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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…

Iteration 22: Just Make

A couple weeks ago, I finished my first painting of 2018. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. I mean, it is accurate that I finished it in 2018, but the four paintings that are underneath it were started, abandoned, scraped, sanded,…

Iteration 17: What Stands in the Way

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius They say creativity loves obstacles, but I don’t think that’s quite true. I understand the underlying meaning, but the term “obstacle” doesn’t really…

Iteration 16: Soft Launch

The night before we left for our recent trip to New Hampshire and Maine, we soft-launched the eBook version of Photography by the Letter. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term “soft-launch,” it basically means we…

Iteration 15: The Second Act is Better

Recently, I celebrated my fiftieth birthday with a house full of friends, some of whom came from as far away as Philadelphia and New Jersey to be there. I’ve never really had a birthday party before — at least not…

Iteration 14: What’s Next?

What’s next? It’s a question that has plagued anyone who has ever made anything and now it is plaguing me. In a few days I will celebrate my 50th birthday and I’ve recently completed Photography by the Letter, the most…

Iteration 13: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Forty years ago today, something happened that would change the lives of millions and usher in a new type of moviemaking: Star Wars opened in theaters. While I didn’t see it opening day, I did see it in the theater…

Iteration 12: Old Mills and Makers

Last weekend, we all flew up to New Hampshire to see Adrianne’s sister graduate with her Master’s degree. I’d been there once before, but we flew into Logan and spent most of our time in Boston. This time, we flew…

Iteration 11: Right Here, Right Now

I’ve hesitated sharing this because I didn’t think it was relevant to making or art or creativity. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that in many ways it underscores both what and why we make…

Iteration 10: Death of a Cabbage

When I was in college, I carried half a head of purple cabbage around in a Ziplock bag in my backpack for two weeks. Do you have any idea what happens to a head of cabbage after two weeks of…

Iteration 09: Better to be Doing

When I was little, nothing made me happier than drawing. My mom used to say that I could draw before I could talk, though I find that hard to believe given how I tend to ramble on. Art supply stores…

Iteration 07: Stay Behind the Barricade

This edition of Iterations was originally going to be about words, but at the moment, I’m pretty far down that rabbit hole and I think I need to root around a bit more before I come out the other side.…

Iteration 06: Objects in Motion

Most of you are probably familiar with Newton’s first law of motion. For those who aren’t, it basically states that an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an external force. The same is true for…

Iteration 05: Apology Accepted

It’s New Year’s Day and I’ve been sitting here staring at the empty pages of a new notebook for about an hour and half, trying to resist the urge to wax poetic about the past year. I’ve sharpened and resharpened…

Iteration 04: Coming Home

Today is day two of my life as a homeowner. Technically, it’s day three — we got the keys on Tuesday — but yesterday was the first day I actually woke up as a homeowner, so I’m calling it day…

Iteration 03: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Exactly one year ago today, after a five day road trip across the country, I woke up on the east coast to begin a new chapter of my life. I had gotten to perhaps the lowest period in my life,…

Iteration 02: A Willingness for Reinvention

As it happens, “mostly weekly” is open to interpretation. I’ll be honest with you, writing a newsletter is harder than I thought. I want it to be a balance between what’s going on with me and what I think might…

Iteration 01: The Possibility of Process

Hello there and welcome to the very first edition of Iterations, my mostly weekly brain dump of thoughts, inspiration and ideas. I’m not exactly sure what this is going to look like as we move along, but I would like it…

A Series of Fits and Starts

Hello there and welcome to the very first installment (we could even call it a public beta, hence the “Issue 0”) of ITERATIONS, my mostly weekly brain dump of thoughts, inspiration and ideas. I’m not exactly sure what it’s going to…