Being bored

Boredom has a bad reputation, it’s generally thought that boredom is dangerous and a disruptive state of mind to be feared and avoided at all costs hence why technology (the internet, the web, computers, smart phones, tablets etc…) that provides us with easy access to perpetual entertainment has been so eagerly embraced by so many people who have to have their smart phones surgically removed from their meaty paws.

Indeed boredom can be a bad thing that can lead to destructive behaviour. But there is evidence that boredom can also be good for us and that boredom at work can make us more creative.

One of my favourite writers, Nick Earls, agrees that boredom is a good thing saying in an interview that it’s important to be bored “because out of boredom comes imagination and creativity”. And Nick is dead right boredom is important. We should allow ourselves to get bored and embrace boredom.

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Quote

“I don’t decide anything, I let the street speak to me. In order for the street to speak to you you’ve got to stay out there and see what it is … you’ve got to stay on the street and let it you tell you what it is. There’s no shortcuts.”

– Bill Cunningham

Video

Moving Stills – David Burnett

 

Moving Stills is a fascinating short film that shows what it was like to work with a photo agency as a photojournalist in 1978. The film follows photojournalist David Burnett as he takes on an assignment to document cowboys moving a herd of cattle in the American south west for Contact Press Images. What is great about this film is that it tells us the whole story from getting the assignment, deciding to taking the assignment, to selecting the photos, selling the photos to publishers, then seeing the finished product in magazines.

 

Good bye Flickr. So long, and thanks for hosting all my photos

Nine years, that’s how long I have been a Flickr user for. I have always found the service to be fairly good value. I like the way Flickr looks and how it presents my photos, I like the fact that I can use the Flickr App to share my photos with people on my phone when I’m out and about, I like that I can join groups, and I like that I can post photos to these groups. Flickr isn’t perfect but I believe it’s still pretty good and it’s better than some other hosted photo sharing services.

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Video

Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy

 

Been enjoying your favourite TV show or movie? Well you can thank photography and Eadweard Muybridge for it. If it weren’t for photography and Eadweard Muybridge we might not have cinema as we know it today. Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy tells the story of Eadweard Muybridge and how he laid the foundations for cinema.

 

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