the symposium of motion graphics
the symposium of motion graphics
“I used to differentiate a lot the work I did for pay and the work I did for passion, but I realize more and more that it’s not a productive way to think about a creative career. I think everyone who works in this industry does it primarily to feed a creative passion, and if someone is willing to pay you to do something you’re passionate about, you’re undermining yourself by not delivering your best work every time. I’ve come to realize that most clients really appreciate creative input, and doing interesting creative work always seems to lead to more creative projects and opportunities.” -Landon Van Soest
Important words to live by.
On a complete whim, I sent over some photos I took of First Aid Kit from Austin City Limits to their band manager. To my surprise, she responded right away and asked for permission to use them! That same day, I happened to be driving by the Fonda on Hollywood Blvd. and spotted on the marquee that First Aid Kit was playing that night. I then thought, why not ask for a photo pass? Lucky for me, she ended up granting me full stage access to the entire sold out show, while the other photographers were kicked out after the third song! Sort of surreal. Check out their music if you haven’t already — these Swedish sisters are insanely talented.
If you haven’t already, check out my sister’s incredible photography. Visit her website, at www.BetsyNewman.com.
I’ve avoided writing a story on the Washington Square chess hustlers because they are almost too obvious. Many of them are homeless, or borderline homeless. But they are the smartest homeless people in the world. A lot of them are drug addicts. They are all eccentric. When you walk by the chessboards, they call out to you, trying to convince you to “take a shot.” The starting wager is $2 a game. I’ve never played. But I imagine, like all hustlers, they let you win the $2 game. They probably even let you win the next $2 game. Then, reluctantly, they allow you to raise the wager to $20. That’s when they beat you in 90 seconds.
Apparently the crazy chess player has it all figured out. I appreciate the metaphysical metaphor. I don’t think i have either game figure out quite yet: chess, or life.
I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it’s hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so – this has always been my dream – so that while everyone else is frozen, I can work busily about them, doing whatever it is that needs to be done, like the elves who make the shoes while children sleep.-Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Up To Nothing. McGolrick Park, Brooklyn.
When I first approached him, he was spooling some tape back into a music cassette. I asked him what he was doing. “Nothing,” he said.
I randomly came across this photo bog, and really love the photos. They capture a sense of personality, new york reality, and subtle humor.
I think this is a brilliant idea. There’s no limit to new ideas and helping the world one inconvenience at a time.
While attending his daughter’s wedding, Lynn Farmer realized just how difficult it is to juggle a plate of buffet food and a beverage while also greeting friends and family. Nine years later he developed The Go Plate, a sturdy, disposable plate that fits over drinks, allowing users to keep a convenient free hand.
Exploring the metaphysical with no words… just a moth and a lightbulb. Bravo!
More art should start a conversation, like this one does.
I did the graphics for a few episodes of The Beat - a show on Billboard.com for your daily dose of pop culture news. Each episode was featured on the front page!