Archive | May 2010

QUICK LINKS

I’d like to share some stuff with y’all:

Master of Business Card Throwing: YouTube Video

  • I noted in my last post that the only acceptable use of business cards is to exchange simple contact information. After watching this video, I take that back; they can also be used as throwing stars. This kid is pretty awesome.

Moment in Time: Web Gallery

  • As you may already know, the New York Times hosted “Moment in Time” on Sunday, May 2nd. Via their blog, NYT asked people around the world to take a picture at 11:00 EST. The resulting pictures capture unique events from a variety of areas and are displayed in the gallery linked above.

Double Exposure: Bravo TV Series

  • Premiering on June 15th, Double Exposure features fashion photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani, along with the drama, which is bound to unfold. I just hope the show is more about the photography and interactions than drama, but with Bravo that will most likely not be the case.

What’s Old Is New: Blog Post

  • Daniel Milnor posted this to his blog on Friday. He offers a non-glorified view of the ever-changing wedding photography industry. Milnors minimalist attitude may make you question the necessity of extra gear.

Old School Photo Challenge: Blog Post

  • Scott Kelby announced his monthly photo challenge on his Photoshop Insider blog. The contest is part of Kelby’s efforts to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage. I’ll be taking part in this shin-dig tomorrow morning. Click the link for more details.

Aperture 3 W/Scott Bourne: Creative Live Class

  • Tomorrow evening at 6pm EST Scott Bourne will present the last installment of his Aperture 3 class. Keep in mind that before the class ends you can purchase it for only 39$.

BUSINESS CARDS

Business cards are useful when you want to provide a new acquaintance with contact information, but that’s about it. They should not be used as advertisements, sale promotions, or symbols of one’s professionalism. Too often business cards are used as a business owner’s primary medium for marketing and networking.

Chances are you know someone, or know someone who knows someone, in carpentry, landscaping, interior design, photography, and vehicle repair. I don’t care much for statistics, but I’ll bet most businesses attract more new clients from word of mouth networking than their tacked up business cards.

At Murphy’s Pharmacy for example, over 50 business cards are stuck to the wall next to the front door. They attract virtually no viewers. Why? On a scale of 1 to visual impact, tiny 2×3 cards fall at 0. Do yourself a favor and instead of investing the time and money in designing your fancy new business cards, take the opportunity to better your business or skills. Become known for the work you want to be hired for. Then it will not be necessary to shove your business cards into the hands of prospective clients.

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jack pope

RASH

The definition of rash, taken straight out of the New Oxford American Dictionary, is: (Adjective) displaying or proceeding from a lack of the careful consideration of the possible consequences of an action.

I recently heard two middle-aged adults conversing about their children’s lives. Person A said, “He just got into sales, which should occupy him for a while because he is pretty good at it and he likes traveling.” Person B replied, “Well at least he isn’t doing anything rash.” In other words, at least he isn’t taking any risks, putting himself in uncomfortable situations, or learning from mistakes. I have trouble understanding this as being a positive concept.

Does acting rashly always have to bring along harmful implications? Our society has been educated away from risk… It is better to take the safest, most traditional route… Making a mistake will result in complete and utter failure. Safety is taught above all else. Children are often discouraged from spending too much time dancing or painting, because surely they can not take on such things as careers. In his latest New York Times article, Jacques Steinberg recognizes, “The idea that four years of higher education will translate into a better job, higher earnings and a happier life — a refrain sure to be repeated this month at graduation ceremonies across the country — has been pounded into the heads of schoolchildren, parents and educators.” More on the education side of this idea later. For now, I will offer this: Maybe we should try to be more rash. The experimental and uncomfortable situations, which result from such behavior are responsible for the most significant periods of maturation, and the learning that occurs after mistakes are made is invaluable.

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jack pope

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

On May 6th, 2009 I posted my first Image of the Week photo. Daily photo, or “365”, projects were becoming more popular due to the ease of sharing images through social platforms like Facebook and Twitter. If I had tried a 365 project, a majority of the pictures would have been taken last-minute. Because of the inevitable frustration of trying to play catch-up with sub par pictures, I decided to start a weekly photo project rather than a daily photo project. I finished the it last week and after reviewing the final collection I am very excited to share it. Click here, or on the page link next to Front Page, above the banner.

Many of these pictures could not stand-alone. Some of them are candid or insignificant. Once grouped together though, the pixels are transformed into a sort of unsystematic, non-lateral timeline. One that never moves forward with any sense of chronology, but provides snippets of people, places, and events that are linked to my own memories. The inconsistency of both visual impact and subject matter may make it difficult to keep the attention of viewers through all 52 photographs. In the hopes of aiding short attention spans I added captions under each of the pictures. These give a brief background on the event and may include quick tech notes.

I am now reminded of how much my daily mobile uploads project needs help. Since it involves using a cell phone to record images exclusively I thought it would be much easier than a full 365 project with a “regular” camera. This may not be the case as I have only published a few pictures from my phone in the past couple of weeks. I’ll get back on track soon.

take a picture,

jack pope

TIME

A month and a half ago I read Jules Tompkins’ blog post, It’s March 15?, and I became curious about the spending of my own time. This week, from Sunday, April 25th at 12:00am to Sunday, May 2nd at 12:00am, I recorded the time I spent with my daily activities. The results should be considered as rough approximations…

Sleep: 46.5 hours

School (includes getting ready & traveling to and from): 36 hours

Social Media (includes facebook, twitter, & AIM): 17.5 hours

Work: 15 hours

Homework: 9.5 hours

Family/Friend Time: 8.5 hours

Driving Somewhere: 6.5 hours

Eating: 5.25 hours

Looking at Artwork: 4 hours

Post Production (includes iPhoto & Photoshop):  3.25 hours

Business Planning: 3 hours

Reading: 3 hours

Photographing: 1.5 hours

Blogging: 1.5 hours

Yoga: .5 hours

Random Non-recorded Unproductive Stuff: 6.5 hours

Like Jules, I’m not very happy with this. IMO, I spent too much time doing homework (although this recording was unusual due to essays), using social media, and in post production. On the contrary, I did not spend enough time photographing and doing yoga. Even with the continuous advancements in digital photography, the time spent behind a computer is still greater than the time spent behind a camera. Reading could be higher as about 80% of my time at work is spent doing so…ha… but I didn’t want to overlap times. I slept for 46.5 hours over 6 nights, which averages at 7.75 hours/night. I had predicted it would be more towards 6 to 7 hours/night.

I will keep these observations in mind as I attempt to be more productive in the future.

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jack pope

HUSTLE PART DUEX

On Tuesday I ventured into the Big Apple with my fellow art classmates thanks to Primo’s grant writing abilities and the generosity of Target. The MET was our first destination where among other things, we saw an exceptionally large Picaso collection, an array of modern art, and Roman statues. The statues were impressive to say the least as I am used to seeing them in the flat pictures of my Latin textbook. Departing from the museum, a bus took us into Chelsea for gallery tours. I started taking pictures of the people we passed between galleries.

I had packed my point-and-shoot camera with me because unlike an SLR it is easy to slide into my pocket and I didn’t feel like walking all day with a weight swinging around my neck. It is also much quieter than my SLR. I recall people looking at me a little funny when they picked up on the sound of my maxed out shutter back in November. It was entirely different to photograph the crowd of 24th in Chelsea on a Tuesday than it was to photograph the crowd of Broadway in SoHo on a Saturday. I was able to take more individual pictures of people but I’m not sure if it still shouts hustle. Regardless, I am excited to add a few more pictures to this project.

take a picture,

jack pope