A home for the things I think are worthy of sharing. Will largely be photography based.

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Chris Hondros – another conflict photographer film

Come across this and thought I’d share.

Seems Chris Hondros was injured/killed in the same incident as Tim Hetherington. Wiki says he was a finalist for a Pulitzer on two occasions.

Just the trailer so far – so hard to tell how good/bad it might be.

The Trailer website: http://www.chrishondrosfilm.com/trailer/2015/4/9/hondros-teaser-trailer

 

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Interesting tech, innovation, maker video

Less about photography and more about tech this one.

For last couple of years I’ve thought about playing around with ardunio tech, wanting to make something both technical and creative. In parallel I’ve also wondered about some day pushing something like this beyond the point of just messing around or doing for fun – i.e. launching into a wider audience by starting a company or similar.

Just come across this video which is really interesting on many of those aspects plus maker community, open source etc – and thought I’d share.

 

Original source is here: http://99u.com/videos/52119/chris-anderson-how-and-why-i-built-a-drone-empire-with-a-19-year-old

999u.com seems really interesting – will follow their video feed.


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Albert Watson Documentary

While viewing something else on eBay (a short video on Jay Misel) I spotted another video that sounded interesting. One by BBC Scotland in a series called “What do artists do all day?” This on on photographer Albert Watson.

I’ve only started watching it but thought it worthy of sharing. It;s in two parts.

Finding it tricky not to be bemused by his accent – Scottish one minute and American the next.

Here’s a link to the whole series.

 


Inspirational little video

Another one of these inspirational little videos I occasionally come across and enjoy. Not specifically about photography, in fact it’s about music/composing, but rather can really be about almost anything where you create something and can get stuck into it a bit too much.

It starts a bit strangely but stick with it.

 

I get several elements from it, others may get different things.

I know I’ve been guilty of comparing myself to others or my photography to theirs. Sometimes this can be disheartening. I think it’s healthy sometimes – pushes us to be better within ourselves, but it can have negative issues too.

Also – I know I’ve been guilty of getting stuck into editing and turning other things down because I have too much to do.

And we’re all probably guilty of taking life too seriously at times.


Paris through the viewfinder of a Pentax 67

Love this so much I thought I’d share.
Simple but effective and very inspiring in wanting me to take the camera out.

If interested there’s some behind the scenes stuff here : http://petapixel.com/2014/08/23/stunning-video-paris-captured-viewfinder-old-pentax-67/


Inspirational photography + creative videos

Just come across another few inspirational videos.

This is a series by Smugmug on YouTube designed to do exactly that i.e.  inspire.

I prefer this one:

But from the Von Wong video I like the quote :

“I think if you start doing the stuff that you love, and you start sharing the stuff that you love,  then sooner or later people will start hiring you to do the stuff that you love”


Going Solo ?

A topic I often reflect on is the possibility of going it out solo / alone…..

Having worked in IT for almost 14 years I’ve never actually freelanced. I’ve always been a PAYE employee. In all that period I’ve only been out of work something like 2-3 months – most of it when made redundant 6 years ago. I didn’t try to “go alone” in any way – I just hit the job sites and search, search, searched for IT work in Photography which I eventually found.  So from time to time when thinking about photography, inspirational entrepreneurs when reading Wired, and stories like Instagram etc I wonder what it would be like to go it solo. Start my own company, do something I’m passionate about and be my own boss.

The prospect is quite scary to me. Especially in the current climate and when reading so many photography blogs about it being a bad time for the industry either due to spending cuts or so many “weekend warriors” (such as myself) taking the work of full time pros.

However it is also quite appealing. Both for the creativity but also other aspects – such as being your own boss.  Sometimes I feel like I’m hitting my head against a brick wall when dealing with bosses. Also hearing stories about the founders of .com’s such as Twitter, instagram, GoPro, Facebook and so on makes me think that to “make it big” you have to take a bold step into the unknown.

Will I ever do it ?

I don’t know. Currently my safety net or the Satatus Quo is to safe to let go. I guess there is the option of doing something part time – but I never seem to have spare time for anything.

But for those that do – I salute you.

What started this ramble ?

This video which I found at: Roadhouse Relics Blog, via a Zack Arias Q&A answer about business going badly.

The video is very inspiring, but Zack’s blog post very scary. Both seem to go hand in hand on this topic.