Five For Friday 130

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human.” – e. e. cummings



The After Life of Things

San Francisco-based photographer David Wolf has created a fascinating body of work documenting items that have outlived their usefulness and have been cast aside—detritus left behind in the pursuit of something newer. He prints the images on expired and discontinued photographic paper purchased on eBay or giving to him by friends. Wolf says he never quite knows what he’ll get until he prints the images.




Vision is Better

In his new “sometimes weekly” video podcast, author and photographer David duChemin unpacks stories, techniques and insights into how he goes about making photographs. I have been a fan of David’s work for several years and while I love reading his books, seeing him talk about his work in a way that’s a bit more nuts and bolts is a terrific addition to his print and eBook catalog.




Rejected Covers Of “Go Set A Watchman”

What exactly does it take to design the cover for one of the most iconic books ever published? As it turns out, quite a bit. In an interview with It’s Nice That, Penguin UK designer Glenn O’Neill offers some insight into his design process as well as several of the rejected covers for the UK version of Go Set A Watchman. Interestingly, O’Neill had to design the covers without actually reading the text. “For security reasons, access to the actual text was extremely restricted. None of us would be able to read [the book] until publication day,” he says.




Beautifully shot in rural Newfoundland, Flankers tells the story of one night in the lives of rival fisherman, forced to put aside their differences, if only for a moment. If you enjoy Flankers, be sure to check out writer and director Justin Oakley’s previous film, The World is Burning.




Destination Pluto

When I was a freshman in high school, my english teacher Miss Copeland let me borrow her VHS copies of Carl Sagan’s landmark PBS series, Cosmos and began what has since been a lifelong interest in space and cosmology. Seeing the images from New Horizon‘s recent flyby of Pluto took me right back to those nights spent in my backyard, bathed in dim red light, gazing up at the night sky in wonder through the eyepiece of my telescope.


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