Can your socioeconomic status influence how much of a creative life you lead?

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Recently, I posted an article about the creative rut or funk or however you like to call those periods of real heavy UN-creativity.

By the end of the article it got me to thinking. Can our own personal AGI or GDP, or, to simplify my attempts at sounding complex, that bottom line on your paycheck on Friday, affect how artistic we are as individuals?

Causes and Cures for your inevitable Rut (AKA the Funk)

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You're an artist. Be it a photographer, filmmaker, painter, musician or, IDK, the fucking greatest blanket crocheter in Wichita, you and I have all found ourselves in a rut at one time or another, and another.

Like this opener photograph, truer imagery of how a rut makes us feel couldn't be, um, well, truer.

Join with me today to learn how to ward off this evil affliction. .

GOLDSMITH :: part ii

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Because on a daily basis, I lug around this big bowl of neuroses sprinkled with fair amounts of narcissism, I'd be willing to say that those among others may be contributing variables that would have the Pulitzer board members wrenching in their seats had they read the recent article, [GOLDSMITH :: part i].

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GOLDSMITH :: part i

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On the old social networks, everyone's a philosopher these days. Or at least those are the posts that Zuck's think tank believes should be shown on my feeds. Rightfully so and rightfully profiled, because I too am guilty of reposting the inspirational words of everyone from Gandhi to Gary Vee. Apollonius to Tim Ferriss. 
Maybe Socrates didn't coin this one but some intrinsic factors are pushing me to share this oldie but goody . . . 
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." 
Having said that . . .

gear matters :: the (very vexing) variable ND filter

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No, this is not a seascape via Spiderman's first point perspective. First point per what? Yeah, for those of you who forgot your Adderall before class that morning, lemme simplify to your much more porn search terminology; Spiderman's POV. Yeah. Thought so. You all know POV I'm sure. Well, it's not. Spidey's POV that is.

I digress.

Today, we delve into some gear matters. Join along why don't ya. . .

Photographing NYC Cityscapes Without Sucking The Big Apple :: Part 3

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Nikon D5 :: Top of the Rock :: Rockefeller Center
Granted there's more than one photo in a post, choosing that opener is very important to a photographer and/or blogger.

So while you scratch your heads, let's turn this mutha out (I'm such a dork) . . .

[I have no idea why that first sentence indented in an old school way and I couldn't undo it without redoing the post. I'M BRINGING THE INDENT BACK PEOPLE, TO AWESOMENESS!]

Photographing NYC Cityscapes Without Sucking The Big Apple :: Part 2

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Bringing today, to you, a way outta the box, particularly from [Part 1], er um, a special Part 2 of this 3 or even 4 part series helping you to create an New York City landscape that you give more hashtags to than your grandmother has skin tags. . .

Photographing NYC Cityscapes Without Sucking The Big Apple :: Part 1

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You would think shooting the New York City skyline is like shooting fish in a barrel, right? It's the most magical and mystifying city on the planet, right?

Well I got news for ya kid . . .

Authentic Japanese Miso Ramen Soup :: hodgepodge of noodles, lights, cameras and eating

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0 to 100 on the food photography posts. Am I right?!

Today, on the specials board, authentic Miso Ramen Soup from scratch both culinarily and photographically. Almost anyway.

30 second food photo shoot :: CARDENAS Black Truffle Balsamic Vinegar

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Amazingly, just a post or two ago i just pointed out that there hadn't been enough food photography posts pouring out of these digits as of late.

Suppose you could say it has been officially made up for.

Today we will examine not only the whys and hows of this photograph . . .

. . . BUT. . .

we will also learn about CARDENAS South Philadelphia Oil & Vinegar Taproom.

Yeah. I said that.

Oil & Vinegar Taproom. Fuck me sideways and silly from Seattle to San Antonio.

So without further ado.


Almost forgot.

Sure the photograph may have taken 30 seconds but the post may be a hair longer of a read. I promise to keep it as short as I know how to.

food photography :: BAT (bacon avocado tomato)

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 Ok, so the sandwich ain't the prettiest in the world. A chef, I am not. But a visual and literary storyteller? That I am.

Are You Addicted To SOUP?

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It was when recently watching Bill Simmons do his best Bull Durham speech on HBO that I had succumbed to Step One: Admit we are powerless over this soup addiction.

Nikon D5 :: Thinking Outside the Box at the Ocean City New Jersey Air Show

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Grab a nice glass of pinot noir and cozy up for a nice educational and entertaining read. Because we are all have attention spans of house flies these days and we all should read just a bit more. Feed your brain people. Videos are great but you gotta slow the neurons down once in a while. Ingest. Enjoy.

Nevertheless. Let's move on to today's topic.

fabulous female actor headshots w/ today's study of the bryanna gallagher session

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Yeah yeah yeah. That's some long ass title and even more I drop a bomb like "study." So official sounding. So academic.

Well, I hope I didn't scare too many of you away because let it be known here and now that although I may hit you over the head with some IEDs of intelligence, I am anything but PC in these writings. In fact, some years ago, Google kicked me out of one of their programs for the sometimes provocative content herein. And no. I don't mean porn. I don't shoot porn. I digress.

Without further ado . . . 

The Bryanna Gallagher shoot.