Link List - April 2015

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Alrighty, I've compiled a list of inspirational goodies for the month of April. 

I'm trying to exercise more regularly.  Listening to these photographer interviews at the gym helps with the boredom. 

So much to glean from this interview: Oprah Winfrey on Career, Life, and Leadership. 

This article in the New York Times: Sally Mann's Exposure.  

New to me artist: Agnieszka Sosnowska

This book Trailer: Talking Pictures

Coloring books for adults: Johanna Basford

These notecards: Loop Drawings

Handmade Lotka gift wrap.  You can request a free sample of these or any of their other products.  Their Lotka envelopes are really soft and I would consider framing their wrap like this.

Future Sharpie project.

Eco-friendly shipping supplies:  Eco-Enclose.  I'm happy with their photo mailers.

Free film emulator sample pack for Lightroom:  VSCO Film OO

Free test prints from a new pro lab, on fine art paper.  Hands down, some of the best prints I've had done.  I love that they offer small fine art prints so I don't have to print large everytime I want something nice.

Free entry photo contests this month:  On the Move and Daily Life

Notebooks I'm considering:  Field Notes.  I love the idea of having a box to store them in and organizing it by year or subject.  I discovered these by accident when I was pondering a way to sell photos with added 'field notes' written on the back.

Turn the Mirror to Catch the Light - Echo of Your Memories

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Link List - March 2015

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Oh man, I've been up to my eyeballs in lists these last few weeks.  All those things I've been putting off for years, like setting up to sell prints, eek!... stay tuned for that later this spring. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been on my book list for a couple years.  It's use of creepy vintage photographs caught my attention,  but it's book trailer pushed me to reserve it at my library today.  Also watch the making of the book trailer.  Really neat stuff.   In fact, I think Tim Burton is making a movie about it, set to release in 2016.

I love book trailers, how they present words in pictures.  But presenting pictures in words?  It's really hard for me.  And I know I'm not the only photographer who struggles with this.  For a recent project statement I was working on I used the guidelines from This I Believe to get my juices flowing.   I was writing about heavy subject matter but these guidelines kept it constructive and positive.  I want to become a better about communicating and connecting with my art.

I also enjoyed reading Linchpin recently.  I'll share a few quotes about art and connection.

"Consumers say they all want cheap commodities.  Given the choice, though, most of us, most of the time, seek out art.  We seek out experiences and products that deliver more value, more connection, more experience, and change us for the better."

"Art is about intent and communication, not substances"

"Art is a product of emotional labor."

Proof is in the pudding.  If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story. "In a world of abundance, what your product does for your customers is important, but not nearly as important as what your product means to them."

I haven't shot a lot of photos lately but the few I have shot are based loosely on "my dreams are full of windows"  series that may or may not become an acutal series.  The mirrors in the above shot were found at Hobby Lobby.  I'm in love with them and think they have huge potential.   I frantically emailed my husband at work as soon as I found them.  "What if I stripped you down, lay you in the grass, placed circle mirrors all over, then climbed up in a tree and shot down with the branches reflecting?"    It turns crazy fast around here.  I'll attach a shot of my photo journal that day.  My poor sketch man looks like he has broken legs.
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I've also been thinking about Imogen Cunningham's Hands and Aloe Print for inspiration.  We had a hard time with the below shot getting my younger son's hands placed in the frame.   I think if I switch the boys, so the taller one has his hands reflecting, then we can work something more creative out. The sun was going down fast and the pavement was cold  I'll have to find a more comfortable situation for my mirror fun.  Maybe throw a few more circles too.

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