It was a long week. Issue 6 is going to take us a few more weeks to publish. We’re tidying up some of the design elements and I’m re-writing some of the text. And then on Wednesday I was poisoned by a bodega. Down for the count. Out three days. I’ve banned the bodega from my routine as punishment.
I’m also thinking of changing the frequency of The Digest to monthly. Why not slow down even more? These days I’m more interested in articles that will have some longevity than the weekly disposable news. I’ll see how I feel next week.
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I actually went out to shoot the redwoods with very limited intentions, which is to say, I need to feel a deep sense of curiosity about a subject, a desire to know more about it, but not necessarily to know too much about it from the outset. I want to engage with subjects that I want to look at and experience, while leaving room for unconscious exploration, the development of unexpected themes, and any number of digressions that might strengthen the work and nurture my engagement. It seems there’s always something I want to look at more than anything else, and if I follow that, as I did while I worked on Redwood Saw, it can point me in the direction of a self-generating, multi-layered project that can unfold organically in rich and exciting ways.
I remember when I first started Tumblr. I used the same screen name for my Twitter handle and website, and I would post more or less the same things I do on Twitter. But that got old fast, and I discovered how easy it was to create a new blog. These days, I have almost a dozen tumblelogs: one for bots, one for my photos, one for poetry, one for translation, one for memes in civic life, one just for pictures of empty plates. Some are shared, some are just mine. Some are clearly tied to me, some float freely on the web. They are all part of my creative practice, but they exist separately, like separate studios in separate cities, allowing me to dip in and explore when I wish. Unlike my Twitter and Facebook accounts, I don’t have to worry about posting too much about any one topic at the expense of others; I can simply post as I’d like and draw the audience I’m looking for. Some of these blogs have sparked new projects and trajectories; others have faded away. Tumblr’s flexibility enabled me to test them all out in an open, public studio.
One of the pleasing things about being interested in photographs is that it is really perfectly OK to admit to not knowing even important groups of pictures. In a narrower specialism, say in craft pottery or in modern literary fiction or in contemporary dance, it’s embarrassing to miss first-rate stuff. In photography you can even turn the whole argument around: far from being embarrassing to have missed something, it may be that to live only with those pictures that have good kudos in your particular neck of the photographic woods is to be limited, to lack curiosity and openness.
We were so into the net around the time of Kid A,” he says. “Really thought it might be an amazing way of connecting and communicating. And then very quickly we started having meetings where people started talking about what we did as ‘content’. They would show us letters from big media companies offering us millions in some mobile phone deal or whatever it was, and they would say all they need is some content. I was like, what is this ‘content’ which you describe? Just a filling of time and space with stuff, emotion, so you can sell it?
Amelia is a photographer and a friend. She’s 28 and was recently diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. She does not have health insurance. Please consider donating to her cause.