“I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”

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Do you go through as many notebooks (and agendas, and calendars) as we do? Field Notes, from Chicago, is an excellent source (although we have not ever used this particular brand). The current special edition covers were produced at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin (which we have yet to visit, although we’ve heard about it from workshop participants). Check out all the links. And decide whether to place an order, post-haste.

http://fieldnotesbrand.com/colors/tworivers/

A New Source for Photography Intelligence

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The “world’s best photography magazine” just got better by instituting a monthly column in its Sunday Magazine. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/magazine/a-true-picture-of-black-skin.html?emc=edit_tnt_20150219&nlid=26827690&tntemail0=y&_r=1

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Elvin. Jones.

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“First of all you have to listen till you can hear it and then you have to play until you can play it. It‘s as simple as that.”

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“I tried not to make mistakes, and sometimes you make them anyway. It‘s just that one has to be aware, constantly aware, because things don‘t happen by themselves. Your intellect is guiding everything. Your experience with your instrument gives you the wear-with-all, the confidence to know that you can play any pattern that you wish because you‘ve worked on it for 15 or 20 years. You should feel confident in yourself in that way, I know I do. It never bothers me. If you want to play, play! I try to do the best I can.”

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It’s The Big 85 For Ornette!

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Cecil comes to the party and he’s all “Y’know, I’m still a year older than thou.”

Check out how thought-through Ornette Coleman’s music really is:

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Steven Soderberg is “retired,” but lives on at his blawwg. One of his more fascinating posts is “Raiders Of The Lost Ark,” entirely monochromatic (izzat a woid?). Watch it scenes over a number of days, as did moi; perhaps the replacement electronica soundtrack is negligible.

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http://extension765.com/sdr/18-raiders

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P.S. The website shop offers t-shirts which reference films, but only for those who are in the know. They’re on the pricy side. (My birthday’s in June; I take an L. http://extension765.com/products/T018).

Fefo!

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Hey, Caligari: dig these.

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Mr. Fefo Velozo is one of a number of excellent pinhole photographers who are producing engaging and graphic pictures.

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Look at him for, oh, one second in this trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mynL9aXTxAs

or watch him display his cameras (one of which is made from a hot water heater) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwU5aid0eyw

Be A Friend To Tom Balsamo

Before there were Photo Devotos and Varsity Photo hoodies, there was Tom Balsamo.

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Click on this, and watch and listen: http://www.gofundme.com/thefriendsofthomas

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W. o’ W.: Philip Levine

Pulitzer Prize winner and Poet Laureate. 1928-2015.

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“Don’t scorn your life just because it’s not dramatic, or it’s impoverished, or it looks dull, or it’s workaday. Don’t scorn it. It is where poetry is taking place if you’ve got the sensitivity to see it, if your eyes are open.”