Thoughts

The Art of Seeing

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It used to be that see­ing was an art. And cap­tur­ing an image required thought — not the intel­lec­tu­al kind as aca­d­e­mics and crit­ics would have us believe, but the intu­itive kind. It required us to see.

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Suspension of Disbelief

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A pro­found con­nec­tion between being and archi­tec­ture can be traced to Plato’s Cave, a metaphor­i­cal mod­el of man’s ascen­sion from igno­rance to enlightenment.

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In Search of Jazz

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The set­ting is New Orleans, cir­ca 1880. A lone trum­pet play­er blows his horn on the side of a dirt road. But soon a fuller melody over­takes his and as it gets loud­er, a brass band appears around the cor­ner, play­ing a funer­al march as it trails behind a wood­en cas­ket. He falls in step with the pro­ces­sion, its line con­sist­ing of four oth­er men, and he plays along.

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What, me worry?

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Alfred E. Neu­man is the jug-eared mas­cot on the cov­er of Mad, my favorite mag­a­zine grow­ing up (and peo­ple accuse me of being an intel­lec­tu­al, so hah!). 

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Don’t say cheese, Mr. Assange.

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The ide­al style of por­trai­ture for news mag­a­zines is some­thing I like to call the mug por­trait, or the sub­jec­tive mugshot. Here’s why.

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Blog Out Loud

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Notes on Cre­at­ing a Per­son­al Blog with Loryne & Mee­do • Pre­sent­ed at the Blog­ging Lebanon Con­ven­tion, Decem­ber 2010.

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