Jeffery Saddoris

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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Artistry/Technology

“A brush is technology. A brush. The first technology is brushes, pencils, pens. Things like that are technology of course.” – David Hockney The global multidisciplinary cultural organization, Liberatum, is exploring the boundaries between creativity and the tools makers use to express it in a fascinating new short called Artistry/Technology. In addition to David Hockney (who […]

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Words on the Street: Stanley

Stanley is a drummer—actually, percussionist is probably more accurate, especially if calling someone (or oneself) a drummer is predicated on playing actual drums. On any other day, Stanley may well be a drummer—but today, his “drums” consisted of a set of five gallon plastic paint buckets, cleverly arranged to resemble a drum kit with the […]

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An Unlikely Recovery

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong On a recent episode of On Taking Pictures, Bill and I were discussing the story of Carol Armstrong, wife of famed astronaut Neil Armstrong who, according to several news sources, found a mysterious white canvas bag while cleaning out a […]

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KEF M500 Headphones [Review]

I’m not an audiophile by any means, but as I find myself spending more and more time in headphones (both listening to and recording podcasts), I thought it was time to upgrade to something beyond the mediocre earbuds that came with my iPhone. I had tried a number of different brands and styles — Sennheiser, […]

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Building a Website [Part 1 of 3]

One of the questions I get asked over and over is “What should I use to build my own website?” If you’ve listened to episodes of On Taking Pictures, you might expect me to reply “Squarespace,” and you’d be at least partially right – but more about that later. Generally, I respond with something like […]

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