May 10, 2014
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I made you a GIF.

I made you a GIF.

April 8, 2013

January 20, 2013
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September 18, 2012
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June 13, 2012
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What’s the meaning of the universe? What’s the meaning of a flea? It’s just there. That’s it. And your own meaning is that you’re there. We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.
— Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

June 8, 2012

Nico - Sixty Forty

Shared by my near and dear (but faraway) friend Jesse, Denver-bound only eight days after landing his dream job. Soon we will convene in a strange and wonderful city…

June 2, 2012
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This knot is tops.

This knot is tops.

May 31, 2012
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2012 arrives.

2012 arrives.

May 28, 2012
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May 24, 2012

Vegetable / Mineral

Two blocks from home, a runner approached the corner and howled. The cyclist swinging down the street in front of him yelped back, a noise of recognition that may have been a name but came from a mouth that misplaced the consonants. Two humans revealing themselves as animals, easy to forget beneath that sweat-wicking material, their exertion not made necessary by predators but as a forced form of exercise. Not that I will complain: we might be fucked but I do like wandering every aisle of the grocery store like I’m starring in a game of Snake. Foraging is only appealing one afternoon a year when it can be documented from all angles by everyone.

They continued down the side street at the runner’s pace, the cyclist slowed to a wavering line, as a van turned down the block and took its place at the rear. 

May 24, 2012

He was old. Especially next to all those juicy, ripe young people.
— Mom reviews Mick Jagger

May 17, 2012

the sense of purpose that comes with hitting a nail into the wall

May 16, 2012

Most likely we travel to exist in an analogue to our life’s dilemmas. It’s like a spaceship. The work for the traveler is making the effort to understand that the place you are moving through is real and the solution to your increasingly absent problems is forgetting. To see them in a burst as you are vanishing into the world. Travel is not transcendence. It’s immanence. It’s trying to be here.
— Eileen Myles, The Importance of Being Iceland

May 11, 2012
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Doing It

Step one: Have the thoughts.

Step two: Record the thoughts. 

May 8, 2012
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A Theory

Here’s the secret of movie-going humans: they’re covert experts at creating films in which they’re the stars. This is the long and laborious director’s cut, the highly detailed hero’s journey: waiting for the toaster, sitting on the bus, laying in the dark blinking and unable to fall asleep. An excellent soundtrack, very low production values.

Especially on the internet, it’s easy to create a narrative about someone else’s life because the pieces have already been pared down. Hell, not being someone else usually pares it down quite enough. This is also true when glancing into homes on walks: seeing a banner hung in the window is best, and serves as a potent and poetic reminder that you’re merely a spectator to the YADHTRIB, etc. Online or off, the presented evidence is an infinitesimal fraction of how people truly live, but it’s still a part, and a transformative one.

Photos give viewers the ability to build a narrative—such digestible portions!—and it therefore follows that taking them allows us, as both photographers and subjects, to build narratives about our own lives. Having a mechanical mediator can make it easier to witness what we might be missing. It injects a necessary awe simply by re-presenting our experiences, allowing us to grasp some grains instead of attempting to hug the whole beach.

Naiveté is one thing—don’t take the candy no matter the sweet tooth, etc.—but this wonderment is entirely different. Who’s to say what the proper perspective on a life is? Doe-eyed awe is as good as any, and an excellent way to remember you’re secured to a rock circling through an unknowable and expanding universe and experiencing it all with a body that takes care of itself.