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We are the sum of the things we like and the way we know they are related is that they meet in us

Why bother leaving the house?

Sometimes the universe just serves up exactly what is needed at the moment it is needed.

They enjoyed the miracle of loving each other as much at the table as in bed, and they grew to be so happy that even when they were two worn-out people they kept on blooming like little children and playing together like dogs.

—Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Photography ethics wind me up

(I called imiging out as not cool to repost a photographer who has taken from another photographer’s work. Below is my response to imiging after they said “no way, it’s a street shot, not a fashion photograph shot.”)

"There are a million other ways he could have taken that shot and would have been more credible as a street shot: including the photographer in the frame. Choosing a different angle than a straight on, dead center (like what you would see in a catalogue), choosing a different exposure, different depth of field. But he didn’t. He chose all of those things in a way to mirror the skill of a professional. We all do that and good for him to execute it. But in my view, most of the work of this shot was done by the primary photographer (who is not credited). The photographer here acted on his street instincts (which are good), saw the shot and took it. But the shot he saw and took was created by another photographer. It would be like a taking full credit for a meal prepared by a cordon bleu chef of the lobster you chose out of the aquarium "

chasenphotography:

Milan, Italy | Google+ | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter 
I was on a tour of Milan when I saw this model working with some photographer off in the corner of my eye. When I saw them, I knew that I had to try and sneak a shot of my own. I walked on over, crouched down and shot 3 or 4 pictures, this happened as a result of it. I couldn’t be more proud of this photo.


You know what would make you even prouder? Design your own photo shoot, get the necessary licensing to photograph in the streets, the right insurance to cover you and the model, a model release signed by her, book and pay for her hair, makeup and clothes styling. Book and pay an assistant to help with lighting and the other hundred things that could happen around you while your eye is in the frame. Cover all those costs, time and labor by the couple hundred or so you got paid to take these shots. Hoping like hell that model doesn’t get sick, it doesn’t rain and the clothes fit. Keeping yourself alive through your passion, problem solving, technical and artistic skills to get up and do it all over again. So, what’s the payoff, since you got a pretty picture without all that work? Notice she isn’t looking at your camera. She is not engaged at all in this shot. She’s a professional, so she looks good, but you aren’t her photographer. It’s a pretty shot because she is pretty. When you do become her photographer, she will make the connection in YOUR camera. You will create a beautiful shot WITH her.That. That will make you stand up tall. Just imagine what that would be like.

chasenphotography:

Milan, Italy | Google+ | Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter 

I was on a tour of Milan when I saw this model working with some photographer off in the corner of my eye. When I saw them, I knew that I had to try and sneak a shot of my own. I walked on over, crouched down and shot 3 or 4 pictures, this happened as a result of it. I couldn’t be more proud of this photo.

You know what would make you even prouder?

Design your own photo shoot, get the necessary licensing to photograph in the streets, the right insurance to cover you and the model, a model release signed by her, book and pay for her hair, makeup and clothes styling. Book and pay an assistant to help with lighting and the other hundred things that could happen around you while your eye is in the frame. Cover all those costs, time and labor by the couple hundred or so you got paid to take these shots. Hoping like hell that model doesn’t get sick, it doesn’t rain and the clothes fit. Keeping yourself alive through your passion, problem solving, technical and artistic skills to get up and do it all over again. So, what’s the payoff, since you got a pretty picture without all that work? Notice she isn’t looking at your camera. She is not engaged at all in this shot. She’s a professional, so she looks good, but you aren’t her photographer. It’s a pretty shot because she is pretty. When you do become her photographer, she will make the connection in YOUR camera. You will create a beautiful shot WITH her.

That. That will make you stand up tall.

Just imagine what that would be like.

(Source: ChasenWest.com, via imiging)

The audience actually wants to work for their meal. They just don’t want to know that they’re doing that. That’s your job as a storyteller is to hide the fact that you’re making them work for their meal. We’re born problem solvers. We’re compelled to deduce and to deduct because that’s what we do in real life. It’s this well-organized absence of information that draws us in.

Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton in an altogether fantastic episode of NPR’s TED Radio Hour exploring what makes a great story

Complement with more secrets of storytelling from Vladimir Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut and Neil Gaiman, then see the neurochemistry of storytelling and the dramatic art.

(via explore-blog)

Taken 12 years ago. Curious if crockeronline sees a difference…

Taken 12 years ago. Curious if crockeronline sees a difference…

Sir Anthony Hopkins Hears The Waltz He Wrote 50 Years Ago For The First Time

Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was a musician before he got into acting. 50 years ago he wrote a waltz but was too afraid to ever hear it play. Dutch violinist André Rieu performs it for the very first time.

this is exquisite.

(Source: inmydreamsifeelimmortal, via unicornfarm)