014

An Approach to Modern Life - Kirk Tuck (Thu 06 Nov 2014)

Untitled - Monet's Gardens / Giverny (Wed 17 Sep 2014)

Kirk Tuck (*) observes:
Sometimes experiencing (*) something with undiluted intention (*) is the only way to either enjoy (*) it or even understand (*) it.
via Imagine life at high speed. Imagine the adrenaline on all the time (*) by Kirk Tuck (*).

On being a Photographer- David Campany (Nov 2014)

Bride and Groom - Sacre-Coeur / Montmartre / Paris (Thu 18 Sep 2014)

David Campany (*) writes on being a Photographer (*):
there are only four ways to function as a photographer. Either you are independently wealthy; or you get paid to take pictures (a commercial photographer, with whatever independence of mind you can retain); or you get paid for photographs (i.e. as an artist [..]); or your photography is a hobby, a pastime, and you earn your living elsewhere.
via Walker Evans: the magazine work STEIDL, 2014 (*) by David Campany (*).

I definitely fall into the last category. I have a few photos in books and given away some prints to friends. So, I guess, being a photographer, is mostly about me.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Beyond Boundaries, Limitations and Barriers - Vernon Gambetta (Wed 05 Nov 2014)

It's Kind of fun to do the Impossible (*) - Gozo / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

Vernon Gambetta (*) writes:
Most of us limit ourselves because we believe in boundaries (*), limitations (*) and barriers (*). There are no boundaries and barriers! Get out now and do it better than you did yesterday. Action not words!
via Getting Better (*) by Vernon Gambetta (*).

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

On Data - Nathan Oostendorp / Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar (Thu 16 Oct 2014)

It is not the End It is the Beginning - Gozo / Malta (Tue 23 Sep 2014)

Nathan Oostendorp (*) writes on Data (*):
the next Industrial Revolution is about automating the collection of that data, it’s about being able to get insights out of that data that you wouldn’t be able to without a computer, and it’s about being able to do predictive and prescriptive adjustments to a [..] process
via Signals from Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014 (*) by Mac Slocum (o*).

I'm spending more and more time every day on this very thing. It is challenging and very interesting. Starting to make some breakthroughs with the software and with those who ask the questions. Often I am finding answers to questions that have not even been thought of, or asked. So in some ways it feels like a new beginning for an old dog like me.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

On Creativity - Tamsin Carvan / The Design Files (Tue 04 Nov 2014)

Another Chair (*) - St Julian's / Malta (Sat 20 Sep 2014)

Tamsin Carvan (*) writes on Creativity (*):
I’ve learned (*) that hidden away in the need to practice thriftiness and frugality is creativity (*),
via Tamsin’s Leek Tart with Floral Salad (*) by The Design Files (*).

Monday, November 3, 2014

On Making A Photgraph - Rachel Kara / The Design Files (Mon 03 Nov 2014)

An Afternoon at Eileen's (*) - Ealing (*) / London (Sat 13 Sep 2014)

Rachel Kara (*) writes on making Photograph (*):
I always walk into a shoot and try let the space or person have a chance to show themselves to me, rather than the other way around
via Rachel Kara (*) by The Design Files (*).

You see (*) it. And you know that feeling. That feeling that you just want to take a photograph. It comes from seeing and observing something - a curiosity. As Rachel says, it shows itself. I just wish I had the courage to make the photo from that feeling. Most times I just let it go even when I have my camera in my pocket.

But sometimes you push yourself and don't let it go .. an example (*) from just on 10 years ago. Maybe one day I will change and make these moments happen more often.

When you travel you feel you have permission to be a photographer and that's why in part I've pushed myself and come to love travel for 10 years now and I thank Jenny (*) and Joanne (*) for that.