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Posted by: catslikescotch    Tags:  , , , , , ,     Posted date:  February 22, 2012
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Howdy all. Hope your week has been lovely.

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February has been a strange month for me. All at once quite busy and not so. Perhaps I’m just terrible at evenly distributing work.  What I’m trying to say is that there isn’t much to share yet this week but keep an eye out for a new artist interview before the week’s end featuring Cornmeal’s Chris Gangi and new tour diary posts by next week, as I’ll be on the road again with The Giving Tree Band covering their upcoming shows in Dekalb, Illinois and Ames, Iowa.

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In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few things that I’ve been enjoying and finding inspiration from lately. They may or may not have anything to do with photography.

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1.  I just discovered this photographer: Chloe Aftel. She has the most beautiful dreamy/vintage style. I highly recommend taking a look through the “Personal” section of her online portfolio.

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2. For any fellow darkroom junkies out there: I just tried Ilford’s Ilfosol 3 Liquid Developer after using Kodak D-76 Powder Developer fairly exclusively for the past several years and think I may never switch back. It takes about three minutes to mix, doesn’t require the water to be brought to any specific temperature, and (admittedly this may be the result of a few changes in the darkroom though I’m sure the developer is playing a huge role) my negatives have never been clearer.

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3. I try to not let it show too much on this site, but I’m an avid baker. It’s my back-up plan, so to speak. I recently made these and that might have been the best decision of the month year to date. I’ve never had a gluten-free baked good that was so… good. It’s got me wondering what other kinds of bread I can whip up with a similar flour concoction. Regardless, this is next.

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4. Clint Eastwood. Specifically as The Man With No Name. And specifically in For a Few Dollars More. Besides being an overall awesome movie, Sergio Leone, the director, was a master of creating the feeling of vastness and leading the viewer to take notice of the small details that gave each character depth. I’ve been on an old western kick as of late and have always had an appreciation for old cinema in general but have really been taking notice of the grittiness these old films were able to capture, a great deal of which they owe to the medium on which they were recorded. I have enjoyed many modern day takes on the wild west such as True Grit and There Will Be Blood (not a “western” per-say but right era and attitude), but their within their polished presentation, they lose something. I’m beginning to truly believe that art has nothing to do with perfection or even the projection of perfection but rather the acceptance and enjoyment of mistakes.

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5. Another photographer I’ve been thoroughly enjoying : Sally Mann. She’s an American black & white photographer who has produced some seriously haunting images.

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6. This cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Brown Eyed Women”. I’m not just saying this because I work for them–this cover is amazing but how it came to be is a pretty great story in itself. Less than a month ago, we were on the bus headed to a show and one of the guys brought up how much he loved the song which somehow turned into a conversation about covering the song. The song was put on and repeated a handful of times before the guys decided it could be done. They then discussed how they felt it could be arranged with their instrumentation, listened to it a few more times, and departed the bus with only that knowledge. A few hours later, they played it flawlessly live in front of an audience. That’s the kind of musicians these guys are. If everyone had focus to work through their goals like that, think of the kind of place the world could be.

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7. I wholeheartedly endorse these five simple rules for happiness.  It really is simple.

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