I’ve been a little MIA in posting recently, instead often using Twitter to share things of interest. I’ve also started a new job, working a couple days a week for PhotoSensitive. The non-profit Canadian photo collective has embarked on a new project, Energy, and I’m helping to get students involved in a mini version of the show, “Through a Young Lens,” a concept first tried for Cancer Connections. If you’re a Canadian student or a teacher who’d like to get involved, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
A couple for the notebook
Meanwhile, I’m constantly thinking (okay, aren’t we all?), which made this video I came across yesterday — via Finn O’Hara on Facebook via APhotoEditor via duckrabbitblog — appropriate viewing. The four-minute piece is a book promo for Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From and another ever-clever timelapse animation from RSA Animates. Nothing against getting things done quickly, but I get/like/understand his notion of “the slow hunch,” especially via RSA’s doodles, as well as how it relates to connectivity. Johnson’s longer TED talk from July on ideas can be found here.
On a similar theme … A week ago I also attended some of the lectures at the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival in Toronto. I’m hoping someone (obviously not me) was smart enough to record Stephen Mayes’ hour+-long talk on restructuring the photographic process, as it was another one of the VII managing director’s speeches that should be out their circulating. Mayes touched on many of the points also in his June Sortir du Cadre interview with Gerald Holubowiz (below) — the currency of ideas, the changing value of photography as a product, VII’s shift to publisher from supplier, the emergence/importance of transmedia. Just my own two cents, but I think if Mayes’ thoughts were condensed to four minutes they’d also make a good RSA animation (hint, hint).
Related link: Tribble & Mancenido blog: Stephen Mayes