Emotional Intelligence and Photography

Chase Jarvis’ dirtiest secret in photography video is one of the better videos I have seen for a while. In the video Chase raises the idea that the best ideas and inspiration come from outside of the photography industry. I couldn’t agree more.

A lot of problems that we encounter as photographers don’t have anything to do with photography which is why we need to look outside of the photography industry for inspiration and solutions. It’s naive to only look to the photography industry for inspiration and solutions to every problem we have. One such problem that can’t be solved by the photography industry is the anxiety that we might feel when shooting on the streets. We get anxious that people will get angry at us or cast dirty looks in our direction.



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.


Six things I learned about photography from playing games

When I was younger I used to be a ‘gamer’. My favourite game genre was, and still is, First Person Shooters (FPS), think Doom, Quake, Duke Nukem etc… My favourite game was Half Life 2 Deathmatch (HL2DM), and I was pretty good at it too. Quite regularly I would finish a round ranked third or better, if I was having a bad day I’d finish fifth or worse depending how bad my day was. I was so good that I got invited to be in a clan. Then I got a job and work killed my fun. Work 1 me 0.

My time wasn’t wasted playing games. Many of the skills and lessons I learned from playing HL2DM are transferable and applicable to photography. I still use those skills and lessons. Here are six lessons that I learned from FPS gaming that have helped my photography.





Complex Media has teamed up with Mtn Dew to produce GreenLabel a web site that focuses on skate, music, and art and it’s actually half decent for something that a corporation has had a hand in creating. By far the best thing that GreenLabel does is present Hidden a short feature on contemporary American photographers who can be described, at least partly, as street photographers.



Markus Andersen


“Belly of the Beast” Profile of Film Photographer Markus Andersen – Short film by Rob Norton

Markus Andersen doggedly pursues not merely cool images but great images. Sydney, Australia is his canvas – he calls it the belly of the beast. His art practice encompasses documentary, street and conceptual bodies of work using analogue 35mm, 120 film and the iPhone as his capture mediums.This video shows the thinking behind the artist’s work, which has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Istanbul, Toronto, Sydney and the United Kingdom.