Miss Scarlet and Miss Brown

One of the things I’ve really loved about visiting Washington DC is the ability to walk so many places—something that I seldom get the chance to do in the sprawling suburbs ouside of Los Angeles. I’ve been to DC three times and each trip seems to build on the previous one in terms of the scope of […]

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Five Takeaways From Casey Neistat’s Daily Vlog

“Our job as creators is to further define any medium.” – Casey Neistat If you’re an On Taking Pictures listener, you know how inspired I am by Casey Neistat. For those of you who have never heard the name, Casey is a filmmaker based in NYC who has built a career by following his passion for […]

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Insights: May 2015

  “Your influences are all worth sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you do—sometimes even more than your own work.” – Austin Kleon Eight years ago, I faced a choice: stay in Canada or move to Japan. Which would you have chosen, the safety and comfort of home or […]

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Finding the Path Between Passion and Purpose

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha   On a recent trip to DC, I was walking through the city looking for interesting things to photograph. One of the great things about a big city is that there’s always something to […]

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Paris Photo LA 2015

Over this past weekend, I attended Paris Photo LA on the Paramount Pictures backlot. It’s the third time I’ve been to the show in as many years and in that time, it’s become the one show that I really look forward to. The fair has a fantastic cross-section of what’s happening in photography, with the […]

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It’s Not About The F-Stop [Review]

I was a fan of Jay Maisel long before I ever knew who he was or what he did for a living. I was in high school and was over at a friend’s house listening to records. My friend had amazing taste in music and introduced me to progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, The […]

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I’m Rethinking Social Media

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie With all of the various alert and notification options on my Mac, my iPad and my iPhone, the din of social media can be deafening […]

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Ainsi (Thus): Jean-Claude Pondevie

A couple weeks ago, I got a very nice letter from a French photographer named Jean-Claude Pondevie. If the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell for you, you’re not alone. Until last year’s Paris Photo LA, I’d never heard of him either, but he has since become one of my favorite photographers. The chance of discovery […]

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Fear and the Monument

Fear is one of the most powerful and universal emotions in the human experience—perhaps second only to love in how dramatically it can affect our behavior. Whether or not all fear is learned is open to debate, but we definitely learn both good and bad fears. Good Fears include those that help keep us safe—survival […]

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