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The Long Game


Sometimes it can seem like it would be easier to give up than it would be to carry on doing whatever you do. It’s hard to remember that hard work is worth it and will pay off. If you feel like chucking it all in and calling it a day on your creative pursuit(s) (or any other pursuit(s)) then you need to watch this three part video essay The Long Game from Adam Westbrook, a brilliant video essay about perseverance and not giving up.

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Visions and Images: Elliott Erwitt, 1981

Why don’t we have any programs like this on TV anymore? Although I’m not sure if I would want to watch a show with an interviewer that is as vapid as BarbaraLee Diamonstein. Don’t watch this for any insights, instead watch it for Elliott Erwitt’s humour as he takes the piss in response to some of the uninspired questions that are put to him.

Observations – new PDF magazine

For six years, from 2006 to 2012, PDF-Mags.com was the home to fresh and inspirational PDF magazines. Most of the PDF Mags, or zines, covered creative culture: art, design, illustration, photography etc. Unfortunately most if not all of the PDF zines were a labour of love that has lapsed and the zines are no longer in production.

Now if you ask your favourite search engine about “PDF magazines” it will return a bunch of links to questionable web sites that link to downloads of commercially available magazines that have been PDF’d. You will be lucky if a third of the links work on any given dodgy “PDF Magazine” web site because the PDF files are hosted by file hosting web sites that are just as questionable as the sites that use them to provide the downloads. I don’t know when mediocrity became something to aspire to, but it seems the internet has broken out in a rash of it.

I had given up on PDF zines, I thought nobody made them any more. Then I discovered the Observe collectives Observations PDF magazine. Observervations is a pure photography PDF zine made by photographers for photographers.

In issue 1 of Observations members reflect on their relationship with photography.

Observations can be download for free from the Observe collective’s web site: http://www.observecollective.com/Magazine.

If you are in Melbourne, Australia and physical zines are more your thing then checkout Sticky Institute in the Degraves Subway.

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The History Of Photography In 5 Minutes

I enjoy history, it provides us with an understanding of the importance of things, and an understanding of why things are the way they are. History teaches us how we got from A to B. History is as interesting as it is important. The history of photography is no exception. Although photography is a relatively new art having only been around for a few hundred years the history of photography is quite interesting. If you are interested in the history of photography but don’t have a bunch of time to study a few hundred years of photography history then checkout the Cooperative of Photography’s video The History Of Photography In 5 Minutes.

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