Archive for the ‘Interesting’ Category


NY Times, Washington Post & Viral Spread of the OWS Series

The rapid viral momentum of the “99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.” portrait series has been fascinating to watch.

It was propelled by being run with background articles in the The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The New York Times Lens Blog (one of the most respected photography presentations), and many others driving tens of thousands of daily unique visitors to the website. It all happened in less than two weeks, here’s a summary:

The site went live late on a Wednesday and posted I to my blog, Facebook, and Twitter account (@augustbradley). That Thursday and Friday most of the Occupy movement blogs, twitter accounts, and digital publications were posting it including a home page post on AdBusters, the media publication that inspired the occupy movement in the first place. That sent a big spike in traffic and hundreds of Twittter tweets and Facebook posts.

The following Monday The Washington Post and New York Times both expressed interest in working it into their online publication schedules. Then the next morning the police raided and evicted the OWS camp and the story hit a new level of urgency and interest.

The Washington Post ran it on their Arts & Culture blog immediately, pulling comments from my project description and from my blog post into their article (The Washington Post “Arts” Story). The New York Times Lens Blog, one of the most influential and widely followed photography blogs, called asking for images re-sized to their specs within three hours, and they did a twenty minute interview for their article which ran the next morning (NY Times “Lens” Gallery Story).

This led to discussions about the series on Slate, The New Yorker, and many others.

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Spielberg vs. Kubrick

I like what Terry Gilliam is saying in the video clip below.

In public interviews you normally get the filtered comments that are afraid to do real comparisons for fear of offending. Not Terry. Not in his interviews, and not in his films.

And I think he makes a legitimate point in differentiating the work of a commercial success like Spielberg and an artistic success like Kubrick. My taste runs along the lines of Terry’s — good art raises questions and makes you work. No spoon feeding.

Terry himself has a body of work that is wildly inventive, takes huge risks, and raises more questions than it answers. Examples include The Fisher King, Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, and Time Bandits as a writer/director, and all the Monty Python classics as a writer.

Sadly, writer/directors like Terry and others in that vein (David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro González Iñárritu , etc…) have an absurdly difficult time raising funds for their films despite a track record of masterpieces.

Video interview after the break…..!

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Finding Meaning

“The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay beings to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism – and their assumption of immortality.

As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s élan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can force a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation.

He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment.

However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”

-Stanley Kubrick

It’s this mission to create meaning that makes storytelling and art so important and powerful.


Top 5 Mobile Apps for Creatives

When one of my friends gets an new mobile device I often get an email asking for app recommendations.  I get this request so often I  developed a standard reply, and thought I would share that here. I think these apps are essential for people in creative fields.

In most cases these exist for other non-Apple mobile devices as well.

My Top 5 Mobile Apps

5. Sketchbook Pro - with Pogo Sketch stylus to draw. Illustrate and share your ideas.  (This is the one on the list that is really only good with the iPad).

4. GoodReader – awesome document viewer/organizer, and management tool for PDFs, Word DOCs, TXTX files, and many more. A great tool to view, annotate, re-distribute, and organize all the documents you get from clients and others on your team.

3. To Do – by far the best to-do list app I’ve seen after much testing  (I live off of this app, it runs my life).  Synch it with a free Todledo account. Stay on top of what must get done, prioritize in by various dimensions.

2. Instapaper – the app I love the most and would least want to give up. Register for free account, install “save it” buttons on all browsers where you view web pages, then every time you run across a longer article that you do not have time to read, just click the Instapaper save button on that browser and the article will be waiting for you on your iPad/iPhone (in a better format, stripped of much of the irrelevant stuff from the  web page). It creates the ultimate self-edited magazine ready to read.

1. Evernote – most powerful app ever (essentially a relational database), but takes a while to figure out how to use it effectively for your own life/work. But when you do, amazing. It is a storage place in the cloud for everything you might possibly need later without the clutter of stockpiling everything – and easy to find by “notebook” categories, tags, and text search within photos (which is incredible – take iphone photo of biz cards, receipts, wine labels, signs, handwritten notes, anything and the text in the photo is searchable).

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Got Klout? Social Media Metrics

I’m not analytical by nature, I’m more of an instinctive and intuitive type of person. But most of my training in school and my entire first career were all analytical in nature, creating in me a strange combination of analytical and artistic.

So I probably spend more time on numbers, structure and finding the right way to frame a situation than most of my artistic peers. It’s a blessing and a curse. But it can reveal some interesting insights and perspectives on how to solve problems as a creative person in a fast changing environment.

Therefore, I was intrigued when I recently stumbled upon, though it is somewhat known among the more digitally literate circles. Klout measures one’s level of influence in the social media world. I’m not sure if this tool is actually useful, or just fun under the guise of useful (dangerous from a time management standpoint). Nevertheless, it can be an interesting way to frame what is valuable in an online presence.

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