Good looking installment for the Spartan SoCal race using an image I shot.
The latest to go out.
Now THAT is a Christmas card.
Currier and Ives have been replaced with Curt and Eileen, and the whole tradition of card-giving has turned into one big photo competition.
For those who've grown up in the age of mediocre digital printing and convenient online photo services, a Christmas card used to be art on heavy card stock. There were winter scenes (see fig. 1), Santa Claus illustrations, glittery script typography hailing "Peace on Earth", and nativity scenes (can I say "nativity scene" on the internet?) They were all artful, or beautiful, funny, or Snoopy cute, and we hung them on our door or wherever, and it added to the festive color and decoration of the room. They were tiny gifts, and reminders that "we're thinking of you." Sometimes we tucked a photo inside.
Now, I'm not saying your family isn't artful, beautiful, funny or cute, I'm just asking, is that really a gift for me? Are you really thinking of me when you pick that photo of your family skiing in Aspen?
This is the norm, and I realize I am clearly the minority here, because our door at home is a crowd of family portraits on these 'Christmas cards'. It doesn't look very Christmassy though--that's for sure, it looks more like a casting board for a Kraft commercial. I know I'll catch flak from family and friends for saying this, already have from my wife, but I just see it differently. Please understand, I love seeing pictures of you and your kids -- and your dog, but we have Facebook now, so can we get back to sending Christmas cards?
*Pictured Christmas card (above), designer and artist credits unknown.
May I suggest committing an afternoon to the Partaga's factory in Havana.
I sailed there in the Havana Cup Regatta, with my good mate, Michael Brown (pictured with me, right). While at the factory, some King Abula Malula from some African country came in right after we arrived. His entourage wanted the place cleared out, so they could have the place for themselves. We told the interpreter we'd oblige, AFTER we finished our cigars and beers.
PHOTO: ERIN ADAMS
Any book readers out there who enjoy being shocked, dazzled, educated, inspired, humored and flat out saying, “Holy sufferings!”, you’ll give your eyes a good workout with this one. Louis Zamperini, an American Olympic miler, who endured more during WWII than you can script, which reminds me, they’re making a movie out of it. It even has pictures!
Here's a photo of a photo of an ad. The latest for agency Burrell in Chicago. Carl Koestner was the Art Director, and also took this picture of the enlarged ad hanging in the agency. PHOTO: CARL KOESTNER
After searching the world over for the right agent (again), I have partnered with Marta 'the edge' Aldriedge and Big Picture Reps. I do not have a picture of us together yet, so here's a metaphor.
I took time away from entering awards - all of them - for 2 years. I just stopped entering the things. Entering is time consuming and expensive and frankly, for a while there, I wasn't certain how valid any of the competitions are with the web explosion in this particular medium. But, the 'classics' have endured, and I consider Graphis a classic. Three images will be in the 2014 Photography Annual Book. One earned the Silver Award ('Ritz-Carlton', top left). It's nice to be in the company of some really great photographers. All the thanks go to the clients that give me the opportunities.
If you can guess where this is, you'll get a free t-shirt.
"Easy Street is under construction, and down to one lane."
"This honor you give me, will be forever placed (and regularly dusted) on the mantelshelf of my being. Thank you. First round is on me."
My whole life, I've never been one to hold fine details in my head. Years, names, historical facts, baseball stats, they fascinate me, but I don't prioritize them high enough, to be front and center. I would rather remember every detail of the bioluminescent waters I saw crossing the Gulf Stream while sailing to Havana. I'm visual. This little flaw of mine, made my chances of making good grades unfavorable, which did bother me a whole lot.
Less day-dreaming, more details, I used to think. Be smart. But one day my attitude changed on the spot, and I was put at ease. I saw a poster, the standard and classic, 16x24" paper poster (I can't recall where it was hanging). It was a bleed, black & white photo, a headshot of Albert Einstein. At the bottom, in seriffed type, was his quote, "Imagination is more important than wisdom."
Unabashedly I can say the 'motivational poster' motivated me. If Albert Einstein thought my imagination was a vital asset to the world, then that was good enough for me. I charged forward, with my desire to think the way I wanted to think, and let my imagination go wherever it damn well wanted to go.
I let go.
Now days, I have it both ways, I have a tsunami-sized store of those fine details. Name it. Any subject; I've got the facts. Did I change my way of thinking? No, I've got an iphone and wikipedia.
"No one cares about quality anymore." I heard that line three times, in a span of three days, from three different people in regards to commercial production. You hear it from the old producers the most. They're the ones crying over their late night beers in the sports lounge at the Holiday Inn Express, dreaming of the days when they were yakking it up with Billy Joel in the elevator at Shutters.
But I don't believe it for one second. It's confusing, for everyone-still. Brands can't keep up. The focus is on followers, likers. You got them, now you have to keep them happy and entertained 24/7. Ever hear dead air on a radio program?
On the other end of that, you have to consider how slow the agency and client are moving on their decisions to put every little thing out there. Only the entire world will see/judge it.... I'll admit, it's been a while since I was an agency man, so I ask, what is the approval process for a Coca-Cola Instagram?
As the portals become more robust, better resources and more money will be put toward them. It'll be tough for some big brands, but eventually they will stop rationalizing their amateurish media as "organic" and "real", and grow up.
It's inevitable. Human nature is on our side, an innate desire, for better.
The bowling ball-sized pill we creators have to swallow is, that truism the old producer sitting at the bar always preaches, "Time, budget, quality; pick two."