creativity

Create & Release 10: Knowing When to Pivot

If you counted up all of the hours I’ve spent recording conversations with photographers and artists — including six years worth of On Taking Pictures episodes — the number is somewhere north of a thousand hours talking about creativity and…

Deep Natter 02: Chasing Idea Fuel

In this episode of Deep Natter, Sean Tucker and I are talking about effort, specifically whether and how and to what degree effort is connected to the value of the things we make. To help illustrate how effort can affect…

Create & Release 05: Hard Reset

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” — Gustave Flaubert On December 6, 2014, one of my favorite photographers, Richard Koci Hernandez, deleted all of his images from his…

Create & Release 02: A More Purposeful Practice

Over the past several years, I have learned to see everything I do creatively, whether we’re talking about podcasting, painting, writing, even taking photographs, as practice — with one caveat. It’s intentional practice. It’s purposeful practice. It’s practice with oversight.…

The Value of Value

One of the hardest things about being an artist — beyond the actual making of the art — is deciding how to value the work we make. For many of us — and I’m putting myself squarely in the middle…

Iteration 62: What’s Next?

 What happens next? That’s the question isn’t it? It’s something I get asked a lot, especially lately, both from friends and from strangers. I wish I had an answer but honestly I’m still spending a fair bit of time…